A group of mums who joined a local dance group have made it through to the finals of Ipswich Has Got Talent and have even got recognition from TV talent scouts.
The Hot Mamas, raging from 30 to 53-years-old were formed when a group of ladies, who attended a dance class in Bildeston, decided to perform in the village.
The group made up of eight mothers and grandmothers have now made it through to the Ipswich Has Got Talent final on November 13, At Ipswich’s Regent Theatre.
There they will strut their stuff to Hot Honey Rag from the musical Chicago.
Mother-of-two Caroline Gage, from Monks Eleigh, explained how the group was formed.
“Mums of pupils were originally asked if they wanted to put on a surprise performance at their kids’ show,” she said.
“I never thought it would be so much fun and led us a year or so later entering Ipswich Has Got Talent.”
A research crew from ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent even visited the ladies during rehearsals, so soon the Hot Mamas could be on your TV screens.
Holly Bailey, from Bildeston, said: “From the time we started practising for the very first dance, I loved it.
“We are all very different but this has brought us all together, and the fact that I get to share this with my mum, also a Hot Mama, with my daughter, her granddaughter, looking on, is priceless.
“We hope that we can give confidence to others to just go for it, if we can do it so can you. We are not the next ‘Diversity’, but we have so much fun.”
The group was formed by dance teacher Lesley Woods, principal at Miss Lesley’s School of Performing Arts.
“From just a once a week dance/fitness class these ladies have come a long way and proved that no matter your age, shape, size or ability you can achieve things you only ever dreamed of,” she said.
“I am so proud of them and the hard work they have put in - they have never once said ‘I can’t do that’.”
“I know they will go out and give it everything they have at the finals and also enjoy every minute of it.”
The group consists of Hayley Hynard, Debbie Bailey, Holly Bailey, Caroline Gage, Rebecca Hiscock, Tara Marshall, Lorraine Pearce and Lucy Hayward.