Hartlepool dancer to appear in semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent

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Hartlepool dancer Ali Rasul is set to appear in the semi-final of hit TV show Britain’s Got Talent.

The talented 16-year-old who was a member of Val Armstrong’s School of Performing Arts made it to the next stage of the competition after being praised by the show’s judges for his routine with partner Grace Durkin. Proud teacher Val Armstrong said she was delighted with the news, but said Ali and his relations are unable to reveal details about the show.

She said: “It is great news and we are all really excited.
“He has been at the academy studying jazz and ballet and is also part of Zac Healey’s hip hop crew.”

The teen performed alongside his 17-year-old partner Grace Durkin, with whom he studies performing arts at Stockton Riverside College.

The duo appeared on the popular prime time ITV programme, performing a contemporary dance to a Sara Bareilles track, securing four ‘yeses’ from celebrity judges.

Judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden all gave the talented pair their seal of approval.

Alesha Dixon said: “You are two of the most talented dancers we’ve seen by a clear mile.”

The pair first danced together last year and went on to take the lead roles of Peter Pan and Wendy at Stockton Riverside College’s Christmas production at Arc in Stockton.

Ali, a former pupil at High Tunstall College of Science, is no stranger to the limelight having bagged the starring role of Billy Elliott in the West End, aged 13, which saw him performing an 18-month stint at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre.