A trio of dancers won high praise from a panel of celebrity judges on a TV talent show.
Five-year-old twins Carmen and Ava Judge, and nine-year-old Hannah Howland decided to enter Sky1’s ‘Got to Dance’ programme after watching the series on TV last year.
Presented by Davina McCall, performers dance in front of Ashley Banjo from ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winners Diversity, Kimberly Wyatt from the Pussycat Dolls and top tap dancer Adam Garcia, with the hope of progressing to the next round.
Hannah, of Falkirk, performed a routine to ‘He’s a Pirate’ from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ while Grangemouth girls Ava and Carmen’s dance was to a song from ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ - complete with lollipop props!
Dance teacher Nadine McKenzie had a double reason to be nervous on the day - as well as being the choreographer for the girls’ routines, she is also mummy to Carmen and Ava!
Nadine said: “We went along to the first audition for fun and for the experience.
“I had high hopes for Hannah and when they phoned to say they wanted them all to go back for the tv stage of the auditions, we were just delighted.
“All three of them had an absolute ball on the day, they did lots of interviews - including one with Davina!
“It was all just for fun and they were enjoying the novelty of it - and it wasn’t until Carmen and Ava were at the tunnel about to go on that they said ‘Mummy, where’s the front? Where do we start?’
“Normally with dancers their age, I take them onto the stage beforehand for a practise - but they hadn’t even seen this stage before they went on it.
“It was really nervewracking, but they just took it in their stride.”
Hannah, who is in P5 at Beaconhurst School said: “I was really nervous beforehand but at the same time I thought, I can only do my best.
“I really enjoyed it and it was a great experience.
“It was just amazing to get three gold stars - I was just gobsmacked!
“I would really like to thank Nadine for all the work she has put in with all my dancing - she has been an amazing teacher for me.”
Ava said: “I was desperate to get out there to do the routine.
“We were really happy to get two gold stars.” Carmen added: “Before we went on I was very nervous. Ava was squeezing my hand and I was laughing and giggling.”
After filming, all three girls just hoped they might make a fleeting appearance on TV when the series started. However, Hannah’s audition was featured in the first show, while the twins - aka The Curlies - had their whole routine shown in a special Auditions Uncut programme.
Nadine said: “We were on holiday in Lanzarote when the producer phoned to stay that they were going to be on that night.
“We had to ask a restaurant to put Sky 1 on for us so the girls were like little celebrities there.”
With all three of the girls hoping for a career in the profession, one can be sure this won’t be this talented trio’s last brush with fame.