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Madonna’s choreographer has plucked a Doncaster lad from obscurity to embark on a new career as a professional dancer.

Eighteen-year-old Mark Gauden, from Armthorpe, has beaten hundreds of other young hopefuls to be picked by top choreographer Sisco Gomez to be part of new street dance crew ‘atti2ude’ at the final of Schwarzkopf’s Street Dance: The Search.

Along with the seven other winning finalists, who will form the new group, Mark will receive a £10,000 joint contract and expert training from the best in the business, including Sisco.

Mark said: “I’ve been dancing for over two years and have mainly just been teaching myself.

“I’m so excited about this challenge and the chance to learn amazing choreography from the best.”

Schwarzkopf’s Street Dance: The Search has been touring the UK the last few months, searching for the nation’s best street dancers.

Following an audition at the Sheffield heat in March, Mark was invited to show off his best moves in front of an expert judging panel at the Grand Final at London’s famous KOKO Club last Sunday.

“We’ve seen some fantastic dancers during our UK-wide auditions,” said Sisco.

“It’s great to be able to give upcoming talent an opportunity to break into the industry and support the dance talent this country has to offer.

“Over the next few days, I’ll be putting atti2ude through their paces to ensure they become the best dancers they can be and start their journey to success.”

Sisco, who has worked with the likes of Madonna, Kylie and Pink and is currently a judge on BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance, led the judging, along with Britain’s Got Talent’s Tobias Mead and StreetDance 3D movie star Brooke.

The dance extravaganza also featured star performances from MOBO winning vocalist Kele Le Roc and three times UK Street Dance Champions Plague, and saw all the contestants have styling hair makeover by the Schwarzkopf LIVE Color XXL and got2b teams.

The winners are now rehearsing with Sisco on a tight schedule in preparation to take part in national Championships as atti2ude, a name chosen by the fans of the Street Dance: The Search fan page.

They are currently undergoing intensive training and mentoring with Sisco, before starring in their own video and photo shoot and being entered into the UK’s biggest street dance contests.