Vagabond Crew. Photo by Belinda Lawley

Hip-hop dance: book now and bring the children to Breakin’ Convention

This will be the fourth year running that we’ve been to Breakin’ Convention and we wouldn’t miss it (the festival itself has been going for nine years now). Nor would the children in our lives. Ours are young teens, but kids of any age will love it, and under 5′s are admitted too – so you really can bring the whole family.

First of all, the dancing is amazing. What is it about watching breakdancing and hip hop that is so mesmerising and feel-good? Whatever it is, it’s here in spades – the best of it from around the world (we are particularly excited to see ILL-abilities, an international crew of breakdancers with physical disabilities), as well as the top UK street dancing crews, including Vagabonds, who won Battle of the Year and the UK B-boy championships last year, and Boadica, an amazing 12 strong female crew. Then there is the whole atmosphere. There are DJs spinning decks, graffiti artists spray painting the walls, and plenty of freestyling (improvised break dancing) on every floor – which always gets competitive and is almost our favourite thing to watch of all (and which begins soon after the doors open at 4pm). It’s basically a three day party where you feel totally welcome and part of things.

To get a taste of the atmosphere and amazing, and amazingly feel-good dancing, watch this. Makes you want to go, right? Book tickets now because all three days always sell out, and the queues for returns are huge.

Breakin' Convention '12 - International Festival of Hip Hop Dance
5 - 7 May 2012. Shows start at 6pm each day. Doors open (with lots going on) at 4pm
Sadler's Wells, Rosebury Avenue, EC1R 4TN
£20 or £15 for standing room
0844 412 4300
— Daisy
1st March 2012