Post date: 01 July 2013

Breakin' Convention embarked on its second Back to the Lab project earlier this year using four of the UK's top choreographers, specially hand picked to be part of our intensive training and mentorship programme.

Anthony 'Discreet' Bayou (Limited Edition), Kendra 'Kro' Horsburgh (BirdGang), Robby 'Raw-B' Graham (Bad Taste Cru) and Vicky 'Skytilz' Mantey (Boy Blue Entertainment) were the four artists selected to be put through their paces, tested, and push the boundaries of their hip hop theatre work under the guidance of Shobana Jeyasingh and Jonzi D.

The artists each presented a brand new short during the Back to the Lab evening at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells where members of the audience were invited to feedback directly to the artists, shaping their work for future research and development.

Check out this short mini-documentary on the project and find out what goes on in the minds of the UK's leading hip hop dance theatre makers...

Breakin’ Convention’s Artistic Director Jonzi D said back in January: "As all dance styles have foundations, Back To The Lab develops participant’s foundations for hip hop theatre." Having recognised a gap in training and support for experienced hip hop choreographers Back To The Lab seeks to plug that gap. Offering choreographers a unique opportunity to work with Jonzi D, other theatre aficionados, arts specialists and lighting designers there is no other course like it!

The course aims to give participants the means to approach work from fresh, new and interesting angles without losing the essence of what they do. Breakin' Convention is committed to the elevation of UK hip hop dance theatre and believe this is a valuable opportunity for even the most accomplished choreographer to go Back To The Lab!

Visit our Professional Development section for more information on the Back to the Lab course.

Post date: 25 June 2013

Following their premiere at Breakin' Convention at our 2013 London festival our 10 Tens troupe has been asked to perform at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival this weekend as part of the performance highlights. And you can watch it for free, in person, by going to Jubilee Plaza, Canary Wharf on 29 June from 1pm.

Choreographed by Vicky "Skytilz" Mantey and Bruno "Boom" Perrier of Olivier Award-winning Boy Blue Entertainment, the 10 Tens performed in front of an audience of 1,800 during the opening night of this year’s Breakin' Convention in London. The 10 Tens collective is made up of individuals aged 10 (or on the cusp of turning 10) from all over the UK who applied following an open call out last November, scouted dancers and past performers also approached by Breakin’ Convention.

Here's a snippet of their performance from Breakin' Covention 2013

Programmers of Greenwich and Docklands International Festival liked the 10 Tens so much they had to have them for the line up! It's always great to see projects Breakin' Convention start go on to do bigger and better things!

Here's who else will be at Big Dance Youth Day...

13:00 - 14:15
Hightlight

10Tens 
Cando2 & Trinity Laban Youth Company

Programme 1
Sanskriti Limited
One Youth Dance 
SOH!
The Place CAT 
Re:Position 
Copthall School
New Movementz

14:15 - 15:00
Big Dance Pledge Workshop

15:00-15:10
Break

15:10-17:00
Highlight

10Tens
Cando2 & Trinity Laban Youth Company
Hosts talk to the Highlight groups 

Programme 2:
Ajadi Dance Company
Central School of Ballet 
Me.I 
Sanskriti Limited
Fully Functioning Individuals / Impact Dance
Brit School
Step into Dance - WanSTEADY Crew 
Inspire Youth Dance Company
PPL 
Spectra Dance Company
Da Bluez

Post date: 23 June 2013

Reckon you'd feel out of place at a ballet show, or your high tops couldn't hold up at a tango party, but you want to broaden your dance horizons? Check out Sampled at Sadler's Wells! 

Starring Storyboard P, Vagabond Crew, and a host of other dance companies as the dance flava gets served up in a set buffet of breaking and ballet served with sidelines of contemporary and Tango. It's a dance free-for-all!

This is your chance to 'sample' other dance shows at Sadler's Wells, the venue where Breakin' Convention takes place in London every year, with dance companies you know and others you may come to love.

With tickets starting at just  £8 for standing or £12 for seated this is the perfect opportunity to try something new. Buy them online now or call 0844 412 4300 to book!

Performers:
Hip hop favourites Storyboard P and Vagabond Crew;
Stuttgart Ballet performing Fanfare LX and the Balcony Pas de Deux from Romeo and Juliet;
New work from exciting young contemporary choreographer Alexander Whitley;
National Youth Dance Company choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon; and
Facundo de la Cruz and Paola Sanz the Last Salon Tango World Champions from Argentina

Whatever your tastes, there is something for everyone to sample and enjoy.

"FREE YOUR MIND AND THE DANCE WILL FOLLOW"

Performance times
Fri & Sat at 7.30pm

Tickets
£8 standing
£12 seated

Transaction fees apply to online (£1.75) and phone bookings (£2.50). No fee in person at Ticket Office.

Group Discounts
Groups 8+ 20% off stalls seats for most performances. more »
Not available online or in conjunction with any other offer. To book, call the Ticket Office on 0844 412 4300.

Please Note: Under 5s are not admitted to this event.

Post date: 07 June 2013

Breakin' Convention will be touring to America this summer to one of New York's most iconic and historic music venues - the Apollo Harlem Theater!

The world famous Harlem Apollo will play host to our first ever international show - what better way to take Breakin' Convention's festival of hip hop dance theatre overseas than the birth place of hip hop itself? 

As with our UK festivals we'll be bringing our packed programme of main stage dance performances, film screenings, live aerosol jams, panel discussions, DJ demos and open circles. Across two nights on 15 and 16 June 2013!

Tickets, line up and further information can be found in our Breakin' Convention NYC section

Breakin' Convention NYC Line Up Announced!

The Apollo’s three-day festival will include individual dance artists and companies from across the globe. Just some of the artists include:
Jonzi D 
Company Sébastien Ramirez (Germany/France)
Boy Blue Entertainment (UK)
Rennie Harris Puremovement (Philadelphia/US)
Decadance (NYC/US)
FootworKINGz (Chicago/US)
NextLevelSquad (NYC/US)
Frank Ejara (Brazil)
Jane Sekonya (South Africa/UK)
Project Soul Collective (Korea)

Post date: 29 May 2013

Following the success of our Park Jam as part of our main festival celebrations in London, Breakin' Convention is excited to announce another completely free event - this time on the southern coast!

Breakin' Convention is bringing Avant Garde Dance and Soul Mavericks to the Gunwharf Quays Extreme Festival as part of the Portsmouth Festivities 2013 alongside performances from Portsmouth's own street dancers and breakers, which includes a re-working of Romeo and Juliet by JSD KRU combining street and contemporary dance.

Hosted by Marv-ILL Superlungs, witness amazing performances and learn new moves with free workshops throughout the day as part of the Portsmouth Festivities' wider programme of culture and outdoor activities - we'll have three performance slots and two workshops for you to try out if you're in town!

No ticket required - just turn up! If you're coming, let us know you're attending on Facebook!

Breakin' Convention at Portsmouth Festivities

When: Saturday 22 June

Venue: Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ

Performances: 11.30am, 2pm and 4pm
Running approximately 20 mins

Open Workshops: 11.50am and 2.20pm
Running approximately 30 mins


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Post date: 16 May 2013

It sucks that Breakin' Convention is over. Despite the fantastic weather that turned out the free Breakin' Convention Park Jam on the Monday the weather hasn't managed to maintain.

In the gloomy depression of a non-existent summer there are still some great upcoming hip hop dance theatre shows coming up you won't want to miss. Check these out and click the image for more information and ticket details!

Boy Blue Entertainment: An Evening With Boy Blue / Legacy
16-17 May

They were the closing act at our 10 year anniversary and coming to the Apollo Harlem with Breakin' Convention when we go New York in June. Boy Blue Entertainment presents a specially extended edition of their most recent show, Legacy, at the Barbican in London for two nights only.

Tickets offer: Best available tickets £15 (normally £34)* - enter the promo code 15051 when booking or call 0845 120 7500 and quote 'Beats offer.'

Varmints by Sally Cookson and Wilkie Branson
17-18 May
Varmints is the brand new children’s dance theatre show, which tells the poignant tale of one small creature’s struggle to preserve a world in danger of being lost forever, and it features B-Boy Wilkie Branson, a Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate who was also behind the Christmas show BOING! 
Sadler's Wells gets the world premiere, but if you miss out check the East London Dance show too!

ZooNation: Some Like It Hip Hop
Until 30 June
ZooNation's massively popular hip hop interpretation of Some Like It Hot with Twelfth Night blends Kate Prince's signature choreographic style with music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde is still killing it in the West End after two runs and a national tour. Part period costume, part musical theatre, but completely hip hop in its movement, Some Like It Hip Hop is a show for all the family (especially with half term coming up!)

Bad Taste Company: Faust
21-22 June and touring
You caught a work in progress piece of Faust at Breakin' Convention 2013. Now you need to see the feature length, sight-specific piece which includes swinging 20s music, bursts of flames and copious amounts of speakeasy references.

These performances are all FREE so get out and get some fresssh air!

Watch iT! by Tony Mills 
22-24 July 
Breakin' Convention Scotland rep and artistic director of Room 2 Manoeuvre Tony Thrills has created a feature length piece exploring our complex relationship with television featuring some clever projections and witty observations. Recommended viewing for all self-admitted couch potatoes.

Post date: 04 May 2013

If you're coming to Breakin' Convention this weekend and really want to experience the best of the festival, make sure you get down early!

Freestyle Funk Forum, one of the hidden highlights of the festival since 2011, is returning for 2013 with an all star line up of dancers, musicians and MCs for an evening of audience directed participation.

Jane Sekonya, Jonzi D, Kenrick "H2O" Sandy, Marv-ILL, mO'sEAn, Robby Graham, Soweto Kinch and DJ Billy Biznizz are this year's subjects: YOU are the director.

What is Freestyle Funk Forum?

A festival favourite since its inception in 2011, Freestyle Funk Forum is an hour-long show of audience games and improvisation in the Studio Theatre at Breakin' Convention. There's no script and everything you see dance, rapped, beatboxed, mixed, or played is made up on the spot dependent on audience feedback - no two night are ever the same!

Tickets for Freestyle Funk Forum are free, on a first come, first served basis at the wristband collection point and then the Ticket Office ahead of each night's performance with a Breakin' Convention wristband, otherwise £5 to non-ticket holders.

Post date: 25 April 2013

Breakin' Convention has announced its workshops for 2013 and you will not want to miss them.

Once again, at low, low price of just £10 you can take a workshop with dancers performing at this year's Breakin' Convention! Workshops are open to everyone, including non ticket-holders for Breakin' Convention.

All workshops costs £10 and can be booked from the Sadler’s Wells Box Office in person, online or by calling 0844 412 4300.
Online and telephone bookings are subject to a £1 booking fee.

Just some of the workshop flava on the menu includes several different Electric Boogaloos classes (popping, locking, tutting, boogaloo and choreography!); dancehall and Afro hip hop with Aminata and Alfreda of France's Zamounda Crew and breaking masterclass with Battle Squad's best, Storm!

Plus last year's popular No Excuses, No Limits workshop with ILL-Abilities is back, Project Soul's B-Boy Rookie leads a breaking class, and for the first time ever we have Bones of NextLevelSquad teaching bone breaking techniques (though no bones will actually be broken, just the illusion that they are!).

In association with Dance UK Fred Realness will also lead a Boot Camp For Hip Hop Dancers - a FREE class tailored to he needs of hip hop and street dancers. Fred will focus on core strength, stability, balance and deep stretching. If continued, the exercises learned will help improve your dance technique, prevent injuries and help lengthen your life as a dancer. Note that as this class is free you cannot book online so please call ticket office on 0844 412 4300. Find out more about Dance UK's Healthier Dancer programme here!

Tell me more: Full Breakin' Convention workshop leader details can be found here

Saturday 4 May 2013      
Time   Style Artist/Company Level
12.15 - 13.45   Breaking Storm Advanced
14.00 - 15.30   Breaking ILL-Abilities Ages 8-14
14.00 - 15.30   Dancehall Alfréda (Zamounda) General
       
Sunday 5 May 2013      
Time   Style Artist/Company Level
10.30 - 12.00   Popping Popin' Pete (Electric Boogaloos) General
12.15 - 13.45   Breaking Rookie (Project Soul) General
12.15 - 13.45   Afro Hip Hop Aminata (Zamounda) General
14.00 - 15.30   Bonebreaking Bones (NextLevelSquad) General
14.00 - 15.30   Boot Camp with Dance UK Fred Realness General
15.45 - 17.15   Tutting Mr Wiggles (Electric Boogaloos) Advanced
15.45 - 17.15   Locking Suga Pop (Electric Boogaloos) General
       
Monday 6 May 2013      
Time   Style Artist/Company Level
10.30 - 12.00   Boogaloo The Electric Boogaloos General
10.30 - 12.00   Choreography Shonn Boog (Electric Boogaloos) General

Post date: 23 April 2013

To celebrate 10 years in the game, Breakin’ Convention are proud to announce our first ever Park Jam! That’s right we’re taking it back to the roots of hip hop with a FREE outdoor party suitable for all the family. Just 5 minutes walk from Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Spa Fields Park will play host to one of the Bank Holiday’s hottest hip hop events.

Continuing BC’s ongoing commitment to celebrating all elements of hip hop culture it will feature DJs, a live band, emcees, dance cyphers, beatboxers and a graffiti jam. This is hip hop in its truest form.

Hosted by Jonzi D and Mystro the Park Jam will also see some the of dopest emcees blessing the mic including the USA’s very own Wordsworth, Caxton Press alongside live band Thousand Kings and vocalists Nanci and Phoebe.

Arguably the UK’s best ever bboy crew, the legendary Second To None will be coming to get down on the concrete and will be joined by the international and local dance crews featured at Breakin’ Convention’s main festival.

On the ones and twos will be Tha En4cers, DJ Snuff (Zulu Nation) and DJ Junk (Second To None).

Our graffiti jam will include writers Astek, Demo, Keenroc, Made and Peeta while Replete exhibits his acclaimed cling-film street art.  You can have a go on our open wall with Eska Art.

There will also be soul food, Trainerholic’s Kicks&Klothes trainer and streetwear stalls, the UK Bar-Barians bar workout and a healthy dose of Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun!

No tickets are required but admittance will be on a first come first served basis. Entrance will be subject to random bag/body searches and no glassware will be allowed on-site.

Venue: Spa Fields Parks, Islington, EC1R 0DF (closest station Angel)
Date: Monday 6 May 2013
Time: 12.30 - 4.30pm

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Post date: 22 April 2013

ILL Abilities, an International group comprised of b-boys that have overcome extraordinary challenges to become some of the best dancers in the world, has been awarded nominated for an Olivier Award following their performance at Breakin' Convention!

Redo, Checho, Tommy Guns, Kujo and Lazy Legs make up ILL Abilties who performed at the Breakin' Convention 2012 festival at London and also toured to Plymouth and Birmingham before having to return home, a three venue tour the crew enjoyed immensely.

Catch ILL-Abilities on the Breakin' Convention UK tour! 

"It was one of the best opportunities we as a crew got to experience, we got to showcase our theatre performance to more people across the U.K and we as a crew also developed a stronger bond that has helped us come together more often," regales B-Boy Lazy Legs about the 2012 UK tour.

Their nomination for an Olivier couldn't come at a better time: The Oliviers are a week before Breakin' Convention's 10 Year Anniversary at Sadler's Wells making their appearance with their follow up show, Limitless, even more poignant.

Check out the Limitless trailer below

Very few hip hop acts are nominated for Olivier Awards, though that is changing, and even fewer, if not any end up winning one - with Boy Blue Entertainment being the most notable winners for their production of Pied Piper, so being nominated for such an award is a big deal - especially if you're an international act!

"We believe this means that people are recognising and acknowledging our work. We are extremely honoured for this opportunity it came to us as a total surprise!" said Lazy Legs. "We found out about our nomination through Emma Ponsford of Breakin' Convention. She wrote to us to tell us the amazing news and we were so excited!"

With their inspirational show, No Limits, they illustrated each dancer's personal story of overcoming adversity through the struggles of communicational difficulties, stereotypes, life-changing decisions, civil crisis and shattered dreams while spreading the message of No Limits, No Excuses across the country and across the world, and it means a lot to the crew.

"We believe this means that people are recognising and acknowledging our work. We are extremely honoured for this opportunity it came to us as a total surprise!" Lazy Legs continued. "We can't thank our U.K audiences enough! Ever since last year we have been receiving nothing but love and support from our fans. We are excited to come back and share our new theatre performance "Limitless"."

"It's going to be amazing…..NO EXCUSES NO LIMITS!"

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