Dinnington dancers So Damn Kreative are gearing up to pay tribute to the undisputed King of Pop.
Their Michael Jackson tribute show will take over the Lyric Theatre on Laughton Road on Sunday 6th April.
It features several of the star’s biggest hits and slick moves influenced by the man himself.
For Nic and Sammy Palmer, street dance is their life. The Dinnington couple even named their six-year-old son Leno after a legendary Boston breakdancer.
They run successful street dance school So Damn Kreative, which started in 1999 and now has its own premises on Lidgett Lane.
With around 100 students on their books, aged from four to 62 years old, the local scene is thriving.
“I have always loved hip-hop and R&B music and when I met Sammy and discovered this whole culture I wanted to step it up and share it with my pupils,” said Nic, 34,a former Dinnington Comprehensive School pupil.
“We have both lived out of the area for a while but came back because we really love it.”
Nic works mostly with the older dancers, while Sammy trains the kids.
Said Nic: “It’s a great way to keep fit and healthy, the music is so upbeat it makes you want to dance. Anyone can try it.”
“That gives me the passion to learn and improve and help others get better too. My husband is also a huge inspiration. He’s 42 and he can still somersault, spin on his head, and hop on his hands.”
“He motivates a lot of the adult dancers and the kids by showing them they can achieve anything if they practice enough.”
Street dance styles covered at So DamnKreative include hip-hop, popping, locking, breakdanicing, salas and ragga. There is even a ladies’ burlesque class.
“The response from the community has been really positive. The kids are fantastic. They are dedicated, loyal, and many have been coming to us for years,” said Nic. “It’s wonderful to see them grow up and their dancing develop.”
So Damn Kreative are always on the look-out for opportunities to perform in public, and have travelled the world to compete and meet other crews.
Every summer Nic, Sammy and other crew members head to Boston in America to train with legendary dance crews The Floorlords and Flava Squad.
“We have got to contsantly keep training to stay at the top of our game and what’s happening on the scene,” said Nic.
In 2008 they represented the UK at the World Hip-Hop Champs in Las Vegas. They were European champions for two consecutive years and were named British Street Dance Champions in October 2011. In 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 the crews performed at the international Breakin’ Convention.
Said Nic: “In November we performed at the Music, Video and Screen Awards at Birmingham ICC in front of an audience of actors from Eastenders, Holby City and Shameless.”
“One of our dancers Max Holdsworth, who is nine, has just made the final eight in West End auditions for the part of Billy Elliot. He will go to London in the summer for the final stage.”
“The first girl I ever taught, Savanna Darnell, has just got a place at MADD performing arts college in Nottingham.”
“And last weekend Sammy was awarded Best Hip Hop Dance teacher in Yorkshire at a dance event in Leeds.”
• On Sunday 6th April, So Damn Kreative will dedicate two performances at the Lyric Theatre to the moves and music of Michael Jackson.
Tickets are £6 each. Book on 07714274548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about SDK at www.sodamnkreative.co.uk