South Yorkshire dancers urged to join national charity contest

Anthony Mitchell, who founded The UK Dance Elite Championship
Anthony Mitchell, who founded The UK Dance Elite Championship
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Dancers from across South Yorkshire are being urged to join a unique national competition to raise funds for a Yorkshire-based national charity.

The UK Dance Elite Championship will for the first time embrace all dancing styles from competitors across the country, with a life-changing top prize of £5,000 and a dancing scholarship which includes masterclasses and agency showcases in Hollywood, California.

Judges will include Natalie Lowe from Strictly Come Dancing; Matt Flint, the winner of So You Think You Can Dance; Duplic8, winner of Got to Dance; and top choreographer Richard Marcel.

Fundraising from the dance event will go to Heart Research UK, the charity which raises funds for the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

Auditions will begin online from next Monday (May 18). Dancers have until the end of June to submit their dancing videos. The judges will choose which dancers will go through to the regional auditions in July, followed by live heats in September, and the final in October.

The competition is the brainchild of 33-year-old Anthony Mitchell, Founder of UK Dance Elite Championship, who suffered a serious heart condition when he was 26-years-old and had to have surgery.

Heart Research UK national director, Barbara Harpham said: “It’s great that people have the opportunity to take part in a national competition that gives them inspiration and enjoyment as well as getting their heart beating. No matter how good you are at dancing, being active is good for exercising the heart.”

Dancers can enter their online audition videos here at

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