Starting From Scratch Hip Hop Theatre Project for 13-21 Year Olds


Ages: 13-21
Project Duration: Saturdays 2-5pm in Islington from December 2017 - April 2018. 

Get involved, gain experience, develop your skills and be part of the brand new hip hop theatre project Starting From Scratch, all for free!

Breakin' Convention are offering young people the opportunity to create a brand new theatre piece to perform as part of the Breakin' Convention 15th anniversary. You’ll be guided by professional dancers, rappers and theatre creators to develop the production before showcasing your work at Breakin' Convention's international festival of hip hop theatre in May 2018 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre!

Click here to sign up for Starting From Scratch

Meet the main mentors 



Yami 'Rowdy' Lofvenberg has 20 years experience as a teacher, artistic director and artist. A highly qualififed teacher both in the UK and internationally, she aims to express, educate and inspire in the history and foundations of locking and popping.

She performed and choreographed for numerous shows including the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, Breakin' Convention, B-Supreme and The Place.

One of the few female hip hop dance theatre creators, she successfully received a Grants for the Arts and is recipient of the Marion North Mentorship (2014) and One Dance UK mentoring programme (2016).

A student of the late Greg Campbellock Jr she has trained with the creators and pioneers of the Electric Boogaloos and The Lockers. Her unique style is very soulful and authentic. Yami's love, dedication and passion for funk styles has earned her places as one of the UK's finest dancers in the hip hop community and setting a positive role model for women.

Born in Oyo State, Nigeria, Yomi Sode grew up around music.

At around the age of 9 Yomi found himself as the unintentional story teller, writing stories without actually knowing the potential of the pen.

Once longlisted as one of MTV's Brand New Artists, write and poet Yomi balances the fine line between both Nigerian and British cultures, which can be, at  times, humorous, loving, self-reflective and uncomfortable.

Highlights include opening for Saul Williams and The Last Poets, Wireless Festival, Latitude, Lovebox, Sadler's Wells as well as working with Channel 4 and BBC Radio 1Xtra.

He runs a successful monthly poetry night in Shoreditch, he is a member of Malika's Poetry Kitchen, he has had work commissioned for the Mayor's Office, BBC World Service, and was recently presented at the UN Humanitarian Summit by Gordon Brown.