A young artist rapping as part of annual Breakin’ Convention project Future Elements
Photo Credit – Ryan McAneny, Future Elements

What is Academy Breakin’ Convention?

Academy Breakin’ Convention is the ABC of hip hop theatre, offering a FREE full-time further education programme for creative and talented 16 – 19 year olds. As a student of Academy Breakin’ Convention you will also be a Big Creative Training Student. 

ABC offers young people of all backgrounds an exciting, energetic and inclusive approach to education. We encourage creativity and originality whilst acknowledging the values of hip hop culture; peace, love, unity and having fun. Students will receive high quality training, studying the technical elements to prepare them for further studies, performance work and wider opportunities in the creative industry. Hip hop is a part of our creative future and ABC will nurture artists to become cultural contributors and future leaders. 

Artists’ visualisation of Sadler's Wells East
Photo Credit – O'Donnell & Tuomey 2019

Where is ABC based?

ABC is one of the major initiatives at Sadler’s Wells East, located at Sadler’s Wells recently developed fourth venue in East London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The new space will be part of East Bank, alongside the BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL and the V&A. The site will form a new cultural hub for young creatives, presenting opportunities for collaboration and innovation between organisations and communities. 

Jonzi D directing and mentoring for Breakin’ Convention intensive Back to the Lab
Photo Credit – Owen Ling, Back to the Lab

Who are the creators of ABC?

Academy Breakin’ Convention is the brainchild of Artist Director, Jonzi D. Breakin’ Convention, is a ground-breaking festival of hip hop dance theatre, which has played a fundamental part in the growth of the art form by honouring all disciplines and aspects of hip hop culture since 2004, supported by Sadler’s Wells. Outside of the festival, several professional development programmes such as: Back to the Lab, Open Art Surgery, Future Elements and Higher Learning take place, and ABC grew out of a need to fill a gap in the progression routes for hip hop artists making theatre.

There is a village of people involved in the devising of the education at ABC and we want to acknowledge the course contributors, tutors, artists, specialists, educators and facilitators, whose experience, desire to innovate and create theatre and shared passion and understanding of hip hop has come together in this course