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GOT THE MOVES: Dancer Ne Ne

NINE YEARS after its creation, the UK’s only annual international hip-hop dance festival Breakin’ Convention is back.

Bringing the street dance phenomenon from the movie screens to a theatre near you, the 2012 event will tour the UK, touching down in cities including Edinburgh and Plymouth.

Starting at London’s premier dance theatre Sadler’s Wells and featuring a wide variety of international dance acts, workshops, and DJ demos – as well as the skills of aerosol and photo-realistic graffiti artists – the festival will be an eclectic mix of everything that gets your body popping.

Since its inception in 2004, Breakin’ Convention has showcased over 400 international companies and starred over 3,900 performers to an audience in excess of 75,000.


TALENT: Myself dance company

Created by UK hip-hop dance veteran Jonzi D, the universal dance celebration never fails to provide show-stopping performances that keep the audience begging for more. This year’s show looks set to be no exception.

Current world and UK b-boy champions Vagabond Crew (see their interview on page 26) will perform their highly anticipated routine Aliens. And heading to Breakin’ Convention for their first outing will be ILL-Abilities, a breakdance company that challenges the misconception about people with disabilities.


SKILLS: Breakin’ Convention founder Jonzi D

Challenging the male dominated world of hip hop is UK group Boadicea, a 12-strong female crew, founded by and featuring Rhimes Lecointe, star of Street Dance 3D. Also representing for the ladies is the Myself Dance Company, performing their piece Creatures of the Night.

Making his first appearance on UK shores from the underground New York ‘flexing’ scene is Storyboard P, an artist who has created his own ‘mutation’ style of movement. And young talents Da Bratz and ZooNation’s youth company ZYC will also be showing off their skills.


INNOVATIVE: ILL-Abilities

Reaching out to the masses, Breakin’ Convention will be staged at eight different theatres around the country. Each venue has appointed a representative from the hip-hop community to engage the dancers and breakdancing devotees in the area. Dancers Nene, Kieran Warner, Nathan Geering and Shane Fenton will represent the convention’s national tour.

An event for both street dance enthusiasts and casual fans, Breakin’ Convention 2012 is not to be missed.

Breakin’ Convention is at Sadler’s Wells from May 5-7 before embarking on a national tour. For full tour dates, visit: www.breakinconvention.com

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