There are plenty of talented dancers out there, but it takes a lot for a dancer to push the boundaries of the well-practiced art and produce something so seamlessly unique that it’ll likely never be done again.
That’s exactly what Nick Nitro and Jeppe Long (Nick M. Johnsen and Jeppe Thybo), who make up the popular dancing due Robotboys, strive to do in every performance.
The pair of dancers from Denmark, Europe, choreograph the most original dance acts, complete with their own theme, mimes, storyline, and self-produced music.
After meeting back in 2004, Nick and Jeppe originally worked together in larger groups of dancers.
But they soon realized that they had similar styles of dance and a vision that nobody else shared – so they decided to branch off and do their own thing.
When you watch videos of the Robotboys in action, you can see immediately that they have a distinct dancing style.
The pair use classic mime techniques from old movies and cartoons. Their music is enhanced with sound effects that give their performances an even greater originality.
One of their best dances ever recorded sees Robotboys team up with another legendary dance act, Poppin John.
Poppin John is a movement artist based in Los Angeles, who has had some TV fame after appearing on World of Dance season 3, where he made it to the Division Final.
The three dancers have pulled out all the stops before the performance even begins, painting their entire bodies robot-silver and donning silver outfits.
When the music starts, Robotboys flag Poppin John as they wobble on the spot, like malfunctioned robots.
They are completely in robot character from the very start, and as the techno music properly kicks in, they begin to pop and move to the beat.
Sometimes they move in sync; other times they each take on their own move, but the timing is always perfect.
There’s something eerily spectacular about the dance – they look more like robots trying to be humans than the other way around.
Don’t expect any full-on street dancing in this performance; just clever, synchronized body popping.
Every movement, from their neck-rolls to their arm-grabs to their leg-slides, is so jarring and sudden that it’s easy to see how the Robotboys earned their name.
Though the video was uploaded to YouTube nearly 8 years ago, people are still watching it today, earning it a total of more than 5 million views so far.
It’s unsurprising to know, after watching this video of the Robotboys doing their thing, that they had faired quite well in the show Denmark’s Got Talent.
“The Symphony of the Robot Police”, which the pair performed on one of the program’s live shows, shot the dancers to fame, and there was no going back from there – especially after Robotboys were declared winners of the entire competition.
From that moment on, Robotboys have been dancing for crowds all over the world.
They now have their own website and YouTube channel, where they recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary of dancing side-by-side.
If you’ve never watched Robotboys in action before, this video, being one of the best examples of their talent, is a great place to start!
Just scroll down and click “play” to watch their dance with Poppin John now – and prepare to form a new obsession.
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