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Stardom beckons for Huddersfield dancer

FUTURE STAR: Ess Green

DESIGNER AND street dancer Sheridan ‘Ess’ Green is multi-talented and riding all the way to the top.

Huddersfield-born Green, 21, who recently appeared on Sky TV’s hit show Got to Dance with dance crew the A Team, is a rising star both in dance and the fashion world. Even Diversity heartthrob Ashley Banjo thinks he has something.

The A Team reached the semi-finals but fell at the last hurdle, despite an extraordinary performance. Nevertheless, Ess is winning plaudits from dance critics and performers on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Our final performance was obviously different, hard to understand and not what people expected, but I think we were winners for getting that far,” Ess said.

He started dancing at the age of 11, learning dance styles that range from hip hop to body popping, break dance to house. He is an all-rounder who entered the dance scene at a local studio in Huddersfield called Suga Brown Creative Arts. It was there that he first realised his passion.

“I consider myself a pro-active dancer and I travel a lot, all over the country, entering numerous competitions. I also own a clothing business called Axznt and I use my dance trips to promote it as well.”

He added: “Dance is my passion; it’s something I have always wanted to do.”

Ess, who was raised in Deighton, now lives in Brighouse where he runs Aznxt, which he started in 2010. He is also a member of the Brighouse Business Initiative, an organisation that supports local businesses.


IMPRESSING AUDIENCES: Ess has won plaudits for his performances

His passion for dance led him into choreography, where he returned to his roots and taught dance classes to kids at Suga Brown Creative Arts.

ENTHUSIASM

“I haven’t done any dance classes there in a while but I am still down as one of their choreographers. I love teaching dance, especially to kids. It’s nice to see not only the enthusiasm but the drive. Some of them remind me of myself.”

Dancing has taken Ess as far as America, where he spent three months between New York and Los Angeles. He trained at the prestigious Millennium Dance Studio complex in Hollywood and went through all kinds of challenges fighting to get a spot on the dance scene.

But his hard work and tenacity paid off. It was there that he was put in touch with Michael Jackson’s first dance teacher, Bruno ‘Poppin’ Taco’ Falcon, who choreographed one of the most riveting music videos ever made – Thriller.

“I knew what I wanted and my level of focus had shifted from a 10 to a 20. Working with Poppin’ Taco was such an amazing experience; I think you would want to pinch yourself a couple of times at the thought of working with someone Michael Jackson worked with. He doesn’t actually teach anymore but he invited me and another guy to his house in Long Beach and we got on like a house on fire. It was one of those once in a lifetime experiences that I won’t forget in a long time.”

The future is looking bright for Ess, who along with his dance team recently performed at the UK’s biggest dance competition Move It, and will be touring, performing and judging at various dance competitions over the next 12 months.

“The A Team are a fantastic group of individuals with such amazing skill and talent. The biggest challenge for us really is trying to live up to our name, because when all eyes are on you, you feel you have to maintain a standard. But we are so driven. The hope is we go from strength to strength.”

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