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10 January 2012 by Tim Evans

The original StreetDance torpedoed the assumption that British urban jitterbuggers boasted two left feet and lacked the professional lustre of their American counterparts. It also didn't take itself too seriously.

This appealing sequel plays to those strengths...even if there's no homegrown talent (the leads are American and French and the only Brit - Tom Conti - plays an ageing Parisian gigolo) and the action takes place in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

American street dancer Ash (Hentschel) plies his limb-twisting trade in London but comes a humiliating cropper when he crashes to the floor during a dance-off with cocky crew Invincible.

Determined to show the arrogant champions that he's got what it takes, he heads off to Europe with self-appointed manager Eddie (Britain's Got Talent graduate George Sampson) to round up a crew of top-notch free-stylers.

Heading to Paris, the new crew rehearse their moves for the Final Clash and Ash - after watching salsa queen Sofia Boutella strut her fiery tropical stuff - hits on the revolutionary idea 'street-Latin fusion.'

Although essentially a series of genuinely impressive dance set pieces linked by no more than adequate dramatic interludes, this scores thanks to its sly acknowledgment that street dance can take itself a little too seriously.

Yes, there's plenty of angry folding of arms, particularly from the perpetually cross Invincible, but there's also the welcome assertion that street is all about 'front' while Latin is seductively concerned with passion.