Matt set to seek out local dance talent

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A huge dance competition is taking place next month hosted by Scarborough dance star Matt Flint.

The former Raincliffe School pupil, who shot to fame after winning BBC talent show “So You Think You Can Dance?” in 2011, is now looking for stars of the future in his own contest.

The event, titled “Can You Dance?”, which Matt is co-organising with Tom Shilock, will be held in Leeds on July 14.

The contest is taking place in three locations across the country - the others being Nottingham and Norwich.

Matt said he was thrilled with the response to the Norwich event, which attracted 750 people.

He is now hoping that the Leeds event - being the closest to his hometown - will be just as big a hit.

Matt said: “Some local schools are already taking part, but I’m hoping that more local dancers will support this event because I want it to be an equal success to Norwich.

“You don’t have to compete, you can come along and just take a class with some top, top people!”

Scarborough dance shop, Stage Struck in Huntriss Row, will be at the event representing Capezio dance wear, the sponsor of Can You Dance?

Taking place at the Carnegie Sports Centre at Leeds Metropolitan University on Sunday 14th July, the full day event will feature dance workshops and master classes with professionals who have worked with the likes of Jessie J and Rihanna.

It will also feature a rhythm tap stage and 30-stall dance exhibition, with dancewear, agencies, photographers and other dance-related businesses.

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.

Matt said that the event is suitable for all ages and abilities and the only real requirement is a love of dance.

He added: “I hope lots of people will come from Scarborough! There’s lots of talent in the town and I’m hoping to see plenty of Scarborough dancers there.

“I had hoped to hold the competition closer to Scarborough, but we had to go for a particular kind of venue and this was the closest we could get.”

More information, including details about competition entries, can be found at www.can-you-dance.co.uk

Matt has been busy recently working on choreography for BBC3’s Bollywood Carmen.