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Co Antrim teen hoping to dance her way to success on Ireland's Got Talent

Shannon Glenn (17), who lives in Glenavy, is part of the dance crew, Fly Youth

A CO Antrim teenager is hoping to dance her way to success as she performs in the grand finale of 'Ireland's Got Talent' on Sunday.

Shannon Glenn (17), who lives in Glenavy, is part of the dance crew, 'Fly Youth', a 22-strong group of hip hop dancers from across Ireland.

A pupil at St Genevieve's High School on the Stewartstown Road in Belfast, Shannon and her fellow dancers have impressed the show's four judges and viewers alike to make it through to the final stage of the talent contest.

Described by judge Louis Walsh as one of the best dance crews the show has seen, Fly Youth received the most votes in their semi-final last week to secure their spot in the final.

Under the guidance of Kerrie and Zacc Milne, the Dublin-based group, range in age from 13-19.

Dance crew, 'Fly Youth' will perform in the final on Sunday

And as the only dancer in the group from Northern Ireland, Shannon travels to train and dance in Fly Dance Studio in Glasnevin twice a week.

Over the last few months leading up to the talent show, the year 11 pupil has become an even more regular visitor to the city.

But her mother Siobhan Canavan last night said it has been a "dream come true" for her dance-obsessed daughter.

"She's always been a dancer, probably since she was about six years old," she said.

"A while ago, she realised she wanted to go further, she wanted to pursue a dancing career, so she went for auditions in Dublin to join Fly Youth.

Dance crew, 'Fly Youth' will perform in the final on Sunday

"For the last two years, she has been going up and down to Dublin twice a week for training and she loves it, some days she gets the bus to Dublin after school.

"The last few months have been non-stop for her with the Ireland's Got Talents auditions, rehearsals and shows.

"But she's so passionate about dancing."

Shannon Glenn (17), who lives in Glenavy, is part of the dance crew, Fly Youth

Fly Youth will take to the stage for a final time during the live show on Sunday, with the chance of taking home a €50,000 cash prize and a primetime Christmas television special.

"They have done so well, Louis Walsh said they were one of the best dance crews the show has seen," said Ms Canavan.

"They really are fantastic dancers and have worked so hard, they deserve to win."

Shannon, who is currently studying A Levels, has had to put some of her studies on hold, but hopes she will achieve her aspiration of pursuing a career as a dancer.

"She's had time off school for this, but it's her dream," her mother said.

"One of her teacher's said if that's her passion and dream, then she should go for it.

"I just want her to see how far she can go, she's just over the moon that they have got this far so she has to go for it."

Ireland's Got Talent is on Virgin Media One on Sunday at 7.30pm.

Dance crew, 'Fly Youth' will perform in the final on Sunday

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