Countdown begins to find Alesha's Street Dance Stars 2011
Hundreds of young people from across the UK have put on their dancing shoes to audition for a place in CBBC's Alesha's Street Dance Stars – the ultimate search for Britain's best young street dance crew, hosted by Alesha Dixon.
Auditions were held all over the UK, and experts from Alesha's team had the difficult task of whittling down the hundreds of talented dance groups to just 24 crews.
Each short-listed group will be facing the programme's expert judging panel when the show starts on 22 August, all hoping to be crowned Alesha's Street Dance Stars 2011 – but only one crew can win.
Groups of up to 12 young street dancers will compete in a series of heats in the hope of getting a chance to perform the routine in London's West End.
The street dance crews will be put through their paces by the expert judging team: Laurence Olivier Award-winning choreographer and co-founder of the Boy Blue Entertainment hip-hop dance company Kenrick Sandy; internationally acclaimed dancer and So You Think You Can Dance finalist Lizzie Gough; and Issac "Turbo" Baptiste, one of the UK's most versatile street dancers with a string of impressive credits including working with Madonna, Will Smith and Whitney Houston.
Perri Luc Kiely and Jordan Banjo from UK street dance crew Diversity will also be taking part – mentoring and supporting the crews as they progress through the series and providing pointers on how best to impress the judges.
Filming for the series took place in Manchester and MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, and the show will be on CBBC from 22 August.