Following a UK-wide social media-led search to find the next generation of dance talent, Butlins has announced that nine-year-old Bailey Farrer of Eastbourne and 11-year-old Kane Benton from Friston are two of five dancers set to join a group of other tiny dancers for a one-off performance - #Miniversity.
With just less than 100 entries from promising performers, judges had a tough time narrowing down to the top five but thanks to their skilful moves, Bailey and Kane were two of the Tiny Timberlakes to form the new troupe.
Judges were unanimous with their vote, explaining that the boys demonstrated natural ‘star quality’, their own unique and innovative dance moves and above all, general cuteness whilst performing.
The new mini movers will join street dance crew Diversity on resort this summer, attending the new Diversity breaks, which take place on selected dates during school holidays.
The breaks also feature the now sold-out Diversity Academies, which gives youngsters the chance to meet their idols and learn some of their moves before Diversity take to the stage with a performance, exclusive to Butlins.
However Diversity won’t be the only dance troupe on offer as #Miniversity’s first engagement will be to step to a one-off choreographed performance on the iconic Butlins’ stage at one of the Bognor Regis breaks.
Who knows, they may be the next big thing.Mike Godolphin, Butlins
The search was sparked by a recent poll by Butlins - which found that children love to dance, even more so than singing. In fact it showed that children would rather be Gangnam Style than be Harry Styles.
Mum Juliette Farrer said, “We are thrilled that Bailey was hand-picked from so many entries.
“He is always getting the party started with his moves. We’re so excited that both Bailey and Kane will have a chance to perform at Butlins, a place that has launched the careers of so many celebrities.
“Hopefully they can teach us a move or two.”
And Victoria Benton said, “Dance plays a large part in Kane’s life, from the moment he wakes, right up until he goes to bed.
“We are so very proud that his passion for dance lead to him winning a place alongside his street dance friend Bailey and the three other #Miniversity winners who are being given a chance to perform on a Butlins stage this summer.”
Mike Godolphin, head of entertainment at Butlins, said, “Diversity was named as a family favourite in our poll and youngsters can learn from the best at Butlins this year as they hone their dance skills.
“Our #Miniversity winners demonstrated both passion and skill and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them to a Butlins stage at a Diversity break later this year.
“Who knows, they may be the next big thing.”
The Dance with Diversity live shows are choreographed and designed exclusively for Butlins by Ashley Banjo and the Academies give budding dance stars of the future a unique opportunity to meet Diversity, and be coached through a face-to-face street dance masterclass.
For more information visit www.butlins.com/diversity
Diversity is an street dance troupe formed in 2007 and based in London and best known for winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.