About

Project Breakalign was founded in 2013 by Nefeli Tsiouti (Bgirl sMash). It is a project that has as its aim to reduce injuries for dancers, specifically breakers.

Project Breakalign’s mission is the reduction of injuries for dancers. The research and methodology behind Project Breakalign’s work is focused on Breaking (‘Breakdance’, as known by the media), but the theoretical and practical education is useful for all dance genres. It revolves around the anatomy, the biomechanics ,m the physiology and the psychology of the dancer. Project Breakalign consists of a team of dance and medical specialists in Europe and the USA.

Team Members

Founder & Director

Nefeli

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Nefeli has been dancing for 20 years, having as her main dance training classical ballet in Cyprus and Greece. She has obtained a BA in French Language and Literature from the University of Athens in 2009 and a Masters in Choreography from Middlesex University in 2011. She has been a Lecturer in Dance in Colleges and Universities across London since 201
1. She is also the Artistic Director of Scope Dance Theatre since 2010, making hip-hop dance theatre using the elements of the hip-hop culture, mainly Breaking. Nefeli’s professional performance and/or choreographic credits include Olympics Opening Ceremony, company Grounded, RIOT Offspring/Sadlers Wells, Open Art Surgery/Breakin Convention, Dance Umbrella/Barbican, B.Supreme UK Tour, Faraday’s Cage film/Company Bricolage, BIDE, MOVE IT, The Place, Big Dance and more. Nefeli won the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund in 2014, choosing New York as her research destination. She was also awarded the Bogliasco Foundation fellowship for 2015 in Genoa Italy for further research on injuries in breakers. In addition, she was one of the bgirls of the ELLE-Adidas MyGirl Global campaign in 2013. She has been competing in Breaking battles since December 2010 and won B.Supreme bgirl battle in 2013.

 

Medical & Exercise specialists Bboys:

Gavin

As a senior member of the Soul Mavericks Crew, Gavin has performed worldwide and represented the UK competitively for the past 11 years.

Gavin’s `dance style is both fluid and intricate and he has a wealth of power moves which are effortlessly combined with technical and innovative transitions. As an experienced and versatile b-boy, Gavin has the ability to adapt his movements to multiple performance environments and fuse with other styles of dance.

With an extensive list of accolades spanning the length of his career, as well as being a qualified physiotherapist, his multiple skills and undeniable talent make him one of the UK’s most prolific b-boys.

Hatsolo

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Bboy Hatsolo is part of FlowMo crew in Finland. Johannes “Hatsolo” Hattunen is one of the world’s most famous breakers. During his career, the internationally acknowledged dancer and Champion of Red Bull BC One Scandinavia 2012, has earned three subsequent Scandinavian Championships and won several world-famous competitions such as Circle Kingz (Switzerland) and Rock Steady Crew Anniversary (USA). Hatsolo is an inspiring teacher and known for his high energy and strong, recognizable style on the dance floor.

Spin

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A member of Soul Mavericks Crew, Spin is making his mark on the international scene. Spin has spent the past five years travelling all across Europe and beyond to test his skills against the world’s best. As well as being a good all rounder, Spin’s unique footwork skills, original combinations and style have gained him great respect from his peers on the scene both at home and abroad. Spin has been National Solo B-Boy Champion 3 times and has represented the UK for for the last five years at the UK B-Boy Championships World Finals.

Keir

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Miguel

Miguel first came into contact with the scene by watching music videos on TV in 2002, in which he began the process of teaching himself the movements he has seen on TV. He began learning on his own, and then traveled into the Philadelphia area to learn more on bboying, housing, and the various funk styles from several different crews. With this same process of learning comes trial by error which carried with it injuries in a several forms.

From his own injuries stemmed a love for understanding biomechanics and motor control, learning why we move the way we move, on top of learning ways to improve performance for other dancers. By understanding the fundamentals and applying them in a pragmatic manner, Miguel quickly gained a reputation and began working with athletes and dancers in the US, East Coast area, and beyond. Miguel has a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and along with working with top professionals in the strength and conditioning world, regularly cooperates with physical therapists to improve performance outcomes for dancers, athletes, and general population alike.

Theoharis

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With his love for performing arts and a concern of others’ well-being, he was led to study a Bsc in Sports Therapy. Since then he continued by attending modules from MSc Sports Rehabilitation and Triage and now studying part-time MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. Alongside his studies, he is also a therapist for a rugby club based in Luton, a Sports Lecturer in Barnfield College, a gymnastics instructor and also works with clients in the Bedford Integrative Health Centre.

 

Dance Scientists:

Erin

Erin Sanchez is the Healthier Dancer Programme Manager (job share) at Dance UK, and administrates the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation’s Medical Website for healthcare professionals and dancers. Originally from the United States, Erin pursued vocational dance training with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey School. She also holds a BA (Hons) in Dance and Sociology from the University of New Mexico and an MSc in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Erin is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and has lectured in dance science, taught dance technique and holds the qualification in Safe and Effective Dance Practice.

Sarah Needham-Beck

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Additional Team members:

DJ Renegade

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DJ Renegade has a long history in Hip Hop.From it’s arrival in the UK he has been a part of the scene in one form or another. Starting as a 1st generation street dancer in 1982, he progressed to djing in 1986. A specialist in providing music for breakers, poppers, lockers and Hip Hop.He is a regular DJ at all of the big dance events across the globe including; UK BBoy Champs, IBE, BOTY, R16, Freestyle Session, Juste Debout, HipOpsession, Redbull BC1, BreakOnStage, EuroBattle, OutBreak, WOD…He has had a major influence on the type, style and the way music is played at dance events around the world. He has 20 years of martial arts experience and he is the coach of UK’s National Champions ‘Soul Mavericks’ and ‘Monsterz’ Popping crew. He was a Lecturer in Dance at UEL until 2013.

Mouse

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Known for his smooth and funky style, Ereson ‘Mouse’ Catipon began bboying when he moved to England from the Philippines is 1996. Since his first exposure to the bboy culture, Mouse has dedicated the last 15 years to perfecting his art. With numerous solo b-boy titles under his belt, Mouse has gained international respect as the forerunner of the UK b-boy scene. Mouse was the 2006 World B-Boy Champion having won the tough solo battle at the UK B-Boy Championships World Finals. He was also the runner up in the 2008 finals. Mouse is an original member of the highly acclaimed Funkstylerz UK dance company and B-Boy Allstars. He has built up an impressive resume of performances, from major advertising campaigns to working with the likes of Madonna. He is also part of the theatre show ‘Life of a Bboy’ which he co-wrote and choreographed with Funkstylerz UK. The show features the stories of the lives of three b-boys and their journeys of discovery through b-boying. The show toured the UK and Europe in 2006 and received rave reviews after performances to sell out crowds. Mouse’s cheeky personality and crowd pleasing moves make him a natural showman who is adored by audiences wherever he performs.

Storm

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‘Storm’ started dancing as a little child, but seriously cought on to the dances Bboying, Popping and Locking at the age of 14. His first tours he did for “Bravo Breakdancesensation 84”. Soon after that, the big fashion ‘Breakdance’ died out. Nevertheless, he didn’t stop studying styles, got connected with other Bboys and stayed creative and productive throughout the times when Breakin´was considered obsolete. By 1991 his group “the Battle Squad” was one of the leading bboygroups worldwide and thanx to them and others, the art of Bboying is so alive and strong these days. In 1991 and 1992 him and his crew Battle Squad won the “international Balle of the year”. Because of the struggle in times when Bboying was out of fashion and the fact that he´s been dancing for so long, he decided to establish HipHopculture in the theatreworld. From 1992 on he danced with a New Yorker dance Company called ‘Ghettoriginal’. He performed shows in Washingtons ‘Kennedy Center’ and in NYCities ‘Lincolncenter’. During the same period he was hosting the HipHop Magazine ‘Freestyle’ on the german TV channel Viva. Briefly after quitting the job in early 1996, he decided to form a dance company in his hometown Berlin, which was called the ‘Storm and Jazzy Project’. With two choreographies they toured many different theatres around the world The first performance was seen in February 1997 in the “maison de la danse” in Lyon. In 2000, Storm decided to create a Solo, named “Solo for two”; It’s been shown all over the world in more than 50 different countries and 160 cities. Nowadays Storm also choreographs and directs for different theaters and institutions all over the world. He also choreographed for the opening ceremonies of the “Expo 2000” in Hannover and the “FIFA soccer world cup 2006 in Germany”. In 2004 he starred in the German HipHop movie “Status yo” and played a gas station worker. In 2010 he starred in the dance movie “Berlin dance Battle 3d” and played himself. Storm is teaching all over the world on different dance festivals throughout each year. Since 2001 he is educating annually at the “Impulstanz” festival in Vienna. He developed his own didactical methods which are based on the original concepts of the styles Locking, Popping and Bboying.

Sunanda

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One of UK’s foremost B-girls and founder of ‘FLOWZAIC’ UK’s first all female Breaking crew Sunanda performed, judged and hosted at some of the biggest Hip Hop and B-boy events from UK B-Boy Championships, Nike Dance Clash to Battle Of The Year and B-Supreme women in Hip-Hop festival at the SouthBank Centre. She was co-choreographer for the NHS segment of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and is now Associate Director of ‘Grounded’ who gave their début performance at Sadler’s Wells Breakin’ Convention’s 2013 tenth anniversary. Other credits include: choreographer on the Bafta Award winning film ‘Fishtank’ working with Andrea Arnold; Mel B, Gabriel and touring with ‘Take That’ as a featured rapper.

Aline

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Aline has been learning dance for 25 years, from ballet to house dance, and she has been a dancer of the amateur contemporary dance company “Océane” for four years. She has a master degree of Jurist and Manager of Artistic and Cultural Organisations. She worked for Dance Theater Workshop in New York, within the Marketing Department, and then as the Production and Administration Manager of Juste Debout in Paris. In 2009 she started to work for the French Federation of Circus Schools, where she was in charge of communication and European projects. She was running the secretarial work of the European Youth Circus Organisation. Additionally, Aline is involved in several dance projects such as the Quality Street Company and IBE in the Netherlands. She also organised the presence of physiotherapists for Red Bull BC One World Final in Paris. In 2014 she successfully graduated in Sports Sciences from the University of Paris 12 and she will start a physiotherapist training in 2015.

 

Partnerships / Collaborations

Partnerships:
Child of This culture, Florida USA – Partnership
One Dance UK, UK – in association

Past Collaborations:
Red Bull BC1 2015
The Notorious IBE 2014, 2016
Battle Of The Year World Finals 2015
Catch The Flava/Outbreak Slovakia 2015, 2016
Massive Camp 2016
Pioneers A History of Dance (PHD) UK 2013-2015
Cologne Circle 2015