Boogaloo is a talented chap

Sam Hemmings, picture courtesy of
Sam Hemmings, picture courtesy of

ORGANISERS of Thame’s Got Talent have issued a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped contribute to ‘such a fantastic event’.

The talent show, which was won by Thame dancer Sam Hemmings, pictured here, was organised by the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity to raise money to help finance it’s work caring for the terminally ill.

The day raised more than £1,000 which will go towards providing care and support to families affected by life-limiting illness.

Sixteen-year-old Sam, who performs under the stage name Boogaloo, was awarded the top prize for his routine of hip hop-inspired street dancing.

“I was feeling nervous beforehand because all I had really done up to then were school productions and when I saw the audience and the judges I was a bit shocked.

“But when I got on stage I started to relax and just had fun.

“I’m called Boogaloo because there was a professional dancer called Boogaloo Sam. It involves a lot of body waves and ripples.”

Sam performed his four minute piece to a Labyrinth and Tinie Tempah song. He went to Lord Williams’s but moved to Aylesbury College for sixth form where he is studying dance and performance arts.

“It took me about a month to choose the right song and work out the routine. I was stunned when I was announced as the winner,” he added.

Sam is performing at the Christmas lights switch-on on Friday evening.

All the photos from the event, as seen in last week’s Thame Gazette, were courtesy of photographer.

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