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Review: DIRTY.TAP.FUNK

The lights dimmed at Bunker Theatre as the band (a sub-set of LATIMO, led by MD Nick Pike with vocalist Anne-Marie Piazza) entered the stage and the party atmosphere began. Launching straight into the well-known Funk Soundtrack which framed the performance, the audience instantly felt they had stepped back in time to a martini filled funk/tap club. As the scene is set, we witness four friends enter the club and sit down together as their night begins to pick up.

Full of dance battles, timed step breaks and incredible energy, Ryan, Adele, Alistair, and Lexi begin to showcase an incredible level of energy and talent.  The audience feels part of the fun as the four dancers play with the beat, throwing rhythms back and forth to each other. Clearly enjoying themselves, the four combine their individual styles to create a showcase of entertainment.

Ryan’s relaxed yet controlled style combined with Adele’s unending energy leads to some incredible dance battles whilst Lexi’s cool stylistic dancing contrasts to Alistair’s geeky characterisation and isolated movements. With mic’d wooden boards and tele-tones on their shoes, the dancers and the band take you on a fun, humorous and hit-filled soundtrack, full of slides, scuffs, slow-mo and one-legged tricks, until you are tapping your feet along with them.

As a dancer, this performance was incredibly fun to watch and I can’t wait to see what else Old Kent Road brings to the stage! A must group, they will be on tour in early 2018 with their new production ‘Fall Out’, I’ll see you all there!

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