Flash Mob showcases the talents of a group of young dancers in a high energy, fast-paced, mixed bill of original choreography. Its stars are drawn from reality TV shows reprising the styles that first endeared them to the public and mixing them all up in one big joyous celebration of dance.
So, Irish duo, Brosena, thrill with their fleet rhythmic footwork and surprise with modern twists. Alleviate make us actually cry during their most emotive, dramatic, lyrical duet and Charlie Bruce amazes, throwing herself into challenging contemporary as well as the high kicking, sassy jazz dance that once made Arlene Phillips use the word "mega" live on TV.
New to UK audiences are street crew (America's Best, in fact) The Elektrolytes, who win the audience over in seconds with their crazy, fun hip-hop and the smouldering R.Elle Niane (off Streetdance 2 3D) and her partner Edwar Ramos showing an earthy, raw side to salsa — no "Strictly" sequins or heels here.
What's special about the show is that its dancers can shine in their own right, doing what they do best. But they also switch styles and partners, delivering a huge variety of entertaining dance pieces making us laugh, weep, bob up and down, shimmy, woop woop and wolf whistle. We were more than ready to join in with the participation at the end.
If you or your kids have never been to a dance show before this is an excellent way in and anyone with reservations about live shows churned out from the reality TV machine should leave them on Kingsway to kick after curtain call when you prance out feeling elated.
Photos by David Nelson