August 9, 2008

Circus-Style Dancers Roar With Delight As They Win Culture Talent Show

ANAMAL won last night's Now That's What We Call Culture at the ECHO arena.

The circus act from Hoylake battled it out with 11 other undiscovered acts to scoop first place.

Their colourful costumes, circus-inspired gymnastics and quick routines caught the eye of celebrity judging panel and the thousands of people watching.

The street dance troupe now get the chance to play a starring role in the closing ceremony of the Capital of Culture Year, a guest appearance in Channel 4's award winning teen drama Hollyoaks and a cash prize of pounds 1,000.

Their street dance act had over a two dozen dancers in and they performed to circusthemed music.

The dance group's principal, Anna Malone, 25, said: "It's amazing. In just over a year of being together we have achieved so much."

Actress Claire Sweeney and comedian Les Dennis hosted the event and were joined by celebrities Ricky Tomlinson and Michael Stark, Neil Fitzmaurice and Mark Moraghan.

Celebrity judges - including Phil Redmond and Jennifer Ellison - were on hand to give their reaction, remarks and recommendations, with the finale audience deciding upon the ultimate winner by text vote.

To make the final, the judges picked from 460 acts this week.

Amongst the other acts singer and dancer Shaun Walsh, 13, from Fazakerley, wowed judges with his moves and vocals to James Brown's I Feel Good, and Liverpool teen band The Dockers rocked the arena.

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