When we received a tweet last week to say we’d won the Sadlers Wells Flashmob Twitter competition, we may have squealed
a lot ever so slightly, before remembering we were away and unable to go *does her best paso face and stomps like a three year old!* *breathes and composes herself* Luckily, the amazing team at Sadlers Wells let my lovely friend Serene, go in our place. She agreed to review the show for our blog, so here are her thoughts just for you:
Last night, we were lucky enough to be invited to see FLASHMOB at the Peacock Theatre in London and meet some of the stars afterwards. Being huge dance lovers and Strictly fans we were ever so slightly excited, as it meant getting to see the lovely Karen and Kevin dance and meet them after the show.
Dancers and dance fans have been spoilt over the last few years with a wide range of TV shows showcasing some of the best dance talent. Flashmob highlighted this by combining the hugely talented and popular stars of Strictly Come Dancing (Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer,) Got to Dance (Brosena and Alleviate,) So you think you can dance (Tommy Franzen) and Britain’s Got Talent (Flawless) all together on one stage.
FLASHMOB IS (as described) the show where dance worlds collide. Dance worlds don’t only collide, but also inspire and amaze you with breathtaking routines and performances. Whether you’re a fan of breakdance, freestyle, hip hop, contemporary, Irish, Latin or Ballroom, you’ll find something there just for you. If you love your twitter and social media, like us, you’ll be hooked too!
The first act centres around the story of how friendships are formed between the dancers and you learn why the FLASHMOB came to be. As well as the beautiful dancing from all the cast there are great backdrops and use of social media in the staging, lighting and direction. This part of the show will make you smile, laugh and well up with pure emotion. The dancing will send shivers down your spine and make you want to shimmy and clap along. For us, there wasn’t just one highlight in this act, but lots of them. We especially loved Alleviate’s emotional routine, and would like to get out of bed every morning dancing just like Tommy Franzen. Kevin and Karen’s dancing lit up the stage. It was electric, phenomenal and powerful. Flawless were, well, absolutely Flawless and amazed us with their creative routines. Brosena’s Irish Dancing was pure perfection. It was so watchable it left us wanting more. It’s safe to say we couldn’t take our eyes off the dancing and didn’t blink once!
During the interval we bumped into The Hairy Bikers at the bar. We were very excited and squealed so much (memo to self: next time bring earplugs for anyone we meet or take with us!) They were lovely people to meet and even had a very quick chat with us whilst waiting to be served:
It was then time for us to return back to our seats ready for the Second Act. This was a buffet of delicious dancing with all dance styles imaginable. The opening Smooth Criminal-inspired routine was a feast for us dance fans teasing and treating us with so many different dance styles, we loved it. Kevin’s Paso jacket made a reappearance (we never realised how sparkly it was on TV 😍) with a gorgeous flamenco routine from him and Karen. Their romantic routine to Clown by Emeli Sandé was beautiful and had us in tears. Tommy’s solo routine showed this dancer’s unique style of hip hop dance which tugged at our heart strings, made us smile and left us speechless (we loved it!) Alleviate’s airborne dancing was breathtaking and Brosena’s Modern Irish Dancing was toe-tappingly good! The power and acrobatics of Flawless’s dancing amazed us too.
The show made sure there was audience interaction too, with everyone getting involved at the end in one huge FLASHMOB. We may have even attempted a little dance on the concourse on the way home at Euston Station. 💃💃
It’s safe to say we loved the show, and meeting the stars afterwards was the icing on the cake. They are all such lovely people to talk to and it’s clear to see they love what they do.
Not only did we loved it, but some very famous faces also tweeted their love for Flashmob too. Here are some of their tweets:
Thank you to the Flashmob Company and Sadlers Wells for hosting a fabulous evening. Huge thanks as well to my lovely friend Cassie for letting us take her place.
From us (my friend Jo and I), the show definitely gets 10/10. If you get the chance to go, don’t turn it down, this show is unmissable! The show is at the Peacock Theatre in London until the 8th June before embarking on a UK tour. To purchase tickets and find out more visit http://www.flashmobtour.com.