Harborough dancer in Got To Dance semi-finals

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A dancer from Harborough has got to the semi-final of a TV talent competition, after a performance by her group that judges described as “phenomenal”.

Katy Maxwell (21) is a member of dance group Academy of Base, which has reached the semi-finals of popular TV show Got To Dance on Sky1.

The show is presented by Davina McCall. Judges include Diversity choreography Ashley Banjo and Kimberly Wyatt, former singer/dancer with girl band The Pussycat Dolls.

After completing Saturday’s dance routine, the group was told byKimberly: “As a performance I thought this was just phenomenal. You really just knocked it out the park.”

Now Academy of Base will go through to the competition’s live semi-finals on Tuesday, August 26, at Earls Court in London, “and Kimberly Wyatt has become our mentor,” Katy told the Mail.

“Kimberly now goes through routines with us and helps us out, and it’s been incredible,” she said.

Katy herself has enjoyed her dancing since she joined the Rosalind Ann Dance Academy in Harborough as a young girl.

She’s an ex-pupil of Market Harborough C of E Primary School, Welland Park College and Robert Smyth School, so “proper Harborough,” she explained.

“I love to dance because I love performing in front of a live audience, so this has all been an amazing experience,” she added.

The 15 members of Academy of Base, aged 19 to 25, formed at the Creative Academy, which is part of West London University.

“Now we’re hoping that local people will get behind us, because six of us are from Leicestershire,” said Katy.

“It’s now down to public voting to get us through to the final.”