The first ever Barclays Live UK Dance Champions have been crowned following a hotly-contested public vote. ‘Steadiflux’, a streetdance act made up by students Nathan Marsh (18) and Jordan Breakspear (19) from Bartley and Harborne respectively, picked up over 100,000 votes on their march to the crown, beating off intense competition from top acts across the UK.
They overcame stiff opposition from acts such as UK HipHop champions Smash Broz and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Mini Mezzos to become Barclays Live Birmingham champions last year. The duo will be dancing all the way to their nearest Barclays branch with a £1,000 cheque! Afterwards, Nathan said: “It’s an amazing feeling to be Barclays Live UK Champions! We put in a lot of work to come up with a clean, entertaining piece and feel the effort has paid off. We were up against some great acts and just want to thank everyone for their votes and continued support.”
Barclays Live took place in various regions across the UK in 2010 with celebrity judges including Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole and Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara. Five acts from Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester and Reading were shortlisted for the prestigious title of Barclays Live Best UK Dance Act 2010. The videos were hosted at www.barclayslive.co.uk with fans voting for their favourites online.
The Barclays Live competition will celebrate its continued investment in branches across the country. It will take place in a number of regions in 2011, starting with Glasgow at the end of January. In addition to the exciting events sweeping the nation, Barclays Live has also teamed up with StreetDance 3D star Brooke Milliner to create Your Name in Dance which is an interactive dance tool showing a users name in choreographed dance form. Check it out at barclayslive.co.uk/interactive.php
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