Thamesmead dancer plans to take on the world after revelling in Got To Dance spotlight

PUBLISHED: 12:02 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:15 11 April 2013

India Bowen

India Bowen


Knowing one million people are watching you on television show Got To Dance could be a daunting experience for many people, but it spurred on one Thamesmead teenager to dance her heart out.

India Bowen with some of the awards she has wonIndia Bowen with some of the awards she has won

India Bowen is part of dance troupe IMD Legion who reached the national final of the reality television talent show last month.

Although they did not make it through to the final three, she says taking part in the series was only the start of things for her and her group.

The 16-year-old said: “It was an amazing experience and although we didn’t win we still went out and made our mark on the stage. Got to Dance was just the beginning for us and we have so many things coming up. We’ve shown the UK what we can do; now I can’t wait until we show the world.

“Performing in front of three top judges was a dream come true, but I can’t wait for what’s in store in the future.”

India, who goes by the stage name Indz, is perfecting her skills at Reynolds Performing Arts College in Dartford and the Wolvercote Road resident has set her sights on a career in dance, undaunted by how competitive and demanding that can be.

For now, her focus is on IMD Legion. Each member of the group specialises in different styles and India’s are popping and hip-hop. She has used her skills to perform in The Pied Piper at the Barbican, among other gigs, and dancing has always been close to her heart.

IMD Legion’s moment in the spotlight came in the national final at the Kensington Olympia in front of 6,000 people, but throughout the competition the troupe wowed the judges – Kimberley Wyatt, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, JLS star Aston Merrygold and Ashley Banjo of Diversity.

The latter two have both taken part in reality television talent shows, with Diversity winning Britain’s Got Talent and JLS being runners-up on The X Factor, and both advised them to make the most of their Got to Dance success.

“The judges gave us some great advice and they must have been impressed with what they saw because all three gave us a gold star in the semi-finals, which was a great feeling.

“We’ve had amazing comments throughout Got to Dance and people have said we’ve been their inspiration, which is more than we could have dreamed of.

“But the show is in the past now and we’re looking towards the future. IMD have a lot of competitions on the horizon and I’m concentrating on getting my dance qualifications at Reynolds. I can’t wait for what’s in store.”

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