A KIRKBY dance coach is hoping to hit the heights of superstardom by winning a prime time BBC dance competition.
Twenty three-year-old Tom Shilcock teaches at the Christine March School of Dance and has made it to round three of the popular So You Think You Can Dance? TV show, presented by Cat Deeley.
Should he take the winner’s crown, Tom will scoop a cash prize of £50,000 and a trip to America to compete with some of the best dancers in the world.
But he must first impress the celebrity judging panel - which features Arlene Phillips, Louise Redknapp and Nigel Lythgoe - and the viewers at home, whose valuable votes make all the difference.
Caroline Flowers, who runs the Kirkby dance school based in Beulah Road, said everyone at the school was supporting Tom all the way.
“We are all extremely proud of Tom - we think he can go all the way. We want as many people as possible to get on the phone to vote for him - he is so talented as a dancer and a teacher.”
Tom, from Leicester, started dancing aged 16 and developed a talent for tap - and he entered the competition as a tapper to show that it can be cool.
But he can dance in multiple styles and so far he has taken to the So You Think You Can Dance? dance floor to perform Hip Hop, Broadway and Quickstep routines with partner Katrina.
At 19, Tom joined Laines Theatre Arts where he studied contemporary dance, musical theatre, singing and drama.
Tom, who idolises dancer Gene Kelly and singer Tom Jones, showed he was ready to perform at the highest level and is extremely proud to have performed at The Royal Variety Show, dancing with Meat Loaf and Jamelia.
Recently he set up a dance theatre in Leicester where he and a friend plan on running singing and dancing workshops for children.
Tom’s trademark look is his flatcap which he wears even while dancing. He says he is a “lad’s lad who isn’t afraid to follow dreams”.
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