Tydd St Mary student Dolcie Simmons reaches last nine of BBC TV's The Greatest Dancer with London-based streeet dance group, Prospects Fraternity
A Tydd St Mary teenager is counting on the people of South Holland to make her TV dancing dreams come true.
Dolcie Simmons (16) and her south London-based street dancer group, Prospects Fraternity, are one of nine entries in with a chance of winning BBC TV’s The Greatest Dancer title.
Nearly four years after reaching the grand final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent with a different dance group, Dolcie is once again spending hours and days rehearsing in London.
Cherie Simmons, Dolcie’s mum, said: “Dolcie has been doing lots of competitions and events in the last four years.
“Then we heard about Prospects Fraternity through friends and she’s gone from strength to strength since joining the group.
“The Greatest Dancer was advertised a lot on social media and the group decided to go for it, with the auditions having taken place in Birmingham during August.
“We got a call back a few days later to say that the group was through to the next stage.”
The Greatest Dancer, shown by BBC One over eight weeks on Saturday nights, attracted about 100,000 applicants who were whittled down to 500 for the auditions’ stage.
Then on Saturday, dance captains Cheryl Tweedy, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse each chose three groups to mentor, with Prospects Fraternity being one of Matthew’s selections.
Cherie said: “Dolcie has been training really hard, going to and from London by train on her own.
“At the same time, Dolcie is getting ready for her GCSE exams at University Academy Holbeach (UAH) this summer.
“So she had to make a decision, either to do the TV show and stay in the group, while juggling her GCSEs, or not to do the TV show.
“UAH is really supportive and Dolcie’s principal, Steve Baragwanath has been very helpful.”
At stake for Prospects Fraternity is a £50,000 first prize and a chance to perform on an episode of Strictly Come Dancing.
Cherie said: “Dolcie is loving it and the experience alone has been amazing.”