Local talent takes on America's Got Talent

A Traverse City figure skater and dancer has made it onto the show, America's Got Talent, with his group, Aerial Ice.

If you watch America's Got Talent, you may have seen a familiar face. A Traverse City dancer and ice skater has made it onto the show with his group called Aerial Ice.

Joel Dear, a dancer and figure skater, took lessons and taught students at the Dance Arts Academy, and what was previously known as the Twin Bay Skating Club, now called Traverse City Figure Skating Club. His former coaches are extremely proud of his success, and say that they always knew Joel would go far in his career.

"His work ethic is impeccable and his energy and what he gives to a room when he comes in, he just brightens it all up," said Joel's former dance instructor, Betsy Carr.

His coaches say he has also served as an inspiration to the hundreds of students that have been closely watching him on television week after week.

" I think it's great for the kids to be able to see somebody from here that they've met because he's come in and worked with some of our skaters and helped us out so I think it's great for them to see him achieve what he's achieving," said Joel's former ice skating coach, Laurent Masse.

Win or lose, those close to him say he is a winner no matter what.

Joel's group performed on Tuesday night and will find out if they will be back again next week during the results show tonight. To see if Joel and the Aerial Ice team will move on to the semi-final round of America's Got Talent, you can watch at 9p.m. on TV 7&4.