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One Day One Dance

The English National Ballet and Flawless By Jillian Groening
Flawless and English National Ballet

 

The tension between classical ballerinas and hip hoppers is older than Julia Stiles’s zig-zag part in the film Save the Last Dance. But for British choreographer (and former English National Ballet [ENB] soloist) Jenna Lee and dancer, choreographer and founder of Flawless dance troupe Marlon “Swoosh” Wallen, this dance dichotomy was the ideal inspiration for their art. Performing together at the Peace One Day benefit concert at London’s world-class O2 arena in 2011, four ballerinas from ENB as well as ten members of Flawless trade off strutting their stuff amid screaming fans and flashing lights. From bourrées to breaking and soubresauts to stalls, the two sides depict an intense dance battleground. With striking unison and electrifying partnering, the Britain’s Got Talent finalists and stars of the British box office hit StreetDance3D, together with England’s esteemed National Ballet, delight the audience with the dramatic and accessible show piece. Lee and Wallen’s collaboration eventually led to the work Against Time, a co-production between the ENB, Flawless and World Dance Management, which toured the UK. “Chase the dream, not the competition,” is the motto of Flawless, an apt mantra for a group who is conquering the British dance scene one buzzworthy collaboration at a time.

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