Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dance Group's Chasing Success; DANCE Sensations Flawless Are in Newcastle Tonight and Tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Choreographer and Lead Member Marlon "Swoosh" Wallen

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dance Group's Chasing Success; DANCE Sensations Flawless Are in Newcastle Tonight and Tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Catches Up with Choreographer and Lead Member Marlon "Swoosh" Wallen

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IF anyone knows about chasing the dream then it is surely Marlon "Swoosh" Wallen of Flawless fame.

The choreographer and lead member of the dance act who came so close to winning Britain's Got Talent in 2009 is certainly living his at the moment.

Flawless are at the Journal Tyne Theatre tonight and tomorrow with their show, Chase The Dream.

As well as the remarkable street dance routines for which they have become famous, this inspirational show will include contemporary jazz, modern ballet and jump jive. Exposing this diverse range of dance skills both collectively and as individual performers, Chase the Dream explores life in the fast lane, ultimately encouraging everyone to chase their dreams.

After making it to the finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2009, the 10-strong dance troupe starred in the hit movie StreetDance 3D as well as appearing in music videos for Madonna, Beyonce, Leona Lewis and Westlife.

"Us being on Britain's Got Talent was an example of seeing Flawless chase the dream," says Marlon.

"This is a show that is more like sharing that .... to be able to encourage others to chase their dreams.

"There's a thread of a storyline about an individual who goes through various things in life. He goes through a struggle and at the end of it he realises there is a light at the end of the tunnel and there is a way for him to live his dream.

"We have solos, duets, highenergy acrobatic tricks, as well as a soft, more mellow side, where you are being taken through emotions."

Marlon, 26, formed the group in 2004. A self-taught dancer, he was inspired by the likes of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Michael Jackson and James Brown.

Flawless work closely together to produce new and innovative choreography to make dance more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Widely recognised and highly respected on the dance circuit, the skills and dedication of the troupe has earned them numerous awards, including Best Street Dance Group in 2005, Best Choreographed Group in 2006, UK's Street Dance Champions in 2008, International Dance Champions and World Dance Championships in 2006 after battling over 50 nations from around the world in Germany. …

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