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!"

Post date: 01 April 2013

Breakin' Convention is massively excited and a little more surprised to announce that the Mayor of London Boris Johnson may be coming to this year's festival on the 4, 5 and 6 May 2013!

After a chance meeting between Jonzi D and Boris Johnson, Jonzi asked if he would be able to make our 10 year anniversary, to which Boris declared: "If I can, I will."

Watch what else Jonzi and Boris talked about, below...

In the interview Boris also announced that one of his children is into breaking as well! His RSVP sounds like a "yes" to us. Being it 1 April, the Mayor, like everyone else, has just over a month to go to buy tickets for Breakin' Convention 2013 on the 4, 5 and 6 May, which is expected to sell out in advance.

People are expected to travel from all over the UK and the world to Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, which is also on the number 38 bus route, the same route that runs the iconic new London buses that the Mayor launched in 2012.

As a busy man Jonzi was only able to get a limited amount of time with the Mayor before he could remind him about Breakin' Convention Film Night with Yak Films on Friday 3 and that Monday 6 is UK night with 10 UK dance companies from the past 10 years, though not before he was able to exchange details with his assistant.

Will you catch Boris at Breakin' Convention? You may-or may not!

Buy Breakin' Convention 2013 10 Year Anniversary tickets!

Post date: 28 March 2013

When Popin' Pete, Electric Boogaloo, appeared in Chris Brown's Yeah x3 video he was immortalised with a shop front bearing his name. What better way to develop a quirky prop in a music video than make it real and get dancers involved?

At Boxpark in the heart of Shoreditch in London's East End Popin' Pete has set up shop in a renovated shipping container under the direction of Scanners Inc, the production company set up by Kate Scanlan (Breakin' Convention's project manager from 2004-2011).

"When I saw the Chris Brown video featuring Pete and I knew that this was it," said Kate. "Popin' Pete is hugely talented and very down to earth, he spends his life sharing his knowledge of this dance and so its great that we can give people this opportunity."

Until the end of the week dancers can take workshops, jam and participate in Q&As with Popin' Pete inside the pop up shop. It's snug in there, and it's probably the only opportunity you will ever get to take a class with an Electric Boogaloo at such close range.

"I really wanted to find new ways of taking great artists from the stage into local communities," explains Kate. "The arts for me bring people together providing an opportunity for them to have fun and enjoy something as a community. That doesn't happen enough today."

He'll be taking workshops in the space throughout the week with dancers, there will be a showcase and jam night on Thursday 28 March, kid's classes on Saturday 30 and a jam to tie it all up on Sunday 31, all accompanied with live music from DJ Billy Biznizz on the decks and graffiti art from Mr Dane adorning the walls.

Popin' Pete commented: "I'm really happy to be a part of this, I like to be at the cutting edge and this has never been done before. Kate has breathed life into the video I did with Chris Brown. I love it."

Don't forget: Popin' Pete is performing with the Electric Boogaloos at Breakin' Convention 2013!

For those coming from outside of London and put off by travel expenses there are also limited travel bursaries available by contacting 

Popin' Pete's Pop Shop key events

Daily workshops (13:00 - 18:00) in popping are taught by Popin' Pete. They provide a chance to learn some popping foundation for the first time or perfect your skills.
£15 or £10 when multiple workshops booked

Daily pop up performances by Popin' Pete and invited guests. Popin' Pete will do free style performances at the end of the daily workshops. Thursday night features a full evening of
performances and battles.
FREE (workshop cost above)

Open Practice
Once a day the shop will be turned into an open practice spot. Come down and train alongside Popin' Pete and dancers from across the UK.

Listen to Popin' Pete talk about his life in dance, the history of Popping and talk to dancers from the UK about what they are up to in the world of Popping.

Friday and Saturday 15:00-16:00
FREE (Limited capacity)

Special events

Thursday 28 March: late night opening at Box Park meets late night popping - performance, battles and a jam (18:00-21:00) – FREE
Saturday 30 March: kids (5-10years) workshop and jam (11:00-13:00) – £3/child
Sunday 31 March: Get Down Social Dance Party with Popin' Pete and DJ Biznizz (18:00-midnight at Rich Mix) – £5 or £2 for under 18s

Post date: 15 March 2013

This February half term Breakin' Convention worked with aspiring dancers, film makers, MCs, aerosol artists, music producers, costume designers and set designers aged 13-16 years to devise a conceptual music video, working on everything from the storyline to the music, lyrics and art direction, everyone on the Future Elements course contributed to what was to become this year's successor to The InfluenceThe Exhibit.

Watch it below now!

Following a school trip to Sadler's Wells two characters break off and find a hidden laboratory through a secret entrance in the ceiling... 

Future Elements is Breakin' Convention's half term project for aspiring dancers, film makers, MCs, aerosol artists, music producers, costume designers and set designers aged 13-16 years. 

Future Elements will give you the chance to work with some of the best, most inspirational professional Hip Hop artists including Breakin' Convention's very own Jonzi D.

People on the Future Elements project see their music video debut at the Future Elements night ahead of the main Breakin' Convention festival alongside some of the UK's leading hip hop dance companies.

Interested in participating in the next Future Elements project? Sign up to our newsletter, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for a reminder - applications for the next course open in December!

Breakin' Convention: The Exhibit credits

Director and Editor: Sebastian Thiel for Upshot Films
Director Of Photography: Amarjeet Singh
Sound: Del Mercelin
Art and Props: Luke Warburton
Choreographers: Ivan Blackstock and Ukweli Roach of BirdGang Dance Company
Music: Kofi Ankrah and Jonzi D
Project Manager: Michelle Norton
Breakin' Convention intern: Alexzandra Ashman

Post date: 14 March 2013

The UK B-Boy Championships is heading north this year to Birmingham in partnership with DanceXchange for the 2013 World Finals!

The 2013 World Finals, which will be hosted by Crazy Legs of the legendary Rock Steady Crew NYC, will be held at the O2 Academy Birmingham after 17 years in London.

Update: Read more about the UK B-Boy Championships 2013 here

Assuming the place of London's Brixton Academy the UK B-Boy Championships knockouts and world finals will now take place at the O2 Academy Birmingham on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September. 

The new partnership is part of an ongoing two-year commitment to urban dance within the West Midlands, which will include a major project for International Dance Festival Birmingham, co-produced by DanceXchange. DanceXchange was also responsible for the Breathe The Beat project with Salah in 2011 continuing the great legacy West Midlands is setting for hip hop dance events (don't forget Breakin' Convention has toured to Birmingham numerous times too!).

"DanceXchange is immensely proud of Birmingham's reputation as a global centre of dance and through all of our work, including International Dance Festival Birmingham, we strive to bring the best dance from across the world to the city," David Massingham, Artistic Director of DanceXchange explained. "As the premiere showcase of the most extraordinary talent in urban dance, The UK B-Boy Championships was a natural partner for us and we are looking forward to working with Hooch and the team to create a spectacular event at the O2 in September."

Birmingham's position in the middle of the UK will also put the qualifiers in a more suitable place for b-boys across the country to travel for the qualifying rounds, overcoming the north/south divide that puts off those further away from travelling because of high train fares.

DJ Hooch, Founder and Director of the UK B-Boy Championships commented: "As the World's premier urban dance competition, the B-Boy Championships has always broken new ground. Building a strong relationship with DanceXchange will allow us to develop the Championships in fresh new ways. We are really excited about this new move and having Birmingham as the new host city of this incredible dance spectacle!"

The new partnership with DanceXchange will also enable a wider programme of activities across both days, including workshops for the general public along with the addition of the National Crew Championships for Great Britain and Open International Qualifiers for the solo categories on day one.