Talented dance troupe’s television success

TALENTED TROUPE: Rock-It who made it through to the live audition's on Sky 1's Got To Dance (S)
TALENTED TROUPE: Rock-It who made it through to the live audition's on Sky 1's Got To Dance (S)
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A talented dance troupe who have captured the hearts of Pendle with their engaging First World War stories are set to star in a high-profile Sky television show.

Rock-It, which was set up by dance teacher Helen Green for the centenary year of the First World War, beat off tough competition to get to the live auditions of Got To Dance.

The popular programme, which is hosted by Davina McCall and which is judged by Kimberly Wyatt, Ashley Banjo and Adam Garcia, officially begins on Saturday at 8pm.

And although the 24-strong team are not sure whether they will be featured in the first episode of the series, they will be meeting at the Cotton Tree Inn to watch the show and celebrate their success.

Helen said: “We got our first dance audition in January in Manchester, and were picked to go through to London. We then had a lot of phone calls and interviews, before being picked to go through to the live rounds.

“We went down to the live auditions at Camden’s RoundHouse at the end of May, and we have had to keep it all quiet ever since - which with 24 children and 24 parents has felt like a nightmare.

“We went down to be a platform for people to research their own family history and to use dance if they need to.”

Rock It’s audition piece was a military swing and rock ‘n’ roll dance. And although Helen was able to share the experience of being a part of a Sky 1 show, she is still keeping tight-lipped about how far the team got in the competition.

As part of their experience, they also took down a folder with their own research on how their families were affected by the Great War.

Helen added: “The children were treated like stars from the minute they got there, and the cameras were on them straight away.

“It has been a rollercoaster and we have had every emotion going - they have been excited, disappointed, happy, sad, and nervous.

“It was such an experience for them and was very exciting. It was a very proud moment when they went onto the dance floor.”

Rock-It will next be performing at Colne Summer Market this Saturday and at Trawden Agricultural Show on Sunday.