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Dance troupes ready for big time on TV talent show

Published 23/01/2012 | 05:00

Dublin's Lil Hustlers
Dublin's Lil Hustlers
Ex-'Riverdance' dancers Prodijig

THEY set up their own dance troupe after getting itchy feet as members of the 'Riverdance' cast.

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And now Prodijig are hoping to take the UK and Ireland by storm after making it to the semi-finals of a major television dance contest last night.

The seven-member troupe will perform their modern take on Irish dancing to R 'n' B singer Chris Brown's 'Beautiful People' on 'Got to Dance' on Sky One this Sunday night.

They are now included in the 30 final acts that will battle it out for the top prize of £250,000 (€301,768) when they perform live from London's Pinewood Studios.

"Hopefully we'll win it and can start up our own dance company," said dancer and choreographer Alan Kenefick.

The 27-year-old lead dancer from Cork set up the troupe with fellow 'Riverdance' cast members last summer after touring with the show for the past five years.

"We literally got itchy feet,"he said.

"It's the same show every night and it gets a bit monotonous."

A video of the troupe's audition for the dance show in which they danced to hip hop singer Kanye West's 'Power' has already received more than 100,000 hits on YouTube.

Meanwhile, a group of young hip-hop dancers from Dublin's northside are also hoping to set the stage on fire when they perform in the show's semi-finals on February 12.

The group, called Lil Hustlers, made the cut last night after getting a standing ovation from judges Ashley Banjo from Diversity, Kimberly Wyatt, formerly of The Pussycat Dolls and Adam Garcia from Tap Dogs during their audition.

Irish Independent

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