Dancer Matt to host his own competition

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Scarborough stars of the future are invited to take part in a new competition organised by local dancer Matt Flint.

Matt and co-organiser Tom Shilock will be running the contest - titled “Can You Dance?” - in Nottigham, Norwich and Leeds, with the Leeds event on July 14.

The competition is just one of the projects Matt has been working on since he won BBC talent show “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2011, when he was crowned Britain’s favourite dancer.

Matt explained: “The whole idea is to get people to come along who love to dance.

“There will be master classes all day long with people who’ve worked top celebrities, such as Jessie J and Rihanna.

“It’s suitable for all ages, all abilities and everyone is welcome to come along and join in.”

The competition element of the day is divided up into various sections, with more information and details at the Can You Dance website.

Entrants are asked to get a group of six or more dancers together from their school or dance class in order to take part.

The day also features an exhibition, with dance shops, agencies, photographers and other dance-related businesses represented.

The event is being sponsored by leading dance wear brand Capezio and will be held at The Carnegie Sports Centre at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Matt said: “I would love to have as many Scarborough dancers there as possible. I wanted the event to be closer to Scarborough, but we had to go for a particular kind of venue and this we the closest we could get. We’ve got quite a few people booked in already and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Matt is also working on a number of other projects at the moment and has been doing more presenting work, having presented at the Olympic gymnastics last summer.

Just a couple of weeks ago, he was the main stage host at “Move It” - dubbed as the Ideal Home Show of the dance world. Matt said: “I had a wicked time. There were so many people there and everyone who was really loved dance.”

He is also involved in final rehearsals at the moment for 42nd Street at the London Palladium. Matt is also leading regular dance workshops and classes across the country.

He is looking forward to coming home to Scarborough in April to see his family.