Supported by East London Dance and The Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund, Boiled Heads is launching an innovative new model for breakdance battles as part of Rain Crew’s Rain Winter Jam at the Red Lion in Leytonstone on Sunday 17 December.
Boiled Heads are looking to cut through the traditional tournament battling format to bring live and online audiences the most dramatic match-ups from the most talented dancers on the scene. The December battles see two extended one-on-one match ups which will see international stars Stepper (The Ruggeds, Netherlands) and Vanessa (C4 Effekt, Portugal) take each other on alongside a much-anticipated UK match up of Kid Karam (Smac19) and Infante (Soul Mavericks).
Tom Rowlands-Rees, co-founder, Boiled Heads: “We want this to be the start of a new era for breaking. We want more people to enjoy the excitement and drama of a battle that is sadly often only experienced by other dancers taking part in the tournaments. The success of films like Step Up that focus on the story of the dancers as much as the dance itself tells us there’s an audience out there for what’s going down on the scene, we just have to tell that story. This is what we’re trying to change and why we’ve put so much thought into finding the right dancers for the most exciting battles.”
Clint Sinclair, co-founder, Boiled Heads: “By adapting the approach used in sports such as boxing, in which promoters arrange fights and then build a compelling narrative around the characters involved, we aim to attract the largest possible audience. Breakdance is perfectly suited to this model – Bboys and Bgirls are like superheroes, each with their own signature style, moves, journey and struggles. The underground scene is full of stories, complete with rivalries, upsets, heroes and villains.”
Stepper (The Ruggeds, Netherlands) vs Vanessa (C4 Effekt, Portugal)
Kid Karam (Smac19, UK) vs Infante (Soul Mavericks, UK)
Roxy (Gully Squad)
Spin (Soul Mavericks)
Supported by the Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund – an East London Dance Initiative with Foundation for FutureLondon, English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, Dancer’s Career Development, Hackney Council & Discover Young Hackney, Redbridge Drama Centre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, and supported by One Dance UK, Rich Mix, Studio Wayne McGregor and University of East London