Breakin’ Convention 10th Anniversary : 4 May : Sadler’s Wells : All Ages

Breakin’ Convention 10th Anniversary — International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre


Sadler’s Wells’ annual three-day festival of hip hop dance theatre and culture, Breakin’ Convention, celebrates a landmark as it returns for a staggering tenth year with performances from some of the world’s greatest poppers, lockers, house dancers, B-boys and B-girls.

Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, this special tenth anniversary programme comprises performance highlights from past festivals alongside different hip hop dance forms, plus popular extra events including workshops, DJs, freestyle foyer sessions and live aerosol art.


ZooNation Dance Company has been working with young people throughout the UK since 2002 with workshops held across the country and the ZooNation Academy of Dance (ZAD) mentoring over 150 pupils aged from 4 to 21 years old.

As well as performing as part of the cast of West End show Into the Hoods, ZooNation Youth have performed on Move Like Michael Jackson (BBC), Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Celebrations (Worldwide broadcast), the Marks & Spencer Christmas Commercial 2010, Blue Peter and a music video for the band Digress. Their theatre, festival and other live performances include Breakin’ Convention, Sum of Parts and Live Vibe, all at Sadler’s Wells. Move It! dance show at Olympia, Latitude Festival, Channel 4 Festival, Tag ’Em at Westfield Shopping Centre, and the charity event Kidz Take Control.


Bad Taste Cru

Originating from Omagh, Northern Ireland, and later relocating to Newcastle-Upon Tyne, North East England, Bad Taste Cru has gone from strength to strength pushing their art to its limits, including building their name as one of the UK’s top crews within the battle scene having won every major national competition over the years and representing at the biggest international competitions worldwide including UK Championships 2006, Battle of the Year UK 2008 winners, B-Boy Unit UK 2008 winners, Tear It Up 2010 winners plus many more national titles and accolades.

BTC have travelled the world with their theatre performances including shows at San Francisco Hip Hop Festival, Breakin’ Convention at Sadlers Wells, and Cultural Itau, Sao Paulo Brazil, and were also the first b-boy crew to be commissioned for the prestigious Place Prize for Contemporary dance in 2010, cementing their reputation as a pioneering hip-hop theatre company.



Saturday 10Ten (UK), JUNIOR (France), NextLevelSquad (USA), Project Soul (Korea), Storm (Germany), Zamounda (France). Plus more to be announced

Sunday Compagnie Revolution (France), Electric Boogaloos (USA), ILL-Abilities (International), NextLevelSquad (USA), Zamounda (France). Plus more to be announced

Monday – UK night For the first time in its history, Breakin’ Convention dedicates Monday evening solely to talent from the UK, to celebrate the significant development in home-grown hip hop dance theatre over the past decade. Avant Garde, Bad Taste Cru, BirdGang Dance Company, Boy Blue Entertainment, Company Decalage, Impact Dance, Jukebox, Plague, Unity, ZooNation.

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Performance times

Sat & Sun at 6pm
Foyer & Studio Theatre events from 4pm

Running Time
3 hrs 30 mins (approx)
including one 45 min intervalMon (UK night) at 7pm
Foyer & Studio Theatre events from 5pm
Running Time
3 hrs (approx)
including one 30 min interval


£20 seated
£15 concessions
£15 standing

Under 5s admitted

Group Discounts
Groups 8+ 20% off stalls seats for most performances. more »
Not available online or in conjunction with any other offer. To book, call the Ticket Office on 0844 412 4300.