On Saturday 1 February, a trio of dancers from Bedford will take part in the finals of a national talent show, taking place at the O2 Arena in London.
Representing the Black Lotus Dance Company, Amalie Wickenden aged 9, Sienna Buck aged 10 and 11-year-old Nicole Buck (known to the group as ‘Smiley’) have triumphed in the first three rounds of the TeenStar talent competition.
It is the UK’s biggest search for teenage and pre-teen singing and dance acts and the judges include TV scouts, record label A&R representatives, management companies and more.
Over 8,000 acts have competed to reach the finals and on Saturday 1 February the girls will be pitted against 25 other hopefuls on stage at London’s O2 Arena.
The dance company was set up by 23-year-old Rebecca Willbye, who said, “The aim of Black Lotus Dance Company is to create an environment that everyone can learn in, express themselves whilst having fun but most importantly to give the young people something to aspire towards, work towards and be proud of, taking them off the streets and away from harm and the wrong paths.”
“Amelie, Sienna and Nicole have worked so hard and passed the first three rounds. I have choreographed all their performances and work with them multiple times a week to create dynamic pieces.”