Bristol group to feature on BBC1 show ‘The Greatest Dancer’

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World Hip Hop Champions ‘Dark Angels’ will appear on the hit BBC show The Greatest Dancer this Saturday (January 25).

The South Bristol dance group will be competing for their chance to win £50,000, but first they must impress industry professionals including Multi-platinum-selling singer Cheryl and Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse.

The hip-hop group will take centre stage in the programme which airs on BBC 1 at 6:30pm.

They will need to impress at least 75% of the audience to progress in the competition.

But will the dreaded mirrors open?

Charlie Bedford, director of Angels Dance Academy (ADA) as well as choreographer and coach for Dark Angels said: “I am so proud of how hard my team have worked over the past few years and now I am so excited for everyone to finally see what Dark Angels do best.

“We hope we make Bristol, our Academy – Angels Dance Academy, and our family and friends proud this weekend.”

The dance and cheer team belonging to Angels Dance Academy (ADA) in Bishopsworth were crowned World Dance Champions in Florida last year.

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Charlie Bedford (Centre) director of Angels Dance Academy and Choreographer and coach for Dark Angel (Image: Charlie Bedford)

And having faced fierce competition from teams such as USA, Japan, Philippines, Mexico, Chile, Wales, Norway and Scotland – the group is ready for a challenge.

Belle Palmer, Dark Angel and ADA Coach said: “We are so buzzing to be on The Greatest Dancer and we honestly cannot wait for everyone to see how hard we’ve been working. 

“We are so passionate about this and it’s so surreal that we are going to be shown auditioning on this amazing show.”

Jane Gardiner, Mum of Dark Angels dancer Ruby Gardiner said: “It’s so hard to put into words how proud I am of Ruby and the bond she has with Charlie and the dancers of Dark Angels – the resilience and shear dedication she has for dance is phenomenal. 

“This Academy and the coaches have been the making of her and the outstanding dancer, coach and role model she has become. They are a dream team and we can not wait to watch them Saturday night.”

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World Hip Hop Champions 2008 & 2019 (Image: Charlie Bedford)

Jessica Matthew’s mum Tina Matthews said: “We are very proud of our daughter Jessica. She has gained so much from being part of this academy-dance family.

“The opportunities and experiences that she has been given whilst being part of Dark Angels has been phenomenal – I know that she is absolutely loving her life as a dancer. 

Miss Matthews says she is “absolutely buzzing” for Saturday nights show.

“Everything they do they give it 100%, so proud of each and every one of the dancers -love them all,” she added.

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2019 world dance champions Dark Angels is appearing on BBC1 show ‘The Greatest Dancer’ this weekend at 6:30pm (Image: Charlie Bedford)

Mr Bedford says the group worked very hard and he hopes they will come away victorious.

“They are so talented and it’s so great they get to experience such an amazing opportunity -we are excited for everyone to see if the mirrors will open for us or not,” he said.

Viewers can tune in to BBC1 on Saturday night at 6:30pm to watch The Greatest Dancer.

If you would like to find out more about Bristol’s world champions then click here.

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