Grimsby dance teacher Alexandra Bloy to appear on Sky 1's Got To Dance
A DANCE teacher will appear on TV's biggest dance show judged by stars Ashley Banjo, Kimberly Wyatt and JLS's Aston Merrygold.
Alexandra Bloy, 22, of Columbia Road, Grimsby, will be dancing on Sky 1's Got To Dance – presented by Davina McCall – after auditioning in London with dance partner Richard Simms, of Doncaster.
Miss Alex, as she is known by pupils at the Alexandra Bloy Centre of Dance (ABCD), in Kent Street, will dance a contemporary number to Christina Perri's Jar Of Hearts on one of the next three audition episodes, shown at 6pm on Sundays.
The series has been dubbed the hardest yet, with acts needing a gold star of approval from all three judges instead of two previously – but Alex is keeping her result secret.
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"All I can say is that the audition was an amazing experience and to dance in front of one of my heroes Kimberly Wyatt and have her say such positive things was a real privilege," she said.
Alex has been a dancer since she was four years old, making her name at festivals and appearing as a finalist at the Miss Dance Great Britain finals for three consecutive years.
The former Matthew Humberstone School and Franklin College student trained with the Royal Academy of Dance in London before taking the teaching route, setting up ABCD when she was 19. More than 70 pupils train there.
Despite her love of teaching, Alex misses performing.
She said: "I am really passionate about teaching and seeing my girls progress means the world to me, but I have been performing for most of my life and I really miss that feeling of being on the stage.
"There was loads of waiting around and I was really nervous – other acts kept coming back to the waiting area looking disappointed so that just made it worse.
"I had a chat with Davina in the tunnel – she was lovely and really glamorous – and that's when the real butterflies set in. But as soon as I got out there, it was exhilarating and no matter how far I get, it will have been worth it just to have that feeling again."
She made the trip to London with her family and said the only thing that could have made it any better would have been having her pupils there.
Alex added: "It was definitely the highlight of my year but it's a bit of a shame I couldn't take my pupils because it was on a school day.
"I just hope that it will inspire them as dancers – they have been really supportive and watching every week to see if I'm on."
Seven-year-old dance pupil Emma Nixon said: "I can't wait to see her on television – she danced at our Christmas show and she's really good.
"She's a really nice teacher and I hope I can dance like her one day."
If you are interested in dancing at ABCD, contact Alex on 07825 986522.