Our dancers lock in Breakin’ Convention 2023 performance


Members of our Friday night breakdance class and our Breakin’ Crew performance company are getting ready for one of the biggest events in the hip hop dance theatre calendar. 

Sadler’s WellsBreakin’ Convention UK Tour takes over Norwich’s Theatre Royal tomorrow. For the past 20 years, the ground-breaking, award-winning festival has shared jaw-dropping performances from some of the world’s most respected, innovative and inspirational artists.

This year’s line-up includes South Korean breaking crew Mover, the Netherland’s influential Ghetto Funk Collective, and Dutch international hip hop pole champion Yvonne Smink. Local acts Fly No Filter, LEGACY Dance Company and Parallel Dance Studios are also taking part.

It’s hosted and curated by UK hip hop theatre legend and Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director Jonzi D, an MC, dancer, spoken word artist and director.

The festival also features DJs, graffiti artists, and freestyle sessions. Everything starts from 11.30am. Get your tickets.

Kelly Ludgrove leads our breakdance class and Breakin’ Crew. She’s been the East Anglian rep for Breakin’ Convention since 2015, connecting the festival organisers with performers and artists.

She said: “The last time crews from The Garage performed at Breakin’ Convention was 2017. We were on the final furlong of audition for the 2020 festival before the rug was pulled because of the first lockdown. Some of our new performers have never auditioned before.

“Our breakdance participants will be doing an exhibition battle with one of the other classes I teach in the city during the front-of-house activities throughout the day. Breakin’ Crew will share something we started working on a couple of months ago, which we’ll perform at Turnstyle too. Everyone’s been working really hard on their execution, musicality, their individual style.

“The performers identify really strongly with their art. It gives them a sense of community. They’re like a family. They support, help, encourage and champion each other. It’s amazing. In terms of self-esteem, the sense of achievement… They’re gonna be dancing with phenomenal breakers from around the world and it’s just gonna blow their minds. I can’t wait.”

Breakin’ Convention is an integral part of Sadler’s Wells’ artistic programme. It’s at the forefront of global development of the hip hop theatre genre thanks to its world-acclaimed festivals, international tours, professional development, youth projects and educational programme.

Its aims are to profile the world’s elite hip hop performers, nurture UK-based talent, explore the possibilities of hip hop dance theatre, educate on the foundations of hip hop dance and engage with children and young people.

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