Diversity’s Jordan Banjo ignores abuse as he poses with touring dance troupe

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Diversity dancer Jordan sent Diversity fans into a frenzy when he posted a photo of the gang preparing for their next tour following online abuse after the prestigious BAFTA victory

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Baftas 2021: Ashley Banjo’s tearful speech after the diversity award for BLM dance

Jordan Banjo shared an uplifting snapshot of the Diversity dance troupe, who are preparing to leave for their long-awaited tour next year.

Laughing in the sun with their hands clapping the air triumphantly, the talented troupe can be seen outside Dancework Studio in Essex with founder Ashley proudly holding her recently awarded BAFTA.

Kiss FM DJ Jordan, who recently appeared in the Masked Dancer captioned the post: “Gang Business” followed by a 100 emoji.

Sadly, the post comes amid a media storm in which the dance troupe was attacked by trolls after the group won a BAFTA TV Award in May.

Diversity founder Ashley Banjo and her team received the Virgin TV’s Must-See Moment award for their incredible performance on Britain’s Got Talent last year, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and global protests in response to the death of US citizen George Floyd at the hands of the police.

However, the talented dancers have come under attack from online trolls who object to the routine winning a prestigious award.







Diversity goes on tour next year despite Bafta backlash



Ashley has since fired back, sharing a photo of her award with an authoritative statement about the important conversation her routine sparked.

The 32-year-old said: “Wow… this is not just any Bafta, this is the moment to be missed, Bafta audience vote.



Ashley, standing alongside her younger brother Jordan, 28, was moved on the night as he thanked fans for their support after Diversity won for their soulful dance routine.







Jordan accepted the Bafta for their BLM performance with older brother Ashley



The star of the dance group, took the stage at the 2021 ceremony and told the audience: “It’s so much more than just an award, thank you to everyone who voted for us, it means so much.

“Thank you to everyone who supported us. Every phone call, text, comment, you made a difference in what was a truly dark time, being in a storm of 30,000 complaints and a torrent of racist abuse. It was a dark time but this support made the difference. “

Jordan and Kiss FM co-host Perri Kiely spoke of the continued backlash from their performance of Britain’s Got Talent.



The dance – which saw them kneel down and showed a police-dressed figure kneeling over Jordan’s brother Ashley – sparked an instant reaction online.

While many praised their performance for bringing the death of George Floyd to light, others remained furious and complaints quickly reached record levels.

Shell-shocked by the response, the duo decided to address the controversy on air.








Jordan recently appeared in the Masked Dancer
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However the pressure of the situation had clearly taken its toll, especially on Jordan, who confessed: “I can’t speak for anyone else but it’s sad, it’s sad, sincerely.

“I feel really anxious and worried saying something like Black Lives Matter when that’s all we want…. love and positivity. “

Diversity will tour the UK next year starting March 17th with five nights at the prestigious London Palladium.


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