A teenager is a pirouette closer to her dream of finding fame as a professional ballet dancer after winning this year’s Bury’s Got Talent.
Chandi Brading, 14, triumphed in the second annual contest after impressing the judges with her contemporary dance to Florence and the Machine’s Dog Days Are Over.
Beating off competition from 13 acts in the Got Talent final at the Theatre Royal, the King Edward VI School pupil scooped a £1,000 prize.
Chandi, of Bury, will use half of the money to pay for her tuition at DanceEast’s Centre for Advanced Training. She is among 20 dancers chosen for the programme after 170 auditioned. She said: “It was amazing to win - it’s kind of a stepping stone. I think it will open some new doors.”
“I thought my dance was good but I didn’t think I would ever get as far as that because there were some really amazing people.”
Chandi has been dancing since she was a youngster and has attended Hazelwood Dance Studios for five years.
She is part of a dance club at King Edward VI School and is going to study the subject at GCSE.
“The thing I especially love about dance is the feeling of letting go and just being able to unwind after a really stressful day at school,” Chandi said. “Like in Billy Elliot, the whole thing about feeling like electricity - you get a massive buzz off it.”
She added that she would like to be a professional ballet dancer following in the footsteps of Lauren Cuthbertson, a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet.
Bury’s Got Talent is organised by the Theatre Royal Supporters Group and is estimated to have raised £6,500 for the theatre.
The 13 finalists were The Catch, Amber Brewster, Emily Silkstone, Grace Valentine and Lauren Turner, George Possnett, The Voice Squad, William Harpur-Davies , Gabby Rivers, Felicity Harrap, Speechless – Westley Middle School, Chandi Brading, Lily Spooner, Robbie Noonan.
Joining Chandi in the top three were singer and performer Amber Brewster who performed The Wizard and I from Wicked and musician William Harpur- Davies who used a looping pedal to build up multiple layers of sound for his rendition of Viva la Vida by Coldplay.