, senior reporter
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
A Norfolk dance school could be on the verge of appearing on TV show Britain’s Got Talent after being invited to auditions in London this weekend.
A 24-strong group of children from LK School of Dance, based in Diss, will be heading to the ExCel Exhibition and Convention Centre in London on Sunday to audition for the chance to appear in front of the cameras on the ITV show, which pits various talent acts against each other for the chance to be crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent.
If the children, aged between nine and 16, are successful they will then participate in a second round of auditioning in January for the opportunity to appear on the main show in front of the judges, including the show’s creator Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.
The school’s principal Lynne Bailey said this Sunday’s audition was also being filmed so there was a good chance the children could appear on TV anyway, regardless of whether they make it through to the next audition stage.
She organised special rehearsals for the children over the weekend to prepare them for the audition and said a Diss music producer had helped to mix a soundtrack for the children to dance to at the audition.
Ms Bailey applied for the show in September because of the talented children she had in her school and after parents suggested auditioning for the TV show.
She added: “It is such a fantastic opportunity and experience for them. The producers have said that they will definitely be filming on Sunday so even if they don’t get through, they could still be on film.”
The school has enjoyed recent success, including an appearance at a Suffolk dance competition a few weeks ago when 15 children picked up 41 awards from a contest that involved over 300 children from 10 other schools across Suffolk and Essex.
And 36 children appeared in the Stars in Our Eyes show at London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in March.
Ms Bailey said: “The parents are beside themselves and they are just as excited as the children and we have got one parent for every child coming along.”