Local dancer set to perform on hit BBC show

Local dancer set to perform on hit BBC show
Bradley Walmsley (far right) with members of the Brothers of Dance group and mentor Cheryl

A PERFORMER from Roberttown has made it through to the live finals of hit BBC show ‘The Greatest Dancer’.

Talented dancer Bradley Walmsley is part of the Brothers of Dance troupe which impressed the audience and all four judges during their audition which aired two weeks ago.

Now the 21-year-old will dance in front of millions of viewers tomorrow (Saturday) as the group bids to go all the way to the final – and be in with a chance of winning £50,000.

Mum Rachel, who founded Timestep Community Dance in Heckmondwike, said: “I am absolutely bursting with pride because this is years and years of hard work that’s coming together now.

“He’s so passionate about it and he was just born to do it and everybody is getting to see him now, it’s an absolutely amazing feeling.”

Bradley grew up in Roberttown and went to Norristhorpe Junior and Infant School and later Heckmondwike Grammar before pursuing his career as a dancer.

At the age of just eight he took part in the Royal Ballet School’s junior associates programme and then at 16 attended the Central School of Ballet in London.

He helps mum Rachel teach classes at Timestep as well as teaching in London, where he was scouted to be part of the dance troupe by renowned choreographer Dane Bates.

The nine-strong group was put together early last year in preparation for the auditions in Birmingham in August. 

Now they are part of the final 12 acts chosen from hundreds who were seen.

And Rachel says it’s been difficult to keep the result a secret.

She said: “Obviously we’ve had to keep it quiet because we know what had happened. 

“We weren’t allowed to say anything at all, it was difficult!

“Since the episode aired it has been an absolute whirlwind … I’m going down to London this weekend to watch the live show, I can’t wait.”

The public vote opens during the live show on BBC1 at 6.30pm on Saturday.

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