Project Breakalign is a prevention of injuries research project for dancers. The academic research of the project team focuses on the biomechanics and physiology of breakers. The information being drawn from the research is then applied to translating the knowledge for the community of the dancers, especially hip-hop dancers.

Project Breakalign was founded in 2013 by Nefeli Tsiouti (Bgirl sMash). It is a project that has as its aim to prevent injuries for dancers, specifically breakers.
Project Breakalign’s mission is the prevention 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 necessary and applied to all dance genres. It revolves around the anatomy, the biomechanics , the physiology and the psychology of the dancer. Project Breakalign consists of a team of dance and medical specialists from Europe and the U.S.A.. (More info about the team, in the Team members section).

What we offer:

  • Lectures (Injury prevention, Health & well-being, Nutrition, Stretching, Training principles)
  • Breakalign Method (Conditioning workshops: masterclass OR weekly OR full course)
  • Workshops: Conditioning with focus on upper body, lower body, endurance, strength, power etc)
  • Manual Therapy Treatments (Backstage at events, competitions, festivals)
  • Injury Advice online service (via email)
  • Academic scientific research collaboration

 

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Breakalign Method

The Breakalign Method creation, Funded by the Centre National de la Danse, France

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The Breakalign Method Conditioning Article Series:

#1. How does a coach choose what, when and how to train you? Principles of ‘individuality’ and ‘adaptation’: https://www.dancelongerdancestronger.com/breakalign-method

#2. How to improve your stamina by doing the Breakalign Method? http://urbandancehealth.com/2017/06/04/breakalign-method/

#3. Creativity and the Breakalign Method: http://uniquetaytay.blogspot.com.cy/2017/06/project-breakalign-breakalign-method.html

#4. Alignment: http://www.bboydance.com/2017/06/breakalign-method-conditioning-article-series-alignment/

#5. How do I stretch? The Breakalign Method: https://projectbreakalign.wordpress.com/articles/

Six surprising Hip-hop Fitness Facts, by Carole Edrich:

http://londondance.com/articles/features/six-surprising-hip-hop-fitness-facts/

 

The creation of the Breakalign Method (en français):

AIDE A LA RECHERCHE ET AU PATRIMOINE EN DANSE 2015

Project Breakalign : création d’une méthodologie pour réduire les blessures des breakers / danseurs – La Breakalign Method, par Nefeli Tsiouti

1.1 Introduction

La santé est un pilier important de la vie d’un danseur, le corps étant son principal outil de travail. Pourtant les blessures sont fréquentes ; en particulier chez les danseurs hip hop, il a été recensé un taux de blessures “plus élevés que d’autres formes de danse. […] Ces danseurs devraient être éduqués concernant la prévention des blessures, la biomécanique et l’utilisation d’équipements de protection[1]” (Ojofeitimi S., Bronner S. & Woo H. (2012). Injury incidence in hip-hop dance. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 22, 347-355). Le break, tout particulièrement, un des styles de danses hip hop, connait une forte visibilité et se pratique par un grand nombre d’individus. Pourtant les recherches scientifiques sur cette danse très physique, qui implique de puissants impacts au sol, sont quasiment inexistantes.

Comment alors réduire les risques de blessures des breakers? C’est la question à laquelle le projet s’est attaché à répondre à travers la création d’une méthodologie basée sur des exercices de conditioning (préparation physique) : la Breakalign Method.

Celle-ci émerge à la suite des recherches scientifiques de l’équipe du Project Breakalign, dans les universités. Une équipe constituée d’experts du milieu médical (médecine de la danse, kinésithérapie, science du sport etc) a mis en place la Breakalign Method, un programme de conditioning (préparation physique) pas à pas, basé sur une analyse biomécanique des mouvements du break et sur l’étude physiologique des exigences de cette forme d’art.

Basée sur le break, la Breakalign Method peut être enseignée à des danseurs pratiquant tout style de danse, en particulier ceux qui utilisent un travail au sol, et à tout danseur exposé au risque de blessures.

1.2 Origine du projet

Ce projet a été initié par Nefeli Tsiouti, danseuse et bgirl (danseuse de break). Un an après avoir découvert le break elle s’est blessée à l’épaule droite avec une instabilité multidirectionnelle. A l’époque le chirurgien lui avait annoncé qu’elle ne pourrait plus danser. Deux ans après une opération chirurgicale, elle a progressivement recommencé à danser avec les nouvelles limites de son corps. C’est à ce moment-là qu’elle a décidé que son expérience devait servir à la communauté. En 2013, elle a créé Project Breakalign pour éviter des expériences similaires à d’autres danseurs à travers le monde, car bien qu’ayant reçu une formation de danse classique, la réaction du corps est totalement différente dans ces autres styles de danse, ce qui a conduit à la blessure de son épaule.

La fondatrice et directrice du Project Breakalign, Nefeli Tsiouti, a reçu une bourse du Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance pour compléter le MSc en Dance Science. Elle a aussi été finaliste pour le ‘Change Maker Award’ aux prix London Inspires Awards en 2015, pour son travail sur la science de la danse. En outre, elle a reçu les bourses et prix suivants : Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund, Gill Clarke Resource Fund, Bogliasco Fellowship, One Dance UK’s Dancers’ Mentoring Programme (mentor : Prof. Matthew Wyon), Healthy Dancer Canada 9th Annual Conference Travel scholarship et d’autres.

Nefeli est actuellement Chercheur Associé au Cyprus Musculoskeletal and Sports Trauma Research Centre (Chypre), membre du Comité consultatif de la Fondation Bogliasco pour la Danse en Europe, elle est thérapeute du sport et sera dans le Conseil d’Administration de Healthy Dancer Canada en 2017.

1.3.0 La recherche du Project Breakalign avant la Breakalign Method

L’objectif du Project Breakalign est de combler le fossé entre la science et la médecine de la danse, et la transmission de cette information à la communauté hip-hop, ainsi qu’aux professionnels de la santé. Ces formes de danse très exigeantes physiquement seront alors mieux comprises à l’aide d’une base commune d’informations et de vocabulaire du mouvement. En vue de cet objectif il est souhaitable de continuer le travail et la recherche scientifique sur le Breaking, afin de produire encore plus d’outils adaptés aux besoins des danseurs.

1.3.1 Biomécanique du Breaking

La présente recherche s’est déroulée à la suite d’une étude au UCL sur l’évaluation de la relation entre la fatigue, la répartition du poids et la force de réaction du sol en break, en s’attachant à des notions d’équilibre, de stabilité et de mobilité. Pour les besoins de la recherche ont été utilisé des plaques de pression (pressure plate) et un électromyogramme.

La conclusion de cette partie de la recherche a été que la fatigue provoque l’instabilité des membres supérieurs du corps dans certains mouvements de Breaking, ce qui peut provoquer des blessures.

Les liens suivants donnent un aperçu du travail de recherche :

Jour 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDNfYRiD31Q

Jour 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIe_mv-h0cQ

1.3.2 Physiologie du Breaking

La recherche s’appuie également sur une étude portant sur la demande cardiovasculaire et les conditions (fitness) cardiorespiratoires des breakers, comportant des tests VO2max, moniteurs de fréquence cardiaque pendant l’entrainement et la répétition, et d’autres outils. La conclusion de cette partie de la recherché a été que les breakers travaillent sous très haute tension physiologique quand ils sont sous supervision. Les données recueillies révèlent aussi que la condition physique des danseurs est très proche de celle des sportifs de haut niveau, et beaucoup meilleure que celle d’autres danseurs, comme par exemple ceux de ballet.

2.0 Démarche de la recherche

2.1 La Breakalign Method : Définition

La Breakalign Method est un programme de conditionnement, dont l’élaboration est basée sur les exigences biomécaniques et physiologiques du Breaking. C’est un programme qui procède par étapes, afin d’aider le corps à s’adapter à la surcharge progressive de l’entrainement d’une façon saine et sécure, dans l’optique de réduire le risque de blessures. La Breakalign Method n’est pas un type de danse ; c’est plutôt une préparation physique pour les exigences de la danse, et contient bien-sûr plusieurs mouvements qui s’apparentent au vocabulaire fondamental du Breaking. La méthodologie est enseignée sur la même musique que celle utilisée pour danser le Break (funk, soul, hip-hop), afin de ne pas perdre le lien avec la base de la danse elle-même.

Il n’existe pas pour le Breaking une méthode d’enseignement établie, comme il en existe par exemple pour le ballet. Selon le lieu et l’enseignant, la méthodologie varie. D’après l’esthétique de cette forme de danse, très souvent l’enseignement est spontané, ce qui n’est pas compatible avec une pratique de danse sécurisée.

2.2 La Breakalign Method : Objectifs

  • Réduire le risque de blessures pour les breakers
  • Fournir une grille progressive d’exercices
  • Créer un corps équilibré, stable et mobile dans les zones qui ne fonctionnent pas correctement
  • Eduquer les participants sur les principes de l’entrainement et les éléments principaux de la méthode
  • Servir d’introduction au Breaking pour des danseurs d’autres styles

2.3 La Breakalign Method : Groupe cible

La méthode vise des jeunes adultes d’un niveau moyen de condition physique, avec des possibilités d’adaptation pour des groupes d’âge ou de condition physique différents, ainsi que pour des cas de figure spéciaux comme par exemple l’hypermobilité. Les enseignants de la méthode doivent posséder des notions d’anatomie, physiologie, biomécanique, ainsi que des connaissances médicales de base nécessaires pour tout enseignement sportif. La méthodologie ciblant l’alignement du corps et la réduction du risque de blessures, l’enseignant doit faire très attention aux détails et observer les participants très scrupuleusement pendant le cours.

3.1.0 La création de la Breakalign Method – Cinq étapes

La présente recherche s’est développée en cinq (5) étapes principales. Pour la réalisation de la Breakalign Method, nous avons reçu le soutien du Centre National de la Danse ainsi que des services offerts par le Studio B. à Londres, pour toutes réunions de l’équipe entre septembre 2015 et juin 2016. Des membres différents de l’équipe ont effectué des rencontres de travail pendant neuf mois afin de développer la méthodologie.

3.1.1 Introduction – Instructions générales – Septembre 2015

Le but de cette rencontre était de présenter les directives de la procédure de création de la Breakalign Method aussi clairement que possible. Une discussion a suivi entre les membres de l’équipe, qui ont ainsi contribué au processus et anticipé des questions de recherche.

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  • Première étape de Recherche : Définition du Vocabulaire de Breaking – Novembre 2015

Durant cette étape des spécialistes du breaking ont défini le vocabulaire des mouvements en tant qu’exemple d’un cursus, pour servir de base de travail et d’analyse. Tous les styles de danse possèdent un vaste vocabulaire de mouvements ; il a été ainsi nécessaire d’en faire autant pour le Break, au point d’en arriver, si nécessaire, aux fondements de la technique elle-même. Dans un deuxième temps, les professionnels de la santé se sont rencontrés avec les danseurs afin de se familiariser avec la technique et les catégories de mouvements émergeantes. Il est important de noter que les catégories des mouvements ont été délimitées dans le seul but de définir les exigences biomécaniques et physiologiques de la technique.

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Une vidéo de la première étape est disponible (avec sous-titres en français), offrant un résumé des événements avec les membres de l’équipe : https://youtu.be/miYqBQal8Fg

  • Deuxième Phase de Recherche : Prescription d’Exercices – Janvier 2016

Début de la création de la méthodologie, à partir d’un niveau de débutant. La technique a été débarrassée de tout élément superflu, pour atteindre le niveau de base, et déterminer ainsi les exercices de conditionnement nécessaires pour la préparation du corps pour les mouvements du Break. C’est pendant cette étape qu’ont été élaborées les variations et adaptations de la méthode, d’après les besoins d’individus avec des problèmes spécifiques tels que des traumatismes, hypermobilité et autres.

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La vidéo suivante contient plus d’informations : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJjSoo6WAic

  • Troisième Phase de Recherche : Finalisation de la méthodologie et Méthodes d’Enseignement – Mai 2016

Dans cette étape finale de la création de la méthodologie, l’équipe a évalué les exercices mises au point jusque-là et discuté de leur implémentation dans le cadre de cours d’une durée plus ou moins longue (en moyenne 6 mois). De plus, le problème de la flexibilité a été adressé, et des exercices visant son développement ont été ajoutés, afin que la flexibilité puisse être développée au même niveau que la musculation du corps.

Pour des informations complémentaires : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6S-mWfntT0

  • Cours pilote de la Breakalign Method – Juin/Juillet 2016

Le cours pilote a été enseigné par Nefeli Tsiouti. D’autres membres de l’équipe du Project Breakalign ont participé aux sessions, afin d’offrir du retour d’information et des réactions sur la méthodologie d’enseignement. L’objectif du cours pilote était de vérifier l’adaptabilité de la Breakalign Method dans une situation de classe, en vue de son utilisation plus répandue et efficace dans le programme d’entrainement des danseurs.

La première étape du cours pilote était un stage d’une durée de sept semaines, qui a eu lieu au Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. Il comportait sept sessions d’une durée de 90 minutes chacune et 18 participants, dont 8 étaient présents à presque toutes les sessions. Des grilles d’évaluation ont été distribuées à tous les participants à la fin du stage, et les commentaires et propositions ont été pris en compte pour l’amélioration de la méthodologie.

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Le cours pilote de la méthodologie a aussi été mis en œuvre lors de la Tournée Mondiale du Project Breakalign, et a été enseigné pendant des stages d’une durée de 60 à 90 minutes, à l’occasion des rencontres suivantes :

  • Catch The Flava Breaking Camp, Slovaquie, Juillet 2016
  • Massive Camp, Italie, Aout 2016
  • Performing Arts Medicine Association Conference, California USA, Septembre 2016
  • Grand Canyon University, BA Dance course, Arizona USA, Septembre 2016
  • Healthy Dancer Canada 9th Annual Conference, Canada, Septembre 2016
  • School of Hip-hop / Youth Outreach, Hong Kong, Octobre 2016

4.1 Conclusion : La Breakalign Method aujourd’hui et l’avenir

Le Project Breakalign envisage de promouvoir la Breakalign Method en tant que formation pour les enseignants de la danse, certifiant que leur enseignement est conforme à une pratique sécurisée du Breaking (safe dance practice). De plus, certains exercices qui ont été créés servent à renforcer le corps intrinsèquement ; ils pourraient également être utilisés comme exercices de réhabilitation par des physiothérapeutes. Pour conclure, cette méthode pourrait aussi contribuer à combler le fossé entre la médicine et le côté artistique du Breaking. Les professionnels de la santé n’ayant pas toujours connaissance de la recherche sur le fonctionnement du corps pendant cette forme de danse très exigeante physiquement, la Breakalign Method pourrait mettre toutes ces informations à leur portée d’une manière concrète.

Annexe 1: LES ORGANISMES ASSOCIES :

Project Breakalign Associations :

  • One Dance UK : Organisation nationale depuis 1982. Leur programme ‘Healthier Dancer Programme’, en particulier, est un leader international dans la promotion de la santé des danseurs. Erin Sanchez et Sarah Needham-Beck, membres de l’équipe de Project Breakalign, en sont responsables.

Collaborations du Project Breakalign :

  • University College London (UCL) : C’est l’université de recherche publique à Londres classée numéro un pour la solidité de ses recherches.

Project Breakalign Partenaires :

  • Studio B. London
  • Child of This Culture Charity, Florida, USA

Le projet est soutenu par :

  • Shaw Bronner / Sheyi Ojofeitimi: Alvin Ailey / Analysis of Movement & Dance
  • German Sport University Cologne Institute for Dance & Movement Culture / BreakAnatomy
  • Bogliasco Foundation, Genova, Italy / NY, USA
  • Safe In Dance International
  • Breakin’ Convention Hip-hop Festival, Sadler’s Wells, UK

Annexe 2 : Les membres de l’equipe qui ont contribué à la création de la méthodologie :

  • NEFELI TSIOUTI, MA, MSc : Danseuse / Bgirl / Fondatrice & Directrice de Project Breakalign / Choreographer / Enseignante en science de la dance et composition de la danse
  • ALINE SOYER : Administratrice culturelle
  • ERIN SANCHEZ, MSc : One Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme Manager, administratrice du site internet de la Fondation Rudolf Noureev, PhD Candidate
  • ANNA TOOMBS : Movement Therapist
  • DAVID ROBINSON : Conditioning coach
  • ERESON CATIPON : Danseur / Bboy
  • GAVIN VINCENT, BSc : Bboy / Physiotherapist
  • JUAN DAVID GAVIRIA, BSc : Danseur / Bboy / Sports Science
  • KEIR PHILIPS : Médecin / Bboy
  • KEVIN GOPIE : Coach / enseignant en danse / DJ
  • MIGUEL ARAGONCILLO : Bboy / Sports coach
  • NIELS ROBITZKY : Danseur / Bboy / Choreographer
  • SARAH NEEDHAM-BECK, PhD : One Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme Manager
  • SUNANDA BISWAS : Danseuse / coach sportif / Bgirl / Choreographer
  • THEOHARIS CONSTANTINOU, MSc : Sports Therapist / Bboy

[1] Τraduction d’Aline Soyer.

Coming Up

 

 

IADMS 27th Annual Conference

International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Annual Conference

Houston, Texas, USA      

October 12-15, 2017

http://www.iadms.org

Annual HDC Conference 2017

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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http://www.healthydancercanada.org

The Breakalign Method Training Course

December 2017

More information coming soon…

Register your interest: projectbreakalign@gmail.com

Research

The Breakalign Method:

Find all details on the research under ‘Breakalign Method’ tab on our website

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Evaluating the relationship between fatigue, pressure and weight distribution on the upper limb on breakers:

Researchers: Nefeli Tsiouti, Theoharis Constantinou, Keir Philips, Erin Sanchez, Bruce Paton

Research Day 1: https://youtu.be/XLNj1Wol1BU

Research Day 2: https://youtu.be/_MCgAAb8jUc

Published in Revista Movimenta Journal – Pages 659 – 664: http://www.revista.ueg.br/index.php/movimenta/article/view/5622/3840

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An examination of the Cardiorespiratory fitness of elite breakers:

Researchers: Nefeli Tsiouti, Emma Redding

Publication under way

Supported by: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance

 

Injury occurrence survey in Breakers:

Researchers: Nefeli Tsiouti, Matthew Wyon

Data analysis under way

Supported by: University of Wolverhampton

 

Dietary habits, Nutrition knowledge and Supplement use among Breakers:

Researchers: Mira Sekula, Nefeli Tsiouti

Publication under way

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Body Composition, blood pressure and heart rate in elite breakers. A descriptive study

Researchers: Nefeli Tsiouti

Data analysis under way

Supported by: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance

 

Body composition in Breakers. A descriptive study

Researchers: Nefeli Tsiouti, Keir Philips, Bruce Paton

Data analysis under way

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Training Methods in Breaking

Researchers: Nefeli Tsiouti, Emma Redding

Writing under way

Supported by: TBC

 

Team Members

Founder & Manager

Nefeli Tsiouti (Bgirl sMash) – Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Scientist, Sports Massage Therapist, Lecturer in Dance, Researcher

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Nefeli graduated with a BA in French Language & Literature (University of Athens), an MA in Choreography (Middlesex University) and an MSc in Dance Science (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance), supported by 3 scholarships from Trinity Laban. Currently she is in the Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship Advisory Committee for Dance in Europe, she works as Associate Researcher at the Cyprus Musculoskeletal & Sports Trauma Research Centre. Moreover, she serves on the Board of Directors of Healthy Dancer Canada (HDC) and the United Breakin’ Association (UBA). She is also a freelance Choreographer, Dancer, and a Sports Massage Therapist. Recently she has been included as a co-opted member of the Education Committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Education Committee.

Nefeli has been dancing for 22 years, having as her main dance training classical ballet in Cyprus and Greece. She was a Lecturer in Dance at Universities across London from 2011-2015. In the midst of her journey as a professional dancer and maker, Nefeli underwent a serious operation due to an injury which stopped her from continuing her career smoothly. Nefeli has devoted her work to the mission of reducing the risk of injuries and offering career longevity to a healthier dancer, with Project Breakalign’s research, lectures, workshops and her active participation in international breaking competitions since her return to performing in 2011. Nefeli was awarded the following awards for her dance medicine and science research: Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Fund (NY, USA), Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship (Italy), Gill Clarke Resource Fund, ‘Centre National de la Danse’ research funding (France) to develop the ‘Breakalign Method’, ‘Dance UK’s Dancers’ Mentoring Programme’, finalist for the ‘Change Maker Award’ by London Inspires Awards.

International speaking engagements between 2012-2017 include Dance Science Research Network Symposium (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance), One Dance UK’s Conference Mind the Gap: Train Smart |Improve Performance (UEL), Interweaving Cultures (University of Malta), Centre National de la Danse (France), Brazil-UK Network in Dance Medicine & Science (Brazil), Performing Arts Medicine Association’s Annual Conference (L.A.), Healthy Dancer Canada Annual Conference (Canada), International Association for Dance Medicine & Science Annual Conference 2016 (Hong Kong), Serendipity’s Blurring Boundaries: Urban street meets contemporary dance (UK), PoP Moves Emerging Scholars Symposium 2012 (UK), Conference of Contemporary Music & Dance (UK). Nefeli’s professional performance and/or choreographic credits include Olympics Opening Ceremony, RIOT Offspring/Sadlers Wells, Open Art Surgery/Breakin Convention, Dance Umbrella/Barbican, B.Supreme UK Tour, BIDE, The Place and more. In addition, she was a model in the ELLE-Adidas MyGirl Global campaign in 2013. She has been competing in Breaking battles since 2010 and won B.Supreme bgirl battle in 2013.

 

Medical & Exercise specialists Bboys:

Gavin Vincent (Bboy Hawkz, Soul Mavericks crew, UK) – Dancer, Physiotherapist

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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.

 

Johannes Hattunen (Bboy Hatsolo, Flow Mo crew, Finland) – Dancer, Coach

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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.

 

Juan David Gaviria (Bboy Spin – Soul Mavericks crew, UK) – Dancer, Sports Scientist

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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. Spin has a BSc in Sports Science from Metropolitan University London.

 

Keir Philip (Bboy Kid Keir, UK) – Doctor, Researcher

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Keir is currently a doctor at the Royal London Hospital, Dancer in Residence for Vital Arts, Honorary Research Fellow at the UCL Institute for Health and Human Performance, and a 2017 UCL Partners Improvement Fellow. He started bboying over 15 years ago as a founding member of the Bristol based Physical Jerks Crew. Since then, he has performed and taught dance across the UK, South Africa & South America. Dr.Keir currently runs, and contributes to a number of projects combining dance and health, including dance-based rehabilitation, following hip fracture, and dance-based pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.

 

 

 

Miroslav Sekula (Bboy Mayro, UK/Czech Republic) – Sport & Exercise Scientist  headshot

Miroslav has recently achieved a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences at University of Worcester. His dissertation was focused on Dietary habits, nutrition knowledge and supplement use among Breakers. He is also an active bboy, competing internationally, dance teacher and self-employed performer. Additionally, he does calisthenics, a bit of Olympic weightlifting and overall he is researching other possible training methods to support dance. He is very interested in nutrition, health, exercise physiology and sports psychology. Within nutrition, his interests are intermittent fasting diets (20-23h fasting/day), vegan and vegetarian diets, fasting, caloric restriction and sports/health supplements. He has personal experiences of all dietary lifestyles mentioned above and he is still researching them. He is planning to obtain MSc in Sports Nutrition and also accreditation by ISSN (International Society of Sports Nutrition). He has also gained experiences in Nutritional Therapy. Moreover, he is currently working with a few professional athletes from several sports (crossfit, football) with the vision to transform his experience to breakers.

Miguel Aragoncillo (Bboy Miggsy Boggs, U.S.A.) – Human Performance Coach

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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.

Robert Tsai (Bboy, Taiwan/California, U.S.A) – Doctor of Physical Therapy Student

robert tsai Robert Tsai, originally from Taipei, is a 3rd year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Chapman University in Irvine, CA. Growing up in Taiwan, Rob was introduced to breakin’ in 1999, which also sparked interest in other forms of dance. In 2008, Rob received his BA from Chapman University in Communication Studies, along with a dance performance minor. He subsequently pursued a professional dance career in the LA commercial dance industry but found a passion for teaching and education. He has had the privilege of sharing and connecting with students from various high schools, colleges, as well as fellow dance educators across the US and in Taiwan. Through teaching and witnessing the positive power of change through movement, Rob was motivated to continue his education and pursue physical therapy in 2015, in hopes of raising injury prevention awareness in dance. Currently, Rob is formulating research examining factors which contribute to low back pain in breakers, and plans to continue devoting time to spreading injury prevention awareness in dance through clinical practice and public education.

Theoharis Constantinou (Bboy Bonez – Liquid Fire, Cyprus/Qatar) – Sports Therapist

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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/ Researchers:

Erin Sanchez (UK/U.S.A.) (MSc)

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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 (UK) (PhD)

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Sarah is a Research Fellow at the University of Chichester within the Occupational Performance Research Group. She holds a BSc(Hons) in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Exeter, an MSc(Dist) in Dance Science, and a PhD in Dance Science from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Her PhD research investigated aspects of cardiorespiratory fitness within contemporary dance training and performance and studies within this have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at national and international conferences. Sarah has previously worked as Healthier Dancer Programme Manager at One Dance UK and as a Visiting Lecturer in Dance Science at various institutions including Trinity Laban and the University of Bedfordshire. Sarah is an active member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), currently serving on the Promotion Committee and as Advisor to the Student Committee.

 

Dietician / Nutritionist:

Anne Pesth (Germany) (BSc, DGE)

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Anne grew up in Dresden, Germany. She is a Dietician and health scientist (BSc) from Leipzig, Germany. She has acquired a Certificate as a Nutritionist for the German Nutrition Association in Cologne/Bonn (DGE). Currently, she is working in different settings and projects with the youth in schools, where she shows them all the necessary information about a healthy lifestyle. Next to the nutrition, she also teaches kids Breaking and House to show them the complexity of the combination of movements and the healthy nutrition is. She is interested in supporting Project Breakalign to avoid common diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight and heart diseases. Because you are what you eat.

Additional Team Members:

Kevin Gopie (DJ Renegade – Soul Mavericks crew, UK) – DJ, Judge, Coach

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DJ Renegade has a long history in Hip Hop.From its 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, and more. 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.

Ereson Catipon (Bboy Mouse – Floorgangz, MZK, UK/Philippines) – Dancer, Judge

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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.

Niels Robitzky (Bboy Storm – Battle Squad, Germany) – Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Judge

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‘Storm’ started dancing as a little child, but seriously caught 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 bboy groups worldwide and thanks 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 Battle 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 HipHop culture in the theatre world. From 1992 on he danced with a New Yorker dance Company called ‘Ghettoriginal’. He performed shows in Washington’s ‘Kennedy Center’ and in NY City’s ‘Lincoln center’. 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 Biswas (Bgirl Sun-Sun, UK) – Dancer, Choreographer, Personal Trainer

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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 Soyer (France) – Administrator, Physiotherapist

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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 is currently studying Physiotherapy in France.

 

Partnerships / Collaborations

Funders

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Partners

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Past Collaborations

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Event collaborations

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Articles

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Partnerships:
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Past Collaborations:
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