Over the years, hundreds of incredible dance acts have exploded onto our television screens in shows like Britain’s Got Talent, Got To Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance. There are have been so many deserving winners but who is the pick of the bunch? Here’s my selection of the greatest ever winners and what they are doing now.
Diversity- Britain’s Got Talent Winners 2009
Britain’s Got Talent is notorious for producing incredible dance acts year after year. From George Sampson to Twist & Pulse, there’s always a great dance troupe on BGT. Diversity even faced stiff competition in the form of Flawless the year they won. I actually preferred Flawless throughout the competition but Diversity pulled it out of the bag with their final performance. The insanely creative choreography was matched by the sublime execution that has now made Diversity a household name. Since then, Ashley Banjo has been a judge on Got To Dance and has his own programme, ‘Ashely Banjo’s Secret Street Crew‘. And little Perri is even a contestant on Splash! After huge success, here’s the moment that kickstarted it all…
JabbaWockeez- America’s Best Dance Crew Season 1 Winners
This all male hip hop crew from San Diego sent shockwaves across America when they first appeared on America’s Best Dance Crew. They’re popping was so technically incredible and in sync with one another that so many have tried to emulate their robotic style since. Famous for their white masks and gloves, they have gone on to perform worldwide and even appeared in Step Up 2: The Streets. I could literally spend hours watching these guys but with well over 11 million YouTube views, here’s one performance you can’t miss…
Kara Tointon- Strict Come Dancing Winner 2010
Kara turned out to be a truly breathtaking dancer. In my opinion, no celebrity contestant has matched her since. To not come from a dancing background and to take to dance in the manner she did is some achievement. She scored numerous tens from the judges for her graceful performances but it was her passion and chemistry with dance partner, turned romantic partner Artem Chigvinstev that really captured the hearts of the nation. Here is Kara and Artem doing the Rumba.
Prodijig- Got To Dance Winners 2012
There have been so many great winners of Got To Dance- the most recognisable probably being Akai Osei, who has since appeared in the StreetDance 3D film. However, the reason Prodijig are one of my favourite ever dance show winners is because of how they broke the mould when it came to their style of dance. Until then, it was unheard for an Irish tap group to win any of these modern talent shows. Amazingly they managed to bring back Irish tap to primetime viewing and gave it a uniquely modern twist through both the choreography and the music. If you haven’t seen it before then here’s your chance.
Charlie Bruce- So You Think You Can Dance 2010 Winner
Throughout the series I was just captivated by this girl’s effortless dance style. Not only did she have a few tricks in the bag with some outrageous handless cartwheels and flips but her infectious smile and energetic performances is eventually what saw her crowned the winner. The former Laine Theatre Arts student went on to perform in West End productions as well as the American version of So You Think You Can Dance. But my favourite ever performance from her came in the very first week. The jazz dancer was pushed out of her comfort zone and given a hip hop routine with Tommy to Timbaland’s The Way I Are. Her charm really shines through in this as she embraces the style with a performance I couldn’t take my eyes off. See for yourself!