Post date: 15 January 2013

Future Elements is looking 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.

Future Elements has been running across summer half terms as part of Breakin' Convention since 2006, and in the last four of those years we've been offering anyone age 13-16 years to produce and star in a music video, from dancing to rapping and creating the set to producing the music in just one week.

Future Elements week is the closest thing to being on a real music video set is like!

You'll be working with some of the UK's best choreographers, musicians and film makers to make the video look professional - last year we had Ivan Blackstock and Ukweli Roach of BirdGang alongside music producer Kofi Ankrah and artwork by Mr Dane. You can watch the incredible result below!

For 2013 the music video will be premiered at Future Elements Night on Sat 9 March. As well as creating a music video you will also have the opportunity to perform at Breakin' Convention's 10th anniversary on Saturday 4 May - Monday 6 May 2013.

The best thing about it is Future Elements is FREE. To take part you must attend all of the following dates: Monday 18 February - Saturday 23 February (February half term) and Saturday 9 March (Future Elements Night)

The course will run from 10-4pm each day at Sadler's Wells Theatre, Islington.

To apply click here to visit our Future Elements page or call the Breakin' Convention office on 020 7863 8214.

The closing date for applications is 28 January 2013.

Future Elements week takes place across the following dates: Monday 18 February to Saturday 23 Feburary 2013

Post date: 14 January 2013

Yami Lofvenberg, better known as the funk style dancer Rowdy of Flowzaic and Funkamental, is on a mission to raise funds to hold a series of dance workshops in Cali, Colombia this year - and she needs your help!

She is seeking £1,600 in donations towards Project Sonrisa to hold a pilot project with La Familia Ayara, an artistic foundation in Colombia, to run workshops embracing the empowerment of hip hop at a local arts centre based in Cali.

Run completely voluntarily Rowdy will be covering the cost of the flights and seeking her own accommodation to not just teach, but also find out about her personal roots and culture. Originally from Colombia, although raised in Sweden until she moved to London 2002, Yami's goal is to work with the young locals to teach them hip hop dance techniques and "teach the teacher" so the skills can be passed down.

Funding closes on Sunday 20 January 2013 - click here to donate 

Donations towards Rowdy's cause will go towards La Familia Ayara who relies on donations and voluntary help to keep them running. 

Within that time her and her partner will hold workshops at the art centre, local community centres, and visit local orphanages to empower vulnerable youth through the essence of hip hop culture, namely dance.

La Familia Ayara's aim is to set up a program of art activities for vulnerable young people in Colombia, and to organise artistic development programmes with emerging Colombian artists, of which Rowdy will be a part of.

"I want to be a role model for young women to show them you can be successful in whatever you want to do with whatever skills you may have," said Rowdy. "I want to bring all of my skills and all of my enthusiasm to these young children, so please support Project Sonrisa and help us reach our goal"

Donations via PeopleFund.it start with pledges as little as £10 in exchange for small gifts created especially for the project including key rings, t-shirts, CDs and even a funk styles class with Rowdy in London.

This project will only be funded if at least £1,600 is pledged by 5:31PM on Sunday 20 January, 2013 - see how the project is doing below and click the image to donate a few pounds...

Post date: 07 December 2012

This weekend is the Red Bull BC One 2012 World Finals taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the most elite international solo b-boy competitions with one of the most prestigious titles - and UK is representing in the form of B-Boy Sunni, who you may recognise from Breakin' Nest's appearance at Breakin' Convention 2011.

It's been a good few years since UK has represented on the Red Bull BC One world finals stage: in 2004 with Lil' Tim and later with B-Boy Mouse in 2006, coincidentally the last time the world finals were held in Brazil!

Don't forget you can watch a Red Bull BC One World Finals live stream online here!

But in that six year hiatus the youngers are coming up at an incredible pace, and Sunni of Soul Mavericks / Jukebox / Breakin' Nest is one of them. Sunni may be one of the youngest b-boys battling this weekend but he's still managed to work his way to the latter stages of nearly every major solo battle from the UK B-Boy Championships to Funkin Stylez UK and everything in between, and those that he didn't win were still character building conquests!

So is he nervous about the prospect of battling other elite b-boys this weekend while the whole world watches? Unlikely...

BBoy Sunni Red Bull BC One interview

Only two other UK b-boys have competed in the Red Bull BC One world finals - and the last time was six years ago: How important is it you represent UK at Red Bull BC One?
I am representing the UK and I'm happy to but I'm out here representing myself and my crew. I'll always have the UK on my back but I don't feel any pressure from it though.

You're up against the world's best b-boys: Have you changed the way you train to adjust yourself to an international standard and experimenting with new power or combos, or are you focusing on improving your individual strengths?
Well for Red Bull BC One, it's gone up to 3 rounds from the first round and 5 in the final so I've been doing a lot of stamina training, trying to make sure that I've got enough sets that if I do get to the final, 14 rounds all together with no tiebreakers, I have enough material. I'm just trying to find as much new content as possible.
I think everyone's trying to experiment with new power and new combos because it is the biggest competition in the world and you are trying to look your best.

Do you think there's a strategy to winning a competition like Red Bull BC One? What's yours if you have one?
Yes, I think there is. A lot of people say the first round is the most important and it gets easier from there.
For me, I think my strongest stuff will be used in my first round as its Red Bull BC One and no-one wants to go out first round, you want to get as far as you can. Strategy is going to be all guns blazing in the first round.  

Who is your biggest threat in the competition and why?
I don't know, I don't really think of it that way. It's 16 of the best B Boys in the world and no ones going to be an easy ride.
It will be a challenge to battle whoever I get.

You're one of the youngest competitors this year and you've already competed at so many big battles and either won or made the finals: After BC One what other titles are out there you could chase?
There are plenty: UK Champs, R-16, Battle of the Year.
There's a lot of underground jams, like Yalta summer jam that I want to go to, it looks like it has a great vibe and a nice culture. There's so much stuff that I want to do.

Red Bull BC One takes place on Saturday 8 December 2012

Post date: 04 December 2012

The Red Bull BC One 2012 world finals take place this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where 16 b-boys will battle to be Red Bull BC One 2012 champion in a bid to clinch the crown from last year's winner, B-Boy RoxRite, who will return to defend his title.

Red Bull BC One is arguably the most prestigious international solo b-boy battle, known for bringing together the best breakers from around the world to battle one another. Following a series of over 60 international cyphers that culminated in larger continental qualifiers (such as the Western European qualifier), BC One 2012 has been one of the biggest round up of dancers to date.

Six breakers from the Red Bull BC One 2012 international qualifiers and nine international invites join RoxRite to complete that line up.

The Red Bull BC One 2012 world finals will take place at Fundição Progresso in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday 8 December at 7:50pm local time (9:50pm UK).

Like last year you can watch Red Bull BC One 2012 world finals online with Breakin’ Convention, but it's best to check time differences if you're going to watch it from elsewhere!

Watch Red Bull BC One online - 2012 finals live stream

 

Sit back, relax: The player will start on the day of the Red Bull BC One live stream on Saturday 8 December around 9:50pm

Red Bull BC One 2012 world finals line up

Red Bull BC One qualified b-boys
B-Boy Domkey (Lionz Of Zion / USA) - North American qualifier winner
B-Boy Klesio (New Old School / Brazil) - Latin American qualifier winner
B-Boy Lil Zoo (Lhiba KingZoo / Morocco) - Middle East/North American qualifier winner
B-Boy Mounir (Vagabond Crew/ France) - Western European qualifier winner
B-Boy Shorty Force (One Way / Korea) - Asia Pacific qualifier winner
B-Boy Slav (Art From The Heart / Bulgaria) - Eastern European qualifier winner
B-Boy RoxRite (Renegades / USA) - Defending champion

Invited b-boys
B-Boy Arex (Murderouz / Colombia)
B-Boy Sunni (Soul Mavericks / UK)
B-Boy Kid David (Renegades / USA)
B-Boy Changubis aka Vicious Vic (MF Kids / USA)
B-Boy Junior (Wanted Posse / France)
B-Boy Alkolil (Predatorz / Russia)
B-Boy Differ (T.I.P Crew / Korea)
B-Boy Issei (Foundnation / Japan)
B-Boy Hill (Unik Breakers / Mexico)

Post date: 26 November 2012

Applications for Breakin' Convention 2013, our ten year anniversary, are now open!

Over our nine years since the first festival in 2004 when Breakin' Convention first started we've had 483 companies (or 4,938 individual dancers!) perform on our stage - and you could be one of the next!

Over those years we've showcased hundreds of companies, crews and dance innovators that have left audiences audiences astounded with their energy, skill, and originality from around the world… and around the corner!

Breakin' Convention has been fundamental in being the platform for the UK's up-and-coming talent, including some of today's biggest street dance stars: Flawless, Boy Blue Entertainment and Plague have all treaded the boards once, twice, or even more than three times!

This is your chance to be part of that legacy!

There are two steps to follow: Make sure you read our submission guidelines first (dowload them here) - we don't like to prescribe what gets selected for Breakin' Convention and what doesn't, but we are looking for work that pushes hip hop dance and theatre forward!

Next, get your submissions in by Friday 14 December!

Visit the Breakin' Convention Perform section for examples of past work and an application form!

We will be inviting companies to show their work to the Breakin’ Convention team on Saturday 26 January between 12pm and 6pm and Sunday 27 January 2013 between 10am and 6pm - so pencil these dates in and keep them free!

International companies
The international line-up for this 10th anniversary festival will mainly comprise performances from past companies. However, we are still interested to hear from you.
Please contact us separately at info@breakinconvention.com

Post date: 25 November 2012

Getting a good night’s sleep on Christmas Eve is never easy, especially when you have a repertoire of breaking moves up your sleeve to express your excitement.

Featuring Wilkie Branson and Joel Daniel of Champloo Dance Company, the duo that brought the fantastic organic visuals of White Caps, Boing! is breaking for younger audiences mixing festive spirit and the childish excitement and anticipation from Bristol Old Vic and Travelling Light Theatre Company.

“I’m not sure there is anything in adult life that tops the excitement and anticipation of waiting for Santa as a child on Christmas Eve, and not being able to sleep is all part of it,” said Sally Cookson, director of the show. “Whatever age you are, we hope you enjoy the exuberant physicality and unrestrained energy of Boing!”

“The idea for Boing! came about during rehearsals for 2010’s Christmas show How Cold My Toes when we explored the seasons through the eyes of two young sisters,” Sally continued. “It was the first time I’d worked with Wilkie and Joel and watching them choreograph that piece made me want to work with them as performers.”

It might be a polar opposite from what you’d expect of typical b-boys, but Champloo have never stuck to a typical convention. Expect plenty of jumping on the bed and slapstick from two grown men reliving the magic of Christmas through dance - Breakin’ Convention can’t sleep the night before Christmas, and we think Boing! will get mini hip hoppers in the mood if the Christmas ballet won't quite hold their attention.

Boing! is at the Lilian Baylis Studio from Thursday 20 December 2012 to Monday 31 December 2012!

Buy tickets through Sadler's Wells!

Post date: 19 November 2012

Vagabond Crew are Battle of the Year 2012 world champions for the second year in a row (third time in total) and also winners of the best show, scoring the most points for their performance set to qualify for the semi final rounds!

It affirms them as one of the world's best breaking AND performance crews since winning UK B-Boy Championships 2011 and touring with Breakin' Convention this May.

Also: Read about when Breakin' Convention went to the Battle of the Year 2011 finals and watch this interview with Vagabonds' BBoy Mounir to find out what it is that motivates his crew!

Posting on Vagabond Crew's website crew member MooH commented: "With hard work and determination the team dedicating the victory to his friends and to all those who carry their boat with determination and without compromise."

This year Battle of the Year organisers changed the format of its semi finals with six crews from the performance stage battling: The two top ranked crews automatically placing in one of the semi finals, with four other crews competing for a place in the second bracket.

One of those crews was Lyon's own Pockemon Crew who ended up facing Vagabond Crew in the second semi final in a battle of north versus south France, compete with Lilou in tow to represent.

Vagabond Crew performance Battle of the Year 2012Battle of the Year 2012 World Finals results

Semi final placers
Morning of Owl (Korea) v Formosa Crew (Taiwan)
De Klan (Italy) v Pockemon Crew (France)

Semi finals
Morning of Owl v Flooriorz (Japan)
Pockemon Crew v Vagabond Crew (France)

Finals
Flooriorz v Vagabond Crew

Battle of the Year returns home to Germany

Suprisingly this is the last time that Battle of the Year takes place in Montpellier, an announcement made just after the event - next year BOTY returns to its original home of Braunschweig in Germany.

Explains Battle of the Year's organiser, "The last three years have been the perfect partnership with the city of Montpellier. We're leaving with a little sadness but also looking forward to returning to Germany where BOTY started."

To quote BOTY's tagline, moving back to Germany will be "a change of direction" for an event that outgrew the capacity of it's original audience and needed a bigger venue to take place, growing to an astounding 12,000 in Montpellier's Park & Suites arena.

"It was a great experience to work in France together with our French team and we all became very close friends over the past three years - in this way it is sad to leave Montpellier," BOTY spokesman Mario Roth added. "The city and region of Montpellier was very kind and gave us great support, but now we can look forward to the future and to the return to the city of Braunschweig!"

Victory as a vehicle for politics

What better way to make a political message in front of the French media than by winning Battle of the Year? As well as taking several of the BOTY titles back to Paris they also took the opportunity to show their support for the people of Palestine. Check it out...

Post date: 14 November 2012

Sadler’s Wells’ hip hop dance project Breakin’ Convention has received funding from BBC Children In Need to continue its acclaimed Hip Hop Hospital, a project delivering a programme of hip hop related activity to children’s hospital wards across the country.

The Hip Hop Hospital sees Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director Jonzi D and artists from the company’s education team visit children’s hospitals across the UK to bring interactive workshops in rap, music, dance and graffiti to hospital bedsides and social areas.

Breakin' Convention has been awarded £63,000 by BBC Children In Need to deliver the Hip Hop Hospital to a further six children’s hospitals over the next three years.

David Ramsden, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Breakin' Convention, which is one of hundreds of projects we support that help children and young people across the UK. We can only do this due to the incredible generosity of our supporters and they should all be really proud."

Hip Hop Hospital, which began in 2009 with an inaugural programme at Great Ormond Street, offers a combination of group work and one-to-one sessions with the industry leading artists Breakin’ Convention provides. Young patients learn many of the key skills involved in hip hop culture, from how to sketch graffiti and spray paint, to writing raps, recording tracks and making beats. They also learn elements of filming and photography, as well as discovering more about hip hop history.

Each of the workshops are filmed and documented as a short film incorporating the children’s music and raps as soundtracks, their art work as visuals, and recording the interaction between the patients and the artists for the children to keep after the project.

Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director and an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells, said: “Hip Hop Hospital brings young people engagement and excitement into an environment that is otherwise seen as an unpleasant place to be, particularly for long term patients.”

Breakin’ Convention’s Hip Hop Hospital crew have previously visited Great Ormond Street, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool.

See here if you'd like to find out more about Hip Hop Hospital - if you have any questions or comments you can email education@breakinconvention.com

Post date: 01 November 2012

It's time for the next generation of dancers to shine at Breakin' Convention – 2013 will be our 10 year anniversary, and while we're coming of age we're not forgetting the generation coming up!

Breakin' Convention has not one but two different opportunities for youth dancers next year.

Breakin' Convention 10 x 10

We will be creating a special Breakin' Convention crew of ten 10 year olds for an exclusive one-off performance on the main stage of the festival at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London.

This is an incredible opportunity for young dancers to perform at one of the biggest hip hop dance events in the world in front of an audience of 1,800 people!

Crew members will get the opportunity to learn from some on London's most talented and successful artists - Boy Blue's Vicky 'Skytilz' Mantey and Bruno 'Boom' Perrier who will be choreographing the piece.

Do you know someone who will be aged 10 at the time of the festival (Saturday 4 - Sunday 6 May 2013)? Get in touch! – those younger or older we may be considered depending on the number of applications we receive.

For more details and an application form see our Breakin' Convention 10 x 10 page

Future Elements

Future Elements has showcased some of the UK's best up-and-coming youth dance companies that have taken the future of funk in their hands and channelled it through their dancing.

Submissions for Breakin' Convention's Future Elements Night are now open - we're looking to showcase the best youth dance companies from in and around London on Saturday 9 March 2013!

Past companies and dancers who have performed at Future Elements have included:

  • Da Bratz – Boy Blue Entertainment’s next generation of dancers
  • Enigma Dance Company – founded by Botis Seva of Far From the Norm
  • ME:I – Myself Dance Company’s up and coming youth group
  • Kieran Lei – member of K-Lic and star of forthcoming street dance film, AllStars

Wanna be the next youth company to show that youth run tings in dance?

For more details and an application form see our Future Elements 2013 page

Post date: 31 October 2012

October of 2012 has been a great month for dance with a different event happening every single weekend and a different show almost every day!

With events like the UK B-Boy Championships and Just Jam International taking place annually dozens of dancers flew in to compete and teach on our cold and rainy shores to nurture the post-IBE blues of September.

This month, after over a decade off stage Jonzi D returned with Lyrikal Fearta Redux with two programmes of work, plus work commissioned by Breakin' Convention at our Back to the Lab choreographic development course was programmed as part of Avant Garde Dance's Black Album at The Place and Botis Seva's Far From The Norm Triple bill at Broadway Barking.

It's also the month we opened applications for Breakin Convention, meaning anyone interested in applying for our 10 year anniversary should act fast!

Dance events, kicking off with the likes of the monthly dance event Throwdown, became the warm up for dancers already in town ahead of the UK B-Boy Championships happening on the same weekend with workshops being held with the likes of B-Boy Kareem and B-Boy Morris, Monstapop, Jon Boogz and OG Boardman.

But UK represented at the UK BBoy Championships this year: Brooke made the final of popping against Greenteck while Soul Mavericks battled the almighty Jinjo in the crew finals!

A week later Funkin Stylez saw Sunni, Frankie and Marcio emerge victorious in b-boying, house and hip hop respectively and will be representing UK at the world finals in Germany this December.

2DeeP, the new show from Rannel Theatre Company embarked on its UK tour and had us in stitches, and let's not forget Some Like It Hip Hop embarked on its UK tour after departing from London's Peacock Theatre!

Bad Taste Cru's Just Jam at Newcastle Dance City also celebrated its five year anniversary, programming Back to the Lab piece What Does It Mean To Be Hip Hop from Simeon Qsyea, Clash 66's Amore & Psyche from 2011 and 2012's festival, plus an appearance from Trashdolly's after being spotted at the Plymouth leg of the tour, furthering work originally programmed at a Breakin' Convention festival.

But all good things must come to an end and the month is out. November will be cool, if not colder as winter sets in. RIP October - either it's Halloween as we write this or the cold weather killed you (until next year!).

What are you up to in the next month? We've just added the ability to send us your upcoming dance events to be added to the site, so get in touch!

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