Diversity’s Ashley Banjo On ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ And Setting The Blueprint For Future Dance Acts

Back in 2009 dance group Diversity blew everybody away with their daring type of dance by physique-popping their method into the ultimate of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, which they ultimately gained – regardless of stiff competitors from a sure Susan Boyle.

But what have they been as much as since then? HuffPost UK caught up with frontman Ashley Banjo about their new venture, tour and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

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Will these new strikes be aside of your tour?

“It did not begin like that however once we have been making stuff up we liked a few of the concepts a lot we’re going to be incorporating them into our routine, doing a number of the combine and match routines”

What do you consider the acts which might be on this yr’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and do you assume the salsa dancing granny has an opportunity of profitable?

“The salsa dancing granny has been my favorite act for a number of years now, she’s sensible! She’s inspirational as nicely. I understand how arduous it’s to bop at my age and the way exhausting I need to work not to mention when your physique has gone by means of that a few years of labor. How she does what she does I won’t ever know.”

How do you assume you’ve progressed since ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ again in 2009?

I assume in each single method… bodily, mentally, in our careers… every part. We’ve grown up, the primary time BGT got here into our lives Mitchell was 12, he is 18 now and simply introduced a home and on the finish of this yr we’re happening tour. We’ve bought out the O2 area 4 occasions, so life’s massively moved on from there. Plumbers, college students and engineers that made up Diversity, now it is what we do for a dwelling and we like it.

How do you assume you match into the leisure world? What you do is so totally different however you get to satisfy and work with lots of celebrities?

“A lot of our profession up to now has been much less about doing the usual exhibits and extra about carving out a path for individuals to comply with so we hope there are dance teams sooner or later which have the chance to do what we do. But as a result of there have not been any earlier than us there’s been no set factor to do.

“When you get signed to a label you might have somebody in entrance of you want Beyoncé or Michael Jackson… they’re all the time at these heights the place you’ll be able to say ‘properly I will comply with in that path’ and you understand the place you’re going. With a dance group there isn’t any blueprint, so we’re sort of creating the blueprint as we go, and creating an excellent instance for the subsequent era and a brand new Diversity”

Do you assume the subsequent era of dance teams shall be as profitable as you and have the identical degree of publicity?

“A hundred and ten %! I assume its all within the thoughts. When we have been rising up I by no means ever thought I can be saying up to now, we’ve got bought half one million tickets however it has turn out to be a actuality, so all the youngsters rising up, it is not a dream – it is a actuality they will obtain. Their goals can be greater than what we’ve achieved so we’re setting a benchmark that may be crushed.”

Can you inform us about your new undertaking and upcoming present ‘Ashley Banjo’s Big Town Dance’ and why you have been impressed by the Olympics to create this?

“Dance is an expression of oneself. It is a person’s interpretation of music and feeling. You can train somebody learn how to dance however not tips on how to really feel. Therefore dance is one thing that helps your thoughts to flee while maintaining lively and match. Stockton Big Town Dance was the bringing collectively of a complete group of all ages from all walks of life to create one superb dance.

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  • Britain’s Got Talent Winner – Press Conference

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 31: Members of dance troupe Diversity (Back row L-S) Ian McNaughton, Terry Smith, Warren Russell, Ike Ezekwugo, Ashley Banjo, Jordan Banjo (Front Row L-J) Sam Craske, Perri Kiely, Mitchell Craske, Jamie McNaughton and Matthew McNaughton attend a press convention after profitable the stay last of Britain’s Got Talent at Sony Headquarters on May 31, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Britain’s Got Talent Winner – Press Conference

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 31: Members of dance troupe Diversity (Back row L-J) Ian McNaughton, Terry Smith, Warren Russell, Ike Ezekwugo, Ashley Banjo, Jordan Banjo (Front Row L-J) Sam Craske, Perri Kiely, Mitchell Craske, Jamie McNaughton and Matthew McNaughton attend a press convention after profitable the reside ultimate of Britain’s Got Talent at Sony Headquarters on May 31, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

  • Members of dance group “Diversity” react

    Members of dance group ‘Diversity’ react after a remark by Mitchell (S) at a press convention in West London on May 31, 2009, following their victory within the remaining of tv expertise search ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. The group beat bookmakers favorite Susan Boyle to say £one hundred,000 and the prospect to carry out on the Royal Variety Performance. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit score ought to learn Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Britain’s Got Talent Winner – Press Conference

    LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 31: Members of dance troupe Diversity (Back row L-J) Ian McNaughton, Terry Smith, Warren Russell, Ike Ezekwugo, Ashley Banjo, Jordan Banjo (Front Row L-S) Sam Craske, Perri Kiely, Mitchell Craske, Jamie McNaughton and Matthew McNaughton attend a press convention after profitable the reside last FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

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