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Breakin' Convention is the world's biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre showcasing the very best from around the world and around the corner.

Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, this is an awe inspiring weekend of exceptional performances from world champion b-boy crews to cutting edge street dance companies - live on stage.

Spilling off stage and taking over the whole building, dance workshops, graffiti, DJs, and freestyle sessions make Breakin' Convention an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Kick off Breakin' Convention with the FREE 303 Jam on Saturday, November 4 from 1 to 5pm at The Buell Theatre for a FREE festival celebrating the event! Enjoy free activities and performances including live DJs, workshops, free demonstrations and performances by DJ Cavem, The Reminders and more! Free fun for the whole family!

Sat, Nov 4 BUY NOW >
Time Activity Place
Preshow Activities
6 – 7:30 pm Live Graffiti Artist, Taste Parking Garage, 4th Floor
PLANT BASED RECORDS – Culinary Music Production with VEGAN CHEF IETEF Wolf Room
Graffiti Craft Activities Buell Balcony Lobby
DJ Lazy Eyez: Listen to great music or join the dance cypher Buell Mezzanine Lobby
Dance Tutorials with Asia One and Queenz of Hip-Hop
6:15 – 7 pm Sample Session: Have a go and try out some hip hop dance styles in our bitesize taster workshops with International and Local Artists Buell Mezzanine Lobby
Main Show - Music Provided by DJ A – L
7:30 – 8:30 pm Machinez Remainz (CO) Buell Theatre Stage
Nasty Kidz (CO)
Rennie Harris Grass Roots (CO)
Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa)
Popin' Pete (Las Vegas)
Intermission
8:30 – 9pm Graffiti Craft Activities Buell Balcony Lobby
DJ Lazy Eyez: Listen to great music or join the dance cypher Buell Mezzanine Lobby
Dance Tutorials with Asia One and Queenz of Hip-Hop
PLANT BASED RECORDS – Culinary Music Production with VEGAN CHEF IETEF Wolf Room
Main Show Music - Provided by DJ A – L
9 – 10 pm Block 1750 (CO) Buell Theatre Stage
Protocol (UK)
Salah (France)
Yeah Yellow (France)
Sun, Nov 5 BUY NOW >
Time Activity Place
Preshow Activities
1 – 3 pm Live Graffiti Artist, Taste Parking Garage, 4th Floor
PLANT BASED RECORDS – Culinary Music Production with VEGAN CHEF IETEF Wolf Room
Graffiti Craft Activities Buell Balcony Lobby
DJ Thred: Listen to great music or join the dance cypher Buell Mezzanine Lobby
Dance Tutorials with Asia One and Queenz of Hip-Hop
1:45 – 2:30 pm Sample Session: Have a go and try out some hip hop dance styles in our bitesize taster workshops with International and Local Artists Buell Mezzanine Lobby
Main Show - Music Provided by DJ A – L
3 – 4 pm School of Breaking (CO) Buell Theatre Stage
Malika (CO)
Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa)
Popin' Pete (USA)
 
Intermission
4 – 4:30 pm Graffiti Craft Activities Buell Balcony Lobby
DJ Thred: Listen to great music or join the dance cypher Buell Mezzanine Lobby
Dance Tutorials with Asia One and Queenz of Hip-Hop
PLANT BASED RECORDS – Culinary Music Production with VEGAN CHEF IETEF Wolf Room
Main Show - Music Provided by DJ A – L
4:30 – 5:30 pm The Freak Show (CO) Buell Theatre Stage
Protocol (UK)
Salah (France)
Yeah Yellow (France)

Breakin’ Convention is the world's biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre showcasing the very best from around the world and around the corner.

Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, this is an awe inspiring weekend of exceptional performances from world champion b-boy crews to cutting edge street dance companies - live on stage.

Spilling off stage and taking over the whole building, dance workshops, graffiti, DJs, and freestyle sessions make Breakin’ Convention an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Kick off Breakin’ Convention with the FREE 303 Jam on Saturday, November 4 from 1 to 5pm at The Buell Theatre for a FREE festival celebrating the event!  Enjoy free activities and performances including live DJs, workshops, free demonstrations and performances by DJ Cavem, The Reminders and more! Free fun for the whole family!

Correct at time of publishing. Timings are approximate.

Sat • Nov 4

Time Activity Place
OUTDOOR STAGE
1pm DJ Cavem Moetavation – International Environmental Hip Hop Artists Outdoor Stage
2pm Michelle Rocqet, Vocal Looping/Beatboxing
2:45pm Bianca Mikahn, Spoken Word Poetry
4pm The Reminders – Hip Hop Artists
Time Activity Place
INDOOR ACTIVITIES
1 – 5pm Live Graffiti Artist, Taste Parking Garage, 4th Floor
Music Production Workshops
Provided by Youth on Record
Buell Balcony Lobby
Graffiti Craft Activities
DJ Skip Rip: Listen to great music or join the dance cypher Buell Mezzanine Lobby
PLANT BASED RECORDS - Culinary Music Production with VEGAN CHEF IETEF Wolf Room
3 – 4pm Sample Session: Have a go and try out some hip hop dance styles in our bite size taster workshops with International and Local Artists Buell Mezzanine Lobby

Correct at time of publishing. Timings are approximate.

Asia One

Asia One is known worldwide as a Bgirl icon, Hip-Hop pioneer and activist. A visionary trailblazer and trendsetter, Asia's influence has been instrumental in setting the bar for standards in the arts of Hip-Hop with skills + knowledge being the supreme combination for personal and global transformation. As a seasoned educator, performer, host, and judge - she is known world-wide as a premier consultant on Hip-Hop cultural lifestyle and travels the world regularly performing, speaking and building with international ambassadors of Hip-Hop culture on the future evolution of Hip-Hop dance and achieving social justice through the culture as a movement. Asia has helped introduce Bboying to corporate America and creating successful partnerships and campaigns with Red Bull, Nike, Tylenol, and participated as a spokesperson and team rider for Tylenol in the Effie award winning Ouch! campaign. She was seen in the hit movie Step Up 2: The Streets and as a commentator in Planet Bboy Movie; a featured artist in The Freshest Kids Bboy documentary, and commentator and coordinator of MGM's Breakin film DVD Collection. Additionally, Asia is featured in the PowerHouse book entitled We B*Girlz, and We Got Issues and Vibes Hip-Hop Divas book. Recently, Asia was the subject of the short film: Expect the Unexpected, an official selection of the Hip-Hop Film Festival 2013. No Easy Props is her motto (est.1997) and a non-profit organization created in order to hold her world famous Bboy Summit event and her Hip-Hop Cultural Arts and fitness program for youth entitled Hip-Hop 101. A recent graduate of MSU with dual degrees in Art and Multiculturalism, Social Engagement & Activism, Asia is currently honing new ways in which to engage the community through Hip-Hop inspired works. Asia is a member of Mighty Zulu Kweenz, Fame City, and Queenz of Hip-Hop. She teaches and trains regularly at The Bboy Factory in Denver, and shoots her weekly youtube tutorial show called Lessons N Sessions there.

 
Bianca Mikahn

Bianca Mikahn is a power-house poet, rapper, digital composer, cultural activist and educator who wears many hats in Denver. As Executive Director for non-profit Check Your Head and Lead Partner Artist with Youth on Record, Mikahn utilizes the arts to encourage wellness and increased self awareness. Bianca's writing style is described as experimental and thought-provoking, earning her active audiences from Los Angeles to Stockholm. Whether performing alone or with various musician collectives in Denver, her stage presence and lyrical content have earned her multiple nominations for "Best Emcee" in the Denver Westword and she has shared stages with the likes of The Last Poets, MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Dead Prez, Raekwon and Ghostface Killa, and Flobots to name a few. Having recently directed the sold out Jones Theater production, Mikahn is honored to again perform at the renowned Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

 
Block 1750

With over a decade's experience in breaking, Block 1750 reign from around the Denver and Boulder areas, influenced by crews such as Get Wit This, Amida, Front Range Rockers and training with Blow Up Kingz. A truly hip hop cultured crew, they are a close-knit family of dancers that aim to entertain and inspire. Chimney Choir combines folk harmonies, ambient electronics and swirling textures of rhythm and melody into a style of music that is not easy to define. They began in 2011 and have since toured the country extensively, recording and releasing albums.

 
DJ A-L

For over a decade and a half Aaron "DJ A-L" Ladley has worked towards earning himself the right to be regarded as a highly talented, respected and recommended DJ and Producer in the Denver music scene and beyond. DJ A-L is a national touring artist who has shared the stage with artists such as: Public Enemy, George Clinton and P-Funk All Stars, De La Soul, Biz Markie, DJ Q-Bert, Mix Master Mike, Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Spinna, The Pharcyde, KRS-ONE and many more!

Over the last few years, some of A-L's highlights include being nominated as Denver's "Best DJ" by the Westword, Producing for the Hip Hop group, the Soul Pros, Hosting the Eclipse Radio Show as well as organizing multiple ongoing monthly and weekly parties including "Art & Soul" and the "SNAP! 90's Dance Party".

DJ A-L is not only an entertainer but also a cultural visionary. Aaron "DJ A-L" Ladley regularly teaches music classes and workshops throughout Denver as a partner artist with the organization Youth on Record. With a deep gratitude for his accomplishments and a genuine reverence for his craft, DJ A-L possesses a genuine passion and a persistent work ethic that will continue to shape his sound and guide his career for years to come.

 
DJ Cavem

PhD Honorary Degree recipient Ietef "Dj Cavem" Vita, is an educator, emcee, vegan/raw food chef, producer, organic gardener, midwife, graffiti artist, b-boy yogi, award-winning environmental activist, father of Eco HipHop, and founder of Sprout that Life aka Going Green Living Bling, and co-founder of Culinary Concerts. Nominated for a 2014 Grammy Music Educator Award, Tedx speaker Dj Cavem's work has be featured on the Rachel Ray Show, Oprah Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Origin Magazine, Rodale's Organic Life Magazine, and on Huffington Post with over 20 million views.

Utilizing his unique methods of Eco-HopHop, he has impacted thousands of inner-city children across the nation, on the topics to include urban and ancient agriculture. Starring in the documentary film, From Gangs to Gardens, a short documentary that premiered at The Hollywood Film Festival, and was nominated for the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA). The film also received distribution on Fubu Tv, and Virgin Airlines. Dj Cavem was also featured in Joes Cross's new film, "The Kids Menu", which can be streamed on Netflix.

 
DJ Lazy Eyez

DJ Lazy Eyez is an award winning Hip-Hop DJ and a staple of the Colorado Hip-Hop community with nearly 2 decades of experience. DJ Lazy Eyez was twice voted Westword's Best Hip-Hop DJ (2006 & 2013). He is one half of The Solution, which is an award winning club night that is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. In addition to his party rocking skills, he is also the DJ for Hip-Hop group The ReMINDers. With The ReMINDers, he has toured nationally and opened up for notable music artists including Lauren Hill, Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, De La Soul, Big Boi (Outkast), Wiz Khalifa, Brother Ali, Thievery Corporation, and more.

 
Dj Skip Rip

Dj Skip Rip turns heads with fiery turntablism, backed by a lengthy track record of continued excellence and a dizzying list of incredible events under his belt. The 2010 Technics DMC US Finalist has shared the stage with a line up of greats such as: members of the Wu Tang Clan, Masta Ace, Redman, The Flobots, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, The Pharcyde, Slum Village, and an extensive list of others.

Organizations from schools to corporations have called upon Dj Skip Rip for his expertise. Nike, SkullCandy, Spyder, Youth on Record, Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, Yelp and RedBull are included in a long list of clientele. When it comes to the craftsmanship, Dj Skip Rip exemplifies what Dj ing is all about. These ingredients include choice selections, live mixing, remixing, turntablism, and party rocking events, to the delight of all.

Although he's an accomplished Dj, Skip Rip is no stranger to the dance floor. Also known as Breaker One9 (LOF), he toured with the late Gee One of the Jabbawockeez, has facilitated workshops for the University of Denver, Metropolitan State University, and for Mental Health America. He has also performed for IKEA, Keystone Resort, and The Capitol Hill Peoples Fair in addition to many other special events. While some things change, one thing is for sure. DJ Skip Rip/Breaker One9 can still be found displaying remarkable skill at a venue near you.

 
DJ Thred

DJ Thred, born and raised in Las Vegas NV , currenty Denver based ,inspired from the vegas dance scene and the worldwide eclectic variety of music itself mixcloud.com/djthred

 
Machinez Remainz

Ricky Al and Triet Hoang established Machinez Remainz in April 2010 as a way to give underground dancers a chance to train and compete as brothers, and build the popping community in Colorado with an aim of putting the state on the map. Honoring their influencers and trainers, they dance classic Electric Boogaloo styles that has seen them recognized by I Am Me.

 
Malika

Malikais Maren Ellermann, Lisa Engelken, and Katie Swenson. Coming together for Breakin' Convention, with a common love for open-minded creation of movement and positive (sometimes comedic) exchange, these three women intend to bring good energy to the masses. Pulling from and intertwining their various dance backgrounds, they concoct work that morphs from one style to the next, shedding light on curious stories, lies, and truths.

 
Michelle Rocqet

Michelle Rocqet is a robot made from the trash found behind Muscle Shoals Studios in Sheffield, Alabama. Big Mama Thornton happened to be playing over the loudspeakers while she was being assembled.

Vocalist/Beatboxer/Looper for The Milk Blossoms. The Milk Blossoms believe in the subversive power of fragility within music, within art, within life, and within each other. Combining ukulele, expressive beatboxing and piano, the trio blends to create dark pop music. The Milk Blossoms have been featured on Colorado Public Radio Open Air, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown, and was named "Best Experimental" band for the 2016 Westword Music Awards.

Rocqet is also an educator at Youth on Record, a non-profit organization which empowers under-served Denver youth through creative music education.

 
Nazty Kids

Nazty Kids, Born from a love of footwork, DNA is a celebration of stepping styles ranging from house dance to Chicago footwork to pantsula.

Formed in 2016 Nasty Kidz is a collective that grew up in the culture of dance and who train together. Keeping the foundation, but breaking the rules, they aim to spread the true spirit of hip hop and freedom of expression at home and abroad. While this is their first time performing at Breakin Convention, the company was inspired after witnessing Breakin Convention at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, in 2015.

 
Nazty Kids

Rennie Harris Grass Roots, Choreographer Rennie Harris returns to Breakin' Convention with Rennie Harris Grass Roots, the culmination of working as an artist in residence at the University of Colorado, experimenting with established street dancers and dancers from the university. Versed in hip hop dance styles, they draw influence from the many facets of life including modern social problems, inter-group dynamics and politics with a goal to provide a new framework involving street dancing to tell stories.

 
School of Breaking

Based in Aurora, Colorado, School of Breaking was established in September of 2012 by Chase Evered to positively impact the lives of all people through music, dance and education. Their mission is to educate, inspire and guide students to express their unique abilities and personalities through dance.

 
Taste

Taste, a classically trained artist hailing from the urbane environment of Denver, rose from the fold of acceptably applied art in the last decade to become one of Americas most dedicated graffiti writers. A frequent traveler of the U.S. and other countries, Taste brings an aggressive and old school style with a new age approach to the craft and continues setting bars for a new generation of graffiti culture. Highly active in both graffiti and hip-hop communities around the country, Taste's crews span from coast to coast consisting of some of graffitis most notable contributors. Presently a freelance artist, Taste works with a variety of clients worldwide. He stays versatile and although comfortably working with most mediums is known for finesse with spray paint. With a commercial painters background, Taste continues to stay large in scale and constantly evolves with the pace of graffiti.

 
The Freak Show

Inspired by the Twilight Zone with a twist, prepare to crash land on a strange planet with The Freak Show.

Established in the 2000s in San Diego, The Freak Show spans over three generations and consists of over 10 members brought together by their like-minded energy to create. They have travelled, competed and toured across the nation and many countries to learn the history of their dancing to infect the world with their 'freakwency.'

 
The Reminders

The Reminders are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee/ vocalist Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/ vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that's hard to beat. They transcend the bounds of what is expected. Their stage presence and high energy shows leave crowds in awe the world over, allowing the duo to uplift and entertain all at once.

 
Youth on Record

Youth on Record empowers 1000 local teens annually to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best by hiring local musicians as their educators. Since 2008, we've been bringing Colorado's most respected and talented musicians into high schools and treatment centers across Colorado. We empower young people in Denver's most vulnerable communities to graduate and develop the skills needed to enter the workforce or pursue a post-secondary education. Through a model partnership that brings together the local music community, public schools and residential treatment centers, the Denver Housing Authority, and the philanthropic sector, Youth on Record is a powerful example of what's possible when musicians, nonprofit, and public sector leaders embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and band together around a common cause.


 

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