The streetdance sensation came to North London in Spring 2001
Bounce - The Streetdance sensation came The Roundhouse in London's Chalk Farm for a limited season from April 2001. The show has already appeared in the States, Sweden - and previously on these shores. Nonetheless, it's back with a new set and some new routines to wow the crowds. This is the first time in London for this particular show, which made its debut in Stockholm at the beginning of March this year.
The first thing all you Lindy Hoppers need to know is that David Dalmo and Asa Rickardsson, former Lindy Hop champions and ex-Rhythm Hot Shots, are in the show. So this guarantees some Lindy and a bit of tap, both of which were stand-out sections.
The show is eighty minutes of non-stop dance from the twelve dancers as they rip through a couple of dozen routines. From the Jaws theme opening, the pace is lively and exciting, as the cast hip-hop, pop 'n' lock and electric boogaloo their way around an industrial-looking set. The stage has an almost 180 degree span, so don't sit too close to the front, otherwise it will be like watching a tennis match, as the action switches from side to side.
Apart from the serious art of dancing, there's plenty of humour in there too. A cyclist parks his imaginary bike before going into some ballet moves. The watching gang deride his efforts, and give him some magic hip-hop pants. Suddenly, the moves go street, as he twists and turns his way through the same balletic music.
Another crowd favourite was the 70's disco scene, with some unfeasibly large afros, and a collection of clothes from the time that taste forgot. The theme from Superfly propels the dancers through their moves. Even MC Hammer gets a look in!
David Dalmo and Damon Frost perform a marvellous tap 'n' rap sequence, where the former matches the rap rhythms of the latter. David is joined by three other dancers for a chorus tap - and it ain't the Shim Sham!
Rockin' In Rhythm announces the start of the swing/Lindy Hop section. The troupe goes through some Big Apple moves, before three couples swing out. The music then changes to Jumpin' At The Woodside, and David and Asa go through some Lindy Turns and a few aerials - nowhere near enough. The crowd loved the opportunity to see tow dances actually connect and interact.
Award-winning director Anthony van Laast has certainly got the most out of his cast, and the design of Lez Brotherston provides more than enough opportunities for dancers to jump, slide, hide and leap around the stage.
The present run only lasts eight weeks, so make sure you get along to see it. You won't be disappointed.
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