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Teynham schoolgirl Laila Bocarro on The Greatest Dancer TV show

By John Nurden

Laila Bocarro's bid to become Britain's Greatest Dancer has ended.

The youngster from Lower Road, Teynham, is part of the 13-strong dance group Prospects Fraternity, which was hoping to share a £50,000 prize and a slot on Strictly Come Dancing.

Despite a winning audition and making it through to the final eight, the team was knocked out of the BBC One live show on Saturday after a non-stop routine of urban dance and spectacular jumping set in a school classroom.

Faversham schoolgirl Laila Bocarro, second left, from Teynham in BBC One TV show The Greatest Dancer with Prospects Fraternity
Faversham schoolgirl Laila Bocarro, second left, from Teynham in BBC One TV show The Greatest Dancer with Prospects Fraternity

The street dance group, aged from 10 to 18, is based in Bermondsey, south London, and had been under the wing of American entertainer and dance coach Matthew Morrison.

This week Laila, 13, was back in her own classroom at The Abbey School, Faversham.

Proud mum Natasja Munden, 33, said: "They did incredibly well to get as far as they did and were the only street dance group to be selected.

"We were taking Laila to rehearsals three or four nights a week after school. They all worked amazingly hard. They are like a family."

Faversham schoolgirl Laila Bocarro from Teynham in BBC One TV show The Greatest Dancer with Prospects Fraternity
Faversham schoolgirl Laila Bocarro from Teynham in BBC One TV show The Greatest Dancer with Prospects Fraternity
Audition: Prospects Fraternity in The Greatest Dancer. Picture: BBC
Audition: Prospects Fraternity in The Greatest Dancer. Picture: BBC

Laila, who was wearing French plaits on TV, first became interested in dance at school and then joined Sittingbourne's ShakeThat Dance Academy where she represented Britain in Austria before winning an audition for Prospects Fraternity.

Dancers had to audition for The Greatest Dancer TV show in a Birmingham 'dance studio' in front of a giant mirror.

If they were successful, the mirror split in two to reveal dance coaches Matthew, former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl, Oti Mabuse and an audience.

After seeing the group perform, Matthew said: "Someone call the fire brigade because that was smokin'."

One of the group's members said: "When the mirror opened everyone was so happy, not just us dancers but our mums, too.

Live Saturday: Prospects Fraternity in The Greatest Dancer. Picture: BBC
Live Saturday: Prospects Fraternity in The Greatest Dancer. Picture: BBC

"It felt like a dream. We had to pinch ourselves. It was as though the whole world was looking at us.”

Mum Natasja said: "The TV show has given them good exposure but they are normally more 'underground'.

"They had to change their routine to make it more TV friendly and had to dance with school desks on Saturday.

End of the line: Prospects Fraternity in The Greatest Dancer on Saturday's live show with Laila Bocarro from Teynham front left. Picture: BBC
End of the line: Prospects Fraternity in The Greatest Dancer on Saturday's live show with Laila Bocarro from Teynham front left. Picture: BBC
Captains Oti Mabuse, Matthew Morrison and Cheryl on The Greatest Dancer. Picture: BBC
Captains Oti Mabuse, Matthew Morrison and Cheryl on The Greatest Dancer. Picture: BBC

"They had more daring moves they wanted to use but the producers said it could be too dangerous."

Laila's young brother Vinnie, 10, is following in his sister's dance shoes and is in Prospect Fraternity's junior squad.

The group was knocked out on the second live show from London by a viewers' vote despite scoring 95.5% from the audience for the second week running.

The show is presented by singer and former Strictly judge Alesha Dixon and Diversity dancer Jordan Banjo.

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