STREET DANCE: Flawless at Worthing Pavilion Theatre

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BRITAIN’S Got Talent finalists and stars of the movie Streetdance 3D, Flawless will be chasing the dream with their new touring stage show which is coming to Worthing.

It’s their second tour, but their biggest.

Founder Marlon ‘Swoosh’ Wallen is thrilled at the prospect: “We have been waiting for this moment for ages.

“We have always been saying what would it be like to play Liverpool and all those other places, places we haven’t played before.

“This is our second tour, but on this one we are going everywhere!”

They are at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, on Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20.

Flawless have earned themselves many awards – from being the UK’s Street Dance Champions, to International Dance Champion in 2005, and crowned World Dance Champions in 2006 after taking on more than 50 nations from around the world Germany.

Marlon, regarded as one of the most creative young choreographers in the UK, is the driving force, bringing professional experience as well as a new kind of choreography that’s exciting and inspirational, which has also made street dance more appealing to the mass audience.

“The thing that sparked for us it did come from Britain’s Got Talent,”

Marlon says. “That was 2009, but there was also the Streetdance movie and that went to number one. That was huge exposure for us.

“But it goes back five years for us. We have got that history of doing all the old-school competitions like the UK championships. We got our credit from doing all those sorts of things, and we just went up the ladder. We were progressing all the time. We were learning and growing. The only thing that we didn’t have was national exposure.”

And that’s what they certainly got through Britain’s Got Talent: “You get to see the positive side. We didn’t win, but we are doing our own tour. It has been fantastic.

“I was just an individual that always wanted to effect change in people’s lives through dance and through entertainment. I had the energy. I just wanted to change the whole dance world, just the way that street dance was respected.

“From the early days, it was more about exposing street dance and getting people to realise the huge training and discipline that goes into it.

“A lot of work goes into making a career out of it.

“It is not just about throwing your arms around! I just wanted to take it all to another level. I wanted to bring out the class in it. We had the new style, the new swagger.

Back in 2004, it was like “Wow!” We were a bunch of guys dancing and looking cool, and we just progressed as a group.

“I pretty much selected a bunch of guys that had the right attitude and the right mentality. It is not just about the audition. You don’t want to pick a bad apple. You want to get the mentality right.

“You have got so many young people that have no sense of direction or that just lose their view of the dream. Now you find that people don’t dream any more. They are stuck in their nine-to-five and they think that this is what their life is. They are too scared to jump out of the box.

“The group is about showing them that they can. It is about being positive. It is about chasing the dream.

“It is about inspiration and aspiration and about people that have effected change. I don’t want to go too deeply into the religion, but it is more a case of the fact that we believe. That’s the first and foremost thing.

“We realise that we would not have been able to do what we are doing without being blessed.

“We are all young guys that could have ended up in life’s struggle, not being on the right path or mixing with bad company, but, fortunately, we have been together for five years, we are strong, we have got energy and we are spreading that energy.”