Post date: 30 August 2012

SIN Cru, the internationally acclaimed hip hop arts organisation based in Cambridge, is seeking a self motivated, enthusiastic graduate (or equivalent) for an exciting and challenging placement.

It's an excellent training opportunity for a dancer interested in developing practical skills in the teaching, choreography and performance of b-boy technique, alongside administrative duties and an understanding into the running of an arts organisation.

SIN Cru are well known on the UK hip hop dance scene, frequently battling in competitions in both the UK and abroad, as well as running the annual Urban SINfonie B-Boy Battle and SoHHA. SIN Cru reflect the whole culture of hip hop using DJing, b-boying and graffiti art professionally and through a large outreach programme which the intern will have a hand in assisting in, among many other challenging and rewarding tasks.

"Since becoming a SIN Cru intern I've made new friends, learnt new skills and become part of a family! My b-boy technique has improved so much thanks to the intense training, and I've had the opportunity to travel the country as well as abroad to represent at various jams," said Flash Jordan, the SIN Cru intern for 2011 to 2012.

The successful candidate will be a keen and creative team player with an understanding of hip hop culture, have experience in b-boying, and a sustained interest in both theatre and education.

Flash Jordan adds: "Helping teach workshops has improved my confidence and I have gained a lot through the experience. Living in the Hip Hop House has brought tons of laughs and nothing can beat our kitchen cyphers!"

If you want to apply as the SIN Cru intern, then see below.

SIN Cru internship

They key info
SIN Cru's intership takes place from 8 October 2012 - 26 July 2013 at SIN Cru HQ, Cambridge, UK
Deadline: Wednesday 12th September 2012

  • The post is full time.
  • This post is subject to CRB disclosure.
  • This is an unpaid role but SIN Cru will provide accommodation (if applicable) and pay a contribution to travel and expenses. We are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements.

To apply
For further information and expressions of interest contact
Lucy Crowe Artistic Director sinstars@aol.com

SIN Cru supports equality and diversity. No CVs or agencies please.

Post date: 24 August 2012

Hakeem Onibudo’s Live Vibe night is back for 2012 for two evenings of performances, entertainment and audience interaction at Rich Mix in east London this September and November.

It’s as though the variety show has returned to its roots after the seeds for Live Vibe as we know it kicked off at the Spitz just around the corner which has seen both professional and up-and-coming artists and entertainers challenged by interpretations of different themes and thriving off the audience’s energy.

It’s the winning formula of Live Vibe that saw it receive critical acclaim after its run at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells since 2009, taking it to venues Hong Kong in December 2010 and later Zimbabwe in 2011.

“It's easy to have a show that you can curate and have good pieces. People take what they like and leave what they like," explains Hakeem. "Sometimes you can get away with that - when I go to other events and its a mismatch of work, you walk away and one or two things stick in your mind and its a cacophony where the host doesn’t keep it all together."

The theme for the acts this time is words and will include performances from A&R, Delve Dance Company, RWA (Ready Willing and Able) and Hakeem's flagship company, Fully Functioning Individuals, and recently announced, Kenrick Sandy joining Mikey J who is providing the music on the night.

“Why the theme of words? I love fusion, I love poetry, words and art, and for artists to have a theme for their work,” says Hakeem.

Hakeem is also the curator of East London Dance’s Two’s A Company night, and believes the notion of theme will help push the perceptions of how words are interpreted, whether through dance, poetry or music.

“Some of the work is brand new commissions. Everything should have the theme of Live Words, and it challenges me as the compere to have that theme to keep everything together."

Live Vibe Words takes place on 1 September 2012 at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA with another Live Vibe on 10 November.

Tickets for Live Vibe Words can be bought online or by calling the Rich Mix ticket office on 020 7613 7498

Post date: 22 August 2012

Street Funk, run by JP Omari, the Breakin’ Convention rep for Brighton, has released a street dance app for the iPhone and iPad.

The app allows you to watch video tutorials to learn how to dance plus interviews with the Streetfunk teachers, JP Omari, Sasha Biloshitsky and Lee Payne, view photo galleries and stay up to date with their news

The Streetfunk app is available to download from the iTunes store.

The Street Funk iPhone and iPod app is free to download from iTunes, although tutorials must be purchased from within the app. The Streetfunk app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad requiring iOS 4.2 or later.

Post date: 17 August 2012

The 2012 Olympics has been and gone after taking place in London this August and brought back many gold medals for many of the nations involved.

But another thing the Olympics has brought back for b-boys is a matter that means a lot - the ownership of one particular move: The Hamminator. At least, that’s what b-boys fear it may become misrepresented as: The actual move in question is the continuous air flare, and it’s sparking online debates and a movement to get the correct name recognised by the International Olympic Committee through an online petition organised by Charles "Goku" Montgomery and Curtis "Pan" Hedges of Soul Control.

We were only a few days into the Olympics when we re-posted a grainy, self-shot video of the men's gymnastics event on our Facebook page that featured a move that looked suspiciously like an air flare.

Max Whitlock's gymnastic set included many b-boy repertoire moves: air tracks to a flare into what was definitely an air flare - even the comments underneath the video claiming "he's a bboy!"

For the sake of the argument it would be unfair to judge and assume that gymnasts have never crossed paths with b-boys in the past – in fact Morgan Hamm, the American gymnast in question who many fear the air flare will be mislabelled as, learnt the moves from b-boys himself!

It’s no secret that many iconic dance moves, including the Moonwalk (or the backslide) were taught to the stars by a dancer that passed on their knowledge. But this is hip hop, a culture that champions being revolutionary and making sure the innovators are always remembered.

In 1998, Pablo Flores, a member of a dance team called Climax Soul Control was recorded on video doing two air flares in a row for the first time in b-boy history.

A little research on YouTube uncovers home videos of the development of the move from 1998 as Flores threw in the move into 90s, 2000s and flare transitions.

The objective of the petition by Goku and Pan of Soul Control is to get 100,000 online signatures - a mean feat and a steep challenge - to make sure that the air flare is accredited and recognised as a b-boy move and not a gymnastic repertoire.

Attention is paid to the title of “continuous air flare” in respect that earlier versions of an air flare may have only included one repetition.

Want to sign the continuous air flare petition? See here

What do you think? Is 100,000 signatures an impossible feat? Are b-boys worrying over something that might be forgotten until the next Olympics?

Post date: 14 August 2012

Every legend has to consider their departure, and Crazy Legs is no exception in planning his retirement from his battling career after battling everyone at the Rock Steady Crew 35 Year Anniversary in New York last week.

Crazy Legs announced he was to retire from battling to a British audience at the UK B-Boy Championships in October 2011 with plans to get into shape over the next nine months ahead of his retirement.

Crazy Legs is an original member and current president of the Rock Steady Crew, the world's most recognised b-boy crew who also starred in the movies Wild Style, Style Wars and the two movies most old schoolers will remember them from: their appearances in Beat Street and Flash Dance.

Following a regime of hitting the gym, boxing and b-boy training he managed to get himself back in shape (while dropping 10 pounds) in order to battle the likes of B-Boy El Nino, B-Boy Ynot, B-Boy TekNYC, Abgirl, B-Boy Moy, B-Boy Dyzee, B-Boy Kid Glyde and anyone that decided to challenge him.

The result of his training reenbled him to re-learn moves that had his muscle memory forgot over time. Here he is talking to CNN...

Describing his excitement ahead of his last battles, Crazy Legs wrote on his website, CrazyLegsWorkshops.com: "I've been training for five months now and as each day passes I feel more anticipation and a greater sense of urgency. Every thought running through my head is about what that day will be like."

Crazy Legs reiterates that his 'retirement' isn't an end to his involvement in hip hop or b-boying and he will continue to teach workshops and do performances while presiding over hip hop's most recognised breaking crew.

"As far as the battle scene is concerned I've always wanted to have the opportunity to go out in my own way. Because of the injuries I've had over the past several years [...] it's put a damper on that and left me with a crazy, empty feeling of not having that finality to my b-boy life," he said in a video update. "This is my final bow [...] My opportunity to do it my way."

Post date: 09 August 2012

There's nothing Breakin' Convention loves more than a good festival - both putting one on and attending some of the best! Which is why we're proud to present you with a selection of hip hop inspired performances taking place at this year's Edinburgh Fringe that you won't want to miss, from performances that have graced the Breakin' Convention stage to artists that have worked with us in the past to brand new pieces of work.

Room 2 Manoeuvre - Watch It!

3 - 27 August - more info
At ZOO Southside 117 Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9ER

You'll recognise Tony Thrills as the Breakin' Convention Edinburgh and Inverness rep and host as well as from Breakin' Convention's Freestyle Funk Forum in London.

Now the acclaimed Tony Thrills will take you through a mind bending adventure through the channels on your TV set using dance and projection in a multimedia dance odyssey.

TrashDollys - Contains Spoilers

3 - 11 August - more info
At ZOO Southside 117 Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9ER

TrashDollys rocked Breakin' Convention Plymouth earlier this year with their duet DumDollyParade, a blend of breaking and contemporary dance.

Their approach is anything but conventional and Contains Spoilers is 50 minutes of intriguing imagery and dance theatre.

Flash Mob

2 - 27 August - more info
At Assembly Hall, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LU

Starring Tommy Franzén who performed in Avant Garde Dance's A Classical Break, Flashmob at the Fringe stars the finalists from TV programmes including Got to Dance and So You Think You Can Dance in a feature length show including audience participation in keeping of the flash mob theme.

Maxwell Golden in Countryboy's Struggle

1 August - 31 August - more info
At Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ

While not 100% a Breakin' Convention artist, Maxwell Golden does reach back to the days of Jonzi D Productions and early Open Art Surgeries.

Maxwell Golden may have recently launched his Countryboy's Struggle online but it was originally a one man stage show as he assumes the character of over 40 different characters telling the story of his travels from his humble days as a hip hopper in coastal town Bude to heading towards the Big Smoke.

Castle Rocks BBoy Championships

11 August - more info
At City Edinburgh, 1a Market Street, EH1 1DE

The annual Castle Rocks takes place at City Nightclub and sees local b-boys battle against invited guests from around the world in a thrilling 2-on-2 battle. Last year Hurricane Ray and Sam of Team Scmetta emerged champions - will any of the local crew be able to wrestle the title from them?

Bad Taste Cru - Council of the Ordinary

14 - 27 August - more info
At Zoo Southside, 117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER

Always committed to furthering hip hop theatre, Council of the Ordinary is Bad Taste Cru's triple bill of performances showcasing Aftermath, Tribal Assembly and The Mirror touching on the personal, historical and magnificence of their b-boying.

Set It Off Street Dance Championships 2012

18 August - more info
At City Nightclub, 1a Market St, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

Produced by the team behind Castle Rocks Breakdance Championships, Set It Off! sees hip-hop dance crews an soloists competing for the title. Dancers will attempt to wow the judges and win over the crowd with their jaw-dropping routines and has Tony Adigun, Caramel Soldier and Allan Irvine.

Post date: 20 July 2012

Rarely if ever will you come across a rapper slash former drug slanger slash big screen and TV actor slash cop killa (in no specific order) that even after over 25 years in the rap game is taking the time out to make a documentary about the art of rap, which also happens to be the title of Ice T’s documentary which premiered at Hammersmith Apollo last night in London.

Even more rarely will you get Ice-T, Chuck D, Melle Mel and Raekwon answering questions from fans plus performing with special guest appearance from Ghostface Killah and UK rap pioneers Hijackers bringing the house down in a concert straight after a movie showing either!

Still rocking fresh since his first LP Rhyme Pays dropped in 1987 Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap is a tour de force of face to face interviews with almost every classic rapper from the golden era of hip hop (and a couple of newer faces like Kanye West, Eminem and Joe Budden), all researched and tracked down with the assistance of Ice T’s extensive rolodex of rappers.

Straight into the action, The Art of Rap doesn’t make any assumptions that you know each of the rappers’ back stories or anything about hip hop: This was made especially for fans and cuts to the chase with slick camera cuts and shots of local scenery.

A short sample playing as helicopter shots pan across NYC, LA and every other hip hop capital in between across the United States from each of the rapper’s best known track introduces each interview, and if you know who’s up next from the track then you can give yourself full marks in your old school exams.

Uncovering the science between Rakeem’s rhyme style of 16 dots at the end of each line marking 16 bars on a record, to how Eminem puts together rhymes within rhymes and the revelation that Dr Dre hasn’t left his studio for longer than two weeks in 27 years to perfect each hit he puts out, Ice T’s interviews each of the artists with the inside expertise you’d expect from an OG (Original Gangsta!) and gets straight to the point: "Where do you see your brush strokes on the painting of the art of rap?" This wasn’t just a documentary, but an insightful look into the art that artists put into their raps and a snap shot of how all of your favourite MCs worked. They don’t make music like this any more these days…


Melle Me at the Art of Rap launch performing The Message - photo by Paul Hampartsoumian

Rappers in The Art of Rap:
Bun B, B-Real, Afrika Bambaataa, Busy Bee, Joe Budden, Grandmaster Caz, Common, Treach, Ice Cube, Chuck D, Royce Da 5' 9", Dana Dane, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Eminem, Doug E Fresh, MC Lyte, Q-Tip, Immortal Technique and so many more...

So is this is it for The Art Of Rap? Hell no, Ice T tells everyone afterwards that there’s over 70 hours of additional footage that couldn’t make the cut before opening up the show for a concert that caused waves of nostalgia for the mature hip hop fans and impatient looking girlfriends as Melle Mel recited the lyrics of The Message acapella, Chuck D dropped Public Enemy's new single, marking the first time Public Enemy had performed in the Hammersmith Apollo since the 80s and Raekwon brought out Wu Tang collaborator Ghostface to join him before Ice T re-introduced The Highjackers, UK rap pioneers...


Melle Mel, Raekwon, Chuck D and Ice T at the Art of Rap UK launch - photo by Paul Hampartsoumian

Post date: 17 July 2012

In November 2011 Pervez of Live 2 Break and documentary maker Bret Syfert went to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda to teach children how to break as well as how to teach one another in an ‘each one, teach one’ initiative organised by Catalyst Rwanda, set up by Nicola Triscott and Kate Scanlan

The project was captured in a short documentary by Syfert, Yes Man, which will screen in the UK this week at the Southbank Centre and tells the story of the healing power of hip hop in a recovering culture.

In a heart warming story of compassion with roots set in a history of devastation and dark times in Rwanda’s recent history, the essence of Yes Man goes back 20 years when two friends, arts producer Nicola Triscott met teacher Rafiki Callixte when she visited Rwanda in 1992, eighteen months before the impending 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The planned mass murder of an estimated 800,000 people in this small East African nation saw six out of Rafiki’s ten siblings killed with Rafiki scarcely surviving the genocide himself, betrayed by a friend who shot him in the back and left him for dead. Years of silence followed until one day in 2010 Rafiki and Nicola were reconnected via Facebook after 14 years.

In that time Rafiki founded Les Enfants de Dieu, a residential care centre for approximately 130 boys between the ages of four and 18 in Ndera, a suburb of Kigali, to transform the lives of street children that had been affected by the genocide.

Nicola then went to Rwanda and met the remarkable boys at Les Enfants de Dieu. When Rafiki and Nicola asked the boys what project or skill they would most like to learn, they unanimously replied: ‘hip-hop dance,’ the means through which they chose to express themselves.

Catalyst Rwanda is an initiative setting up sustainable programmes of arts activities for vulnerable young people in Rwanda, including street children and orphans of the genocide and AIDS, and to organise artistic development programmes with emerging Rwandan artists in partnership with Ishyo Arts Centre.

Now with the Southbank Centre, Catalyst Rwanda is bringing two of the boys from Les Enfants de Dieu to England, Willy and Didier, along with Rafiki to discuss the project along with the rest of the Yes Man crew.

Yes Man screens at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room as part of Africa Utopia on Thursday 19 July at 7.45pm with a free party afterwards with DJ Billy Biznizz

Post date: 06 July 2012

In My Shoes from Nathan Geering’s company Rational Productions is back after successful sell out run at The Crucible theatre at Sheffield Playhouse last autumn telling the story of a father who can’t find a bond with his son, a person with self confidence problems, a couple with marriage issues and an individual in need of anger management and a reflection on everybody’s innermost insecurities.

To save the cast of frustrated characters each must attend an extreme hip hop therapy session, allowing them to consider the difficulties faced by others to develop their understanding of how it feels to be in another person's shoes…

In My Shoes teaser trailer - Rationale Productions

“It feels wicked to be back. All our dancers are much stronger dancers and performers this time around. We’ve tweaked quite a few sections of the show to reflect our creative as artists, and we can’t wait to get on the road again,” said Nathan Geering, artistic director of Rationale Productions.

“The first run we did was at the Crucible Theatre [last autumn] we absolutely smashed it! It was wicked. The audience was really responsive to everything; a lot of the sections went down a hell of a lot better than what we expected” he continued.

The concept for In My Shoes came about during research and development for the production when members of the crew presented stories of what they wanted to express to an audience: darker moments in their lives, personal experiences and difficult moments. George Clinton once said “you can walk a mile in my shoes, but you can’t dance a step in my feet,” something the acclaimed Rationale Productions holds core to their hip hop theatre production.

“We all thought: We all sound like we’ve all been a little messed up at one time or another, so why not go for an extreme hip hop therapy session? Because then it’s the opportunity for the therapist to listen to every individual’s problem and try to fix it. That’s pretty much how the story got formed.”

Owing to the personal commitments of each of the group members having to juggle day jobs and study, Rationale rehearsed late evenings into to the early hours of the morning with little funding but lots of faith to bring In My Shoes together, and the work has paid off, developing them a relationship with Sheffield City Council, the Crucible Theatre, as well as the regional Arts Council.

In the past Geering was part of the cast for Jonzi D’s theatre production TAG: Just Writing My Name, and has used his years of experience to tailor In My Shoes into a well rounded production.

“The lessons I learned from TAG were invaluable in terms of work ethic and making sure that you try and explore an idea to its fullest rather than just having tonnes of ideas and only scratching the surface of them all,” explains Nathan. “So what we’ve done is put a lot of thought into each scene and each character and concept and explored them as much as we possibly can.”

In My Shoes comes to SquareChapel in Halifax on 10 July

Nathan Geering is the hip hop rep for Breakin' Convention in Sheffield.

Post date: 03 July 2012

Hip hop theatre artist, rhymer and comedian Maxwell Golden is coming to The Space, the online player for the arts on demand, in a series of hip hop comedy videos.

10 videos in collaboration with Contact Manchester have been produced of CountryBoy's Struggle: Online, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed and sold out one man show of the same name starring Maxwell Golden as himself playing over 40 characters in under two hours.

You can watch new episodes of CountryBoy’s Struggle: Online every Thursday from the 5 July until the 13 September at TheSpace.org.

Maxwell Golden Countryboy's Struggle Online: Video Preview

Inspired by Maxwell Golden's time growing up in the coastal community of Bude, Cornwall, CountryBoy's Struggle is about what it's like living in a rural area and wanting to make urban music, then moving to the city and finding it's not what you expected - especially when your heart and soul is on the golden beaches and with the community you grew up in.

CountryBoy's Struggle is written by and starring Maxwell Golden and directed by Baba Israel, Artistic Director of Contact and Richard Ramchurn of AlbinoMosquito, with music by Danbeats.

You can keep up to date with everything that is happening with CountryBoy's Struggle: Online on the official Twitter page @CBScontactmcr as well as @thespacearts for all news relating to The Space. You can also follow Michael Crompton's adventures on his Twitter account @countryboyMC or Maxwell Golden via @MaxwellGolden too.

Also: Don't miss CountryBoy's Struggle at Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

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