There’s comfort in the oft-repeated narrative structure of street dance movies: no matter how much personal turmoil a fictional crew goes through, you know they’re going to come out on top in the end. This documentary seems to go the same way, as it follows under-16s dance crew and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalists Entity Allstars trying to win the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in Germany. This is real life, though, and a happy ending isn’t guaranteed.
Which means that as we get to know the dancers and their parents through interviews and rehearsal footage, genuine tension builds. In fact, shots of parents watching their kids perform – phones in the air and faces scrunched up – are both mundane and captivating. And, as Entity Allstars get closer to the trophy, viewers increasingly share the pain caused by injuries, arguments and haters. Especially since it’s clear that every member of the group relies on the friendships they form and the self-worth they get from being in the crew. As one dancer says, ‘You’re all seeing the same thing, feeling the same thing: it’s like Bluetooth’.