Our Stories - Dance Troupes The Box and Fusion

The sailor boys and girls of dance troupe The Box will be ship-shape and Bristol Fashion the next time they appear on national television.

Many of the kids who belong to the west of Scotland hoofers come from deprived backgrounds, often looked after by a single parent.

They hit the big time last year when they made it through SKY TV’s “Got To Dance” competition and just missed out on a top prize of £100,000.

The Teddy Bear Foundation has partially cushioned that financial blow by awarding the children £2000 to be spent buying dazzling new costumes for their next big engagement.

Organiser Anne Marie Stuart-MacRae said the news was met with much whooping and hollering when it was announced to the kids.

She said:”The parents were thrilled but when we told the children, they ran around screaming “Barry’s Helped Us!

“Getting to the final in London was a brilliant experience but parents were out hundreds of pounds in expenses.

“The kids come from places like Dumbarton, Clydebank, Govan, Tollcross, Partick, Easterhouse and Yoker.

“These are deprived areas, with major problems with drink and drugs.  Around 80 per cent of our children come from homes where there is just one parent.

“The difference these new outfits will make to the kids will be amazing.  It is a total transformation when you turn out in something that looks really good.

“You just don’t perform to the best of your ability if you’re not in a good costume.  Thanks to the Teddy Bear Foundation, they are going to be looking spic and span.”

The childrens’ emotive performances on SKY’s “Got To Dance” captured the hearts of judges and viewers alike.  For the next series due in late 2010, the celebrity panel includes Adam Garcia, Kimberley Wyatt, Ashley Banjo and host, Davina McCall.

Older brothers and sisters belong to The Fusion, which achieved success of its own by making the live finals of rival TV talent show, “Britain’s Got Talent.”

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that success is just around the corner!

Prepare to be boarded - the scary pirates of The Fusion

In full flow - The Box put on another stirring show.

All aboard for a great time with the kids from The Box

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