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Young dance rivals put best feet forward to reach finals

Two talented north Belfast youngsters have danced their way to the final of Sky 1's Got To Dance — where they will go head to head.

Jessica Glass (11), from dynamic duo Two's Company, and Oran Clarke (12), from Razzle Dazzle, wowed judges with their dance style and ability.

Oran, from Ardoyne, is the only boy among Razzle Dazzle’s 11 girls from north and west Belfast. The children in the group range from seven to 12 years old and have been described as |‘raw talent'.

Oran loves the female attention and often gets the girls fighting over him in rehearsals. The female members are very giggly when they talk about Oran and describe him as a ‘lovely guy'.

The group started dancing together five years ago as part of a larger dance crew called Rapture and are based in Willowbank, west Belfast.

However, the 12 members that went on to form Razzle Dazzle became great friends and expressed an interest in forming a crew of their own. The group was put together in 2007 by sisters Brona and Stephanie McCann.

Brona and Stephanie have led Razzle Dazzle to competition triumph, with top 10 positions in a Children’s Hip-Hop Formation competition in Germany and the World Championships for Children’s Hip-Hop Formation in Las Vegas. Razzle Dazzle also scored first place in the British Street Dance Championships and won the All Ireland hip-hop competition in October 2010.

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Dance teacher Brona said: “We entered the kids into the competition last year but on the day of the audition two of the kids were not able to get the routines correct, we did not want them to feel left out so we decided to pull the whole group out and then compete this year.” Razzle Dazzle are described by their teachers as ‘bright lights in their classroom' and the kids, who believe they were born to dance, have been a big hit with judges on the show.

Ex- Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt said on Sunday night: “You are all so young and you are all so good. The way you dance makes me want to dance.”

Jessica competed last Sunday (February 13) with dance partner Brittany Edwards to secure Two’s Company’s place in the final that will be aired this Sunday.

Jessica’s dad Michael Glass said the young star is taking it all in her stride but added:

“We are over the moon, we are really excited and will be flying out on Saturday with all the family.”

Brona McCann said: “Both groups have been very supportive of each other throughout the semi-finals; it could all change now they are in the finals.”

You can show your support by tuning in to Sky 1 at 7pm on Sunday, February 27.

The final will be hosted by Davina McCall and has a £250,000 prize fund.

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