Starting From Scratch Hip Hop Theatre Project for 13-21 Year Olds


Ages: 13-21
Project Duration: Saturdays 2-5pm in Islington from December 2017 - April 2018. 
Location: Hornsey Road Baths, 2 Tiltman Place, off Hornsey Road, London, N7 7EE

Get involved, gain experience, develop your skills and be part of the brand new hip hop theatre project Starting From Scratch, all for free!

Breakin' Convention are offering young people the opportunity to create a brand new theatre piece to perform as part of the Breakin' Convention 15th anniversary. You’ll be guided by professional dancers, rappers and theatre creators to develop the production before showcasing your work at Breakin' Convention's international festival of hip hop theatre in May 2018 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre!

Click here to sign up for Starting From Scratch

Meet the main mentors 



Yami 'Rowdy' Lofvenberg is a London-based artist with 20 year's experience in dance. One of the UK's finest, she is well known within the battle circuit and hip hop dance community as a respected teacher, choreographer, judge and host. She has performed, choreographed and directed numerous shows including leading as dance captain and consultant at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony ("Second to the right and straight on till morning"), Breakin' Convention, Theatre Is, b.supreme and Battle of the Year Germany.

A highly qualified teacher, working both in the UK and internationally she teaches on a regular basis with an aim is to express, educate and inspire the way hip hop is taught by spreading history, safe dance practice and foundations of the style. She has done extensive research and trained with the creators and pioneers of the funkstyles created by The Electric Boogaloos and The Lockers. Yami is currently lecturing the Urban Module at IRIE! Dance Theatre foundation degree and is a visiting lecturer at East London University.

A passionate advocate for hip hop culture through dance, theatre and education, she also extends her talent in movement direction, working with theatre companies to bridge the gap between theatre and hip hop dance.

Born in Oyo State, Nigeria, Yomi Sode grew up around music.

At around the age of 9 Yomi found himself as the unintentional story teller, writing stories without actually knowing the potential of the pen.

Once longlisted as one of MTV's Brand New Artists, write and poet Yomi balances the fine line between both Nigerian and British cultures, which can be, at  times, humorous, loving, self-reflective and uncomfortable.

Highlights include opening for Saul Williams and The Last Poets, Wireless Festival, Latitude, Lovebox, Sadler's Wells as well as working with Channel 4 and BBC Radio 1Xtra.

He runs a successful monthly poetry night in Shoreditch, he is a member of Malika's Poetry Kitchen, he has had work commissioned for the Mayor's Office, BBC World Service, and was recently presented at the UN Humanitarian Summit by Gordon Brown.