They commanded the dance floor in a way that has not been seen for 30 years since the original Gangnam Style days of Richards and Lloyd. It was a fine team effort but inevitably one dancer stood out.
Prima ballerina Chris Gayle astounded audiences throughout the competition with his wide range of new steps (the Luke Wright Cha-Cha proved an instant hit with fans) and reinterpretations of old steps (in particular the 'go fetch that from the stands' polka proved as popular as ever). Gayle had been reintegrated into the corps de ballet for the competition following many years of dancing to his own tunes.
While Gayle remains one of the superstars of world dance, the contribution of choreographer Darren Sammy to the success should not be overlooked. No praise is too high. His achievement is on a par with those of Balanchine, Fosse or Tharp.
|Gayle leads the corps de ballet in a SuperEightsome Reel - Gangnam Style|