Wem dancer lights up the stage for BBC talent show The Greatest Dancer

By Dominic Robertson | Wem | North Shropshire entertainment | Published:

She has a name associated with magic and it is fitting because a county youngster is part of a dancing group that's been putting TV audiences under their spell.

Hermione Allmark from Wem has been part of a dance group that has lit up the stage on the new BBC talent show The Greatest Dancer.

The 15-year-old Thomas Adams pupil is part of the Dane Bates Collective of dancers, who have made their way into the semi-finals of the competition.

Performing to the song What a Wonderful World, the group, which is made up of 13 to 18-year-olds, were one of six to make it through to the next round on Saturday's show.

Captained by former Girls Aloud star Cheryl the group will this weekend compete for a place in the final of the competition.

Hermione's mum, Loretta Smith, has been in the studio audience to cheer her on for the last two shows.

Dane Bates Collective

She spoke of her pride at her daughter's performance, saying: "It is amazing, just absolutely fabulous. It is such a fantastic opportunity just to get out there and be seen in the dance world.

"She is just coping with is so well. She's at school today and she got in so late last night then she's up this morning with her school uniform on and she just copes so amazingly well."


Loretta admitted to being emotional as her daughter took to the stage.

She said: "I was slightly tearful on Saturday, my heart was racing, and then it is just so lovely to watch them.

"When their name was called all of us supporting them jumped out of our seats, it was lovely.

"We just hope now that she can be part of the four that get into the final."


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