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5* Review: Diversity – The Lowry, Salford Quays

Diversity have travelled the length of the country performing for their legion of devoted fans and delivering exceptional entertainment with some stand-out reviews.

A small scheduling snafu and a delay of 45 minutes to the show was not enough to leave fans feeling disappointed at The Lowry in Salford.

This was the penultimate show of their 23 dates and 31 shows and they saved the best till last.

The Up, Close and Personal Tour took us through the story of Diversity from the moment the group of misfits first formed in 2007.

The dance troupe consists of eight members from East London and Essex, sadly Warren was not with them today but the guys more than made up for the loss.

The stories of each of the members really pulled at the heart strings and introduced the exceptional dancers in more depth so that we felt we really knew them and why they had got into dancing.

Perri is now 6ft tall with a deep voice and was always recognised as the little cute one but it looks like the baton will be passed to some of the new recruits to be thrown up in the air.

Firstly a number of dancing dads were invited to the stage to copy the dance moves of the troupe which was hilarious and then the highlight of the show was when all of the group came into the audience to have selfies with their fans.

My son and I were so excited and managed to have a photo with Ashley Banjo and also Ike.

This really was a money-can’t-buy experience and we left feeling so special.

The routines themselves were absolutely mind-blowing and covered so many different genres of music and not just the street dance that we associate with them.

The dancers throw themselves into their precision formations, flips and poses with impressive energy and timing.

There’s rarely a breather as the show throws everything into two 45-minute slots with effects, lights, pyrotechnics and very loud music.

The audience screamed with excitement every time Perri or Ashley entered the stage, the somersaults and twists left a very enthusiastic audience on the end of their seats.

Diversity do as they say: “Dream, Believe and Achieve” and my son and I left the theatre feeling positive and excited about what our future could hold. Diversity are a remarkable example of what can be accomplished with hard work, dedication and belief. Thank you for exceeding our expectations!

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