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!

BOOK A WORKSHOP NOW!

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.

SATURDAY 3 MAY

10.30-13.45 - Hip-Hop Dance Fitness/Prevention of Injuries - B-Boy Marius from MDK & Project Breakalign (with Dance UK)  
GENERAL
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)
GENERAL
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)  
ADVANCED
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) 
GENERAL
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.

SUNDAY 4 MAY

10.30-12.00 - Krump - Jr Tight Eyez (Street Kingdom, USA) SOLD OUT
GENERAL
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 
ADVANCED
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)  
GENERAL
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)  
ADVANCED
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)  
ADVANCED
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) 
GENERAL
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)  
ADVANCED
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)
GENERAL
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

Post date: 26 March 2014

What does a good party need? Great music from the best DJs. Check. Good company. Got that. A great poster to let people know the party is taking place? That's where you come in.

You may have noticed us uploading lots of photos from after parties gone by to our Facebook over the last few weeks. That's because this Monday 5 May we'll be closing our 11th London festival with a bang. And we need a poster to tell others how good it's gonna be! 

If you can make pics pop with Photoshop or you're an Illustrator innovator you are free to use any of the images uploaded to the after parties album for your flyer design. You can even manipulate and alter them to your liking, or use your own designs (however, you must NOT use a copyrighted image). 

We'll upload the best to our Facebook page for the world to see.

Your design will be displayed across all our social networks and website for thousands to see, included in our London programme, and we can link others to a portfolio of your work. 

There are a few guidelines you MUST adhere to, which you read in detail below. 

Download Breakin' Convention after party terms and conditions 
Download Breakin' Convention after party poster guidelines and copy 

Deadline: Wednesday 23 April. Send your entries to info@breakinconvention.com 
Prizes:

  • A pair of tickets to Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells
  • A pair of tickets to the Breakin' Convention after party at the O2 Academy Islington on Monday 5 May 

Please note the after party is an over 18s event, so you must be aged 18 by 5 May 2014 to enter the competition.

You are free to use any of the images below for your design

Post date: 02 March 2014

Watch the Juste Debout live stream of the world finals in Paris with Breakin' Convention!

The Juste Debout live stream starts at 6pm GMT +1 hour, so make sure to check the time in your country so you don't miss it! Hint: Clicking play before this time will show a countdown timer.

Want more great international hip hop dance? Like Breakin' Convention on Facebook below now!

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Juste Debout 2014 World Finals line up

Juste Debout 2014 Popping Top 8

Controlbotics
Westgang
Yamato and Rixy
The Gipsys
Symbiotics Monsters
Yanka and Ness
Dynasty Diamondz
Marabout & Samir

Juste Debout 2014 House Top 8

Kobo Power
Nalita and Katya
Hyrossi and Shuho
Hiro and Mamson
Malcom and Yugson
Saki and Taiki
Perla and Dee
K and Frankwa

Juste Debout 2014 Locking Top 8

Ina and Bana
Ryan and Tony Flower
Locking Fighters
Badness RR
Loic and Manu
Luplo D Flo
Vovan and Funky J
A Train and Willow

Juste Debout 2014 Hip Hop Top 8

Aldo and P-Dog
Rochka and Waydi
Akihico and Wapper
Majid and Franky Dee
Old Timerz
Bauka and L’eto
Marcio Ratinho and Batalia
Jeka Bar and Kadet

Post date: 28 February 2014

The first half of the year in dance is already off a great start in the UK. Despite the awful weather, cold spells and long nights, if there’s one thing to look forward to is seeing what dance across the UK is coming to your home town.

Enjoy the cream of the UK hip hop theatre crop coming to a city near you and make sure you book early!

Pinocchio - Breaking Cycles

25 January - 10 March
Popping meets puppeteering and projections in a play written by Mary Cooper and directed by Benji Reid set in Moss Side in 1976. Check out the dates on Benji Reid's artist profile for tickets

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out - Polarbear

February - April 

It's an interactive storytelling show with international assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors and much more fill the hole left when a father disappears and a boy discovers a talent for telling tales. Suitable for ages 9-12, so take the kids along! Check out Polarbear's dates here! 

We Are b.supreme tour

March, May and June
Celebrating women in hip, hop b.supreme is touring to Peterborough, Exeter, Bournemouth and Hereford with Boadicea, BirdGang, Buckness Personified and Myself, plus local b-girls will battle for supremacy.

Compagnie Kafig: Boxe Boxe

25 March - 18 April    
Stars of Breakin' Convention 2004 French company Compagnie Kafig will be doing a tour of the UK with Boxe Boxe, blending boxing with dance.

Rationale Productions: In My Shoes 

March - April
Having already completed several seasons of sold out performances the ever popular In My Shoes is set in an intense hip hop therapy session exploring each other’s difference to understand how it feels to be in another person’s shoes. Check out the dates on Rationale Productions' profile! 

Breakin’ Convention 2014

3 May - 7 June 
Yes, Breakin’ Convention is touring the UK across 10 different venues this summer! Touring acts Wanted Posse (France), ILL-Abilities (International) and Ukweli Roach (UK) will join the dopest local crews in a city near you. Find out where Breakin' Convention will be - click here! 

Boy Blue Entertainment: The Five and the Prophecy of Prana

Autumn 2014 - dates to be announced - visit Boy Blue Ent's profile here 
Boy Blue Entertainment’s first feature length follow up since Pied Piper will return to the road following its debut at the Barbican in London last year. With an all-star cast, manga stylings and off-sync voiceovers to match, Kenrick H2O Sandy's choreography and stunning Manga backdrops, this buttkicking show appeals to all! 

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