A GROUP of dancers is hoping to make it third time lucky at this year’s Edinburgh Has Talent final.
Members of youth troupe Dansation said they were determined to go one better after falling short at the glittering showpiece in 2009 and last year.
The group, whose 11 members hail from all over Edinburgh, have named their dance routine Fighter, and predicted it would help them make 2013 their long-awaited breakthrough year at next week’s Festival Theatre bash.
Emma Clouston, 16, from Corstorphine, said: “Our routine will be quite a contrast to last year’s performance.
“It’s a mixture of three different styles – commercial, hip-hop and modern – and it’s about us showing all of our techniques instead of just doing acrobatics.
“But we also want to make sure that the judges really enjoy it and that they can see our strengths – sometimes we feel that the competition does not appreciate that we put in just as much effort as the singers.”
The success of Dansation making it through to the EHT final again marks the latest stage in the development of one of the Capital’s most dynamic dance companies.
Dansation, which works with youngsters aged three to 18, now holds classes for around 160 trainee dancers all over the city.
Members of the group’s EHT team, aged between 12 and 16 years old, said appearing before judges for the final next Friday night felt no less special than in previous years.
And they are relishing the prospect of helping boost the group’s profile so it is recognised alongside better-known counterparts in the Capital and elsewhere.
Rebecca Wilson, 16, from Silverknowes, said: “Getting to the final really means quite a lot to us.
“And if we win, it will be more recognition for us. There are lots of dance schools in Edinburgh and we’re still not that well known.”
And Dara Caven, 16, from Corstorphine, said: “It’s all really exciting. Even though we’ve done it before, it’s still the Festival Theatre – it’s the experience of being part of it.”
The group members said appearing on the stage of one of the Capital’s most prestigious theatres would mark an unforgettable milestone, after many of them began dancing as toddlers.
And although the group includes members at very different stages of training and physical development, the dancers said harnessing individual differences together within a competition-winning routine was all part of the fun.
Alice Thomson, 15, also from Corstorphine, said: “We have really gelled together as a group – the whole dance school is behind us.
“We put on happy faces on stage for our performance but they’re not put on. Everyone really enjoys it.
“We all want to be professional dancers when we are older and having something like this on our CVs is really good for getting into dance college later on.”
For tickets to the final, visit www.edtheatres.com or phone the box office on 0131-529 6000.