Matt taps his way to finals

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A SCARBOROUGH dancer is tapping up support after winning a place in the live finals of a national television dance competition.

Matt Flint, 29, has made it through to the final 20 of BBC One’s latest contest So You Think You Can Dance.

The culmination of national auditions, call backs and choreography camp is complete, and now Matt will be taking to the stage for the first live Saturday night show this weekend.

Matt, who impressed the judges with his tap dancing skills during his audition, started dancing at the age of 13 when he was persuaded to join his aunt’s boys’ street dance class while still at school in Scarborough.

Although also a talented footballer, Matt says he found his passion in dance and chose to go on to study at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom.

Since moving to London Matt has spent much of his career in London’s West End.

His theatre appearances include High-School Musical, Dirty Dancing, and Guys and Dolls in which he performed alongside Patrick Swayze.

As tap is his favourite form of dance Matt says he is keen to bring the style back in to the spotlight.

Matt says he hopes his appearance on So You Think You Can Dance will challenge him professionally and open doors to a future in choreography.

The competition is hosted by Cat Deeley, with Nigel Lythgoe returning as head judge along with renowned choreographer Arlene Phillips, dancer and choreographer Sisco Gomez and pop sensation Louise Redknapp.

Contests are competing for a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to dance in Hollywood on the US version of the show, as well as prize money of £50,000.

The first live show of So You Think You Can Dance will be on BBC One at 7.10pm on Saturday.