Two super-talented Oxfordshire youngsters were among six lucky dancers to show their moves on stage alongside superstar Justin Bieber at a major music festival.
Massive Bieber fans Chelsea Cox, 12 from Oxford, and Esme Edwards-Prout, 11 from Bicester, were left starstruck as they danced with their hero in front of 70,000 people at the British Summer Time festival on Sunday last week.
Ellisha Peart, who has run Blackbird Leys dance school Messy Jam for 11 years, said she was ‘genuinely shocked’ when the pair were selected as two of the six performers ahead of thousands of other submissions.
The duo, who were told four days before the gig that they had been selected to dance on stage alongside the 23-year-old superstar singer, performed their routine to Children, a song from his latest record Purpose.
Miss Peart said: “I am super proud of them. They handled themselves as true professionals – it brings a tear to my eye.
“Everyone was ecstatic – the girls were smiling like Cheshire cats. I hope these opportunities keep coming.”
She described the group of six dancers – all aged between nine and 13 – as ‘such a nice little group’.
The dancers didn’t meet Bieber until he was on stage – but he gave all them a hug after the song.
A dance troupe from Messy Jam called Elite Squad Royalz made the semi-final of last year’s Britain’s Got Talent competition.
The group, which included Chelsea and Esme, were praised by judges David Walliams and Simon Cowell.
Visit tinyurl.com/y99lb2rg for amateur footage of Chelsea and Esme’s dance.