Members of a dance school packed into a snooker club to watch one of their former members in a national TV talent show.
Former Bourne to Dance pupil Freddie Huddleston made his first appearance on Sky 1’s Got to Dance on Saturday.
Freddie learned his first moves in Bourne under the tuition of Denise Delieu. Denise still runs classes in Cherry Holt Road and asked her neighbours at Bourne Snooker Centre to let her pupils watch Freddie there.
Dancers and their families cheered and screamed when Freddie appeared and were delighted when judges Adam Garcia, Kimerbley Wyatt and Ashley Banjo put their hero through to the semi final.
Commenting on Freddie’s American tap routine, judge Adam Garcia said “nice feet” before praising the dancer’s charisma.
“When you come back for the callback parts, own it,” he said. “You can do it.
“People like to watch you and it’s a gift what you are giving so I’ll look forward to the next time.”
Ashley Banjo, of dance troupe Diversity, added: “Just know how brilliant you are and just bring it every single second of the performance, because you are one of the favourite acts that we have seen today.”
Freddie has been sworn to secrecy by the show’s bosses, so can’t speak to the press until after the final.
But his former teacher Denise is delighted to see Freddie doing so well. She said: “It was really exciting. He knows how far he has gone but this was the first showing.
“We really thought it was lovely to watch him and see how he managed.”
Despite the judges’ praise Denise did notice one or two “little slips” in his routine. She said: “Since he left us he hasn’t done a lot of tap. But he has a natural ability.
“His technique needs to be brought up to his proper level. This is an ideal opportunity to find himself.”
Denise and her pupils made plenty of noise watching Freddie’s performance, and even got some of the snooker players watching as well.
And they now have their fingers crossed for Freddie’s semi-final appearance.
Denise said: “We were so thrilled he has been put with Adam Garcia, who can really bring him on.”
The winner of Got to Dance gets a grand prize of £250,000.
Freddie, who grew up in Corby Glen, now lives in Westcliff-on-Sea.
He still returns to Bourne to teach classes for his former dance school, and is often seen in the audience at their shows.