Kensal Rise man crowned the winner of Sky 1HD’s Got To Dance
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Lukas Macfarlane, a former dancer on ITV’s X-Factor, scoops £250,000 prize money
A dancer from Kensal Rise has been crowned the winner of the UK’s biggest national dance contest
Lukas Macfarlane beat off fierce competition to scoop Sky 1HD’s Got To Dance 2013 yesterday evening.
The 20-year-old Canadian amazed the judges and viewers with a set of complex impressive moves, including leaps and pirouettes in a performance to Too Close by Alex Clare.
In addition to the title he also won £250,000 prize money which he plans to spend some on going back to his homeland to visit his family in Alberta.
He told the Times: “I feel very luck and blessed to have won.
“I decided to apply for Got To Dance because it’s so positive it’s a reality television show which is about the talent and not the reality.
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“When I heard my name called out I felt overwhelmed, excited, amazed and shocked. It was the biggest surprise in my life and I still can’t believe it.”
Lukas moved to England two years ago to pursue his career but it took several months before he was given a lucky break when he successfully auditioned to be a dancer on ITV’s X-Factor.
He said: “It was really hard, really hard, at first when you go for audition after audition and keep getting a no but once I got the X-factor job it has escalated and I have travelled all over the world with artists including Celine Dion and Taylor Swift.”
Lukas also teaches at a dance studio in Southwark and plans to carry on teaching despite his win.
“I will continue teaching kids and adults how to express their emotions through dance,” he said.
“I want to keep on this route and keep trying to express what I do. “It’s important that as dancers we give purpose to what we do.”
For more information and to see Lukas in action visit www.sky.com/dance.