Talented duo bring hip-hop session to Banbury

Marlon Swoosh Wallen, Julie Bruce and Steady Steadman. NNL-150826-102117001
Marlon Swoosh Wallen, Julie Bruce and Steady Steadman. NNL-150826-102117001

UK street dance troupe 
Flawless teamed up with the Julie Bruce Dance Academy in Banbury to bring a hip-hop dance workshop to more than 50 students.

Flawless rose to fame on 
Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 and have been turning street dancing on its head for the last decade. Its founder Marlon Swoosh Wallen and Steady Steadman delivered the 
session at Banbury’s North Oxfordshire Academy at the weekend.

The dance academy is 
currently based at the Dupuis Centre at St John’s RC Church on South Bar, and Mrs Bruce said: “It was a fantastic 
experience for the students to have such brilliant guidance from the amazing Marlon and Steady who stayed long longer to help present the students recent exam certificates and medals.”

The session at the weekend included culminated in 
a street dance-off between 
two teams, a freestyle 
session and a professional 
demonstration by Marlon and Steady themselves.

Mr Wallen said: “This has been a fantastic session 
involving all ages groups and it is great to see so many picking up a dance routine that would be taught to semi-
professionals, especially when some of them have only been dancing for eight months. It’s great what 
Julie is doing here, bringing professional dancers to the area to provide a workshop that would be only usually be available in London.”

Despite being a new school, the academy has also recently held its first 
ever exam session with 81 
pupils gaining the top mark 
of distinction out of 108 

Mrs Bruce added: “These results are testament to the incredible hard work our 
students have put in, the 
majority of which had no 
previous dance experience.

“I am very proud of them and the commitment they give to their training here at my school.

“The growth of the school has been phenomenal, although only eight months old we have reached a new milestones as we are ever expanding and on the search for our own premises to work from.”