DANCE star Ashley Banjo admitted that his band Diversity were initially worried to come to Scotland for the first time - after beating Susan Boyle to the Britain’s Got Talent crown.

The choreographer made the revelation to The Evening Times yesterday during a dance workshop in Glasgow city centre.

He explained the city has, however, since become a good luck charm for Diversity who shot to fame after beating Susan Boyle to the Britain’s Got Talent title in 2009.

He said: I feel like Glasgow is a good luck charm for Diversity.

“We came to Glasgow after winning Britain’s Got Talent and I thought we were going to have a horrible reception because we had just beaten Susan Boyle and she is obviously Scottish.

“But we were just so positively welcomed and since that moment, coming up here has been a good luck charm for us.”

He added: “We just performed at the Hydro and that was a great show.”

Yesterday, Ashley visited the UK Theatre School on West Regent Street to lead Disney on Ice ‘Fit to Dance’ workshops with schoolchildren.

Joined by the cast of Disney on Ice, whose new show Passport to Adventure comes to intu Braehead next month, Ashley worked with the children to create stories and choreography inspired by the under sea world of The Little Mermaid and snowy mountainside from Frozen.

The workshop was part of the Disney On Ice education programme, which encourages families and schools to use their imagination and creativity through storytelling and dance.

Ashley said: “It’s great to be involved in Disney On Ice’s Fit to Dance programme as it inspires children to get creative while being active and having fun. Encouraging children to perform and use their imagination is something I do for a living, so I’m naturally behind any programme that does that.”

Ashley, who will do panto later this year with Diversity, is also in Glasgow for a dance event which takes place at the SEC.