Meet The Team

Breakin' Convention's work is made possible thanks to a dedicated team of talented people.

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Jonzi D

Artistic Director

Artistic Director Jonzi D is the founder, ambassador, mentor, host and driving force behind Breakin' Convention. He shapes every aspect of our work with his creative input, from curating our festival and events to steering our education and professional development programmes.

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Michelle Norton

Head of Breakin’ Convention

Michelle’s career at Breakin’ Convention began the day that Breakin’ Convention started in 2004. Working her way up from festival volunteer to projects coordinator, and finally leading the organisation, Michelle balances working hard with working out. Michelle is the embodiment of Breakin’ Convention, having worked the festival inside and out from its genesis.

michelle@breakinconvention.com

Contact Michelle for:

  • Productions

  • Collaborations

  • London festival

  • Artist performance enquiries

  • Professional development project enquiries

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Emma Ponsford

Tour Producer

Another stalwart of Breakin’ Convention, Emma has been here since the beginnings of Breakin’ Convention, working as General Manager until 2015. Since then, she has worked remotely from Northumberland and is responsible for Breakin’ Convention’s ever expanding programme of national and international projects, bringing this incredible festival to a city near you.

emma@breakinconvention.com

Contact Emma for:

  • National and international festival enquiries

 
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Shay Rafati

Education Coordinator

Shay D is a rapper, poet and event promoter who has been providing a platform for artist for over five years. Working with the leading practitioners in the field of hip hop education, Shay is at the forefront of Breakin’ Convention’s push for developing the confidence and skills of young people and accrediting hip hop theatre as a recognised qualification, working towards our hip hop academy in 2022.

shay@breakinconvention.com

Contact Shay for

  • Education enquiries

  • Workshops

   Coming from a journalism background, Dave looks after anything and everything digital for Breakin’ Convention. If it can be made on a MacBook and can be put online, you can be sure Dave was behind it.   dave@breakinconvention.com   Contact Dave for:  Social media  Footage or photography requests

Dave Barros

Digital Communications Officer

Coming from a journalism background, Dave looks after anything and everything digital for Breakin’ Convention. If it can be made on a MacBook and can be put online, you can be sure Dave was behind it.

dave@breakinconvention.com

Contact Dave for:

  • Social media

  • Footage or photography requests

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Karine Goudout

Coordinator

Originally joining the Breakin’ Convention team as a volunteer in 2014, Karine is now Breakin’ Convention coordinator, overseeing the many logistics behind running an international organisation like Breakin’ Convention. Karine has completed her masters and balances her career with writing her PHD.

karine@breakinconvention.com

Contact Karine for:

  • General enquiries

 
 

Academy Staff

These staff aren't part of the core Breakin' Convention team, but are responsible for externally planning and steering the future of our hip hop academy.

Darren Chetty

Education Consultant

Kofi Ankrah

Education Consultant