New Strictly role for dance champ

Matt Flint, back in Scarborough after his triumph in the BBC 1 dance comp' show, So You Think You Can Dance. Picture by Andrew Higgins 1126105c 02/07/11
Matt Flint, back in Scarborough after his triumph in the BBC 1 dance comp' show, So You Think You Can Dance. Picture by Andrew Higgins 1126105c 02/07/11

SCARBOROUGH dance star Matt Flint has landed a high-profile choreography role on this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 29-year-old, who won the second series of the BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance talent contest and £50,000 prize earlier this year and recently performed in the finale of the American version of the show, says he is thrilled to have landed the role.

“It’s great to be working with such a great group of dedicated professionals,” he said.

Matt takes the role of Associate Choreographer on this year’s series, which features stars such as Holly Valance, Rory Bremner and Lulu.

Matt, a former pupil at Raincliffe School, admitted to feeling a little tense before his work in Hollywood, which was broadcast to millions of people on American TV.

He said: “The studio was exactly the same as the one in Britain, which helped but I was still very nervous.”

The tap dancer, who trained as a youngster with Julie Hatton and danced at the YMCA in St Thomas Street, has carved out a successful career in the West End including stints in Dirty Dancing and Guy and Dolls.

He battled a back injury on his route to winning the So You Think You Can Dance crown and was putting in 15-hour days to achieve his goal.

The final was watched by 2.2 million viewers and, while it has been confirmed the show will not return for a third series, his triumph has opened a lot of doors for him.

As well as his work in the United States, at the BBC and on the West End Stage, Matt is currently involved in a number of other projects and is to feature in adverts for the new DanceStar game on Playstation which will be screened later this year.

But despite hitting the big time Matt is still proud of his Yorkshire roots and maintains strong links with his home town.

In July Matt gained fantastic support for his dance workshops in Scarborough as 150 children attended his classes over two days.

Encouraged by the large turnout he has plans for more such workshops in the town in the near future.

Matt is keen to encourage more people to dance but says it takes a lot of hard work to get to the top level.

“You have to be serious about it and have a real passion for it if you want to succeed,” he said.

The first live shows of the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing will begin on September 30.