A team of dads from Crewe smashed their first audition on BBC One’s primetime show The Greatest Dancer and have progressed to the show’s callback round due to air this Saturday.
Dynamic Dads entered the competition, where they performed in front of a mirror, aiming to impress at least 75% of the audience in order for the mirror to open and reveal the studio audience and the show’s dance captains.
They succeeded, with their energetic audition, and the dads came face to face with a packed auditorium and the dance captains Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse.
The dads are competing for the chance to perform on Strictly Come Dancing and to win the £50,000 top prize, against competitors from all styles of dance.
Their fellow competitors represent a diverse selection of individuals, duos and groups – ranging from the ages of 7 to 70+.
Training for the Dynamic Dads began in 2017, following an idea from Glasheen Academy owner Damian Glasheen to bring dads – with no prior dancing background – together to dance.
Back then, the dads met as part of TGA Street Dance.
Damian said: “Dynamic Dads began when I wanted to prove to my daughter, Kya, that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.”
Featuring in an interview on The Greatest Dancer, Kya said: “My dad means the whole entire world to me.
“Dyamnic Dads meet up about twice a week to practice, and some of them have dodgy knees and backs!
“But I’m so proud of my dad because he has the guts to stand up there and dance. I’m so proud of them all.”
When the mirror opened, the dads celebrated by screaming and jumping on top of one another.
Damian commented afterwards: “That was absolutely amazing!
“It meant the world to us that the audience wanted us to go through to the next round. It just shows that something that started small, has now become a performance on national TV!”
Singer, TV personality and dance captain, Cheryl, said: “You could see how much work and effort you had put in to training, but what really touched me was how much it means to you because you can see from all of the emotion that you’re showing.
It’s a real deal for you guys, it mean a lot. I love to see the emotion and the passion. So, good for you dads.”
The Dynamic Dads will now continue their practice ready for the callback round, where they hope to secure a place on the deliberation stage where the dance captains pick which three acts they each want to mentor.