Hip-hop dancing teenager from Northampton aims to win £250,000 in Sky1 HD’s Got to Dance

Kofi auditions for Sky 1 HD's Got to Dance Picture: Matt Frost NNL-140731-150740001
Kofi auditions for Sky 1 HD's Got to Dance Picture: Matt Frost NNL-140731-150740001

A 14-year-old hip-hop dancer from Northampton is starring in this year’s Sky1 HD show Got to Dance.

Kofi Mensah, from Wootton, has been dancing since the age of four and has won the SDI British Championships and and came third in the IDO World Hip-Hop Championships.

The show, which starts on Saturday August 9, is now in its fifth series.

A spokeswoman for Got To Dance said: “Kofi was a very hyperactive child and his mum wanted to find something Kofi could focus on.

“He tried everything such as swimming, football and rugby but didn’t enjoy any of them. Eventually he found dancing and fell in love with it.

“Originally Kofi suffered from performance anxiety, but with the more competitions he has entered, the more confident he has become. He eventually was able to overcome his fears.

“Since the age of eight Kofi has been dancing with a crew called Alpha, whom he still rehearses with twice a week. The members of Alpha are happy for Kofi to audition solo as they are aware of and encourage his dream of becoming a backing dancer,” she added.

The show is hosted by Davina McCall and all three heats and the finals will perform live in front of a 6,000-strong audience at Earls Court.

The winner of Got To Dance will walk away with £250,000.

Australian actor and dancer, Adam Garcia returns to the show after being on the judging panel in the first three series.

He said: “This year we’re going head to head as we’re picking our favourite acts to mentor.

“I’m so excited that for this year we’ll be able to work so closely with our chosen dancers and really invest in every aspect of their act.”