REVIEW: Flawless, The Lyceum

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HOW do you keep an audience entertained for 90 minutes purely by dancing?

That was the question asked of UK street dance act Flawless when they were contestants on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.

At the time, judge Piers Morgan tipped the 10 friends from north London to take the BGT crown, while showbiz mogul Simon Cowell described the group’s first audition as one of the best things he had seen in his life.

Sadly, Flawless were just beaten to the top by fellow dance troupe Diversity, who went on to perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety Show.

Flawless have no doubt had to do some soul searching since, and judging by their latest tour - Chase The Dream: Not The Competition - they feel they’ve got a point to prove.

In comparison with Diversity, Flawless supposedly suffered from a lack of creativity. But you certainly couldn’t accuse these former World Dance Champions of such anymore.

Chase The Dream has everything; dance, drama, beats, soul and some seriously rippling six-packs. The members of Flawless have trained in all areas of contemporary dance, from hip-hop to ballet, jazz to breakdance. They weave stories of personal struggle with eclectic routines, and they’re not afraid to experiment with new styles of choreography.

Founding member Marlon ‘Swoosh’ Wallen exhibited enough charisma for the entire cast, but each dancer brought something exciting to their performance. At the end of a show-stopping 90 minutes, Flawless left their fans wanting more.

Catch them now before they get the full recognition they deserve, and tickets inevitably double in price.

Rachel Blundy