Post date: 15 December 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 12 March 2016. 

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

  • Monday 15 February - Saturday 20 February
  • Saturday 12 March - FUTURE ELEMENTS NIGHT

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

GET INVOLVED: Download an application form

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

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

Post date: 14 December 2015

Breakin' Convention is pleased to announce the four choreographers for the 2016 hip hop theatre development course, Back to the Lab.

Carrie Anne Ingrouille, Kofi Mingo, Lanre Malaolu and Daniel Phung will be the four artists taking their work "back to the lab" this January with choreographic mentors Jonzi D, Jonathan Burrows and Alesandra Seutin over two weeks of mentoring, experimenting and devising.

Back to the Lab will culminate in a performance of work devised within the second week on Saturday 23 January at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells, where audience members are invited to give feedback directly to the artists on how they can shape and develop their work in future.

Tickets for Back to the Lab 2016 are now on sale - click here to book online
or call ticket office on 0207 863 8000

Meet the Back to the Lab 2016 choreographers

Carrie Anne Ingrouille

Carrie Anne is best known for her choreographic contributions to ZooNation's productions including Some Like It Hip Hop. Her movement aesthetic embodies the company's style of dance, and with a history of working narrative in to her choreography for the last 12 years, Back to the Lab will take that experience further.

Lanre Malaolu

Lanre is a co-artistic director and member of Protocol Dance Company, who have performed at Breakin' Convention several times and partaken in several Open Art Surgeries. As well as a dancer, Lanre is also a trained actor who has recently performed with the Royal Shakespeare company.

Said Lanre on his appointment as a Back to the Lab participant: "As a choreographer, I feel as if I'm continuously learning and challenging my craft and movement language. I'm really excited in taking on the brilliant training platform that is Back to the Lab and seeing what comes out."

Kofi Mingo

Kofi is a versatile dancer best known for dancing with Boy Blue Entertainment in productions such as The Five and the Prophecy of Prana and Pied Piper. A hip hop dancer and keen hip hop culture researcher, Kofi also breaks with London b-boy crew, Rain Crew, and DJs as DJ Kofi M.

Daniel Phung

Daniel is from Leeds and dances with Rationale Productions. Currently he is directing his artistic focus on how he is able to bridge the gap between hip hop and contemporary dance to create his own unique style of dance. 

Speaking about being selected for Back to the Lab, Daniel said: "Back To The Lab provides us a chance to share our thoughts with each artist of what we feel needs to be voiced."

Find out more about Breakin' Convention's Back to the Lab artistic development project here.

Post date: 07 December 2015

Projects Assistant, Breakin' Convention Apprenticeship

This opportunity is now closed

Are you...?
an Islington resident
16 – 23 years old
currently unemployed
not in training or education
interested in hip hop 

If you are, we have a fantastic opportunity to take your first steps to a career in the arts.

Breakin' Convention is looking for a Projects Assistant to provide administrative and coordination support for their world-renowned festival, UK and international tour, professional development and educational programmes.

Breakin' Convention is the award-winning and critically acclaimed organisation based at Sadler's Wells that represents the origins and evolution of hip hop culture from around the world and around the corner. Working with the most respected, innovative and inspirational artists from on stage to on screen, Breakin' Convention has raised the profile of hip hop dance both locally and internationally.

Interested? You must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work calmly under pressure. You must also be a team player with excellent organisational skills, and be prepared to go the extra mile to make this the best festival and tour yet.

We will give you access to support and training, with the opportunity to gain an insight in to the creative industries while achieving a recognised qualification.

To apply for this vacancy and for further information, please go to the Islington council website, Creative Apprenticeships and Internships, download a job pack and complete the appropriate application form.

This opportunity is now closed.

Sadler's Wells guarantees interviews to suitably qualified disabled candidates.

Post date: 06 November 2015

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. For the first time we are offering one place to a choreographer from outside of the UK.

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, Jonathan Burrows, and Alesandra Seutin over two exciting weeks of mentoring, experimenting and devising.

Check out how the last Back to the Lab went with participants Berkavitch and Ed Spoons, Kloe Dean, Sam Amos and Tashan Muir, with mentor Jonathan Burrows.

Apply for Back to the Lab 2016 

Applications are now closed for the 2016 Back to the Lab 

Sadler's Wells, London

Back To The Lab dates
Mon 11 – Sat 23 January 2016

Application schedule
Application deadline: Fri 4 December 2015
Invited artists informed: Fri 11 December 2015

The course is free. Participating choreographers will receive £300 towards living expenses and will also receive £300 per dancer for up to four dancers. A travel bursary of up to £150 per person is available to choreographers from outside the UK.

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: 16 October 2015

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Post date: 18 September 2015

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Post date: 11 September 2015

Open Art Surgery invites you to delve into the mind and souls of some of the UK's finest hip hop artists as they dare to try something new, dangerous and exciting! 

Artists present brand new short works devised and developed at Sadler's Wells with mentorship from Breakin' Convention Artistic Director, Jonzi D and Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon.

Hosted by Jonzi D with DJ Psykhomantus.

Book tickets online

Open Art Surgery stars the following artists

You will be invited to give constructive feedback after seeing all the performances.

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

Tickets £5 - book online 

Transaction fee applies: £2.50 for telephone bookings, £1.75 for online and concessionary bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office.

Suggested Age Guidance 14+

Please Note: Under 5s are not admitted to this event.

Post date: 09 September 2015

Education Officer, Breakin' Convention - Part time position

UPDATE: Applications for this role are now CLOSED  

Breakin' Convention is a world leader in hip hop dance theatre and a vital part of the Sadler's Wells Artistic Programme. The team works to produce their annual festival of hip hop dance theatre at Sadler's Wells which brings together a range of people and artists of varying ages and nationalities to both perform and participate. In addition to this, the team manages a year round programme of activity, educational events and online video channel. The festival also tours nationwide and internationally, and has a strong professional development programme for choreographers, as well as specific projects for young people.  Breakin' Convention has a strong legacy of supporting the development of work by UK artists, many of whom have produced notable work, both in the UK and internationally.

Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, presenting a year-round programme of dance of every kind to annual audiences of over half a million on its three London stages: Sadler's Wells' theatre (1,500 seats), the Lilian Baylis Studio (180 seats) and The Peacock (1,000 seats). It also commissions and produces cutting-edge original work and tours it to arts venues in the UK and overseas. Sadler's Wells supports 16 world-class Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and one Associate Company, who represent the most exciting talent working in dance today and are at the heart of its vision and artistic programme.

We are looking for an Education Officer who will be responsible for developing and supporting all Breakin' Convention's activities with young people, schools and other organisations.  The person will be a key member of the team in helping to develop and research new opportunities arising from the launch of the new Hip Hop Academy, due to open in Stratford by 2020. The successful candidate will work with the team to deliver existing projects and to create new relationships around the country as part of the Breakin' Convention national tour which will take place in 2016 and 2017.

To apply for this vacancy and for further information, please go to the Sadler's Wells website and complete an application form. Please note that if you have not already done so, you will be required to register an account with us when you first apply for one of our opportunities. If you do not have access to the internet, you can request the relevant form and information from the HR Department, (ref: EOBC), Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN. 

Closing date for completed applications is 11.59pm on Thursday 24 September 2015.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

Sadler's Wells guarantees interviews to suitably qualified disabled candidates.

Post date: 04 September 2015

Do you have an eye for great cinematography? Can you tell a story through video? Is your film-making innovative?

Breakin' Convention is looking for the next generation of film-makers from around the UK to take part in our second BCTV mentorship programme alongside our 2016 national tour. As part of the opportunity selected emerging film-makers will receive training and mentorship as well as produce engaging video content for BCTV.

We want to hear from innovative, emerging film-makers from each of our tour destinations with an understanding of hip hop culture to tell unique stories and promote the positive aspect of hip hop to the rest of the world. We want film-makers who can contribute to the vision of BCTV.

Check out some work created from our last BCTV cohort... 

Apply for BCTV Film Mentorship Programme 2016

Download an information pack first - for full details on the BCTV programme 
Download an application form - deadline Wednesday 21 October 2015

If you are selected as one of our film-makers you will be invited to our two-day BCTV Film-Makers training session in London where you will learn more about Breakin' Convention, your role as well as taking part in a range of sessions delivered by experienced film-makers and industry specialists. Our mentor will also spend a day with you in your hometown focussing on film-making techniques and skills specific to your needs or knowledge gaps.

Film-makers will work closely with Breakin' Convention, our mentor and their local venues to create and follow briefs to document the festival as it comes to your city. You will be expected to make a minimum of two short films which will be uploaded to our channel. You will create a highlight film of the Breakin' Convention Festival in your city and at least one other film which you will be responsible for conceptualising, writing a proposal and treatment and producing.

Some participants from the first BCTV Mentorship Programme have gone on to form our core BCTV Team receiving regular commissions including work across the UK, Germany for Battle of the Year and our forthcoming USA Tour.


Post date: 05 August 2015

Popin' Pete from the Electric Boogaloos - star of iconic dance movie Breakin', Michael Jackson's Thriller video and Chris Brown's Yeah x 3 music video, is back in the UK for the return of Popin' Pete's Pop Shop! 

Taking over the LondonNewcastle Project in Shoreditch, Popin' Pete will be holding a week-long series of workshops, talks, parties and jam sessions around the dance style of popping.

It will be the third time Popin' Pete has come to London for this unique pop-up experience to teach UK dancers the origins of popping, the foundations of its moves, and the Electric Boogaloos' unique funky style.

Joining Popin' Pete are some of the top British Hip Hop artists including DJ Biznizz (Tha En4cers/Live2Break Crew), graffiti artist Mr Dane (Vop Stars), poppers Dickson Mbi (Fiya House Crew) and Vicky ‘Skytilz' Mantey (Boy Blue Entertainment) and more! 

Each day during the week includes activities for every age and ability, including a youth takeover, Petite Poppers for ages 5-10, a launch and closing party, plus time to chill out and chat with Popin' Pete.

Tickets for Popin' Pete's Pop Shop are available from starting from just £3!  

Popin' Pete's Pop Shop is conceived and produced by Scanner's Inc in association with Southbank Centre, Londonewcastle, East London Dance, Leeds Inspired, Speak to the Streets, Unite the Scene, Street Factory Studios and Plymouth Dance. It is supported with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England.