Dancers invited to Korean show

Korea Move: Kettering:Starlight Dance School, dancers are going to Korea to perform after their rise to fame on the internet'l-r back row Danni Cooper, Dominique Smith, Corinne Marshall, Simeon Walker, Joshua Pickering, Middle Row l-r Joseph Ward, Larissa Martin, Sharon Kawonga. Front row l-r Audrey Corben, Leanne Payne, Jacc Batch. 'Monday 18th June 2012

Korea Move: Kettering:Starlight Dance School, dancers are going to Korea to perform after their rise to fame on the internet'l-r back row Danni Cooper, Dominique Smith, Corinne Marshall, Simeon Walker, Joshua Pickering, Middle Row l-r Joseph Ward, Larissa Martin, Sharon Kawonga. Front row l-r Audrey Corben, Leanne Payne, Jacc Batch. 'Monday 18th June 2012

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Young dancers have been invited to Korea after videos of their awarding-winning routines became a viral internet sensation in the Far East.

A Korean pop manager has invited Kettering-based musical theatre school Starlight Dance out to east Asia for a series of performances after a video of their performance on website Korean Candy was viewed more than 745,000 times.

Starlight Dance founder Jacc Batch, 26, who has seen his school grow from eight dancers to almost 500 in just five years, said: “It would be an amazing opportunity for them.

“It’s something they should be really proud of that they have been picked out of everybody in the world because of the choreography we put together.”

Hwanhee Park has invited the dancers to perform alongside one of his Korean bands at a big arena late next year or in 2014. The school may provide backing dancers for the band or perform their own dance routines to backing tracks.

Boy band SHINee, dubbed ‘the Korean Take That’, have expressed a desire to perform with Starlight.

Mr Batch hopes all 54 of his senior dancers, who are aged between 15 and 25, will be able to make the 5,519-mile trip.

But the dancers will probably have to raise the £1,500 to £2,000 cost of the trip themselves, possibly through sponsorship.

The dancers would probably perform a quirky routine featuring clown costumes to Rihanna’s track Disturbia, which won them Dance Challenge last year, and a dance to SHINee’s track Lucifer.

The Telegraph reported in February that Korean Candy had received more than 500,000 emails from fans in Korea, China and Japan.