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Breakin’ Convention


Breakin' Convention’s festival is a celebration of hip hop dance theatre presenting dance by companies and crews from across the globe. If you are interested in submitting an application for yourself or your company please read the guidelines below before completing the application.

Be a part of an international sensation

Applications to perform at our 2019 London festival, celebrating our 16th anniversary (Friday 3 May - Sunday 5 May 2019) at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, are now open.

Note for international companies: If you are a company based outside the UK, please do not complete an application form, but email with footage information about your piece and we will contact you.

Key Dates

Applications open: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Application deadline: Tuesday 4 December 2018
You will be notified of the outcome: Friday 14 December
Auditions: 10am - 6pm, Sunday 3 February 2019 in London - these are invite only, based upon the success of your application
Festival dates: Friday 3 May - Sunday 5 May 2019
Note: Breakin’ Convention is not touring the UK in 2019


What we are looking for?


Breakin' Convention does not want to prescribe what you should create; we love the fact that companies continue to break the conventions of hip hop dance theatre. However, there are a few things that are really important for companies who want to be in the festival.

PLEASE NOTE: We must see the piece you wish to perform at the festival. Although work may not be polished by the auditions, you must show what you have created so far as we cannot programme a show we have not seen.

We are interested in companies who do any of the following:

  • Demonstrate pure hip hop and street dance techniques to the highest level

  • Are using hip hop and street dance techniques in a different and exciting way

  • Have a story to tell or a concept to explore

  • Are making a statement – this might be political or social

  • Are able to create an atmosphere and take an audience to another world or state of mind

  • Have a vision for the future of hip hop dance theatre

Before filling out an application form, think about:

  • Your idea – is there a story line, theme or vision for the piece?

  • Is it a new piece, or has your piece been performed before?

  • What music you are using – chart music/mixed/new commission/live (DJ, musicians, vocals).

  • If you know how many dancers are performing and their age range?

  • Making sure you have footage of your company performing

At very Breakin’ Convention there is a mix of established artists and breakthrough talent making their debut. Don't rule yourself out.

Breakin’ Convention has hosted some of the most unique and original acts:

  • You don’t need a story or a theme. The Ruggeds (Netherlands) came with a raw, b-boying piece in 2016

  • You don't need a huge company to make a powerful piece – Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy - Boy Blue Ent (UK) performed a solo show Mad World in 2008 and Storm (Germany) performed 28 Years In 28 Minutes in 2013

  • You don't need a large set – BirdGang (UK) used only a single table and chair for Vice in 2013

  • Some companies have told stories through their performance whilst MyoSung (Korea) created an abstract dystopian world with their piece The Revolution Will Not Be Televised in 2009

  • Some companies have experimented with technology – Hungry Sharks (Austria) interacted with smart phones in #FOMO in 2017

  • Start with your idea and remain true to it, dare to be different!

Still need more inspiration?

We have hundreds of past performances on our YouTube Channel so you can have an idea of the vast work presented at Breakin’ Convention


Read everything and ready to apply for Breakin’ Convention 2019?

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