Second contest win will boost tour hope

Starlight Dance Studio have won the top prize in a national competition

Starlight Dance Studio have won the top prize in a national competition

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Dancers hope that beating acts from across the globe to win a contest for the second year running will help them become international stars.

Kettering-based Starlight Dance hope winning Dance Challenge on Sunday, which was open to international acts for the first time, for the second year in a row will boost their bid to tour South Korea.

The dance and musical theate school gained fans in Korea, Japan and China after a video of its winning performance in the competition last year became an internet sensation across East Asia and SHINee – ‘the Korean Take That’ – got in touch.

Jacc Batch, 26, founder of the dance and musical theatre school, said: “We used SHINee’s song Lucifer this time and I’ve got one of their emails so I’ve sent them a link to the video.”

A team of 25 dancers aged 15 to 25 won the ‘graduate’ category of the contest at Codogan Hall, home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with a theatrical performance featuring devil costumes and ribbons. The school’s junior dancers came third.

Mr Batch said: “They were in tears.”