THESE dazzling dancers certainly don’t have the blues...
High-energy girls from new Sheffield troupe Excel Dance are making moves on the competition - after being named one of the North of England’s best dance acts.
The accolade is even more of an accomplishment for Excel organiser Sharnie Richards - who set up her dance school only a year ago.
The 20-year-old, who has been dancing for 15 years since she was just five, led her team of 19 street dancers to Huddersfield for the local heats of UK-wide competition Festival4Stars.
And, against even Sharnie’s highest hopes, they demolished the opposition, emerging as winners with a three-minute routine set to a mix of music, including Do It Like A Dude by Jessie J.
Now, Excel Dance are practising hard and working up a weekly sweat at rehearsals for the regional final, to be held in Bridlington in June.
“It was our first competition and it was really exciting,” a delighted Sharnie said.
“We really didn’t expect to get to the final!”
Sharnie, from Waterthorpe, started her own dance school straight from finishing college.
“I’m just really passionate about dancing and I wanted to pass that passion on,” she said. “I just couldn’t think of a better way to earn a living than from dancing and teaching other people how to.”
Sharnie runs her dance classes from a studio on the Holbrook Industrial Estate, and the girls who make up her Excel troupe are aged just 10 to 20 years old.
“Now we’re working on the finals,” said Sharnie.
“I’ve put a totally new routine together, with new songs, and I’m aiming to make it bigger and better than ever with some tricks and flips in there, too.
“We’re not nervous yet, but we will be!”