Hip-hop crew step up bid to win €50k

by Sylvia Pownall
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Dance crew FKFT have vowed to set up scholarships for kids in disadvantaged areas if they win Ireland’s Got Talent on Saturday night.


Posted by FKFT Fit Kids Fit Teens on Monday, March 19, 2018


The 14-strong troupe were the first act to be voted through to the live final after their electrifying performance on Monday’s live semi-final on TV3.


Bookies have now installed the hip-hop outfit – which has weekly classes in Blanchardstown, Swords, Skerries and Balbriggan – as hot favourites to win the reality show.


If they top the public vote on Saturday they walk away with a €50,000 cash prize and a prime TV performance slot.


Jacinta Cassidy, who started the club 30 years ago in Blakestown, said many of the dancers had overcome adversity and their goal was to help others through their art.


She told Dublin Gazette: “Most of the crew will say that dance is their life and they have been with the club since they were very young.


“They dance every day. They got home at 1am on Tuesday morning and they were on their way to training at 9am – that’s how dedicated they are.


“They will admit that dance has helped some of them get through extremely difficult periods of their young lives and they hope that they can inspire other young people.


“If they win they hope to create dance scholarships with part of the prize money to help other young people overcome adversity through dance.”


The crew’s mash-up of Bruno Mars and Kriss Kross blew judges Michelle Visage, Denise Van Outen, Jason Byrne and Louis Walsh away and won them most public votes on Monday.


The talented dancers, many of whom have turned down opportunities abroad to work with their local communities, are now rehearsing round the clock for the final.


The 14 are: Donna Moran, Jamie Boylan and Casey Ronan from Blanchardstown; Dylan Bennett from Baldoyle;  Sean Mullarkey, Michaela Matthews, Aine Carolan and Sidas Bagavicius from Drogheda; Darragh Rochford and Dean Kenny from Dunboyne; Nicole Nolan and Jordan Nguyen from Clonee; Shauna Browning from Bettystown; and Hanna Krzywda from Celbridge.


The live final of Ireland’s Got Talent is on TV3 on Saturday at 7.30pm.

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