Two local dancers, who are part of a group which uses magical tricks to mesmerise the audience, have made it through to the live semi-final of this year’s Got To Dance on Sky1.
Jaimie Macrae (21) and Stephanie Taylor (19) from Baljaffray in Bearsden, both pupils at Bearsden Academy, are part of a theatrical dance act called ‘Dance Illusion’ which incorporates optical illusions into their routine, leaving the audience wondering how the trick was performed.
Dance Illusion has 19 dancers (14 female and five male) from all over the UK aged between 14 and 32 and they are choreographed by Robert Hamilton who runs Dancepoint in Glasgow.
Jaimie and Stephanie were both in ‘Fear of the Unknown’ in 2012, narrowly missing out winning the Got To Dance title. They got to the last three in the final at Olympia in London. Stephanie also finished in the last three in 2010 with ‘The Box’ dance group.
Dance Illusion’s audition was shown on on Saturday, August 16 and their semi-final performance will be screened on Monday, August 25 at 7.30pm.
After their audition one of the judges Ashley Banjo from Diversity, said: “You look great, come on stage with a character in mind and dress to impress but you have the substance as well. You have dance ability, technique, tricks and concept - I thought you guys were amazing!”
Now they hope they can impress the judges even more to get through to the final which is on Friday, August 29 to be crowned champions of ‘Got to Dance’ and win £250,000.
Stephanie said: “I’m very excited to be performing on Got To Dance for the third time. It is always an incredible experience. We have come so close in the past so we really hope it will be Dance Illusion’s time this year. Got to Dance is the best showcase of dance on TV and it would be amazing to scoop the top prize!”
Jaimie said: ”It would mean the world to win Got To Dance. We have rehearsed so hard for years but this year Dance Illusion offer a little magic in their dance routines. We can’t wait to perform in the live shows for Team Banjo. We are flying the flag for Scotland as the only Scottish act. Please vote for us! We wont disappoint!”
There is a different format this year on Got To Dance with the judges - Ashley Banjo (Diversity) Kimberley Wyatt, and Adam Garcia - choosing six acts each to mentor, then each of them go head to head in the live shows.