Stratford’s Britain’s Got Talent’s United We Stand wants to build community centre
Stratford dancers United We Stand have set their sights on reaching the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.
The 10-member group dazzled judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Carmen Electra when they performed on the ITV1 show this month.
And if they go all the way, they have pledged to use the �500,000 prize money to develop a community centre in Stratford.
To show how proud they are of their roots, they spent the first part of this week on a mini-tour of schools, the Stratford Centre and the University of east London.
Lead choreographer Tashan Muir said he wanted to put their turn in the spotlight to good use.
The group, which contains about 30 members, also reached the final stages of Sky 1’s Got to Dance earlier this year as Unity UK.
He said: “We are rehearsing really, really hard in case we make it to the semi-finals and we have still got a lot of hard work to do.
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“We have been going for seven years now from stage to stage across Europe but we always want to go back to our roots.
“We’ve always wanted to build a community centre to give the youth of Stratford the chances that we have had. There are a lot of people who don’t have a lot of chances.”
Tashan said he was shocked their performance got such a good reaction from Cowell’s acid tongue.
He is waiting on tenterhooks to see if they have made the live shows, starting on May 6, and the chance to perform in front of another 10 million viewers.
He added: “I was in Serbia when the show went out and I remember being nervous about how we were going to look. When it comes down to it everyone always waits for Simon.
“We don’t just want Stratford and east London to be in everyone’s thoughts for three or four weeks during the Olympics.
“We want the young people of this area to keep the torch alive.”