The curtains have closed on a Rhos-on-Sea dance choreographer and teacher's time on the hit show The Greatest Dancer.

Dane Bates and the Dane Bates Collective made it through to the semi of the hit BBC show and Saturday, one step away from the final.

Despite what Bate's family labelled a "breathtaking" routine on Saturday to a 'day and night' theme it was not enough to get them through to the final show.

The Dane Bates Collective in action during the semi-final. Video: BBC/YouTube

Although they didn't make the final Mr Bates told the Pioneer he and the collective had been so grateful for the expereicne and had loved every minute of being on the show.

He said: "We have absolutely loved our time on The Greatest Dancer. What a journey we’ve had.

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The Dane Bates Collective's performance to get into the semi final of the Greatest Dancer. Picture: BBC

“Every second has been a blessing. This has been a thoroughly rewarding experience for us. We’ve met some lovely people.

“It was such a fantastic platform to showcase our work on. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us throughout the competition.

“To Cheryl, our mentor on the show and for the whole experience in general - it’s been truly amazing."

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Rhos-on-Sea's Dane Bates (right) with Cheryl Tweedy

It hasn't been all smooth sailing through the competition though for Mr Bates after he lost his Nainy, the week if the semi final.

But the collective pulled through for him dedicating their performance and spot in the semi final to he Nainy, Rhos-on-Sea Theresa Lee.

Stacey Bates, Dane's sister and the family said they were so proud of what he had achieved.

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The Dane Bates Collective in action on the Greatest Dancer. Picture: BBC

Ms Bates said: "“We are so proud of Dane and the girls. Just to see them on BBC1 was amazing enough, but to watch them go all the way through to the semi final is just out of this world.

"We have loved watching their journey in the competition. It’s been such a joyful and exciting experience. We were a little sad to see them go home on Saturday.

"At the same time, we are extremely proud of them all. Especially Dane, after all the pressure of losing Nainy. He’s really pulled it together and did us all proud.

"All in all, it’s a massive achievement for them. The opportunities will be endless for them, following this show I’m sure.

"Even though they went home, they are still our winners. Onwards and upwards. It’s been a true treasure for us to watch."

The Dane Bates Collective's audition for the Greatest Dancer. Video: BBC/YouTube

Although the Greatest Dancer has finished for Mr Bates, he said he has a busy few ahead.

He added: "“I’ve got lots going on in the next few months. I’m holding auditions for my headlining piece at Move It in March.

“I’ve got lots of workshops booked all over the country. I’ll be touring with Louie Spence Masterclasses and I’ll be holding my Masterclasses here in Rhos On Sea at Easter and Summer."