Apply for Back to the Lab 2018

Back to the Lab is Breakin' Convention's choreographic course designed to explore new ways of approaching choreography, direction and staging to give you the means to approach your work from fresh and new angles without losing the essence of what you do. We are also offering one place to a choreographer from outside of the UK.

Breakin' Convention is proud to offer four hip hop choreographers a unique opportunity to go Back To The Lab. Participants, along with up to four of their own dancers, will work with dance heavyweights, Jonzi D, Breakin' Convention's artistic director, and Jonathan Burrows over two exciting weeks of mentoring, experimenting and devising. 

The first week will involve Jonzi D and Jonathan Burrows introducing choreographers to the foundations of creating fresh, new, convention breaking work, while during week two participants will be joined by Ivan Blackstock and Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon who will shape work into a work in progress performance to be shown in front of an audience at the end of the week.

Apply for Back to the Lab 2018

Download the Back to the Lab 2018 submissions information 

Sadler's Wells, London

Back To The Lab dates
Mon 15 – Sat 27 January 2018

Application schedule
Application window: Wed 6 December - Midnight, Tue 19 December 2017
Invited artists informed: Thu 21 December 2017


The course is free. Participating choreographers will receive £300 towards living expenses and will also receive £300 per dancer for up to four dancers.

Accommodation and travel are available for choreographers and dancers attending the course from outside London. Please indicate on your application if this support is required. Local travel will not be covered for London-based artists. A travel bursary of up to £150 per person is available to choreographers from outside the UK.

See how how the last edition of Back to the Lab went with participants Chilly (Rain Crew), Geni Lou, Hal Mayer and Si Rawlinson (Wayward Thread)