Post date: 17 March 2015

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 Unsocial Media, their take on how social media, begging for likes and retweets and apps are making us self-centred and much less social. Forget Wikileaks. This is WikiPeak with eyebrows on fleek! Watch it below.

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!

Future Elements: Unsocial Media

Artist Leaders:
Jonzi D – Lyrics
Kofi Ankrah – Music
Ivan Blackstock – Choreography
Mark Peachy – Costume & Set Design
Simeon Qsyea – Choreography
Sebastian Thiel – Director/Editor

Michelle Norton – Project Manager
Karine Goudout – Breakin' Convention Intern

Post date: 01 March 2015

Breakin' Convention is proud to announce our next Open Art Surgery in London on Saturday 7 March!

Open Art Surgery is where hip hop artists - dancers, emcees, musicians, as well as poets and magicians - present brand new short works devised and developed over the course of one week with mentorship from Jonzi D.

February's Open Art Surgery features BirdGang (Ivan Blackstock), Xena Gusthart, Sigh, Tali & Jack Pointer MacKenzie, The Rebirth Network, Twin Peak, with more to be confirmed.

With such a wide variety of artists working to make a short piece of theatre, who knows what will come out of the week of development?

After the performances have taken place you will be invited to give constructive feedback after seeing all the performances, helping shape the work for further development.

Companies and choreographers that have done an Open Art Surgery in the past include Soul Mavericks, Rowdy Lofvenberg, and Protocol, all of whom have gone on to develop longer theatre shows and commissions as a result of their participation.

There is no other show like this! Watch the work, critique the work before spilling out in to the bar to keep the conversation going. Don't miss it!

Date and time: Saturday 7 March at 7.45pm

Venue: Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN 

Tickets: £5 - BOOK ONLINE or call 0844 412 4300 
Transaction fee applies: £2.50 for telephone bookings, £1.75 for online and concessionary bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office.

Open Art Surgery may contain language or content unsuitable for younger children.

Post date: 20 February 2015

Breakin' Convention is pleased to announce that two choreographers we have worked with in the past have been selected by the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund (BBCF) to receive professional guidance thanks to the Marion North Mentoring Award.

Breakin' Convention has partnered with the BBCF which allocate mentoring awards to emerging choreographers to give them the opportunity to gain invaluable advice, support and feedback from established choreographers or dance artists.

In 2015, we are pleased to have selected Botis Seva (Far From the Norm) to be mentored by Hofesh Shechter and Yami 'Rowdy' Lofvenberg to be mentored by Jeanifer Jean Charles.

As an acclaimed choreographer Hofesh understands the importance of having guidance from a young age and the usefulness an outside eye: "I'm looking forward to mentoring Botis - I see in him a seed of enthusiasm, of talent and of a great thirst to learn and progress. I will always be inspired by people with huge ambition to learn. I hope I can ask him the right questions, shine a light where he needs it, and enjoy getting to know him a bit better."

It's a mentoring process Botis can't wait to start. His company, Far From the Norm, is at the forefront of pushing boundaries of hip hop dance theatre with dramatic pieces and clever use of set.

"By having a mentor I can really become aware of where I am currently as an artist and where I would like to be, but more importantly, how I can get there […] I can bridge this gap in my emerging and professional career, and that would help me progress further into the field of a professional artist."

Yami, the second awardee, only recently ventured into hip hop theatre and performed at Breakin' Convention in 2014 following a week of developing of her ideas at Breakin' Convention's Open Art Surgery.  She now seeks the guidance and structure to help her progress further.

"As my mentor have been in the field for a long time I hope to find my own way of becoming successful within myself, using the tools of the trade and getting an insight into a the dance industry and business mind," said Yami. She continued: "Having this opportunity from Breakin' Convention is a huge honour and I feel grateful that they choose to support female hip hop artists and help the scene grow."

Jeanefer has worked on many stadium and large-scale dance events. She too would not have progressed to where she is now were it not for having a mentor.

"As an artist, I feel blessed that I have had mentors at various stages in my life, and have enjoyed the benefits, even when mentoring was not as widely recognised or given the value it deserves," she reflects. "To now be asked to be a mentor is an honour and I hope I will be of great value to my mentee. Our first session is this week and I am very much looking forward to getting started."

The Marion North mentoring scheme was established to target the lack of advice and support from choreographers in the early stage of their careers. Other past winners include Vicki Igbokwe of Uchenna Dance Company and Tony Adigun of Avant Garde Dance Company.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Breakin' Convention to support Yami and Botis at this pivotal moment in their careers.  The appointment of such internationally renowned artists will ensure that Yami and Botis can take advantage of their respective expertise to enable them to take their next important creative steps in their continuing artistic journeys. We wish them every success." Maggie Morris, Chair, Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund incorporating the Marion North Mentoring Scheme.

With the help of Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund providing the Mentoring Award, Breakin' Convention continues to nurture UK-based hip hop dance theatre.
For more information on the Marion North Mentoring Award, see www.bonniebird.org/mnma.html

Post date: 28 January 2015

Breakin' Convention is proud to announce our next Open Art Surgery in Doncaster on Saturday 14 February!

Open Art Surgery is where hip hop artists - dancers, emcees, musicians, as well as poets and magicians - present brand new short works devised and developed over the course of one week with mentorship from Jonzi D and Paul Sadot.

February's Open Art Surgery features Anthony Bayou (Limited Edition) Candy (Mighty Zulu Kweenz), DJ Lamour, Rationale, Pierre Lafayette-Marsh (Urban Jokers), Zorro (Ghetlow Pirates / Bunch Of Guys / CBYSquared).

With such a wide variety of artists working to make a short piece of theatre, who knows what will come out of the week of development?

After the performances have taken place you will be invited to give constructive feedback after seeing all the performances, helping shape the work for further development.

Companies and choreographers that have done an Open Art Surgery in the past include Soul Mavericks, Rowdy Lofvenberg, and Protocol, all of whom have gone on to develop longer theatre shows and commissions as a result of their participation.

There is no other show like this! Watch the work, critique the work before spilling out in to the bar to keep the conversation going. Don't miss it!

Date and time: Saturday 14 February at 7.45pm

Venue: Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU

Tickets: £5.50 (includes 50p per ticket booking charge, not charged if paying by cash) BOOK ONLINE or call 01302 303 959

Open Art Surgery may contain language or content unsuitable for younger children.

Post date: 14 January 2015

Future Elements, Breakin' Convention's youth dance project returns for 2015 and applications are open now! If you want to create and star in your very own music video, read on! 

The Future Elements music video project 

Who is it for?
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 coolest, inspirational professional Hip Hop artists including Breakin’ Convention’s very own Jonzi D. 

The music video will be premiered as part of Future Elements Night on Saturday 29 March 2014. 

The Future Elements video project is FREE, to take part you must attend all of the following dates:

  • Sun 15 February - Fri 20 February
  • Sat 14 March - FUTURE ELEMENTS NIGHT

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

Applications for Future Elements 2015 are now closed 

Questions? Call the Breakin’ Convention office on 020 7863 8214

Check out last year's Future Elements music video below! 

Post date: 17 December 2014

Breakin' Convention, the world's leading hip hop theatre organisation, continues our commitment to the development of the genre through professional development days. Each bespoke day focus on a different aspect designed to enable you to establish a solid foundation as an artist or an independent company. 

Featuring a range of industry specialists leading sessions, workshops and discussions, this is a chance to spend some time concentrating on practical self-improvement aimed at empowering you to take your practise to the next level.

Applications are currently open for our first ever FREE Higher Learning sessions. We have three one-day sessions available – Get Technical; Self-Reflection and Empowerment; Handling Your Business. Follow the links below for further details.

Please note that, subject to your application form, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A waiting list will be set-up when fully subscribed. Decisions on travel bursaries will be given one month before each session. All sessions take place at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.

Click here for the online application.

If you have any questions please email info@breakinconvention.com

Post date: 13 December 2014

Breakin' Convention is proud to announce the launch of our online shop! No more waiting a whole year until our festival or tour to get your gear - now you can get yours when you want!

T-shirts, sweaters, vests and caps - we've got them all: Find your size and find your flava! Get yours now at shop.breakinconvention.com 

Breakin' Convention represents more than style, though. Check out the Breakin' Convention merchandise promo video and find out what we're all about... 

Here's a look at what you can get...

Click to get yours direct from the shop. All items are unisex!

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Post date: 01 December 2014

Breakin' Convention is pleased to announce the choreographers that will be working under the guidance of Jonathan Burrows and Jonzi D for the 2015 Back to the Lab course.

Back to the Lab sees several hand-picked hip hop choreographers working with a renowned choreographer from outside the hip hop realm to devise new approaches to creating theatre work.

Sam Amos, Kloe Dean, Tashan Muir and John Berkavitch with Ed Spoons will each create brand new work developed over an intense two week course that will be presented in front of a live audience at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells on Saturday 31 January 2015.

Tickets on sale now - click here! 


Following the success of the 2014 course, we're also pleased to announce that Jonathan Burrows will return as a mentor. Jonathan danced with the Royal Ballet for 13 years before leaving to pursue his own choreography, boasting high profile commissions including work for Sylvie Guillem, Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt and the National Theatre, London. 

"I am looking forward to The Back To The Lab course as I feel it will push me out of my current comfort zone and enhance me to experience and try new ways of creating material and new ways of working with my dancers," commented Kloe Dean, choreographer of Myself UK. “I feel this will help me to improve the dance work I produce and showcase as I can implement what I learn into future work." 

Jonathan will work in collaboration with Jonzi D, who brings his expertise in hip hop theatre, both of whom will put the participants through challenges and exercises and activities to bring out new ideas, even from seasoned choreographers.

"The collaborative nature of Back to the Lab is exciting, and provides a great opportunity to gain insight into other choreographer's creative processes," said Sam Amos, artistic director of TrashDollys Dance Company. “I'm looking to explore new and inventive ways of executing my creative ideas, and learn different strategies on ensuring they are executed to their fullest potential."

Tashan Muir, choreographer of Unity UK, added: "I'm really excited to become a student again and work with inspiring artists. I want to unlock different choreographic techniques that would help me create new works and also continue to learn, grow and work with many different movement and creative artists."

Back to the Lab was launched in 2012 as a platform for hip hop choreographers at the height of their career looking for new direction and equip them with new skills to create work and address the gap in knowledge base they may not have, for example, understanding professional lighting set ups to further enhance their work.

Jasmin Vardimon led the inaugural course in 2012, followed by Shobana Jeyasingh in 2013 and Jonathan Burrows in 2014. You can watch a short documentary of our last Back to the Lab below.

Breakin' Convention Presents: Back to the Lab 2015 takes place 7.45pm on 31 January at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells. Tickets are now on sale - click here to buy! 

Post date: 27 November 2014

Breakin' Convention, the international festival of hip hop dance theatre, returns to Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, in 2015! Once again we're bringing you a sensational line up of international hip hop crews to perform alongside local companies, plus youth dance performance opportunities - and applications to perform are now open! 

If you think you've got what it takes to tear it up on the Breakin' Convention stage we'd love to hear from you. You can download an application for Breakin' Convention 2015 below - please make sure you read through the submission guidelines before applying. 

Who are applications open to?
If you're a UK dance company that makes hip hop dance for the stage, Breakin' Convention is for you! Whether you're a seasoned choreographer or a new dance company, we showcase the finest dance companies that demonstrate pure hip hop and street dance to the highest level. Companies the length and breadth of the country can apply to perform at Breakin' Convention.

You can apply for the main Breakin' Convention 2015 festival (2-4 May), or if you're an emerging youth dance crew, apply for our Future Elements night 2015 on 14 March.

Download our guidelines where we explain in greater detail what we're looking for.

Breakin' Convention 2015 

Applications are now closed: The deadline for applications was Friday 12 December 2014.
Successful companies will be notified shortly after. Auditions take place on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 January 2015.

Please note: Breakin' Convention is not touring the UK in 2015

Want to apply for Breakin' Convention in future? Sign up to our newsletter to be notified of upcoming opportunities with us!

What is Breakin' Convention like?

Watch a recap of Breakin' Convention 2014 below - with hip hop theatre showcases, workshops, live music, freestyle, parties and a free park jam, Breakin' Convention isn't just a massive performance opportunity at the UK's biggest festival of hip hop dance - it's also one of the world's greatest celebrations of hip hop culture. Apply now! 

Post date: 26 November 2014

Watch the Red Bull BC One live stream of the 2014 world finals online taking place in Paris, France on Saturday 29 November 2014 from 8:30pm UK time (7:30pm CET)!

16 of the world's top b-boys will battle one another in one of the world's most intense solo breakin' battles in the world - and you can watch it right here!

Watch Red Bull BC One 2014 live stream online

Note: This video has been embedded ahead of the live stream at 7:30pm local time in Paris (8:30pm UK time) on Saturday 29 November 2014 – before this time the video player may not appear, may not work when clicked or play videos on a loop – try refreshing the page closer to the broadcast or bookmark us! Check our embedded Twitter below for updates!

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Red Bull BC One 2014 world final line up

B-BOYS
Victor (USA)
Gravity (USA)
Thesis (USA)
Hong 10 (South Korea)
Wing (South Korea)
Menno (Netherlands)
Luan (Brazil)
Lilou (France)
Mounir (France)
Tonio (France)
Cheerito (Russia)
Alcolil (Russia)
Lil G (Venezuela)
Benny (South Africa)
Blond (Australia) 
Taisuke (Japan)

MC:
JoeyStarr 

DJ:
Lean Rock 

JUDGES:
The End (South Korea)
Ken Swift (USA)
Yaman (France)
Yan (Russia)
Luigi (USA). 

Side acts:
- Aktuel Force
- Wanted Posse 
- Surprise special guest act

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