By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
“Britain’s Got Talent,” the British sister to “America’s Got Talent,” recently aired a Latin dance troupe. While dance may not be something new on this show, the troupe definitely brought something new to the table.
Made up of five couples from the U.K., Kings and Queens took the stage on the popular television show.
Personally, I didn’t think this performance was going to be anything special, and it does not seem like the judges thought much of it either considering their lukewarm reactions when the team introduced themselves.
Then, Kings and Queens started to dance.
From the beginning, the dancers combined traditional Latin influences with more modern choreography. I particularly enjoyed that they demonstrated their technical skill as separate couples, but they also demonstrated individual skill and talent by coming together (see: 2:20 in the video).
In their description, they talk about being surrounded by each other constantly, and that chemistry definitely shows through their dancing. Latin dance, in my opinion, has a reputation for being incredibly sensual and powerful, which Kings and Queens brought to life.
I also found their use of songs such as “Animals” by Martin Garrix to be a refreshing, yet interesting change. I definitely never saw that as a song that could be used for Latin dance, but this troupe has proved me wrong.
An iconic segment from this performance was the partner dances at 2:01, where the movements are all timed with sounds in the music. It is robotic, but I find it to be a very powerful segment within their dance.
Two of the dancers, Ryan McShane and Ksenia Zsikhotska, are part of The Capital Dance School, which teaches students many different styles of dancing: from Ballroom to Salsa to the Tango.
I’m very curious to see where this group ends up. I definitely think they have the potential to make it to finals within the competition, given their fresh and creative nature.
And with this video concludes my articles about the beauty of dance. Although I dance, I’ve actually learned a lot through researching and analyzing videos of dance, and I hope you all have gained a little appreciation for dance through reading my column. I’d like to thank you all, and of course, have a wonderful summer break! See you all next fall.