A few months ago I met a cool group of dancers on the streets of London whilst shopping at Bond Street. As entertaining street performers, I wanted to speak to them about what what their hobby entails, what it is like busking and what they hope to achieve. Enjoy!
Hey guys, would you like to introduce yourselves and tell us what you do?
Marley: We are the Bond Street boys and we are a group of dancers that do all various styles and just like to have fun and express ourselves when we get down.
Rui: Hey Alex, I’m César “THE SALAD” Silva, the nickname came from my crew brothers, cuz you pronounce my name like Caesar the salad, so it stayed. I’m a part time waiter full time freestyle dancer… My goal personally is to battle Laurent aka lil beast from les twins and Win – hes my idol. Goals as a crew are that I wanna make this group of “brothers” get to the top, and when I say top, to be a force to be reckon with… As Cosmic (Marley) wrote we like to freestyle and battle, so we gonna do all battles and stuff like that.
How did you come up with the name “The Bond Street Boys?”
Marley: When we first started doing shows with just me and two others (Sam and Lean) we introduced ourselves as a “group of dancers” and as we got more into street performing/busking we needed a name and Sam looked at the train station and said “what about the Bond Street boys” and it just stuck.
Bond Street tube station
How many members are currently in the crew? – are there any plans to grow?
So far we have about 11 we hope it would stop their, but if necessary we will expand if there is someone who catches our eye or just interacts with us well.
Having street dance being your main occupation outside education/work, is there a strict schedule that you follow, or do you just meet up whenever everyone is free?
Cuan: We do have set days on when we busk and they are Friday and Saturday, Sunday is 50/50 , on those days we start from 6:30 to until we cant dance anymore. During the holidays we discuss whether we should busk on that day or not (but still keeping our set busking days)
Is there any specific place where you practice new dance moves and choreography?
Marley: We train anywhere we can find , if the floor is reasonably flat we will use it but the places we go to train most of the Time are Stratford center and Southbank.
Rui: We usually practice in the streets cuz the vibe is just right.
The Bond Street Boys practicing their dance moves
What are your plans for 2015? – Do you have any competitions or battles coming up; perhaps videos for your YouTube channel?
At the beginning of the year we had a talk about the plans for 2015 and we will be setting up our YouTube channel as well as getting a new speaker… In addition to that we will be training hard trying gain new moves and up our level hopefully get to a high standard, we will be entering battles and competitions for example battles like ‘New Movements’ in August which is a while away.
How did you feel after having a dance off with Mandem on the wall, and are you ever going to have that rematch?
Marley: We were so honored as we use to watch them at home on our computer or laptop screens and laugh historically but to just meet them and battle them was an honor was really fun because they made us laugh and entertained us as well… If we bump into them we will go after a re-match and go after our ‘second victory’.
Rui: I didn’t battle Mandem on the Wall cuz i was in Portugal recording dance videos and spreading the crew name in my hometown (battle events and that).
Is presentation important during performances: For example the way you dress or interaction with the audience?
Marley: For us yes, as well as expressing ourselves through the dance the type of clothes we wear does effect us, so we try to look as a good as we can when get down, however the clothes we wear also have to be comfortable, to help our performance and make our style stand out. As well as clothing interaction with the audience is also important as we want the audience to be comfortable with us as possible and we want them to feeling they’re also taking part in the show, this also stops them from getting bored as we always have them moving and having a good time, its also good thing in the sense that they will hopefully think of us when they leave and spread the word about us. Interaction is also good when you want to win over the ladies as well haha.
Kaner: We also rely on the crowd a lot in regards to the vibe they give off: the more enthusiasm and energy they give, the better and more hyped we get!!
Are there any dancers or performers that inspire you?
Kaner: Yes they are. We all have our own inspirations as our styles differ from one another. For example the two of the dancers that inspire me are mainly Bboy junior and Kujo.
Have there been any embarrassing moments during training or performances in front of an audience, and if so, what has been the most embarrassing one?
Marley: One embarrassing moment was when one of our members (Karim) went for a hand spring and landed but he ended up slipping and dropping backwards, landing on his but. Another embarrassing moment is Cuan’s (happy feet) spelling, it’s just… Bad, no other word but bad. The last embarrassing moment would be when our member Cesar (the salad) was introducing a show – he was supposed to say “hello London We are…” but because he can’t speak English properly he said “hello everyone, we are dancers, it is our passion, we do for money, and we love to move and etc.” we tried to hold the laughter in but with him doing that we couldn’t control ourselves.
Rui: I usually give matter to the most embarrassing moments. For instance, there was this once time we were busking and whilst I interacted with the crowd I dropped an iphone 6 – it was funny, and we enjoy ourselves.
Would you like to make any shout-outs to fans, friends or family?
Marley: Yep, this cosmic Shuriken, I’d like to give a shout to myself so when I’m reading this i just wanna ask myself… “What’s up marley”
Rui: Shoutout to PTM KARTEL 8500 PORTIMÃO, REPRESENT, OS INTOCAVEIS E OS PRETTY BOYZ, also to my camera crew in Portugal – soul brothers one love.
The Bond Street Boys logo
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