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Professionally known as Les Twins, identical twin brothers Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois (born December 6, 1988) are French dancers, choreographers, and models. Often referred to by their respective nicknames, "Lil Beast" and "Ca Blaze", they are recognized internationally for their talents in new style hip-hop dancing.

Born and raised in Sarcelles, France, the self-taught dance duo became the darlings of the French audience in 2008 as finalists on the popular television show Incroyable Talent. They quickly rose to prominence in the United States after a video of their performance on the San Diego leg of the 2010 World of Dance tour went viral on YouTube, with over 37 million views as of July 05, 2017. In 2011, they won the hip-hop new style division of the prestigious international street dance competition Juste Debout. In 2017, they won the American reality competition series World of Dance, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. The series featured solo acts and larger groups, competing for a grand prize of US $1 million.

Les Twins have been featured dancers for various music artists, including Beyoncé, Meghan Trainor, and Missy Elliott. Standing at 6'4" (193 cm) tall, the brothers have modeled for French haute couture fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier and appeared in many high-profile, commercial advertising campaigns.

In addition to teaching their original choreography in workshops around the globe, they are also the founding members of the successful dance team Criminalz Crew.

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Larry Nicolas Bourgeois

Born - December 6, 1988 (age 28)
Origin - Sarcelles, Val d'Oise, France
Genres - Hip-hop dance
Occupation(s) - Dancers, choreographers, models
Associated acts - Beyoncé, Meghan Traino,r Missy Elliott, Cirque du Soleil, Criminalz Crew, Les Twins Clique, Ashley Everett

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Laurent Nicolas Bourgeois

Born - December 6, 1988 (age 28)
Origin - Sarcelles, Val d'Oise, France
Genres - Hip-hop dance
Occupation(s) - Dancers, choreographers, models
Associated acts - Beyoncé, Meghan Traino,r Missy Elliott, Cirque du Soleil, Criminalz Crew, Les Twins Clique, Ashley Everett

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Dance career


In March 2008 Les Twins gained the attention of the dance community by defeating French street dancers Joseph Go and Meech Onomo at the semi-finals of the prestigious international dance competition Juste Debout. Following that success, they were finalists and audience favorites on Season 3 of Incroyable Talent (the French equivalent of Britain’s Got Talent) aired on M6. On November 13, 2008 the twins were among the top twelve finalists competing on the Incroyable Talent finale show attended by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and watched by over 4 million viewers. In 2009 they were contracted to perform the two-man hip-hop comedy stage revue Twins choreographed by their long-time coach Abibou "Playmo" Kébe at the Théâtre Trévise in Paris.

In August 2010 a video of their performance on the World of Dance tour in San Diego went viral on YouTube. On November 9, 2010 they made their U.S. television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Les Twins performing at the Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live concert in Atlantic City on May 28, 2012 In March 2011 the twins won the Hip-hop New Style division at Juste Debout, beating out over 353 dancers. That same year they performed alongside Beyoncé at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, the BET Awards, and the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series, garnering even greater attention on the world stage. They also joined her on the French television shows X-Factor and Le Grand Journal to promote her then upcoming album 4, and were the only featured male dancers in the alternate version of her "Run the World (Girls)" music video. Their collaboration with Knowles would continue in May 2012 at the Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live concert series in Atlantic City.

Larry and Laurent were star dancers on the Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil until December 2011.

On March 6, 2012 the pair joined rapper Big Sean on-stage at the after-party for Kanye West’s Fall 2012 fashion show at La Halle Freyssinet in Paris. One month later they performed with Missy Elliott and Timbaland at Hennessy's "Wild Rabbit" campaign launch event in New York.

Les Twins debuted on Japan’s largest television network Nippon TV on July 24, 2012.

During November 2012 they guest starred on the television dance competition Everybody Dance! in Ukraine and teamed up again with Missy Elliott at the Beats on the Beach event in Abu Dhabi and the Back2Black Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In December 2012 the twins began working on multiple projects with Sony Japan. In 2013, they toured with Beyoncé as the only male dancers on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The duo was also featured in the music video of "Blow" and "Jealous from Beyoncé's self-titled fifth studio album.

In 2012 and 2014, Les Twins appeared in episodes of Avengers of eXtreme Illusions, the revolutionary dance series by Welling Films. After the videos came out, Les Twins put their own cut of Welling's work on their own YouTube channel.

In 2014, Les Twins joined Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z on their On the Run Tour. In 2015, Les Twins appeared in a special freestyle dance in the song "Tattoo" in Bollywood film ABCD 2, which was directed by Remo D'Souza.

Awards and nominations

  • Won – 2010 Battle of the Stylez - Germany
  • Won – 2011 Juste Debout Japan (Preselections): Hip-hop New Style Division
  • Won – 2011 Juste Debout Finals: Hip-hop New Style Division
  • Won – 2011 Dance@Live Japan Hip-hop West Division (battled each other in the finals - Laurent won individually)
  • Nominated – 2011 Youth Rocks Awards: Rockin’ Dance Group of the Year
  • Won – 2012 2012 Hip Hop International: All Styles Final World Battle (Larry won individually)
  • Won – 2012 Freestyle Session 15: Top Styles/All Styles Division
  • Won – 2014 World of Dance Industry Awards - Simple Mobile Game Changer Freestyle Award
  • Won – 2014 World of Dance All Styles 2 vs. 2 Final, Las Vegas
  • Won – 2015 Full Force “7 to Smoke” All Styles Battle, Las Vegas (Larry won individually)
  • Nominated – 2015 World of Dance Industry Awards - Simple Mobile Game Changer Freestyle Award
  • Nominated – 2015 Teen Choice Awards - Choice Dancer
  • Won - 2017 World of Dance