Against Time, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Ballerinas in trainers, phat base lines and fresh pop songs.

Ballerinas in trainers, phat base lines and fresh pop songs.

It picks you up, whirls you around and leaves you with a massive grin on your face.

Dance has never been so cool.

Finally it has happened, Ballet and Street Dance has come together to create a breath-taking performance that is definitely a must see for all ages.

Internationally acclaimed English National Ballet has teamed up with Britain’s Got Talent’s finalists and World Dance Champions Flawless to create an explosive new show which has merged street dance, acrobatics and ballet into one amazing performance.

I have barely been able to contain my excitement ever since I received tickets to the show Against Time which embraces two of my favourite dance genres on one stage, at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.

The two act performance tells the story of students from the All Star Academy fighting against and evil professor who wants to end dance by stopping time.

The 10 male members of Flawless and 10 ballerinas from ENB took to the stage to perform the energetic show which was fast paced and impressive from the very start.

Dancers were body-popping, arabesque-ing, doing robotics and girls were en-pointe to a lively soundtrack which included hits from chart-toppers Beyonce, Maroon Five, Tinie Tempah and even Elvis Presley.

The costumes were beautiful with fairy lights embedded in tutus, school uniforms, ballroom gowns and coat tails.

The show managed to be both graceful and magical at times and then funky and exciting in others.

Every move was full of skill and precision and at times made you gasp and hold your breath.

The backdrop was a cinematic experience with moving images and film and the piece was narrated to help tell the story.

The show included a sprinkle of audience participation and had people cheering, screaming and clapping along.

It is definitely a dance that I will not forget in a long time, for all the right reason.

A must for both ballet fans and people entering the dance scene for the first time.

Chrissy Symmons

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