A TEENAGE dancing sensation is hoping to wow celebrity judges in London as he bids to become part of the UK’s hottest new dance troupe.
Levi Watson, from Seaton Carew, has won through to the finals of the Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL and got2b Street Dance: The Search competition.
The 16-year-old self-taught dancer has already impressed a panel of judges including Sisco Gomez, a judge on BBC1’s So You Think You Can Dance, when he auditioned in regional heats at Manchester’s Old Trafford Centre last month.
Now he will come head-to-head with 50 of the country’s best street dancers during the finals this Sunday at London’s Koko Club.
There he will show off his moves to Sisco, Tobias Mead, who performed his “back-to-front” dance routine on last year’s Britain’s Got Talent, Brook Milliner from the Streetdance 3D movie and top dancer Bgirl Roxy.
If successful, Levi and other dancers will form a new dance super-troupe and win a share of a £10,000 prize fund, styling, a video and photo shoot as well as a choreography masterclass.
Levi, who has only been dancing for a year, featured in the Mail last year when he was part of the Skittlez Supercrew dance troupe, based at East Durham College, in Peterlee, where he is in his second year of a performing arts course.
Seaton Carew teenager Levi, who has sisters called Danielle Watson, 17, Shinesse Watson, 14, and an eight-year-old brother called Kai Winlow and lives in Ark Royal Close, still helps out with Skittlez, and also teaches a street dance group called Rebound at Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts, in the town’s Murray Street.
If he wins through, Levi, a former pupil of Wellfield Community School, in Wingate, will stay on in London until Wednesday when he will receive styling and take part in photoshoots and choreography.
In the auditions, Levi had to perform a 90-second dance solo and was chosen from scores of other hopefuls as one of 10 people from the Manchester heat to go through to the final.
Levi’s mum, Vicky Watson, 34, who works part-time at the Surfside Fish Bar and Restaurant, in Seaton Carew, said: “He is excited, but nervous at the same time.
“There is a lot of competition out there.
“He has been practising loads and this is the first big competition he has ever entered apart from taking part in shows.
“I’m absolutely over the moon and so proud of him,” she added.