A SCHOOLBOY dancer who honed his moves with Ruff Diamond supremo Zac Healey is hoping he has what it takes to impress Britain’s Got Talent judges.
Hartlepool youngster Tariq Mohamed, 11, has been selected to go for an audition for the top ITV show.
And the good news for the Mohamed family does not stop there – Tariq and his younger brother Kamil, nine, have both been offered work with top national modelling agencies.
Tariq, who lives with his mum Sara Neary, 37, and Kamil in Pannell Place, in Clavering, hopes to wow Simon Cowell and the other judges with his freestyle dance moves.
He has been dancing since he was young but up until about two years ago he was taught at the town’s Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts under the guidance of Ruffs mastermind Zac.
Now St Hild’s pupil Tariq adds his own choreography and freestyle to the moves he learned from Zac.
After his mum received an email from BGT chiefs before New Year, Tariq will now travel to The Oval cricket ground in London for initial auditions on January 25 to show off his own unique style.
And after Sara, who works at the town’s Travelodge, sent away Tariq’s and Kamil’s photographs to modelling agencies, she was stunned to hear back from leading London companies Neon Models and UK Models.
Sara said the agencies have said Tariq, who has just joined Hartlepool HEAT basketball team, and Clavering primary pupil Kamil, a goalkeeper for East Durham Blues, could get work with brands including Nike, Adidas, Next and Armani.
Sara, who has a partner called Jackson Okafor, 37, who lives in Newcastle, said: “I’m really proud, I think every parent is biased against their own children and I’m no exception but I’m not a pushy parent. It’s not the end of the world if nothing comes of it, it’s about potential, which they have got lots of.
“It’s about meeting that potential and utilising the opportunities given to them.
“I’ve always told them nothing comes knocking on the door, you have to get out there.”