Dancer’s out ... but not down!

Dancer Levi Watson.
Dancer Levi Watson.

A SELF-TAUGHT street dancer has missed out on becoming part of the UK’s hottest new dance troupe.

But Levi Watson has taken the news on the chin and looks at the experience as a learning curve.

The 16-year-old, from Seaton Carew, travelled to London for the finals of the Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL and got2b Street Dance: The Search competition.

He was one of 50 dancers to perform in front of judges, including Cisco Gomez and Tobias Mead, who performed his “back-to-front” dance routine on last year’s Britain’s Got Talent, after initially impressing Cisco at an audition.

Levi failed to win a place in the new troupe in the competition at London’s Koko Club. But the East Durham College student says he has learned a lot from the experience.

His mum, Vicky, 34, who works part-time at the Surfside Fish Bar and Restaurant, in Seaton Carew, said: “The judges chose eight to be in the final group but he didn’t get through.

“Levi has had a great experience and has made a few good friends. He has already found out about a few more dance competitions.

“The lads that didn’t get through could even make a massive group themselves. Everybody said the lads left behind were unbelievable.”

Levi, a former pupil of Wellfield Community School, Wingate, plans to enter competitions in Sheffield, Leeds and Blackpool.

Levi, who was part of the Skittlez Supercrew dance troupe, based at East Durham College, has only been dancing for a year and is self-taught.

He teaches a group called Rebound at the Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts, in Murray Street.

Vicky, of Ark Royal Close, Seaton Carew, said: “This was his first big competition.

“He received a few good comments from the judges. They told him he will benefit from going to a class, so we have arranged for him to go to one in Sunderland.”