A high-energy youngster from Spalding has memories to treasure for a lifetime after reaching the finals of a TV dance competition.
At least 360,000 people watched Poppy Gill (10) and her group Unity Academy compete against eight other finalists in Sky TV’s Got to Dance final on Friday presented by former Big Brother host Davina McCall.
Despite impressing judges with their pulsating, street dance routine, the East London-based dance group fell short in the public vote, with the £250,000 cash prize being won by Duplic8 duo Tom Mead (26) and Jak Tuite-Leach (13).
Poppy said: “There aren’t really words to describe how much I enjoyed the experience and it was absolutely amazing.
“We’re all really close in Unity Academy, even though we live all round the country, and we met Davina McCall, Ashley Banjo of (Britain’s Got Talent winners) Diversity and some previous winners of Got to Dance.
“I don’t have many plans for the future but when I get older, I want to dance more and maybe become a dance teacher.”
Poppy, who hopes to go to Spalding High School next year, was cheered on by her parents Lisa and Matthew, older brother Jonah (11) and younger sister Willow (seven) during the finals at London’s Earls Court.
Lisa said: “A few months ago, we didn’t appreciate what kind of experience we would have and there have been so many positive things to have come out of it.
“I can’t help but feel something good will happen to Poppy and Unity Academy after an amazingly tough final.”