The biggest challenges in learning and teaching Dance

What’s harder – learning or teaching dance? As educators in street style dances, we have encountered people from all walks of life, each with different desires to learn. Some of our students have quite specific goals they wish to achieve while most just attend because dance is fun. It’s not unusual to have adults ask, …

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Cypher Skillz breaking session – feel the burn!

Cypher Skillz is in effect

Cypher Skillz is here! La Familia b-boy crew recently launched a weekly training session for the breaking scene. This event is billed as Cypher Skillz. To find out what ‘cypher’ and other street dance terms mean, head to our slang post! Led by GG, one of the earliest La Familia members, Cypher Skillz is designed …

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The Great Directory of Street Dance slang 2020

Biting - a common street dance slang

What is street dance slang? If terms like ‘she got smoked’, ‘winery’ and ‘I strongly died’, leave you with question marks floating overhead, you are not alone! Like in any community, the street dance slang is colourful and unifies those who understand. Some terms are so obscure they need true clarification, while others can be …

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The Ultimate Guide to Breaking in London 2020

Break dance in London - The Ultimate Guide

A quick intro to break dance in London Our city has enjoyed a rich breakin’ (‘break dance’) culture since the early 80’s. From the cobblestones of Covent Garden to Black Sheep bar in Croydon, there are memories and moments in every postcode. In a bid to cover the most important points on break dance in …

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Why Street Dance in Queen’s Park is here to stay!

Ade and Sep truly brought street dance to Queen's Park

A short story One Sunday, Sep and I were training outside Salusbury Primary school and something quite interesting happened. Several families strolled by, and a young girl of about 7 years slowed down her walk as if caught in a spider’s web. Looking through her blue-framed glasses she appeared truly oblivious to her mother’s call. …

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The Best Hip-Hop Dance Class in London? 7 reasons why!

The best hip-hop dance class in London uses unique technique!

Finding the best hip-hop dance class in London Here at B-Better we think we have the best hip-hop dance class in London (!) and will touch on that more later on. Click here to go to our classes. First we have to discuss what ‘best’ actually means. According to Merriam-Webster, the adjective ‘best’ means ‘excelling …

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Street Dance classes – 5 tips to help you to grow

What is Street Dance? For the short answer visit our post here where more than 10 street style dances are listed. In this post we’ll learn more about what street dance classes are actually teaching and 5 ways you can maximise your experience! Before we go on, you can fast forward to booking our classes …

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Breaking at the Olympics – What about the scene?

breaking at the olympics thanks to WDSF

It has been almost confirmed in the last day that in 2024 we will officially see breaking at the Olympics! For many, this is a reason to celebrate, but what might it mean for the worldwide bboy / bgirl scene at large? How did this happen? After ‘piloting’ Breakin’ at the 2018 Youth Olympics last …

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Manifest Nation at ‘Two Two Steps’

Young bloods get busy at Two Two Steps!

Last month our Junior dancers from Manifest Nation performed at The Urban Dance School show, ‘Two Two Steps’! For five of them, it was their first show for MN and they definitely impressed. Company director, Damien, hosted the show, and it was a great occasion to reunited with one of our long-time partner companies. Enjoy these shots from the event!

An evolution for Manifest Nation

This show was special for our junior dancers as 5 of the 6 of them had never performed for Manifest Nation before. We’d held auditions only 4 weeks prior and the opportunity to perform was a great way to sharpen minds.

The training in the lead up to this event was a bit of a baptism of fire for some of our young artists. Some had never performed before and some had no real knowledge of hiphop form. A couple of our youngsters initially felt that training was like any other dance class, but it was important to straighten that idea quickly, ha.

We used a mix of choreography which included the piece from their audition, a piece from a competition earlier this year and some other new and old material. It was important for us that the youngsters performed pieces with different energetic feelings and moods.

This experience at Two Two steps became a springboard for a summer of events for our young artists. With most going on to secondary school in September, we plan to be a solid part of their evolution. While undergoing a lot of changes, it’s important for us they can take comfort from their experience with MN. Growing up as a teen in this era is harder than ever, so we are fortunate to have dance. Stay tuned to Manifest Nation page here on our website to to stay up to date of where we’re appearing next.

Sarah gets busy at Two Two Steps