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... 

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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

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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

Post date: 26 November 2014

Future Elements night is a platform for young people to present dance. We are currently looking for youth dance companies to perform at our 2015 Future Elements night on Saturday 14 March 2015.

Future Elements night 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. If your youth company is ready to take its next step up on the stage, this is an unmissable opportunity!

Future Elements night 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.

Want to apply for Future Elements in future? Sign up to our newsletter to be notified of upcoming opportunities with us!

Check out past Future Elements youth dance companies in the playlist below - click play!

Post date: 24 November 2014

Five months after launching Breakin’ Convention’s channel for emerging film makers BCTV has won an award at the Triforce Short Film Festival.

Directed by BCTV film maker Ben Williams, Eddie and Terra was shortlisted and later nominated as a finalist in the Microshorts film category.

Eddie and Terra was shot as a Pro:File, a series on BCTV that aims to highlight hip hop heads as you’ve never seen them. While many of our subjects are known for incredible moves and astounding audiences in battles, BCTV Pro:Files take a more personal approach.

B-Girls Eddie and Terra have amassed more than 10 million YouTube views with online footage of their breakdance battles with skill levels that defy their age. This Pro:File looks behind the moves to reveal a touching relationship of these young Wolverhampton sisters.

The mission of the TriForce Short Film Festival is to present quality short films from within the TriForce Network and support, recognise and honour filmmakers creating films under 20 minutes.

Eddie & Terra competed with 16 other short films that had been shortlisted across four categories, making the finalist in the Microshorts category.

The Triforce Short Films Festival took place at the BAFTA headquarters in Piccadilly in London on 22 November 2014.

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Post date: 05 October 2014

Back to the Lab is Breakin' Convention's choreographic course designed to explore new ways of approaching choreography, direction and staging to give you the means to approach your work from fresh and new angles without losing the essence of what you do. 

Breakin' Convention is proud to offer four hip hop choreographers a unique opportunity to go Back To The Lab. Participants, along with up to four of their own dancers, will work with dance heavyweights, Jonzi D, Breakin' Convention's artistic director, and Jonathan Burrows over two exciting weeks of mentoring, experimenting and devising.

Check out how the last Back to the Lab went with participants Emma Jayne Park (Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre), Kwame Asafo-Adjei (Spoken Movement), Gavin Vincent (Soul Mavericks) and Sean Graham, with mentor Jonathan Burrows.

Apply for Back to the Lab 2015 

Applications for Back to the Lab 2015 are now closed - looking to apply in future? Sign up to our newsletter here to be notified of updates.

Venue
Sadler's Wells, London

Back To The Lab dates 
Mon 19 – Sat 31 January 2015

Application schedule 
Application deadline Fri 7 November 2014
Invited artists informed Fri 14 November 2014

Cost 
The course is free. Participating choreographers will receive £300 towards living expenses and will also receive £300 per dancer for up to four dancers.

Accommodation and travel are available for choreographers and dancers attending the course from outside London. Please indicate on your application if this support is required. Local travel will not be covered for London based participants.

Post date: 03 October 2014

In a world where talent shows have become nothing more than a device to prop up a judge's ego and generate headlines for gossip columns the BBC has commissioned a new dance competition for young dancers that will be the biggest dance competition to air on national TV - and the judges are all legit.

A long time coming in the climate of 'reality' TV and imported talent show formats, BBC Young Dancer of the Year won't feature celebrities, gimmicks or public voting: Producers have drafted in the leading experts in dance to judge the show where dancers can compete in four categories: Ballet, contemporary, hip hop and South Asian dance.

The series, open to dancers aged between 16 and 20, will focus on the work put in to being a dancer, developing work, and importantly the context and technique of each dance style with category finalists receiving mentoring from leaders in their discipline to see them perform to their best ability.

Sadler's Wells has assisted in helping the BBC in selecting judges and together with Breakin' Convention advising the judging criteria for the hip hop category.

Across the series an expert in each discipline will whittle numbers down for the semi finals: Judges include David Nixon, Seeta Patel, Sharon Watson and DJ Renegade with further names to be announced.

On his appointment as a judge for BBC Young Dancer of the Year, Renegade, who is the coach for UK b-boy champions Soul Mavericks, commented: "BBC Young Dancer is a great opportunity to demonstrate that hip hop is a complex and mature dance style including different areas of specialisation requiring dedication and hours of practice." 

He continued: "Bringing together the best young dancers from across the country will provide much needed education and inspiration across the youth sector."

Those that make it through to the grand final will be judged by dance heavyweights Matthew Bourne, Akram Khan, Wayne McGregor, Tamara Rojo, Kenrick Sandy and Alistair Spalding, with the finals taking place at Sadler's Wells in May 2015.

"BBC Young Dancer is an opportunity to inspire young dancers to aim for the highest standards and to share with a wide public not only the creativity, energy, talent and expressiveness in all their respective genres, that they have, but also the rigorous technical requirements and hours of practice required to achieve their excellence," said Kenrick Sandy, who is choreographer and co-founder of Boy Blue Entertainment.

Further to the experience and professional development from their mentors, the category final winners will be awarded a cash prize to support their studies in dance, with the grand winner winning £3,000 and the BBC Young Dancer of the Year trophy.

Aged 16 – 20 and want to enter BBC Young Dancer of the Year? Visit the BBC's website for full details, including entry criteria, show schedule and the application form - deadline for applications is 17 November 2014.

Post date: 01 October 2014

Breakin' Convention, in partnership with the Black Dance Archives Project and State of Emergency, presented a Hip Hop Retrospective: an event during our 2014 festival showcasing three London dancers who were central to the early stages of Hip Hop dance development in the UK, through film, performance and conversation.

We’re proud to announce that the second on the list was Jonzi D himself, filmed and edited by Denisha Anderson.

Watch the interview below now to hear stories of Jonzi D, born and bred in Bow, East London, as he discovered hip hop culture and worked his way up the ladder of success starting in holding the renowned club nights Apricot Jam through to a career on stage and TV with the likes of Lyrikal Fearta and eventual TV commissions for stagework Aeroplane Man and Silence Da Bitchin’.

Using archival footage, images and documents, each short film explores the dancers' experiences, inspirations and legacies. This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into these often untold stories about UK dance history.

Don’t forget, if you haven’t already, subscribe to BCTV now for the next video in the Pro:File series!

Post date: 23 September 2014

The legends rise again… After a premiere in London last year Boy Blue Entertainment is back with their feature length show, touring the UK October to November! 

Inspired by an infatuation with manga culture, The Five and the Prophecy of Prana is Boy Blue Entertainment’s biggest theatrical work since Pied Piper premiered in 2006 (if you can excuse Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and Mikey J Asante’s contributions to the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony and Street Dance movies occupying the time between creating theatre shows).

Imagine hip hop dance meeting kung fu, with outstanding visuals, moves and music with badly dubbed voiceovers included as standard and you’ve got The Five and the Prophecy of Prana!

Telling the story of five mischievous youths faced with the choice of facing the judicial system or cleaning up their bad habits under the disciplinary eye of Wang Tang, a downfallen hero who himself is trying to shake off a scandalous past.

Kenrick and Mikey J explain The Five and the Prophecy of Prana below…

The creation of Prana included Boy Blue training with monks from the Shaolin Temple to give each move an authentic foundation when combined with hip hop movement to create the choreography during the research and development process.

With a stellar cast including Tommy Franzen (first half of the tour) or Jeffrey Felicisimo (second half of the tour) as the lead role of Wang Tang, Tyrone Isaac-Steward as the evil Emperor, Frank Wilson as Choo Fang and many other familiar Boy Blue and ZooNation faces, the show comes together in one of Kenrick’s strongest showcases of street dance theatre with Mikey J’s thumping soundtracks.

Listen to the Prophecy of Prana soundtrack below

Catch The Five and the Prophecy of Prana on tour from 2 October to 14 November 2014

For tickets visit TheFiveTour.co.uk 

Barbican, London 
Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 October

Brighton Dome 
Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 October

Lighthouse, Poole 
Friday 10 & Saturday 11 October

Hall for Cornwall, Truro 
Monday 13 & Tuesday 14 October

Cast, Doncaster 
Friday 17 October 

Northern Stage, Newcastle 
Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 October

Nottingham Playhouse 
Friday 24 & Sat 25 October

Grand Theatre, Blackpool 
Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 October

Gulbenkian, Canterbury 
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 November

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 
Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 November

Oxford Playhouse 
Friday 7 & Saturday 8 November

The Lowry, Salford Quays 
Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 November

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff 
Friday 14 & Saturday 15 November

Running time: 110 minutes including an interval
Age suitability: 6+

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