I love the street dance group ‘Diversity’ and the more I find out about them the more I think that they have a lot in common with our gymnastics clubs.
If you don’t know who ‘Diversity’ are, they are an amazing dance group from London who won ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ back in 2009. It was the year with the shock ending as they beat the year’s hot favourite, Susan Boyle. They created a style all of their own which is often emulated but in my opinion, never bettered. I was so excited when I heard that they were appearing on the final of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ a few weeks ago and I wasn’t disappointed. Their dancing was better than ever. Their fun gimmick of the somersaulting little boy with the big hair was still in the act even though Perry is now all grown up, as they have introduced a new young dancer to do what he used to do. As the dance act progressed they added musicians, singers and even more dancers to create something wonderful and unique.
So how did ‘Diversity’ get started? Ashley and his brother Jordan were taught to dance by their mum, Danielle Banjo, a former ballet dancer who trained and performed with the Royal Ballet. She then helped to get the group together and she encouraged them every step of the way. The boys were lucky to have their mum supporting them in the same way that I was lucky to have the support of my mum (a former gym coach) when I started up the first Flair Gymnastics Club in Surrey in 1998.
The boys seem to have good core values and they continue to live by their motto: Dream, Believe, Achieve. Having strong core values is extremely important to us too and we make sure that our staff know and understand them: Confidence, Trust, Family, Adventurous, Passionate, Inspirational, Growth, Humility.
‘Diversity’ is different in that they don’t have a huge team around them doing their choreography, choosing their staging and costumes but rather Ashley Banjo is the driving force behind them. He drafts the concept, story and stage design himself when it comes to productions and tours and makes the big decisions so that they are in control of the finished product.
How can a dance act like ‘Diversity’ still be making headlines? Because they are constantly evolving and progressing. They don’t just settle for what they know and understand but are constantly looking for the ‘What’s Next?’ Apart from their spectacular tours Ashley has made a success for himself out of being a judge on TV shows and he raised money for charity as the choreographer and co-presenter of ITVs ‘The Real Full Monty’ last week. ‘Diversity’ often teach at dance academies at various Butlins and they have just launched www.20DV.co.uk which is the online portal to the world of ‘Diversity.’ This is where you can gain access to dance tutorials and you will have the chance to perform alongside ‘Diversity’ at exclusive performances for 20DV members only.
I am constantly thinking of new ways to make our Flair gymnastics clubs and our gymnastics programmes stand out and be the very best that we can make them. We are constantly evolving and updating ourselves with better offerings, just like ‘Diversity.’ It’s never boring here as we strive to offer you more magic and extra sparkle.
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