BRITAIN’S Got Talent stars Twist and Pulse brought their mix of dance and comedy to Portsmouth.
The street dance duo ran a series of dance workshops at Abstract Dance and Performing Arts studio in North End.
More than 130 children and adult dancers were there to learn tricks from the duo, whose real names are Ashley Glazebrook and Glen Murphy.
Twist and Pulse rose to fame in 2010 as runners-up on Britain’s Got Talent.
The pair combine street dance with comedy moves in a dance style they call ‘streetomedy’.
The dance school’s principal Amber Leigh Mitchell said people travelled from as far afield as Reading and Southampton.
‘The boys were really good with all of the age groups,’ she said. ‘Everybody came out happy and smiling.
‘Some of the people there bought Twist and Pulse T-shirts which they signed and then at the end of the day we asked them if they could add their handprints to a collage we’re doing on a wall.’
Ms Mitchell said participants ranged from four years old to adult.
She said the duo’s unconventional spin on dancing appealed across age groups.
‘They start by doing a regular street dance and do something from The Cheeky Girls or out of The Lion King.
‘It’s unexpected and it really makes the audience laugh.’
Donna Holmes, who is a costume designer and art teacher at the school, was there with her children George, 14, and Katy, eight.
She said the youngsters enjoyed the workshop.
‘They absolutely loved it – there was a lot of laughter,’ she said.
‘Twist and Pulse are really good role models. They’re positive and they don’t just put on a show for the children, they teach them how to do the moves in a really fun way.’
George said he was in a workshop with about 20 others.
He said: ‘It was very enjoyable. I used to watch them on Britain’s Got Talent and I found it very comedic.
‘They danced to EastEnders which I found hilarious because I don’t think anyone’s ever done that before.
‘After the workshop we got a photo and we got to speak to them.’
The duo returned to Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 with a newly-formed dance troupe, the Twist and Pulse Dance Company’, and reached the semi-finals.
Last year they travelled to China and performed to an audience of more than 400m people on a streetdance TV show.