Mixing nightclub vibes with West End production values, Blaze The Show is a high energy non-stop street dance and break dance show, directed by Anthony van Laast (Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, Batman Live).
Choreographed by some of the brightest and hottest names in the street dance scene, like Mike Song, Kenny Wormald, Lyle Beniga, Ryan Chappell, Chris Baldock and Kendra Horsburgh and featuring stunning set designs by Es Devlin (set designer for Kanye West, Mika, Take That, Pet Shop Boys and the Lady Gaga Monster Ball tour) we combine the world’s greatest theatre and music talents with the best talent in the dance scene.
Our dancers are specialised on the field of breaking, tapping, popping, locking and hip hop and have performed with artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Rihanna, Sean Paul and Mohombi.
After a successful premier in London, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, we have continued our worldwide tours in theatres in Berlin, Italy, Germany, Paris, Bangkok, Russia and Australia and have sold more than 250,000 tickets worldwide.
Continuing the meteoric rise of street dance after the success of TV shows such as Britain’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance, Blaze The Show is guaranteed to delight street dance junkies and newcomers alike. Experience the sensation of street dance live at Blaze The Show!
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The challenging choreography is a combination of the talents of seven international choreographers, all at the top of their game in their respective fields. The choreography pushes the dancers to new levels in their styles proving that street dance is not for the fainthearted and will take the respect it is entitled to in the world of dance.
The gifted director and choreographers Anthony van Laast, Mike Song, Kenny Wormald, Lyle Beniga, Chris Baldock, Kendra Horsburgh and Tommy Franzen have raised the standard of BLAZE to make it the freshest, most energetic street dance show in the world.
Anthony van Laast
Anthony has a rich history in the industry as a dancer, choreographer and show director. From stage (Mamma Mia!, Siegfried and Roy, Sister Act, Batman Live), to film (Mamma Mia!, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), to live music shows (Mika, Kate Bush). Six years ago Van Laast was the director for the street dance extravaganza BOUNCE and is now thrilled to be back to direct BLAZE The Show. He has once again created something exciting, innovative and original that will captivate and enthral audiences and will set new standards in the world of contemporary dance.
Street dance is a genre Anthony feels great affinity to. “It never stands still; it constantly evolves and reinvents itself,” he says, “Street dance is the true contemporary dance of the twenty-first century.”
"The dancers bring an intensity that will really shock and surprise the audience."
Inspired by both American and Korean artists, Mike has been a part of several seasons of America’s Best Dance Crew and has a very impressive international career as a judge, choreographer and instructor. He is one of the most progressive choreographers and currently the artistic director of Kaba Modern Legacy.
"If you like dancing and music you have to see BLAZE. It's gonna be a fusion of all the styles of hiphop: it's gonna be an amazing show."
Kenny has been working with a seemingly endless list of artists: Chris Brown, Madonna, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and The Pussycat Dolls to name just a few. He has been a part of MTV's 2009 tribute to Michael Jackson and choreographer for the American show So You Think You Can Dance.
"There's a lot of strength involved. It's quick but smooth, isolated but big. These dancers are really killing it."
Lyle is another choreographer with experience with strictly A-list artists. Amongst them are: Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera and Hillary Duff. He also danced at the Michael Jackson tribute @ MTV's 2009 VMAs. Most famous for his innovative freestyle, Lyle has given master classes and workshops in every corner of the world.
"The opportunity to take an art form like street dance to a new level and to share that with new audiences is an honor."
Chris has had an incredible career so far. Some highlights: are the street dance show Bounce, Starlight Express, Top of the Pops, The Brits, Mobo Awards and he choreographed and directed shows for fashion brands such as Adidas, Nike, Levi's and Asics.