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Hip Hop and Breakin'

If you are a dancer who's always wanted to learn how to Break: now is your chance!

Emma Houston Aka Bgirl Shortbread leads the course, teaching some breaking fundamentals in a high energy and fun environment. This class will look at musicality, dynamics, battling, style and stamina, with Toprock, Get Downs, Footwork, Freezes and an introduction to generating Power. This class is suitable for all levels - as long as you're open to learn, it will be a transformational journey into understanding Breaking as a style and Hip Hop as a culture.

  • This course is for ages 18+
  • This is a 7-week course between Thurs 2 Nov - Thurs 14 Dec.

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  • Greenwich Foot Tunnel with a hip hop dancer performing
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Emma Houston

Emma Houston is a versatile artist with a keen interest in all kinds of movement and choreography. After gaining a first class honours contemporary dance degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, she joined the Greenwich Dance team as a dance teacher.

Emma is mostly known as a Hip Hop dancer and Bgirl and uses her contemporary training to create her own style of moving and creating. Most recently Emma has danced for the artist Years and Years, been Nickelodeon's 'Skills crew' featured Breakdancer, represented Warner Brothers at the TV Licensing awards as a performer and has presented her own work in Breakin Convention's Open Art Surgery. Emma was also a featured artist in this year's Freestyle Funk Forum (Breakin Convention 2016).

As a former member of Boadicea, an all female all styles crew, Emma reached the finals of Got To Dance, performed as a part of the Got To Dance Supercrew, been featured on Ashley Banjo's secret street crew and performed on the main stage at Breakin Convention as well as nights such as Collabo and Move It. Emma has also worked as a dancer for Ella Mesma Dance Company and Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre.

In terms of Breaking, Emma competes nationally and internationally, reaching the IBE Bgirl 2v2 finals in 2014 and taking home the win in the 2015 competition named 'Blind Date battle'. Emma has learned from many influential mentors, Bboys and Bgirls from around the world such as Dj Renegade, Ken Swift, Freeze and Storm.

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