Russell’s big TV dance date

Russell Taylor, seven, of Swinton, is the youngest member of a Parkgate dance troupe through to the Semi-finals of Got to Dance. He is pictured with his sister Chelsea, 10, who's dance troupe also did well. Picture: Marie Caley S0083MC
Russell Taylor, seven, of Swinton, is the youngest member of a Parkgate dance troupe through to the Semi-finals of Got to Dance. He is pictured with his sister Chelsea, 10, who's dance troupe also did well. Picture: Marie Caley S0083MC
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He’s a small boy with a whole lot of swagger!

And the swagger, together with his flips, spins, swipes and freezes, is set to make seven-year old Russell Taylor a star.

This weekend, with his nine co-members of Parkgate dance troupe The Future, Russell will dance live in the semi-finals of Sky One’s ‘Got to Dance’.

He and his pals, aged seven to 11, from the Nikki Lynam School of Dance at Mangham Lane, Parkgate, beat thousands of hopefuls to be shortlisted, then to make the semis of the prestigious national competition that carries a prize of £250,000.

His mum Michelle, 43, of Romwood Avenue, Swinton, is thrilled but somewhat bemused....

She and hubby Maurice never greased up a dance floor, but Russell had all the moves from the tender age of four.

His sister Chelsea, 10, is a gifted dancer, and Russell was desperate to join her routines, said Michelle. By the age of six he was with the seniors in advanced classes.

As the baby of ‘The Future’, Russell holds a solo swagger spot in the breathtaking routine the troupe hope will impress the celebrity judges.

The panel consists of Ashley Banjo of Diversity, Kimberley Wyatt of the Pussy Cat Dolls and renowned tap dancer Adam Garcia.

Michelle can not praise Nikki Lynam tutors enough. Three troupes from the specialist streetdance school made the shortlist of 250 in Got to Dance, which was an “incredible feat”.

The Future’s costumes made by Sky will be “futuristic silver and purple” for Sunday’s live dance-off at 6pm, when the troupe launch their bid to Save the World as ‘Spy Kids on a Mission’.

“Russell’s excited. He’s on countdown and rehearses every night. The stage could well be his future - he’s a good singer too,” said his mum. “He’s in to the Beatles and Olly Murs”.

All show choreography is by Nikki Lynam and her co-instructor Lisa Beebe. They get the best out of their young students by mxing fun with hard work and discipline, said Nikki.

But the back-up from parents is paramount. “It really is a team effort”, she said.

“We’re so proud to have got this far, and the standard over all is very high. The Future are little diamonds. Whatever the outcome on Sunday they’ve done brilliantly”!