Dance company Phoenix Boys are celebrating after receiving the golden buzzer on Saturday night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent!

The group, which includes members from all over the UK, were jumping for joy after dance legend Bruno Tonioli hit the golden buzzer so hard that he smashed it!

A teary Bruno said how the group reminded him of being a young male dancer.

Members of the group spoke of how it felt like everything was frozen in time and getting the gold buzzer was the most surreal experience and the happiest moment of their lives.

The group enjoyed a standing ovation from the whole auditorium at the London Palladium.

Stockton Riverside College musical theatre student, Billy, 17, from Hartlepool, who also trains at K.R. Dance Studios in Hartlepool, is a member of the group. The former St Hild's Church of England School pupil cannot wait to go live in front of the nation in a few weeks with his friends!

“I don’t think any of us were expecting this," said Billy. "In that moment the whole experience changed. It felt incredible, and we were all left jumping around the stage."

In training and rehearsals every day either for college, his dance school or the Phoenix Boys, he said: “It has been a busy time, and there’s more to come, but it has tested me as a performer, and I have definitely benefitted from that.

“It has been a massive challenge but also an amazing experience, so far. I have loved every part of it."

Billy is one of two dancers from Teesside to perform in the Phoenix Boys' BGT audition.

Max, 15, from Middlesbrough, is a dancer at Dancewise Performing Arts in Ormesby and attends Trinity Catholic College.

Max said: “It didn’t feel real, it felt like a dream, one minute we were standing there soaking up the audience’s reaction and the next minute we were showered in gold confetti!  It has been a crazy few months but the experience has been unforgettable, and we can’t wait to continue this journey.”

The golden buzzer now gives the group a ticket straight through to the live semi-finals.

Phoenix Boys is a nationwide dance associate programme which currently runs in London, Manchester and Birmingham, and provides supplementary training to budding male dancers with no audition to be involved. The ethos of the company is to provide a nurturing environment for dancing boys to thrive, whether it’s for a hobby or a career on stage or screen.

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