Search

Boy Blue set to scintillate

PUBLISHED: 18:16 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 11 August 2010

THEIR ONE-off appearance at the Broadway Theatre in Barking next month has generated huge interest and the tickets are selling fast. Boy Blue – the innovative dance troupe which combines hip-hop moves with classical training in ballet, jazz, and tap – is

THEIR ONE-off appearance at the Broadway Theatre in Barking next month has generated huge interest and the tickets are selling fast.

Boy Blue - the innovative dance troupe which combines hip-hop moves with classical training in ballet, jazz, and tap - is creating quite a storm.

Founded in 2001 by Kenrick Sandy and Michael Asante, Blue Boy is East London's most exciting group of dancers - a must-see spectacle of colour and culture.

Originally from East Ham, Kenrick, 27, spoke to the POST about hard work, passion, and dancing with the stars.

He said: "It all started with myself, my best friend, Michael and a few other mates.

"We wanted to cater for the fact that a lot of young people, like ourselves, loved dance, and wanted somewhere to do it.

"Before I started dancing, I played basketball, it was my brother who was really into dance.

"But then I started joining in, I think it was mostly because I didn't want to be left out.

"Afterwards I started to get a passion for it, and before long I was teaching and doing commercial dancing."

Now Kenrick has worked as a backup dancer for many top singing stars.

He said: "I did the Brit Awards with Mystique, and I've been on stage and in videos for people like Victoria Beckham, The Black Eyed Peas, George Michael, and All Saints.

"It's very strange when you meet these people, because you're so used to seeing them on TV, and then they're standing right beside you.

"You really have to try to hide the excitement, and to behave like a professional."

Kenrick wants to extend his passion into choreography - and he directs all the troupe's routines.

So far he has choreographed two major productions, The Pied Piper at the Stratford Theatre Royal, and the opening ceremony for the Tour de France last year.

He added: "Anyone wanting to become involved in professional dancing should look at exactly what they want to do, and then stay totally focused on that.

"Dancing has had a really positive, constructive, influence on my life, but it's not an easy way to live. You have to be prepared for say, two months of intense hard work, and then maybe a month when you don't work at all.

"I have been doing it for 10 years, and it amazes me that I have stuck at one thing for so long.

"Watching Boy Blue is great for families and up-and-coming dancers who can get some inspiration."

A Night With Boy Blue starts at 5pm, with a workshop earlier running from 2.30-4pm on Saturday, July 5, when youngsters can get a few tips from Kenrick and his dancers before watching them on stage.

Tickets cost £8-10 for the show, and £3 for the workshop. Call 020 8507 5607 or visit www.thebroadwaybarking.com


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Barking and Dagenham Post. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Most Read

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Most Read

Latest from the Barking and Dagenham Post