Hip Hop Dance News from Breakin' Convention

Sign your school up to Moving Rap 2

Posted: 11 December 2017

Following the success of “Moving Rap” last year, Breakin’ Convention is excited to return this project to East London again, with “Moving Rap 2”, funded by LLDC (London Legacy development Corporation).

Eight East London schools will be picked to take part in this exciting two month project, where your Key Stage 3 students experience and learn skills in merging lyrical skill and movement to create a piece of performance to perform at the Big Lunch on the Breakin' Convention stage in June 2018.

The project is weekly and takes place at your school, with two professional hip hop artists working with your young people in rap and dance.

Last year’s Moving Rap project was exciting, engaging and fun. With hip hop dance now sitting in the GCSE dance curriculum as well as rap extending the power of literacy, this project is both educational and loved by the students.

Breakin’ Convention is an international festival of hip hop dance theatre, based at Sadler’s wells Theatre in Islington. As well as touring worldwide, we specialise in hip hop education for young people and professional artist development, with a Hip Hop Academy opening in 2022 at the brand dew Sadler’s Wells Theatre on the Olympic Park. This project is a fantastic way to develop a relationship as well as present opportunities in arts and culture for your young people.

To apply for your school to be considered, please fill in this form by 10th January 2018. If your school is picked, we will perform a short assembly to give students more information on the project as up to 15 young people can represent for your school.

Please note that the school will need to be committed to the project and able to perform at The Big Lunch on 17 June.
Good luck and we look forward to the possibility of working with you!

Any questions please email education@breakinconvention.com or call 0207 863 8218.

Apply for Breakin' Convention 2018

Posted: 07 December 2017

Back to the Lab 2018

Posted: 06 December 2017

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. We are also 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, and Jonathan Burrows over two exciting weeks of mentoring, experimenting and devising. 

The first week will involve Jonzi D and Jonathan Burrows introducing choreographers to the foundations of creating fresh, new, convention breaking work, while during week two participants will be joined by Ivan Blackstock and Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon who will shape work into a work in progress performance to be shown in front of an audience at the end of the week.

Back To The Lab
Sat 27 January 2018

Sadler's Wells, London

See how how the last edition of Back to the Lab went with participants Chilly (Rain Crew), Geni Lou, Hal Mayer and Si Rawlinson (Wayward Thread)


Be part of Future Elements Music Video 2018

Posted: 20 November 2017

Do you love watching the latest music videos? Breakin' Convention is offering you the chance to star in and create your very own music video for free.

Future Elements is looking for young aspiring dancers, film makers, MCs, graffiti artists, music producers, costume and set designers, aged 13-16 years.

Future Elements will give you the chance to work with some of London's most exciting Hip Hop artists including Breakin' Convention's very own Jonzi D.

Future Elements is FREE. To take part you must attend all of the following dates during February half term:

  • Sun 11th February – Fri 16th February
  • Sat 17th March 2018

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

The music video will be premiered as part of Future Elements Night on Saturday 17th March 2018. 

For more information Call the Breakin' Convention office on 020 7863 8214. Spaces are LIMITED so make sure to apply!

The closing date for applications is 26 January 2018.

Sign up for the Future Elements music video project here!


What's Your Story? dramaturgy workshop

Posted: 13 November 2017

What's Your Story? An introduction to dramaturgy for hip hop theatre makers.

This three day course is a collaboration with Jonzi D (Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director) and Jane Fallowfield (Talawa’s Literary Associate)

What you will learn on this course:

  • Looking at yourself and your work: How do you articulate and interrogate your ideas? What is your process? How can you analyse what you are making and grow, shape and edit it?
  • Tools to help you step outside your work and see it clearly – a closer look at story, character and theatricality.
  • An introduction to working with text and working with writers.

Participants will also collaborate with three young exciting new voices from Talawa.

Course cost: £10
Registration AND payment is required to secure a place on the course. 


Date: Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th December 2017

Time: 10am – 6pm

Venue: The Factory Fitness and Dance Studio, 407 Hornsey Rd, Archway, London N19 4DX

Nearest tube stations: Archway (Northern Line, High Barnet branch) Finsbury Park (Piccadilly and Victoria Line) Crouch Hill & Upper Holloway (Overground)

Buses: 91 & 210

£10 Registration fee, bursaries available for people living outside of London

About the mentors 

Jane Fallowfield

Jane is a director of new plays and Literary Associate at Talawa Theatre Company where she commissions and develops writers.  She has previously co-run workshops with Jonzi D bringing together writers and choreographers.

Jonzi D

A dancer, spoken word artist and director, he is the foremost advocate for hip-hop theatre who has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK British hip-hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades.

Since 2004 Jonzi D has been Artistic Director for Breakin' Convention and has triumphed in raising the profile and giving a platform to hip-hop disciplines, which has gained worldwide recognition as being at the vanguard of the development of the art form. Through professional development projects Open Art Surgery and Back To The Lab, Jonzi has supported hundreds of hip hop dance and rap/poetry artists on their journey to creating theatre.