A DANCE group from Newbridge are flying the flag for Wales on the TV show The Greatest Dancer.

KLA, a Latin American Formation team made up of eight nine to 11-year-olds, have flown through the first two live shows.

The group scored an impressive 90.8 per cent in the audience vote in the first show, and improved on that, getting 94.4 per cent in the audience vote on Saturday.

They have now reached the final six acts, with each act competing to win £50,000 and a chance to perform on Strictly Come Dancing.


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The show is presented by Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo, and features three Dance Captains Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse, mentoring their acts through the live shows.

Viewers at home then get the power to decide who goes through and who is voted off.

KLA was founded by instructors Kristie White, Laura Carpenter, and Amy Booth in 2015.

South Wales Argus:

KLA performing on The Greatest Dancer. Picture: Syco/Thames/Tom Dymond.

Ms Booth said the group were loving the experience of the competition.

She said: “They loved it. They were really nervous as they hadn’t done anything like performing in front of such a huge live audience before.

“They had a huge audience vote in week one. To come out with such a high score – they were over the moon.

“Every week is getting harder and they are so young. They just do not want this to end.

“They were saying after the show on Saturday that they would be heartbroken if it ended now.

South Wales Argus:

KLA on The Greatest Dancer. Picture: Syco/Thames/Tom Dymond.

“The support they’ve had has been amazing. There’s a lot of other Latin American dance groups in the area that we are usually competing against that have been really supportive.”

In total, the school has more than 200 members, and the eight girls performing on ‘The Greatest Dancer’ are the team who are the under 10s UK Champions and Northern Masters Champions, and they finished third in the British Open Championship.

Ms Booth hopes that the girls reaching this stage of the competition will encourage people of all ages and abilities to take up dancing.

"I think seeing these young children on TV has helped young girls or boys realise that they can achieve something like that," she said.