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This post provides information about the French Hip Hop dance duo Les Twins, Laurent and Larry Bourgeois. Five videos of Les Twins are also showcased in this post.
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Thanks to Les Twins for their cultural legacy. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.
INFORMATION ABOUT LES TWINS
"Professionally known as Les Twins, identical twin brothers Laurent and Larry Bourgeois (born December 6, 1988) are French dancers, choreographers, and models. Often referred to by their respective nicknames, "Lil Beast" and "Ca Blaze", they are recognized internationally for their talents in new style hip-hop dancing....
Les Twins have been featured dancers for various music artists, including Beyoncé and Missy Elliott. Standing at 6'4" (193 cm) tall, the brothers have modeled for French haute couture fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and appeared in many high-profile commercial advertising campaigns.
In addition to teaching their original choreography in workshops around the globe, they are also the founding members of the successful dance team Criminalz Crew....
Les Twins’ dance style is often categorized as hip-hop new style, a commercial form of hip hop with a strong emphasis on isolations and musicality. However, the twins are known for having created a unique style from this dance which they refer to as "Twins-Style". Due to their ability to anticipate and finish each other’s moves, the brothers quickly gained a reputation for their timing and skill at making freestyle dance look like choreography. Charlotte Guillemin of WAD Magazine wrote:
They have really created a form of hip-hop that is truly individual to them...They are in perfect symbiosis. They look totally disjointed with their very jerky movements, although at the same time displaying an amazing fluidity. They undulate, bend and twist, impossible to assess where their center of gravity lies: both phenomenal and unreal.
Larry and Laurent credit their major inspirations as Michael Jackson, their coach Abibou "Playmo" Kébe, cartoons, and their own siblings, nine of whom are also dancers."...
These videos are presented in chronological order based on their posting dates on YouTube, with the video with the oldest date given first.
Example #1: Les Twins - Incroyable Talent 2008.mp4
KB24 Uploaded on Feb 21, 2010
Example #2: LES TWINS World of Dance San Diego 2010 WOD | YAK FILMS
YAKfilms Uploaded on Aug 29, 2010
Filmed & edited by Yoram Savion, Kash Gaines, Ben Tarquin & Javier Ochoa.
Example #3: LES TWINS - France | Performance @ HHI's 2012 World Hip Hop Dance Championship
OfficialHHI, Published on Aug 5, 2012
Example #4: Les Twins - Twins N Chains
DanceOn, Published on Jan 22, 2015
Example #5: LES TWINS AT CITY DANCE SAN FRANCISCO : KIDS ONLY 2015
C I T Y D A N C E L I V E Published on Mar 30, 2015
This video contains the final choreo plus that all kids cypher at the end of class. Larry and Laurent dance at the very end of the cypher.
Filmed at the City Dance/MJ Lab on March 22, 2015 by Sandy Lee.
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