Post date: 16 March 2012

There’s no doubting it – it’s December, leaving five months to go before Breakin’ Convention 2012. While the submissions are open for dance companies to apply to be in next year’s festival, Breakin’ Convention is nurturing specially selected choreographers to produce newly commissioned work for BC ’12 already.

Tony Adigun of Avant Garde Dance was selected as part of a new choreographic commission between Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells) and Work in Progress (WIP) and has been working in France for two weeks with four dancers in Paris.

The partnership involved research and collaboration studying movement and choreography while comparing techniques to create new work and seizing the opportunity for hip hop artists on either side of the Channel to work together.

Given the choice of three choreographers to work with, Tony chose to work with Sébastien Ramirez (Clash 66), Pierre Rigal (Compagnie Last Minute) and Babson (Wanted Posse Collective) and the dancers Aziz Baki, Salomon Baneck-Asall, Kiel Ewen, and Gianni Grot.

On Friday 9 December Tony and the dancers performed the ideas that he had developed on the theme of water in front of a live audience with his dancers, showcasing 50 minutes of material.

The next phase of the WIP project will commence in April where Tony will create a 25 minute piece to be shown in London at Breakin’ Convention 2012 and at in Paris at the WIP Festival in July.

Tony Adigun is an associate artist with East London Dance and The Place Theatre.

Update: Watch Tony Adigun's commissioned piece, Omi from Breakin' Convention 2012, below!

Post date: 14 March 2012

Visit the Festival section and buy your tickets now!

Breakin’ Convention returns for its ninth year over the May bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 5 - Monday 7 May 2012.

UPDATE: Breakin' Convention London workshops also announced!

Breakin' Convention 2012 London: Who's in town?

Featuring in Breakin’ Convention for the first time is US act, ILL-Abilities (International), a b-boy company that challenges the misconceptions about people with disabilities. We are honoured to have them performing with a live DJ to present their piece No Limits that we have no doubt will audiences in awe of their ‘ill abilities’.

Vagabond Crew, Battle of the Year 2011 champions and winners of the UK B-Boy Championships, returns presenting Alien, exploring the demons that live within each of us; Storyboard P a maverick artist who has created his own ‘mutation’ style of movement.
He also creates and performs in short experimental dance videos, including the video for The Bullits Close Your Eyes video, directed by world renowned photographer Marc Baptiste.

The international line-up also includes French and Korean duo Clash 66, who explore relationships and the fine line between love and madness; making his UK debut B-Boy Ata (Finland) presents a piece featuring a puppet and three time hip hop locking world champion Gemini (France) presents the moody solo Te Quierro, that draws on his Spanish roots and features his unique dance style - the Lock Rock.

Completing the international line-up is the highlight of Breakin’ Convention 2010, French company Pro Phenomen who return to the festival this year with a new piece; Serial Stepperz (France) who showcase house dance like no other crew and a UK premiere from old school West Coast crew PT3000 ft. Demons of the Mind (US).

Got to Dance for Breakin' Convention!

London company and Got To Dance finalists Unity return for their sixth consecutive year with a topical piece about East London postcode wars. Also from the UK is Tony ‘Touch’ Adigun who presents the world premiere of a new group piece exploring the theme of water, developed as part of WIP (Work In Progress) at La Vilette in France and co-commissioned by Breakin’ Convention, the piece will also be performed in Paris at the WIP Festival in July.

Challenging the male dominated world of hip hop is Boadicea (UK) a 12 strong female crew, founded by and featuring Rhimes Lecointe, star of Street Dance 3D; performing for the first time at Breakin’ Convention. This sisterhood's strong bond brings creativity, connection and FIERCE power to the dance floor. Another female collective returning to Breakin’ Convention is the Myself Dance Company (UK) with Creatures of the Night.

Fruits of our lab-our

Breakin’ Convention’s choreographic development project Back to the Lab took place in 2011. This year’s festival sees three pieces that were devised and developed during the project, Botis Seva (UK) who explores issues of mental illness and society with powerful theatrical impact; founding member of BirdGang Dance Company, Ivan Blackstock (UK) brings a comedic piece inspired by the hallucinating effects of sleep deprivation, which brings to life an ordinary wardrobe and another founding member of BirdGang Dance Company Simeon Qsyea (UK) combines spoken word and dance to ask what makes a person “hip hop”?

Return of the UK's finest

Also in the UK line-up is the return of Broken Doll, Natalie James’ harrowing, personal and thought provoking solo; the UK’s finest house dancers, House that Union Jack Built featuring Turbo, Caramel, Botis, Ricardo and Jordan; a new explosive krump solo from Theo 'Godson' Oloyade, London’s finest krump dancer; a solo that explores love from Myself Dance Company founder Kloe Dean and a new piece from Spoken Movement.

Always looking out for new talent, Breakin’ Convention 2012 features some of the best youth companies including Avant Garde Youth, performing on the main stage for the first time with a new piece from Tony Adigun; Da Bratz, the youth company of London favourite Boy Blue Entertainment perform a new piece and ZooNation Youth Company presents TNG featuring The Next Generation of dancers from the award-winning company behind Some Like It Hip Hop.

Graff by the greatest

See the best in local and international Hip Hop dance theatre, curated by Jonzi D, plus dozens of extra events in the mix including workshops, film screenings, DJ demos, foyer freestyle sessions and live aerosol art from UK artist ArtJaz, Dutch contemporary artist Recal and Australian photo-realistic graffiti artist SmugOne.

Breakin' Convention UK Tour acts

Joining Clash 66 and Vagabond Crew on the UK tour will be these 40 hip hop and street dance companies:
Antics, B3 (Brighton B-Boys), Beat Breakers, Company Faux Pas, Dance Nuvo, Daniel Aing, Ella Mesma, Encore, Flava Squad Funkstylerz, Flying Jalepenos, Gravity, Hype Juniors and Lil' Hype, Jack In The Box, Kudos and Kudos Kidz, Limited Edition, Nu Projeks, Rationale, Ready Ready Sauce, RockaBeat, RockaBeat, Root MC, Rush Dance, SDK (So Damn Kreative), Shaolin Shadows, Stoxie, Street Dance Academy/Elite, Street Factory, Swindon Dance Youth Dance Academy, The Edinburgh Soul Review (Random Aspekts/Heavy Smokers), Trash Dollys DC, Tricky Crew, Tru Street Dance Academy, Urban Strides Ltd, WIP (Work In Progress), Xclusive, Bad Taste Cru, Heavy Smokers, Rice and Peez, Street Kingz and Urban Jokers

Post date: 13 March 2012

Breakin’ Convention is calling all aspiring dancers, MCs, aerosol artists, film makers and music producers aged 13-16 to get involved with our annual Future Elements Project ahead of Future Elements Night at the London Festival on Thursday 3 May.

If what you see on SB.TV is your thing, the Future Elements course is for you! This is your chance to star in and create your very own music video. And best of all, it's completely free!

As part of the Future Elements course we will give you the chance to work with some of the coolest, inspirational artists including Breakin’ Convention’s very own Jonzi D and some of the UK’s finest choreographers including Ivan Blackstock (BirdGang / backing dancer for Cher Lloyd) and directors to bring the whole project together – more details to be announced soon!

Want to get involved? You must attend ALL of the following dates, so make sure you have space in your diary:
Thursday 5 April
Monday 9 - Fri 13 April
Thursday 3 May
The course will run from 10 - 4pm each day.

Next: Visit our Future Elements section to download a Future Elements 2012 Application Form!

Here’s how it went down last year with Zap Town with help from Katie P (choreographer), (production and editing), aerosol art from Mr Dane and beats by Kewba Da Great.

Future Elements Night, which takes place the Thursday before Breakin' Convention London, is when the kids ‘run tings' at Breakin' Convention and let the older generation witness the future of Hip Hop dance theatre with a line up of work by young people for young people!

Line up and tickets will be available to buy closer to the festival from the Sadler's Wells website - follow us on Facebook for updates!

Post date: 13 March 2012

2012 is seeing an gradual trend for the fusion of high art and street culture in auditoriums across the country: For the next few weeks dancers from current UK b-boy champions Soul Mavericks are starring in Miss Fortune, a modern retelling of Italian folk tale Sfortuna ('misfortune') at the Royal Opera House.

It's only been a few months since it was announced that Flawless was to collaborated with the English National Ballet for a national tour, and the emerging trend of putting street dancers together with classical forms has been followed by Royal Opera House's offering of opera a la b-boy.

In order to find the right dancers for the part Soul Mavericks had to battle six other crews as part of the audition process, as well as meeting the challenges that the fusion of opera and breaking had to throw at them.

Ran Arthur Braun, choreographer for Miss Fortune has been charged with directing the movement for the show and claims that many of the fusions of repertoire have not done before: While much of what will be on display in the performances is based on a b-boy foundation, some will be what Braun has called 'power dancing,' a mixture of breaking with gymnastics and martial art and acting.

The b-boys with roles in Miss Fortune are: Abdul Ali (Angry Abdul), Eugene Fong (Eugenius), Anthony Jackson (AJ-47), Simon Lee (Mid-Air), Ashley Patricks (Ghost) and Benji Shogbulo (Big Ben).

So what is to expect of Miss Fortune? There's no live DJ but breaking and a burning kebab van, an impressive set design by Tom Pye, some spectacular visuals from stage director Chen Shi-Z heng (check out the trailer, above, and it looks a lot like Blaze: The Street Dance Sensation) and of course operatics and orchestrations from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Does the 'power dancing' concept sell Miss Fortune to you as dancers, and would you fork out a small fortune to see it at the Royal Opera House? And while it has a home at Sadler's Wells, does breaking have a place… with opera? You can leave a comment in the box below.

Miss Fortune shows at the Royal Opera House on 12, 15 , 20, 23, 28 March at 7.30pm - information on booking ticket can be found here

Post date: 12 March 2012

Do you remember the days when the DJ would spin a dope record, people would get down and do a dope move, before you knew it you were in a scene reminiscent of Beat Street's Roxy battle? Someone got burnt, the crowd booed: Someone was a winner, someone was a loser.

Some, but maybe not all, will remember as the art moves forward. Back in the day a cypher was an spontaneous moment at a party: It just so happened that two breakers would be at the same spot, they'd throw down and it was up to the people at the party to judge who won by the biggest cheer.

But then as time changed b-boying took a turn: The culture rose, sponsors jumped on board, large scale events were set up, battles became epic and moved from clubs and parties to arenas and organisers would fill out stadiums with thousands of people, and so something that would happen in the street and in the intimate location of clubs became a spectator sport with appointed 'professionals' judging: Who's to say that's a fair system when your not battling on home turf and the audience is backing the home crew?

With disputes on the stage, under YouTube videos (with no shortage of e-boys to chuck in their two pennies) and of course, armchair critics calling certain events 'fixed,' how exactly are we going to get it right and eliminate bias?

Arguably it's this: After 11 years of consideration and consultation with original generational b-boys it's The OUR (Objective, Unified, Real-time) Judging System, devised and promoted by Dyzee of Supernaturalz Crew. Dyzee has both battled and judged at many a battle across the world, so here's a video of him explaining the system:

When you battle you're being watched by the judges for up to 15 minutes in some instances. Considering the stylistic changes to the dance over the years, from the introduction of new styles, moves and blow ups, how do you choose which crew won after taking it all in and applying your decision to how true to the 'original' styles they were - and keep in mind the dancers may just judge to tick the correct boxes on the judge sheet.

"There's so many different directions you can go with it (the dance), and you don't always know if the judges can relate to your style," says Lanre Pedro, also known as Hakim, who features in the OUR documentary, embedded below, which was put online earlier this week. "There's flexy-style, there's power moves, there's guys that focus more on rocking, foundation, everyone has their own opinion."

It could be a difficult system to implement. When the original generation b-boys have been around since the dawn of the b-boy era, and equally the freshest, dopest and most authentic (to the style) b-boy that can do the biggest moves and blowups has been chosen for a jury, whose word should go against who?

Hakim continues: "I think there's been a lot of beef around the world with people trying to say that their mindset is the right way, or their way is the best way."

Watch the Street Soul OUR BBoy Judging System documentary here:

Dyzee of Supernaturalz has successfully sold the OUR system to R-16, Korea's biggest b-boy event, and revolutionised how the event is judged, with results calculated live, projected openly and transparently for the audience to see.

The debate is that other sports institutions have their own unions and guilds: Why not b-boying?

Look at some judging panels for rappers: May be a successful mainstream rapper, an underground MC a producer, and a journalist. Some events have moved up from three to five judges to settle any arguments for bias. Even Jump Off has a rotation of judges from different backgrounds for its competitions.

"If you at least have at least one base for the judging system then you can have your trends on top of that, but if you have something concrete you can have something that can evolve but stay the same the whole time" says B-Boy Epic and representative of the OUR judging system. "This judging system is like a trunk of a tree. There can be tons of branches, tons of leafs […] but it needs a base."

"B-boying is like a language, it's everything. But a professional competition, once you put judges there and you put time, a cash prize, a clear winner or loser, it becomes in every definition a sport when you make it like that," says Dyzee. "Tae kwon do, it's not a sport, it's a martial art, but once they go into professional tae kwon do competition with their judges and their rules, that is a sport and it's a game."

The OUR judging system works as follows…
One judge is assigned to each category, awarding up to five points for every turn. The winner is determined by who wins the most categories, and in the event of a tie, all of the category scores are added together to determine a winner by overall score.

"When I heard they would be using a judging system at R16 I didn't get it. Why do we need a system? Because I thought b-boying isn't like olympic games that need scores," says B-Boy Born of Rivers Crew. "So, I was kind of against it at first. But then after talking a lot with Dyzee I gave it a second thought."

"If we apply the judging system to many battles b-boying battles will get to mean a lot more … battles will come across as something more serious," Born continues. "Under the judging system I believe we can protect ourselves from people and media that want to use us. So I think the judging system is a good thing."

OUR b-boying battle system is going to divide opinions of a lot of b-boys and armchair judges too: Champions will fall from grace.  Maybe this system will work for R-16, but who sees it working at your local hip hop jam? Can you certify a judge/representative the same way the RAD does for classical dance?

"Trying to get people to unite - that's the hard part," says Dyzee. "No one respects breaking outside of b-boys … they look at us like little punks and youths, whatever, they don't take us seriously. And we know we're better than that. We need to find ways to unite the community and protect the culture."

See the OUR System applied to Red Bull BC One last year, an event that doesn't implement the system, below. You can leave a comment under the article.

For a full verbal explanation and breakdown of the OUR System, see

Post date: 11 March 2012

Tonight Juste Debout 2012 takes place at the Bercy stadium in Paris, France, and you can watch the entire competition live from the comfort of your own house.

The live stream of Juste Debout 2012 will take place tonight, Sunday 11 March 2012, at 21:00 French time, or 20:00 in the UK - so tune in to our live stream then!

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Who is battling at Juste Debout 2012?

Hip Hop qualified dancers (duets)

Lil J and Sparkle / China qualifier
Rush Ball (Kyoka and Maïka) / Japan qualifier
Destiny Family (Clown and Sedechu) / Singapore qualifier
Tealeaf and Bowtox 24K / Canada qualifier
Hugo and Jens / Sweden qualifier
Beatmonkeyz 59 and Ghetto Style - Marcio and Jib / Spain qualifier
B.O.S.S. Team - Bruce Blanchard and Junbox / Finland qualifier
Kulture Kids (Kenzo And Shay) / Netherlands qualifier
Maximus and Zulu / Switzerland qualifier
Kanon and Fabrice / Ireland qualifier
MIK Fam - Prince and Isaac / Poland qualifier
Klan De Skillz  - Wally and Meth / Italy qualifier
The Cage / UK qualifier
Majid and Iceee / Germany qualifier
Salas and Ben /Jimmy and Sam / France qualifer

Locking qualified dancers (duets)

Yu and Sun / China qualifier
Full Ahead (Yuma and Nobby) / Japan qualifier
PHDxKFC (A-Wei & A-Mei) / Singapore qualifier
Max and Abdul / Canada qualifier
Soul Sweat / Funky 4 Brothers (A-train & Markus) / Sweden qualifier
Brodas Bros  - Pol and Yuk / Spain qualifier
Alex and Ice / Finland qualifier
Sens'as Legendes Urbaines (Manu And Loïc) / Netherlands qualifier
Willow and Jeremy / Switzerland qualifier
Wova and Moroz / Ireland qualifier
Grzelock and Edwin / Poland qualifier
Darthryan and Tony Flower - Ryan and Tony Flower / Italy qualifier
Badness Crew / UK qualifier
Jan and Shizzo / Germany qualifier
Ducky and Jay / Woong and Khan / France qualifer

Popping qualified dancers (duets)

Dino and Sonic / China qualifier
Former Action (Kite and Madoka) / Japan qualifier
Flexion Boogz (Popchen  Popjs) / Singapore qualifier
Monster Pop and Venom / Canada qualifier
SpazM and Baby Bang / Sweden qualifier
C & S -  Cintia and Sacha / Spain qualifier
Vitek and Serj / Finland qualifier
Most Wanted Gens (Slow Boog And Jackson) / Netherlands qualifier
Samsam and VanVan / Switzerland qualifier
Crysto and Poppin Prince / Ireland qualifier
Baba Zula - Arman and Boo / Poland qualifier
Gangsta Boogaloos  - Shorty and Ciro / Italy qualifier
Los Kassos / UK qualifier
Bruce Ikanji and Gator / Germany qualifier
Philboog and Yassine / Poppin J and Crazy Kyo / France qualifer

House qualified dancers (duets) 

A Yang and Kim / China qualifier
Hyrossi and Shuho / Japan qualifier
ADHOC (Sang Yeong  Han) / Singapore qualifier
Cybo and Hideki / Canada qualifier
Crazy Alliance / Sweden qualifier
Wanted Posse and Serial Stepperz - Mamson and Babson / Spain qualifier
Farfor - BNZ and Raf / Finland qualifier
Gravity Zero (Tonyz And Veusty) / Netherlands qualifier
Perla and Bly / Switzerland qualifier
Sarou and Fabou / Ireland qualifier
BW - ADN and Zwagga / Poland qualifier
Peeps and Daneshiro / Italy qualifier
King Charles and Meech / UK qualifier
Adnan and OG / Germany qualifier
Hiro and Pino / Serge and Kapela / France qualifer

Post date: 28 February 2012

Time Gentleman Please, the daring theatre production that combined clog, sword and Morris dancing with b-boying, popping, krumping and beatboxing is to become a documentary, produced by Safecracker Pictures which will chart the history of The Demon Barbers.

Damien Barber, who is behind award-winning folk band The Demon Barbers and Time Gentlemen Please said: "The response to our show has been phenomenal from both folk and street dance fans. All our dancers have taken the opportunity to learn from each other and have been amazed by the similarities and shared experiences they found in the two - seemingly very different - dance styles."

Time Gentlemen Please has seen several runs in theatres, touring last autumn and will be embarking on another one this spring.

The show, the brainchild of award-winning folk band The Demon Barbers, in collaboration with Yorkshire Dance and developed thanks to funding from Arts Council England, sees a group of street dancers arrive at an apparently deserted pub. As the regulars arrive, however, a clash of cultures turns into a dance floor stand-off.

It was the breaking convention of Time Gentlemen Please (and possibly a recent appearance on BBC’s Room 101 as well, we could suggest) that first attracted the attention of Nigel Horne, managing director of Safecracker Pictures.

In the past Safecracker films has made documentaries on Morris dancing, so are the right people for the job.

"The dancing [in Time Gentlemen Please] is extraordinary. This is every bit as dynamic and ground-breaking as Stomp was a decade ago. Folk is having a massive resurgence and Time Gentlemen Please is at the cutting edge of this revival.”

He continued: “Putting traditional and modern dance together on stage shows that there is a genuine connection between them. This is something the documentary will aim to explore with the aid of some well respected Folk enthusiasts such as the comedian Stewart Lee and Horace Panter, Bass Player from The Specials.”

Horne concludes his feelings about the project: “We are tremendously excited about being involved with Damien Barber and The Demon Barbers and bringing the show to the wider audience it deserves."

Find out the dates of the forthcoming Time Gentlemen Please spring tour on our calendar.

Post date: 30 January 2012

2012 is starting to heat up right now – the Breakin’ Convention Calendar is squeezing in more dates into it with every passing day and new shows are being announced left, right and centre – artistically this year is one to very much one to look forward to.

2011 was another great year for hip hop theatre – just have a look at our year in review feature. We could of course blow our own horn and boast about how good Open Art Surgery and Back to the Lab was, but what you might have seen at those two boundary-pushing shows was works in progress – so our own shows don’t qualify.

With a finite amount of tickets on sale for any show of any size, not everyone can always catch a show when it comes to town. So instead we’ve come up with 5 shows we would love to see recommissioned for the theatre in 2012, chosen for their entertainment, originality and the fact that many of these shows only got a short run the first time round.

Here we are in no particular order…

In My Shoes

Rationale Productions In My Shoes

Rationale Productions' feature length production sold out the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, last year with its show telling the story of a father and son attending an extreme hip hop therapy session in a desperate bid to save their relationship.

Rationale Productions features the brilliant Nathan Geering aka Diggity, who has performed at numerous Breakin’ Conventions in the past and is a Breakin’ Convention rep.

Likeliness of In My Shoes returning: Very! A sold out show at the Crucible justifies a return with the production doing a regional tour this autumn.

Country Boy's Struggle

Country Boys Struggle

Maxwell Golden is an Alumni of Jonzi D's Open Art Surgery and had sold out runs of the show for its comic use of 30 different characters, all played by himself. 

Directed by Baba Israel, Country Boy's Struggle is a semi-autobiographical one man play telling the hilarious story of Maxwell's dreams as a rapper moving from Cornwall to the city. It’s a classic story of one man chasing his dream in the face of adversity, which many of your favourite rappers might have done, but Breakin’ Convention bets that none of your favourite rappers hail from Cornwall. They will after this.

Likeliness of Country Boy's Struggle returning: No word on the circuit at the moment, but that doesn't mean it wont - it's a laugh-a-minute show that's guaranteed to pack out the place!

Sleight of Dance

Sleight of Dance

Richard Essien, or B-Boy Bones aka the b-boy from Mint Royale’s Singing In The Rain video has another trick up his sleeve - literally. While his main talent is dancing, you may not know Bones is also a professional magician who successfully sold out his own stand up shows last winter. 

It’s possible to imagine Bones’ show suiting a cabaret venue as the show features card tricks, illusions and beautiful magician’s assistants, and escaping from a straight jacket while doing windmills is the ultimate in magician-cum-b-boy braggadocio.

Chances of it returning: Bones has showcased at Throwdown recently and will be performing extracts of his show at Serious About Street Dance 2012

The Bunker Thing

The Bunker Thing

The Bunker Thing was an installation experience commission by East London Dance for Big Dance 2010 and took over a disused war bunker in Dalston, East London.

Always one to play with unique ideas for locations, Tony Adigun’s piece included projection and sound with a storyline and unexpected surprises around each corner. For a minute you'll forget you're in the city and believe you're in a dystopian underworld...

Chances of it returning: The bunker is coming back soon! Be afraid! Dates TBA.

BBE Touch

Boy Blue: BBE Touch

Kenrick Sandy and Mikey J Asante, the founding components to Boy Blue Entertainment have schedules so packed it’s virtually impossible to pin them down. Whether choreographing for movie or television, or producing music for the urban music scene’s biggest artists, finding a gap in their diary is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

But last year they managed to find enough time to put together a short run of shows featuring the two in a completely different light altogether: Producing and mixing live, reciting poetry, and reversing each other’s roles.

Chances of it returning: Don’t hedge your bets, at least not yet.

Bad Taste Cru - Tribal Assembly

Bad Taste Cru Tribal Assembly

Bad Taste Cru’s Tribal Assembly was a specially commissioned piece by outdoor events consortium Without Walls which extended their piece Council of the Ordinary, performed at Breakin’ Convention 2008.

So strong was the piece that it was toured across the UK last summer, featured as part of Bad Taste Cru's Just Jam weekender and was shortlisted for the Sadler's Wells Global Dance Contest.

Chances of Tribal Assembly returning: No word on it yet, although crew member Robby Graham (Raw B) recently became an associate artist at Dance City, Newcastle. Even if Tribal Assembly doesn't come back expect exciting new work and commissions in the future.

Do you agree with our choice of exceptional Hip Hop theatre work? Leave a comment in the box below!

Post date: 27 January 2012

Juste Debout Steez, France’s biggest annual upright dance competition is returning to the UK for its second year for qualifier preliminaries in locking, popping, house, hip hop and experimental, organised by Vicki Igbokwe of Uchenna Dance Company and Clara Bajado of InDaHouse - plus Breakin' Convention will be there with our own table!

This year it comes the title of Juste Debout Steez, Steez being the name of Pioneer's latest range of boomboxes, and for those of the Gang-Starr generation, an old school word for 'style.'

You know our steez, but why is Juste Debout the biggest competition this side of spring time?

“Juste Debout Steez UK is important because it gives opportunities to dancers based in the UK to compete in and spectate an international high profile event,” says Vicki Igbokwe, co-producer of Juste Debout Steez UK. “It allows talented dancers to take part on home soil, who would otherwise have to travel outside of the UK. This is especially helpful to those dancers who simply can't afford to do this.”

Last year Turbo and Kashmir became UK champions in the house category and went to Paris to represent UK after defeating Botis and Ricardo; Brooke and Dickson qualified in popping and Spin in toprocking.

The other qualifying styles were won by French dancers who entered the UK preliminaries, and with Eurostar’s international terminal just across the road from the venue at Euston you can understand why they chanced it: This event is career making. Last year Les Twins became world champions in the hip hop category. Now they’re dancing for Beyonce.

Entrants must register themselves for Juste Debout UK online.

“Juste Debout Steez has been running for 11 years and the UK event will be two years old in 2012. This alone puts the UK in a stronger position to stand next to the dance community world wide,” Vicki continues. “It networks the UK and its dance community internationally and creates a competitive yet friendly and creative environment for dancers to connect with their international peers.”

We showed you when Breakin’ Convention went to Montpellier for Battle of the Year that Juste Debout organiser Bruce Ykanji is a big deal, sat on the judging panel on Dance Street, France's street dance battle TV show.

Yet he still makes time to battle at the UK B-Boy Championships last year, making it to the final stages against Kite and look after the Juste Debout School to teach the next generation of dancers in France.

As part of the Juste Debout Steez UK competition, workshops with the judges, Kei, P.Lock, Niako and Caleaf will be available.

Tickets for Juste Debout Steez UK can be bought at

Juste Debout Steez UK takes place at Camden Centre, Euston on Saturday 25 February. For more details see our calendar listing and check out the Juste Debout UK workshops.

Post date: 23 January 2012

Presented by Sadler's Wells, Breakin' Convention showcased itself in front of thousands of busy shoppers at Westfield Stratford City as part of My 2012.

Throughout the day East London's Rain Crew and Unity UK performed on a specially constructed stage in the middle of the foodcourt hosted by Hakeem Onibudo of Impact Dance, while Mr Dane of the Breakin' Convention Education team offered demonstrations of aerosol art for people that wanted to try their hand at graffiti.

Unity UK at Westfield Stratford City

Shoppers were able to design and write their own tags If you missed us at Westfield Stratford City then fear not - Breakin' Convention will be at Westfield London (Shepherd's Bush) on Saturday 28 January where Unity and Rain Crew will be performing again.

Rain Crew at Westfield Stratford City

From East London to West London and Inverness to Plymouth, the Breakin' Convention 2012 festival and UK tour of hip hop dance theatre will take place at Sadler's Wells befor heading around nine different venues across the UK, supported by Dance Consortium.

Find out more about the Breakin' Convention tour