Tuesday, 10 December 2019 11:35

Street dancers battle to join UK’s biggest hip-hop show

With a chance to perform alongside international street dance stars in the UK’s biggest hip-hop theatre show at stake, break dancers and body poppers from across the south and west will audition at Lighthouse, Poole centre for the arts, on Friday 13 December 2019.

Four crews, a duet and three soloists are set to share their moves with a panel headed by playwright-dancer Jonzi D, artistic director of Sadler’s Wells’ Breakin’ Convention, the critically acclaimed international festival of hip-hop dance theatre. With fellow panellists, Michelle Norton, Head of Breakin’ Convention, and Stella Mavris, founder of DFA Studios in Boscombe who runs weekly classes at Lighthouse, Sadler’s Wells associate artist Jonzi will critique the performances and offer the most complete an opportunity to perform on the main stage at Breakin’ Convention when the tour arrives at Lighthouse on 9 May.

 “He’s so good with the young performers, offering them tips and helping them realise their vision for the dances,” says Stella. “Everyone who auditions will feature in Breakin’ Convention at Lighthouse, whether that’s on the main stage with the line-up of international artists, or in foyer showcases.”

 Curated by Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention 2020 stars South Korean world champions Jinjo Crew, Géométrie Variable from France and the UK’s Spoken Movement on the Concert Hall main stage at Lighthouse. The first-floor foyer will host more dance crews, graffiti artists and DJs, as well as a spoken word element with poets and rappers, and an exhibition of graffiti art planned for the Main Gallery.

 From the end of January, the StreetJam series of hop-hop dance workshops at DFA Studios in Boscombe will offer further opportunities to get involved.

 To find out more visit breakinconvention.com or email Stella Mavris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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