• Caroline Donough

Pride, Not Prejudice

If you enjoy watching a good dance performance like I do, then you may have stumbled across this video clip on YouTube.

© Britain's Got Talent

French dancers Yanis Marshall, Arnaud Boursain and Mehdi Mamine brought the house down in Britain's Got Talent in 2014 and they were easily one of the best acts ever to have competed on the show. They specialise in dancing wearing high heels and they're... yes, you've guessed it... gay. Since Pride celebrations are still abuzz all over the world, I thought I'd applaud the trio's talent.

Obviously, reaching the finals of BGT 2014 meant tons of exposure for the boys, so it wasn't entirely surprising that they went on to carve out their dance niche with varying levels of celebrity individually. Take Yanis, for example, who appeared in Celine Dion's "Ashes" music video below (from the soundtrack of Deadpool 2). Have a look at him doubling as Deadpool dancing in high heels.

© Celine Dion

Today, Yanis is an internationally sought-after choreographer and dance instructor, with Arnaud featuring in one of Yanis' current projects, Zumanity, by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Mehdi, on the other hand, is regularly seen touring Europe with various burlesque musical productions.

Notwithstanding the fact that I'm as straight as they come, I think the three of them are the perfect embodiment of the saying, "Life is too short to take too seriously", and flicking through videos of them slaying it in stilettos is my occasional guilty pleasure (there, I've admitted it!). If they were to ever collaborate again, I'd be delirious.

In the meantime, here's another brilliant routine they performed on BGT 2014. Very campy and full of pride. Love it!

© Yanis Marshall

#YanisMarshall #ArnaudBoursain #MehdiMamine


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