Hip Hop Dance News from Breakin' Convention

Old's Kool hip hop course for older adults

Posted: 27 September 2017

Redbridge Drama Centre and Breakin' Convention present Old's Kool, a Sunday evening for older adults to participate in hip hop activities.

For 4 weeks, older adults can learn hip hop disciplines, with fun activities every Sunday led by experienced artists. First session free (Sunday 1 October), following sessions just £2!

The introduction week will include an introduction to rap and poetry from Ghetto Geek and dance from B-Girl Sun Sun.

Other weeks will range from: 
DJing - Practise mixing and scratching records
Dance - Learn basic choreography with light moves
Rap - Have a go and writing some rhymes and making a song
Graffiti - Learn a brief history of graffiti art and then having a go at stencilling and colouring then design on some of your own custom items.

All of our artist mentors are active in the UK Hip Hop scene with experience in teaching the arts from young people, SEN, to older adults.

Supported by Redbridge Arts Grants

Breakin' Convention 2017 USA Tour Info

Posted: 24 September 2017

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Apply for Breakin' Convention 2018

Posted: 21 September 2017

Apply for On Mass residency at Roundhouse

Posted: 15 September 2017

We're excited to partner with Roundhouse to recruit young hip hop dancers to participate in On Mass 2017.

On Mass 2017 is a great opportunity to work collaboratively with young people from across the globe to explore work across art forms – music, dance, circus - with a brilliant artistic team and create a unique experience in the Roundhouse main space. (Watch On Mass 2015 for reference)

The hip hop and circus artistic team will include direction from Roundhouse circus artists and Breakin' Convention hip hop artists including:

  • Lina Johansson (Artistic Director – Mimbre)
  • Julia Cheng (Creative Director – House of Absolute)
  • Ed Spoons (Independent b-boy & circus artist)
  • and Arthur Parsons (Independent circus artist)

The London On Mass residency will take place from 6 -12 November, finishing with a public performance in the Roundhouse main space on Sunday 12 November:
Mon 6 Nov:  6pm – 9pm  Roundhouse Studios Takepover
Tue 7 - Fri 10 Nov:  2pm – 5pm & 6pm - 9pm  Rehearsals in Roundhouse
Sat 11 Nov:  10am – 6pm Technical rehearsals
Sun 12 Nov: 12pm – 11pm Dress rehearsal & performance

You must be available to attend at least all evening rehearsals and both Saturday 11 and Sun 12 November tech rehearsals and performance. 

If you want to be part of this unique opportunity, please submit the following details to streetcircus@roundhouse.org.uk: 

  • Your full name
  • Date of birth
  • Outline of your dance experience
  • Photos/videos of your work

Please send applications by Monday 9 October. Successful applicants will be notified of their place on the project by Monday 16 October.

More about On Mass 

Following the success of On Mass 2015 with Jamie Cullum, the ultimate mass music making spectacle is back, but with a twist. This year 180 young musicians and circus performers from across the globe will take over the Roundhouse and perform with three-time Grammy award winner and global artist Angelique Kidjo.

Part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, On Mass 2017 will showcase the incredible sounds of a range of emerging artists including; London’s top carnival band Kinetika Bloco, Roundhouse Choir, Roundhouse Music Collective and Roundhouse Audio Collectives, Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Battersea Art Centre’s Beat Box Academy and the Roundhouse Street Circus Collective, as well as incredible musicians and performers from as far and wide as the Faroe Islands, Palestine, India and Brazil.

This year On Mass includes a strong element of hip hop dance, beatboxing and circus. Since January, we have been working with young people specialising in these skills from across the globe with partner organisations including:

  • Indian Street Dancers from DHARAVI ROCKS - facebook.com/dharavirocks 
  • (Residency film)
  • Palestinian Circus School - palcircus.ps 
  • (Residency film) 
  • Modo Scotland - modo.org.uk 
  • Breakin’ Convention - breakinconvention.com
  • BAC Beatbox Academy - bac.org.uk/beatboxacademy 
  • & Roundhouse Street Circus projects