Twist and Pulse

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Twist and Pulse
Twist and Pulse 17.jpg
Twist and pulse photoshoot 2017
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Street dance (popping, roboting, lyrical hip hop, contemporary hip-hop dance
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts Britain's Got Talent (series 4)
Members Ashley Glazebrook (Twist)
Glen Murphy (Pulse)

Twist and Pulse are an English street dance duo based in London. They were the runners-up of the fourth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2010, coming second to Spelbound in the live final. In 2012, they presented and performed at every date of the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay Tour and also at the basketball, badminton and volleyball events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Origin[edit]

Ashley Glazebrook (aka Twist) was born 28 March 1991 in Sidcup. He has two brothers and four step-brothers. From a young age he loved music, especially by Michael Jackson. At the Business Academy Bexley Secondary School, Glazebrook began to show an interest in dance and joined a local street dance group, performing at events such as the Streetdance Weekend UK Championships and the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.

Glen Murphy (aka Pulse) was born in 1990 at Guy's Hospital and in south east London. He attended Dalmain Primary School and Forest Hill School.

Glazebrook and Murphy met at the BRIT School of Performing Arts and Technology where they were both studying for a BTEC National Diploma in dance, training in ballet, tap dance, contemporary and jazz dance. Glazebrook was studying for his A levels as well.[1] They discovered they shared a wacky sense of humour and quickly became best friends. With college coming to an end, they formed a duo called the Cheeky Boiz,[2] and began rehearsing their "streetomedy" performances – a blend of streetdance and comedy[3] which led appearing in the finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2010. They performed on the Daybreak morning show on ITV, in the week leading up to the 2011 Britain's Got Talent.

Britain's Got Talent[edit]

Twist and Pulse took the auditions by storm with their unique dance style "streetcomedy", a fusion of street dance and comedy. Their dancing to the EastEnders theme and The Cheeky Girls' "Touch My Bum" received three "yes" votes from the judges at their London audition. The went on to sail through the auditions and semi-final and finished as runners-up.

Declan "Dec" Donnelly said, "These two guys come on and dance to the EastEnders theme tune. That's clever and new." Anthony "Ant" McPartlin laughed, "It took me back 15 years ago to when me and Dec were PJ and Duncan but they could actually dance!" Dec chimed in, "If they can present a TV show we're screwed!"

Ant and Dec were heard to say: "With their bright hip hop outfits and body popping moves, they reminded us of ourselves back in our P J & Duncan days with one small difference, they could actually dance, and we um couldn't".[4]

TV appearances[edit]

In 2010 Twist and Pulse's TV appearances included ITV's Magic Numbers, where they did a dance that was made up from music from blockbuster films such as The Matrix, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean. They also appeared on The 5 O'Clock Show, This Morning, Teen Nick, and The Seven Thirty Show on UTV.

In April 2011, Twist and Pulse were guests on Keith Lemon's ITV2 show, Celebrity Juice.

On 30 September 2011 they performed and won on CBBC's The Slammer Season 4, episode 3 - "Slammer Grannies".

They returned to Britain's Got Talent in 2012 with their own dance troupe, Twist and Pulse Dance Company, which reached the live semi-finals.

They appeared on the US TV show Jodie Marsh Brawn as special guest choreographers, choreographing her world championship body building routine which she won.

In 2013, Twist and Pulse travelled over to China to perform for their biggest streetdance TV show on CCTV News, which aired to over 400,000,000.[5]

In March 2013, Twist and Pulse appeared on BBC One's Let's Dance for Comic Relief with Lee Nelson. They danced to a "Swan Lake Hip-Hop Remix" produced by Beatonomix. They were saved by the dance panel and went to the final.[6]

Live performances[edit]

Twist and Pulse toured with BGT Live, visiting 14 towns. Since then, they have been all over the country performing, including at the Midlands Music Festival where they were watched by an audience of 20,000. They did a summer tour of all three Butlin's holiday camps and were booked for celebrity weddings and private parties.

In December 2010, BBC NI invited Twist and Pulse to perform live on Children in Need 2010 in front of a large crowd at the Odyssey.

In 2011 they supported Jedward on their fourth Irish tour in August, called 'The Carnival Tour'. This included ten dates.[7] and on the main stage at T4 on the Beach.[8]

They had been touring with the Olympic Torch for 67 dates and performing every night at the torch stopovers, playing to crowds of up to 70,000 per night.[9]

They were invited to perform at the basketball, badminton and volleyball venues during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Twist and Pulse opened the Children's BAFTAs with a performance and presented the award for 'Learning – Secondary'.

Pantomime[edit]

  • Cast as PC Hip and PC Hop in the Chatham Theatre pantomime production of Aladdin; produced by Jordon Productions
  • Cast as Pirate Swash and Pirate Buckle in the Gordon Craig Theatre in the Stevenage pantomime production of Peter Pan; produced by Jordon Productions

Choreography[edit]

Twist and Pulse have always choreographed their own routines. in 2012 their dance company TPDC (Twist and Pulse Dance Company) competed in series 6 of Britain's Got Talent, and made it to the semi-finals.

In 2016 they choreographed their first full pantomime, Peter Pan, in the Gordon Craig theatre which ran for ten weeks.

Brand work[edit]

They helped launch Renault's new electric car, the "Renault Twizy", in Covent Garden.[10]

They appeared in Canon's commercial for the new Legria Mini.[11]

Charity work[edit]

In December, BBC NI invited Twist and Pulse to perform live on Children in Need 2010 in front of a large crowd at the Odyssey.

In June, they performed at many schools in England to promote their new single "Jump". They helped the charity Fairbridge to raise money with two flash mobs at St Katharine Docks and Marble Arch.

They performed at Bluewater Shopping Centre on 18 December as part of the Children in Need event.

In the week of the live finals, they appeared as contestants on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, where they won £15,000 for the Danceaid charity.[2]

In February, Twist and Pulse renewed their ambassador role with the Diana Award youth charity.[8]

Guinness World Record[edit]

Twist and Pulse earned a Guinness World Record for the most synchronised moves done in 30 seconds, with 130 moves.[12]

Recording career[edit]

Having spent a year writing and producing their own records, the duo released their first single, "Jump", on 3 July 2011.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Britain's Got Talent stars may have to give up teaching at Croydon school". thisiscroydontoday.co.uk. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Time out with Twist and Pulse". mybliss.co.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Twist & Pulse – STREETOMEDY Workshops coming to Poole". December 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  4. ^ html "BGT hosts Ant and Dec hail Twist and Pulse and Paul Burling &124; The Sun &124;Showbiz|TV" Check |url= value (help). The Sun. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Taking it to the streets: CCTV dance contest begins". english.cntv.cn. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lets Dance for Comic Relief – Series 5 – Episode 3". www.radiotimes.com. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Twist and Pulse tour with Jedward". entertainment.stv.tv. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Twist and Pulse renew Ambassador Role with Diana Award youth charity" (PDF). diana-award.org.uk. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Feature: Twist and Pulse at MOVE IT 2013". londondance.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "renault-twizy-electrifies-covent-garden". www.fusion-events.com. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Twist and Pulse in the frame". industrymusicgroup.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "World Record Dance Moves – BROKEN !! // The Record Slam (Ep17". english.cntv.cn. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Twist and Pulse debut Jump single and music video on Youtube". allstreetdance.co.uk. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 

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