Choreographer, dancer and now an established television presenter, Ashley Banjo exploded onto our TV screens in 2009 when the dynamic street dance group he founded, Diversity, won the final of Britain's Got Talent, watched by over 20 million viewers.
Since then he's starred in a blockbuster movie, become a judge on the hit SKY talent show Got To Dance and ITV’s Dancing on Ice, produced the Emmy and BAFTA award-winning The Real Full Monty and guest judged on Britain’s Got Talent.
Since that life-changing pivotal moment on the dance group’s timeline, Ashley has created and produced all of the group’s performances together with all of their sell-out UK tours; entertaining over 1 million people. He has consistently pushed the boundaries of dance and creativity, both on the stage and in Diversity’s numerous television performances.
The name Diversity was chosen by Ashley not only to describe the group's unique style, but because it's a perfect description of their visual appearance of age, ethnicity and what each member brings to the performance. Ashley has managed to capture the true essence of the group with the carefully chosen mix of music and using the strengths of each of the guys.
Ashley Banjo the group's creator, leader and choreographer has been dancing since he was just 5 years old, however it was Ballet dancing that was his first passion. This largely came about as a result of his mother's influence, who was a former dancer with The Royal Ballet. Later in his school years Ashley developed an interest in street dance and after performing solo in a number of events, he and his brother Jordan and nine friends formed a street dance group called Swift Mover. In 2007, they changed their name to Diversity.
Incorporating several genres of music from classical to hip-hop, Diversity's diverse eye-catching routines won the hearts of the nation.