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Tuesday 12 December 2017

My Lil Hustlers must win to save dance school, reveals teacher

DUBLIN dance troupe Lil Hustlers could save their school from closure if they win the TV competition Got To Dance.

The eight Lil Hustlers dancers from Streets Ahead Dance Studio, who hail from Finglas, Swords, Clontarf, Coolock and Navan, will face up to five other dance groups in the semi-final this Sunday.

The kids aged between 11 and 13 are coached by choreographer Tara Treacy.

But Tara (33) said that the school where the kids learned to dance has hit hard times. "I started hip-hop as soon as the movement arrived here," said Tara. "I fell into teaching, everyone was asking me to teach. I made the decision to open up a studio -- it might have been the worst decision. There were no studios but a dance studio is dependent on people having disposable income."

Their biggest competition for a spot in the final of the Sky 1 talent show series is Irish dance group Prodijig.

The group of gifted youngsters impressed judges with their unique style.

And their financial troubles have been eased with the publicity from the show.

"If the Lil Hustlers win they will be able to keep the studio open," Tara said.

"As a group -- they want to give something back. Of course they will keep some of the money themselves because they put the hard work in."

The crew are setting up an original routine ahead of this week's show and the children have been treated like royalty by the production team.

Tara added: "Four of the kids are from Finglas -- two have parents who are not working. When they were flown out to London, they were treated like princesses, getting their makeup and hair done.

"We haven't had to put our hands in our pockets, its been brilliant. We're going to have a completely new routine, but we're keeping the old school costumes."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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