No place like home for dance star Matt

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  1126105a
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 1126105a

SCARBOROUGH dance sensation Matt Flint is hoping to pass on some of the secrets of his success at a series of workshops he is holding in his home town.

The 29-year-old, who beat three competitors in the final of the BBC talent show So You Think You Can Dance to take the £50,000 top prize, will return to Scarborough to host the sessions from July 25-27.

He told the Evening News: “All dancers aged eight-plus are welcome - there is no upper age-limit. The only requirement is that participants can’t be beginners, they must already have some dance experience.”

Matt, who has filmed a dance DVD which should be out in time for the Christmas market, came back to Scarborough at the weekend for the first time since winning the crown last month, and attended a party held in his honour at Scarborough Cricket Club.

Matt had emerged as the odds-on bookies’ favourite to win, but said the extra expectations did not bother him. “Obviously there is a bigger pressure with millions of people watching, but I stayed away from looking at the betting odds,” he said.

The tap dancer, who trained as a youngster with Julie Hatton and danced at the YMCA in St Thomas Street, battled a back injury throughout the competition and was putting in 15-hour days to achieve his goal.

The final was watched by 2.2 million viewers but it has been confirmed the show will not return for a third series.

“It’s a shame because it provided a great opportunity for dancers,” said Matt, who began dancing at the age of 12. “I was in a contract with a show at the time of the first series but to be honest I thought it wasn’t going to be very good anyway. But then a few of my friends entered and it didn’t do them any harm, so when the next series came along I thought ‘Why not?’

“When I won it felt fantastic man, fantastic. You don’t know what to say or do, it’s a bit of a blur and I don’t remember certain things happening.

“We had a big party that night but I was just battered for a few days. I didn’t over-do it because I wanted to jump straight back on the train while it is here, so to speak.”

The former Raincliffe School pupil is now also getting set to travel to Hollywood to perform on the finale of the US version of the show in August.

“It’s a much bigger deal over there,” he said. “They are averaging 28 million viewers a week.”

Matt has carved out a successful career in the West End, including a stint in Dirty Dancing and Guy and Dolls.

For the last 10 years he has had regular teaching posts at Performing Arts Colleges in and around London, and has also travelled the UK giving lectures and workshops in all aspects of technique and performance.

For further information on his Scarborough classes, email workshops@mattflint.co.uk or call 07592539734.