Post date: 06 July 2014

Breakin' Convention is proud to announce our next Open Art Surgery in London on Friday 18 July!

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 at Sadler's Wells over the course of one week with mentorship from Jonzi D and Anthony Ekundayo Lennon.

July’s Open Art Surgery features choreographer Andrea Queens (AQ Arts), Breakin’ Convention 2013 company Grounded led by Sunanda Biswas, Hobbit from The Beatbox Collective, magician and b-boy Magical Bones, Definitives Dance Company’s O'Neil Rochester, Breakin’ Convention 2013 company Protocol and spoken word artist Realitie.

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 Cindy Claes, 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: Friday 18 July at 7.45pm

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

Tickets: £5 - book online or call 0844 412 4300Transaction fee applies: £1 for telephone and online bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office.

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


Post date: 04 July 2014

Did you know that at this time six years ago Breakin' Convention uploaded our first video to YouTube? With almost 4 million minutes of footage watched since then we're growing at an incredible rate and have recently re-launched it as BCTV. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some videos on BCTV now. Hit the subscribe button below and sign in to your YouTube to get started!

Why did we launch BCTV?

We launched online video channel BCTV to capture the full range of Breakin' Convention's work and the artists it works with. We're more than just a festival: With year-round projects taking place we're commissioning up-and coming film makers to document the positive aspect of hip hop culture. This film will give you a better idea.

Breakin' Convention documentary series 

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Future Elements feature-length music videos 

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Most viewed video: Kenichi Ebina at Breakin' Convention 2011

Kenichi Ebina went on to appear on America's Got Talent 2013 - and won!

Post date: 20 June 2014

Do you fancy taking up dance but need aren't quite ready to turn up to your local dance studio? Why not take a dance class with two leading hip hop companies, or find your feet at a flamenco class?

Alongside the shows in the Sadler's Sampled season (17 – 29 June), the Sampled workshops are an exciting chance to learn moves by some of the leading dancers and dance makers working today.

Available for youth dancers with little or no experience are classes from Soul Mavericks, ZooNation and Lucia Carusco.

Workshops cost £2 each. To book a workshop, please call the ticket office on 0844 412 4300.

Sadler's Wells Sampled 2014 workshops for ages 12-17 (28 & 29 June)

3.45 – 4.45pm
Hip Hop: ZooNation Dance Company (age range 12 – 17)
Taught by members of the critically acclaimed ZooNation Dance Company, this class will guide you through a range of hip hop styles and introduce you to the unique style of the company's narrative hip hop theatre.

5 – 6pm
Flamenco Youth: Lucia Carusco (age range 12 – 17)
Lucia Caruso is an accomplished flamenco dancer, choreographer and teacher with an international reputation. Her class will focus on body posture, footwork and choreography, with a special focus for younger dancers.

5 – 6pm
Hip Hop Breakin' (age range 12 – 17)
B-Boy Coop from the UK leading b-boy crew Soul Mavericks will teach a varied and exciting breakin' class aiming to increase strength, fitness, flexibility and balance.

Sadler's Wells Sampled

Bringing world class dance to new audiences, Sadler's Sampled is a two week taster festival of dance. In only its second year, Sadler's Sampled allows spectators to get closer to the action with standing tickets from just £8, and activities before and after each show.

Shows in Sadler's Sampled

Want to sample a show at Sadler's Wells starting at £8? Check out the shows coming up as part of the Sampled season!

17 & 18 June
Dada Masilo - Swan Lake 
An intriguing and radical interpretation of a ballet classic.

20 & 21 June
Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre - Rian 
A thrilling dance-gig that sees contemporary dancers perform alongside a live band.

23 & 24 June
Eastman - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - 4D  
An evening of four sublime duets from Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

28 & 29 Jun
A weekend of dance diversity, offering a taster of the best of Sadler's Wells. With Jasmin Vardimon Company, German & Gisela, National Youth Dance Company, Daniel Proietto, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and ZooNation Dance Company who will perform an extract from their new work.

Post date: 05 June 2014

How good has the Breakin' Convention UK tour been? From Sadler's Wells in London on to nine venues across the UK, by the end of the tour over 10,000 people will have witnessed the festival and our touring companies, ILL-Abilities, Ukweli Roach of BirdGang Dance Company, and Wanted Posse. But why should the love have to stop at the end of the tour?

Here's a guide to keeping in touch with the touring companies - make sure you like everyone's page so you can follow them for updates in future!

BirdGang Dance Company (UK)

Ukweli Roach of BirdGang Dance Company is the first ever UK company that Breakin' Convention has toured with – a monumental achievement considering that we hadn't yet taken a UK tour on the road with us for a decade!

All that changed this year though, following Ukweli's incredible take on vices and addictions at Breakin' Convention 2013, we knew more people had to see the work.

Watch Vice again below!

As a company, BirdGang all teach around the UK and the world on individual projects, and are no strangers to the Breakin' Convention stage either. If you want to learn more about them, check out their Lead Where Others Follow documentary, below.

ILL-Abilities (International)

Here to spread the message "No Excuses, No Limits," Lazylegz' crew of differently-abled b-boys has seen standing ovations across the country. Why? Because removing excuses from life can make anything possible.

ILL-Abilities are all exceptional b-boys in their own right, but with Lazylegz, Crazy Kujo, Tommy Guns, Redo and Checho all doing stuff in their own country, it's best to add them on Facebook to see what they're all up to!

Wanted Posse (France) 

If you don't know about Wanted Posse and the impact they've had on French street dance (B-Boy Junior?) then you just don't know! 

As crews and feature-length theatre pieces go, Wanted have been in the game for 20 years and created an unforgettable mix of precise hip hop choreography, comedy and a message of revolution. You won't be forgetting them, especially after the performance of I Believe In A Thing Called Love...

Watch Wanted Posse's Revolution encore 

Post date: 02 May 2014

Sadler's Wells' hip hop dance project Breakin' Convention launches online video channel BCTV to capture the full range of Breakin' Convention's work and the artists it works with, on Friday 2 May 2014.

Breakin' Convention is one of the world's leading hip hop dance organisations, delivering a dynamic programme of events, performances and projects and working with some of the world's finest hip hop artists. It presents Breakin' Convention, a critically acclaimed annual festival of hip hop dance theatre, at Sadler's Wells from 3 - 5 May 2014, ahead of a UK tour.

Click below to subscribe to BCTV on YouTube now!

The hip hop community boasts many talented emerging film-makers, but opportunities to train, develop and receive mentorship are limited. Unpaid work and internships are financially unsustainable for most, which makes progression within the industry difficult.

Breakin' Convention aims to plug this gap by offering training and mentorship coupled with paid, creative film-making briefs. Through providing access to quality equipment and mentors, tailored training programmes and bridging relationships with other film production companies, BCTV is not only a fantastic opportunity for film-makers to make dynamic content but a gateway to the larger industry.

In May and June 2014 Breakin' Convention will tour to Doncaster, Kings Lynn, Inverness, Birmingham, Whitley Bay, Brighton, Bristol, Blackpool and Bournemouth, supported by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Programme and Dance Consortium.

Emerging film makers from each town on the tour are working closely with Breakin' Convention, film-maker and mentor Ben Dowden and their local theatres to tell unique stories and to create stylised, dynamic and original content for BCTV.

16 Barz In A Bar 

The project is part of Sadler's Wells' work with each regional partner in the tour to ensure a strong legacy beyond the tour. In addition to BCTV, this will include engaging local urban cultural ambassadors who will provide the link between the venue and the local hip hop dance, graffiti, rap and DJ communities.

Breakin' Convention Project Manager Peter Maniam says: “Working with some of the UK's emerging film makers in partnership with the Breakin' Convention UK tour showcases the length and breadth of what we do as a hip hop organisation and will highlight some of our lesser-known projects to a much wider audience.”

BCTV features everything from live performances to interviews, short documentaries, video diaries and conceptual videos, and provides an insight into the world of hip hop dance culture.

Launch content for the channel include 16 Barz in A Bar, working with spoken word artists, poets and MCs performing exclusive verses to camera set in a pub location; Pro-files, featuring interviews with the originators of London's emerging dance scene from the 70s to the present day; and a behind-the-scenes mini documentary exploring Breakin' Convention's artistic development course, Back to the Lab.

Back to the Lab 2014 documentary 

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Post date: 02 April 2014

Last weekend (29 March) Breakin' Convention held its first ever international edition of Open Art Surgery, our hip hop theatre intensive week looking at new ways to bring our culture to the stage.

Jonzi D flew over to Toronto, Canada, to oversee the project alongside choreographer Allen Kaeja with participants Emily "Em Fatale" Law, Jon "Drops" Reid, Judi "JuLo" Lopez, Lance "Leftelep" Johnson, Lauren Cook, Lee "Lethal" Pham, Marcelino "Frost Flow" DaCosta, Mary "Mary Jane" Fogarty, Ofilio Sinbadhino, Supernaturalz Crew, Troy Feldman, and Victoria "Vic Versa" Mackenzie.

Watch Jonzi D talk about bringing Open Art Surgery to the Harbourfront, Toronto below...

Open Art Surgery Toronto reactions

If you can't see the embedded tweets, please click here 

Post date: 28 March 2014

Breakin' Convention is pleased to announce the workshop line up for London!

Workshops are open to everyone, including non ticket-holders for Breakin' Convention. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from the incredible Breakin' Convention 2014 artists!


All workshops costs £10* and can be booked from the Sadler’s Wells Box Office in person, online or by calling 0844 412 4300. Online and telephone bookings are subject to a £1 booking fee. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring water.

General workshops are open to everyone over the age of 12. Advanced workshops are suitable for those with a solid understanding and at least 2 years experience in the style.

* Except for Waacking/Vogue: This is a two-hour workshop and is therefore at the higher price of £15.


10.30-13.45 - Hip-Hop Dance Fitness/Prevention of Injuries - B-Boy Marius from MDK & Project Breakalign (with Dance UK)  
This workshop focuses on ways to improve steps and movement for stronger performances. It will be practice-based and will include demonstrations of exercises for strengthening, mobility and stability for specific body parts. The workshop, taught by Nefeli Tsiouti (Bgirl sMash) and physiotherapist Mark Archer, highlights the importance of fitness and injury prevention for dancers of all hip-hop styles.

12.15-13.45 Breaking for Kids - ILL-Abilities (Worldwide)
AGES 8-14
B-Boy crew who aim to shatter society’s preconceptions of people with disabilities. Through their message of ‘No Excuses, No Limits’ their work is inspirational. This workshop will cover breaking basics and motivational/inspirational messages. Suitable for participants with a range of disabilities, but this is open and suitable for all.

12.15-13.45 - Popping - Marvel (Monsters, UK)
Marvel has cemented himself as one of the UK’s leading poppers. Committed to the battle circuit he has chalked up numerous wins across Europe. This workshop will explore popping technique for beginners.

14.00-15.30 - Floorwork/Contact - David Colas (France)  
Floorwork is most closely associated with breaking. This workshop will explore how to take any streetdance style to the floor as well as partnering work. Suitable for dancers from any hip hop/streetdance style and particularly useful for those interested in hip hop theatre. Participants should have a good understanding of their own dance discipline.

14.00-15.30 - Breaking - Def Dogz/Hustle Kidz (Holland/France) 
Learn basic breaking foundations and fundamentals from one of Holland’s most successful crews. With countless wins under their belt Def Dogz/Hustle Kidz have been making noise in circles around the world over the last decade. Top rock, footwork and basic spins and freezes will be covered.


10.30-12.00 - Krump - Jr Tight Eyez (Street Kingdom, USA) SOLD OUT
This workshop is an introduction to krump. Street Kingdom are one of the best krump crews in the world led by Tight Eyez, the creator of the style, and appeared on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. An exclusive opportunity to learn from the pioneers of this style on a rare visit to the UK.

10.30-12.00 - Krump - Tight Eyez (Street Kingdom, USA) SOLD OUT 
Tight Eyez first ever workshop in the UK for £10! Don’t miss the chance to learn from krump’s creator and greatest ever. Participants should have a good understanding of krump technique. Book now - tickets will sell out!

11.00-13.00 - Waacking/Vogue - House of Ninja/P*Fect (Sweden)  
This class will be led by Anna Ninja and Sophia alongside their company, P*Fect, and will cover waacking and vogue with an emphasis on groove, feeling, dynamics, personal expression and technique. This is a two-hour workshop and is therefore at the higher price of £15.

12.15-13.45 - Breaking - Menno (Hustle Kidz, Holland)  
In the last year no bboy has been more successful on the international competition circuit than Menno. Picking up wins at BOTY, UK BBoy Champs, Chelles Battle Pro and Unbreakable amongst others. A bboys’ bboy, Menno blends power, transitions and musicality to produce a unique flow. Come and learn from one of Europe’s fiercest competitors.

12.45-14.15 - House - Mamson (Wanted Posse/Serial Stepperz, France)  
Mamson is one of the world’s best house dancers. A former Juste Debout winner and judge, Mamson will deliver a workshop suitable for even the most experienced house dancers.

13.30-15.00 - Locking - Brooke (Plague, UK) 
Brooke has enjoyed notable success with Plague, 3 times UK Hip Hop Champions and World Hip Hop Dance Champions (2005). He represented the UK at Juste Debout World Finals and has won several international battles. Brooke is a student of Greg Campbellock and Suga Pop and will be teaching locking foundations and fundamentals.

14.00-15.30 - Krump - Lil Style Ripper (Street Kingdom, USA)  
Street Kingdom’s Lil Style Ripper will teach a workshop for advanced krumpers. This session will focus on storytelling -looking at character, conceptualising and acting. Participants should have a good understanding of krump technique.

14.30-16.00 - Hip Hop - Yugson (Wanted Posse, France)
Wanted Posse are one of the most versatile crews in the world, winning major competitions in a range of streetdance styles. Hip hop has drawn on most of the original streetdances to create its own foundations and aesthetic. Yugson will lead a workshop on hip hop freestyle.

Post date: 28 March 2014

Breakin' Convention (London) is excited to announced that as part of the festival Street Kingdom will be performing, giving workshops and hosting a session. Full details below.

This is Street Kingdom's first ever time in the UK as a crew!

Street Kingdom Session
Street Kingdom will be taking part in an hour-long krump session during the show interval on Sunday 4 May! 

The jam will be taking place during the interval of Breakin' Convention so you will require a ticket to the festival. Get your tickets here. 

Krump Session at Breakin' Convention
Where: Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
When: Sunday 4 May 2014
Travelling? A guide to nearby accommodation can be found here

Workshops with Krump Kingdom
When: Sunday 4 May 2014
10:30 - 12: Junior Tight Eyez (General level)
10:30 - 12: Tight Eyez (Advanced level)
2 - 3:30: Lil Style Ripper (Advanced level)

£10 each - book online now 

Street Kingdom performances 
Saturday 3 & Monday 5 May

What is Breakin' Convention? 

Breakin' Convention is THE international festival of hip hop dance theatre and is much more than just a show – it's an experience! The foyer is transformed with live DJs, freestyle dance jams, graffiti exhibitions, workshops from top international artists and much more. More info can be found on our festival page