TEENAGERS at a fledgling stage company are celebrating a stunning national success.
Dubbed ‘the misfits’, the girls, all aged between 15 and 18, are from the Skelmanthorpe-based Attitude Productions.
Set up last September by former Shelley College student Alicia Brady, 21, the 15-strong team triumphed in their first serious competition.
The group entered the That’s What I Call Showbiz competition late last year, and wowed the judges.
Performing a themed routine based on the horror film Dead Silence, Attitude won through to the national finals.
The girls, performing in a ballet to hip-hop style, earned the Adjudicator’s Choice and the award for the highest mark in the competition.
That meant a place in the final at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool against the country’s best dance troupes.
And the girls stunned the judges – and themselves and their supporters – by coming out on top, winning Senior Group Dance of the Year 2013, bagging a £250 prize.
Alicia said: “Everyone was just overwhelmed to win. We beat more than 100 other groups and performed in front of an audience of 2,000 people.
“We entered the competition originally just to see how things were going but we got into the finals easily.
“We trained hard for the final and it was a hard slog on the day but it was all worth it in the end.
“I am so proud of the girls.”
The troupe are all students or ex-students at Shelley College and are girls who wouldn’t usually be friends.
Alicia added: “I call them ‘the misfits’ because they wouldn’t normally hang around together but they have come together as a team and done themselves proud. It’s a huge achievement.”
Attitude Productions was born out of the Attitude Academy dancing group to take part in specialist productions, opening ceremonies and other activities.
Next up is a music video for a new band signed by record company Sony.
“It’s just nice for the kids to keep performing,” said Alicia. “Who knows where we can go from here?”