A TALENTED Mansfield teen has made it through to the live semi finals of this year’s hit TV show Got to Dance, which will be aired this Sunday (5th February).
Contemporary dancer Luke Mann (14) has already wowed the panel of celebrity judges which includes West End star and actor Adam Garcia, singer and dancer Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo, who is the lead dancer and choreographer of Diversity.
Luke reached the semi-finals of the last series of Got to Dance and while he received two gold stars and one red from Adam in the live show, he did not make it through to the final.
Last year, Luke danced as a character - but this year he is dancing as himself and he is hoping the passion and emotion of his routines will once again impress the judges.
Describing what dancing means to him, he said: “When I’m dancing, it feels amazing. This may sound cheesy but it really does feel like it - it’s like electricity pumping through your blood and it’s like you can fly so high nobody can disturb you.
Dancing has also played a key role in helping Luke to build his confidence.
“I was bullied before but when I was on Got To Dance, I started to grow not just as a dancer but as a person,” he explains.
“Since I have been at my new school Tring Park School for the Performing Arts (in Hertfordshire), I’ve been growing as a dancer and person and now I’m so confident and I just can’t believe it.”
Luke, who is a former Brunts School pupil, began dancing when he was seven-years-old.
He says: “I was in this pub on holiday and me and my brother Brandon were on the DJ box.
“This man gave me a Michael Jackson hat and he put some Michael Jackson music on and I just danced.”
Now the teenager is looking to the future and one of his ambitions is to perform in the West End. He is also glad he has been given a second chance on the show.
He says: “I feel like I need to do this not just for everyone else but myself as well. If I didn’t win or if I did, I would love to do this in the future and be on the West End with my name in lights. That would be a dream come true.”
For details visit http://sky1.sky.com/sky1hd-shows/got-to-dance. Follow on Twitter @GotToDance_Sky1. Luke will be on the show on 5th February.