Workshops


Learn from our award winning line up of performers

Get involved and enjoy this unique opportunity to learn from this year's incredible line up of artists, as they share their skills, tricks and techniques in one off intensive workshops. Each workshop will cover a certain style or element and be aimed at a specific level so can find the right one for you. Our workshops are very popular, so make sure to book early to avoid missing out.

Our general workshops are open to everyone over the age of 7 and our great for beginners or dancers looking to learn a new style. Intermediate workshops are best suited to those with at least one year of experience and a foundational knowledge of the style.

All our workshops cost just £10 plus transaction fee: £1 for online and concessionary bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office.

Our workshops are open to everyone, including non ticket-holders for Breakin' Convention.

Saturday 5 May

Yugson: Hip Hop Musicality (GENERAL)
12.15pm-1.45pm

Yugson is a member of Paris-based dance collective Wanted Posse. Dancer, choreographer and DJ, he’s a key player in the French underground hip hop scene.

Expect footwork, techniques and rhythmic drills set to a soundtrack of the finest selection of music.

 

Extreme Pushers: Dancehall (GENERAL)
2pm-3.30pm

The crew members of Jamaica’s Extreme Pushers will take you through the full colours and cultures of dancehall teaching the techniques, the history of the moves and how they came about, the people who started it and who's taking it to where it is now.

 

Sunday 6 May

Nefeli sMash: Hip-hop Anatomy & Conditioning (Project Breakalign in association with One Dance UK)
10.30am-12pm

A specialised workshop that will focus on understanding elements of anatomy, embodied in the movement of the hip-hop styles, to help the dancers understand the body better in action. The workshop will also cover principles of kinesiology, warm-up and conditioning, which are essential, in order to stay injury-free and as strong as one can be. 

While dance is as demanding as any sport, comparatively there is a lack of knowledge in kinesiology, as well as strengthening and conditioning training. Understanding the professional approach to training is key to improving physical performance, and therefore reaching new levels in dance and expression. Want to continue dancing into later life? This workshop is for you. 
 

 

The Ruggeds: Breaking (GENERAL)
12.15pm-1.45pm

Join this workshop with the Ruggeds exploring their take on breaking. As international champions known for their originality, come and learn their approach to creativity and musicality, the main aspects they are focusing on in this session.

 

Link (Amala Dianor): Flow Concepts and Floor Work Methods (INTERMEDIATE)
12.15pm-1.45pm

Enhance your groundwork creativity with Compagnie Amala Dianor’s Link. Explore ‘flow’ through characters and fluid movements while learning how to join it to floor work techniques. This exploration of methods will help to involve your creativity through floor work fundamentals.

 

Salah: Popping, Animation, Boogaloo and Effects (GENERAL)
2pm-3.30pm

Salah is a master popper, locker, b-boy and all round entertainer. He has won world titles as a b-boy with Vagabonds Crew and became the solo popping world champion at the UK B-Boy Championships in 2016. This workshop will teach participants Salah's unique approach to dance and his interpretation of popping which he calls PABE: Popping, Animation, Boogaloo, Effects.

 

Monday 7 May

Femme Fatale: Waacking (INTERMEDIATE)
12.15pm-1.45pm

Put your inner diva to werk with Femme Fatale: Come and learn the basics of this 1970s club dance, and unleash your disco soul, led by the members of this sassy LA crew.

 

Mufasa: Hip Hop (GENERAL)
2pm-3.30pm

International battler and member of French crew Egotrip, Mufasa loves to share her teaching methods with others through a series of exercises and working with different subject matter to create new techniques.

Develop compositions, use imaginary grounds and enable yourself to discover new inspirations and to evolve.

 

 
 
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Around The Theatre

In Da House

Each day Breakin' Convention spills out into the foyers as they come alive with dance, music and art.

After collecting your wristband admire the grand international mural, or grab some merchandise from the shop. Head upstairs to the Mezzanine level and get down in the dance circles, with live music from resident DJs Tha En4cers. Pre-show we have an emcee to warm you up for the main stage, and a beatboxer during the interval. Now it's time to find your feet and learn the freshest moves! If you're not quite ready to take a masterclass, let us take you through some basic steps for free. And for the younger kids, look out for the Tiny Totrock Sessions. It's time to get creative, grab some markers and create your own tag, or if you're a beginner, fill out some of our pre-drawn templates.

 

Full schedule to be announced soon

 

 
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Park Jam

Breakin' Convention's Park Jam has earned a reputation as one of the UK's realest hip hop events. Taking things back to the roots of the culture, this jam is suitable for the whole family. A funk-filled, open-air dance, music and art filled extravaganza.

But best of all it's free.

Date

Sunday 29 April 2018

Time

1.00 pm - 5.30 pm

Location

Spa Fields Park,
Islington,
EC1R 0DF
(Nearest station Angel/Farringdon)

 

LINE UP

Chester P | Isatta Sheriff | Micall Parknsun | Big Cakes | Melanin 9 | Uhuru | Majical/Watusi | Jaz Kahina | AK03

SHOWCASES

End Of The Weak Freestyles | And What! LDN showcase

HOSTS & DJs

DJ Snuff & DJ Jazz T & Tha4orce
MysDiggi | Jonzi D | Mas Law

LIVE BANDS

Major Ruse | Brothers Testament

PLUS

Marketplace: Breakin' Convention | Chief Rocka | Nails by Nichole | Spin The Barber | Trainerholic | Tuca Milan | U*S*W x BBoy Champs

Dance Cyphers: With DJ Pogo and Kofi-M

Food: Churros Garcia | Jamrocks | Spinach & Agushi | Trastevere

Live Graffiti: Artists TBC

Bar Jam Area

 

Notice

  • Please note we are expecting to reach capacity. Park Jam is free and therefore on a first come first served basis.
  • Once the park reaches capacity we will operate on a one-out, one-in basis. We recommend that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.
  • Re-admittance is not guaranteed so we advise you to bring everything you need with you. Glass items will not be permitted on site.

 

 

Freestyle Funk Forum

Freestyle Funk Forum is an hour of improvised theatre in hip hop’s answer to 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?'

No two shows are ever the same in this spontaneous collection of skits brought to life through the elements of hip hop from dance and beatboxing to turntablism and rap.

The excitement of Freestyle Funk Forum can’t be contained, after appearing at the Harlem Apollo and festivals like Lovebox, Camp Bestival and Wilderness, Freestyle Funk Forum makes its welcome return to London for Breakin' Convention '18.

Ticket Information

Freestyle Funk Forum will take place on Sunday and Monday only and is scheduled around the main stage performances so they do not clash.

Festival tickets do not guarantee entry to Freestyle Funk Forum. But tickets are FREE to festival ticket holders. Non-ticket holders can purchase tickets for Freestyle Funk Forum for £5.

Tickets will be available on the Sunday and Monday for that day's performance from the Sadler's Wells Ticket Office in person, and a limited number of tickets will also be held back at the Lilian Baylis Studio entrance.

 
 
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After Party

The Celebrations Continue

Breakin' Convention's infamous after party returns on Monday 7th May. Come get down, meet the artists and join us in celebrating 15 years of Breakin' Convention with a night of hip hop culture in full effect at O2 Academy Islington.

Hip Hop | Afro Beat | Grime | House

DJ SHORTEE BLITZ (Kiss FM/4music) | Sandra Omari | dj misbehaviour (NYC) | Kofi-M (Rain crew)

£5 With Festival Wristband, £7 - £10 Adv, MOTD

Don't forget to keep your festival wristband on for discounted entry.


Tickets On Shoobs & Ticketmaster

 
 
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