A talented Chorley dancer will have the eyes of the nation on her tonight on a TV talent show.
Dominique Boyle, 21, entered Sky 1’s Got To Dance as a member of 15-strong dance group Academy Of Base.
And she will dance live on television tonight as the group compete in the semi-final for the chance to win £250,000.
Dominique said: “I’m buzzing all the time, I’m so excited but I’m very nervous as well.
“The semi-final performance is at Earls Court in front of 6,000 people. That’s the biggest audience I will ever have performed in front of. It’s a big step and it’s televised so there’s no room for mistakes.
“This is what I’ve wanted to do since I can remember. I have always wanted to perform, so it’s great to be doing it on the big stage and TV.”
Among those watching in the audience will be her proud parents, Eugene and Marie Boyle, her sister Siana, and brothers Danny and Joseph.
Dominique grew up in Wheelton and Whittle-le-Woods and is a former pupil of St Chad’s Primary School and Holy Cross Catholic High School.
She started attending Anita Murray’s Dance School at the age of 11 and says the teacher there “really inspired” her.
She moved to London at the age of 18 and recently graduated from professional dance school Creative Academy.
Students and graduates of Creative Academy, led by choreographer and Dominique’s house mate, Joshua Pilmore, came together to form Academy Of Base especially for the show.
Dominique said: “The style that we do is commercial. We blend in bits of jazz, bits of hip hop to make it as interesting as it can be.
“We like to throw in a lot of tricks, flips and things that the audience would like to see.”
The group attended preliminary auditions in London and were chosen to be on the team of judge Kimberly Wyatt, a former member of the American pop group The Pussycat Dolls.
Dominique said: “We were rather pleased when we were chosen. We were absolutely ecstatic.”
The group has since been working on two new routines - one for tonight’s show and another in case they get through to Friday’s final.
“It’s going to be even better than the first one. It’s going to be more exciting. We have got lots more tricks and it’s going to be really good,” she said.
They will be hoping to impress the show’s judges tonight as well as people watching at home.
Dominique hopes people across Chorley will vote to help Academy Of Base reach the final of the competition.
She said: “Chorley is such a small place and there is a real community feel, so I hope people will support me.”
Got To Dance airs at 7.30pm today on Sky 1.