In 2002, talented choreographer and dancer Kate Prince founded Zoo Nation, a company committed to producing exciting street-dance theatre using experience, education and imagination. Sounds easy, right? For such a fledgling troupe, their progress and rise has been nothing short of phenomenal during the past decade - basically, they are fledglings no more. As well as providing dancers and choreographers to clients on a business-level and creating pieces for films, video games and adverts (and not just any adverts - they were Marks and Spencer's adverts), the public's awareness is probably limited to Zoo Nation's West End exploits.
Their first big production was 2006's "Into the Hoods", which turned out to be the first hip-hop dance show to play the West End AND became the longest-running West End dance show, lasting five months at the Ivor Novello. There then followed the stuff of dreams - awards, sell-out shows and appearances at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday bash and the Beijing Olympics (Zoo Nation have also been involved with the 2012 Olympic torch ceremonies). Could things get any better?
The answer is an emphatic 'yes!'. Follow-up show, "Some Like It Hip-Hop" has been garnering press-accolades like "A belter of a show" (The Guardian), "Thrilling, electrifying..." (Metro) and "Glorious" (The Independent), selling out shows left, right and centre during its previous runs at the Birmingham Hippodrome and the Peacock Theatre last year and thrilling just about every audience member. It seems that a mixture of comedy, Shakespeare, old movies, music, cross-dressing and hip-hop dance is just what we all need.
Thankfully, the Peacock Theatre agree - they've commissioned a four-week run as part of a full UK tour for the show. Some Like It Hip-Hop will, therefore, not only be leaping and body-popping its way across a London stage in the autumn from 20th September to 14th October, it'll be brightening up theatres in Salford, Truro, Canterbury, Guildford, Edinburgh and more until Wolverhampton during November. Tickets for the shows are on sale at various prices - London starts at £12 (rising to £38), for example. Sure to be a sell-out yet again, make sure you don't miss out!