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Unity Youth dance their way to TV success
7:40am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
A CHAFFORD Hundred teenager and her dance group have won a children’s TV Show as she bids to break into the big time.
Lily Byrne, 15, went on CBBC programme Alesha Dixon Street Dance Stars with her group Unity Youth – consisting of Belle Fisher, 15, Zoe Wink, 15, Tre, 15, Rhianna Morgan, 15, and Curtis Butler, 14 – and won the show.
Unity Youth were one of hundreds of groups to enter the show, with only 18 making it through to the live shows.
They continued through the rounds and won the title, street dancing to a song by grime artist Kano.
They will now perform at the 02 Arena at the Young Voices Concert in January. Alesha Dixon, former singer and Strictly Come Dancing favourite, chaired the judging panel.
Lily said: “It’s always an honour to dance in front of well known stars such as Alesha Dixon.
“She is extremely funny and very down to earth. She knows how to crack a joke, but is very professional at the same time.
“Performing in front of the judges was an amazing experience as they are all known dancers and have a lot of experience.
“When they compliment you on your dancing it makes you feel special and you know all the rehearsals and hard work has paid off.
“Dancing means everything to us. People say it all the time, but we really are like family – we laugh and cry together and considering how long we have been together we have that special bond.”
Alesha praised the group, saying they had a great deal of fire and stamina.
Lily says she wants to go touring with Unity Youth, perhaps with a big band or another artist.
Lily’s mum Carol said: “As a mum I’m very proud of all the kids.
“As we spend a lot of time together you become a second mum to many children and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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