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 … Read more

The Alternative Directory of Street Dance slang 2019

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 … Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Breaking in London 2019

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 … Read more

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. … Read more

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 … Read more

‘Inspirational Work in Education’ Award! Nominate us

Nominate us for One Dance UK award

After 15 years in education, B-Better has a chance to be recognised officially for our adventures! One Dance UK, the national body for dance, have opened nominations for their 2019 awards across all sectors of the dance industry, and our category is ‘Inspirational Work in Education’. If you’d like to vote for us, please click … Read more

Fun times at Hampstead Festival – The round up

Getting busy at Hampstead Festival

Last weekend we were invited, for the 5th consecutive year, to share what we do at Hampstead Festival. It was probably the most fun year ever!

Featuring a host of our open-class students, our professional performance company, Manifest Nation, and the Hampstead public, we shared classes, performances and Hampstead’s longest ‘Soul Train Line’! 

Here are some highlights from our wonderful weekend..

Man like Mok at Hampstead Festival

Our adult squad at Hampstead Festival

The squad lined up at Hampstead Festival

The heat brought at Hampstead Festival

Tinman speaks at Hampstead Festival

We’d like to thank all those that joined us, and for more footage, check this Instagram post !

Why we love a festival

We love events like Hampstead Festival because we can really communicate with the public. Although, we put out fliers and our online presence is strong, there really is no substitute. Connecting with an audience and teaching public workshops is how to really show what we do.

Camden is rife with summer events and many can be found here. We applied for several of these and you can join us at the show!

Some times we are only permitted to perform. What’s great about performance is that our open class students can also participate. Periodically we create choreography for performance in our open classes and festivals are the ideal platform. At B-Better we appreciate that people come to learn for different reasons, and performance may be one! Although we love performing there is just as much fun to be had at..

A Workshop

Teaching the general public from the stage or at eye level has yielded amazing results for us. We take great pleasure in sharing our knowledge with a mixed audience. The joy of events like Hampstead Festival is that there is a dearth of ages and demographics. Our workshop may end in a freestyle or other participatory activity, and that’s what raises a smile.

Combining performance with interactive activity underpins our summer and we look forward to seeing YOU this season!

Manifest Nation on London Live at Chinese New Year

MN on London Live

Right after performing for Chinese New Year recently Manifest Nation were interviewed by London Live – the TV channel for our fair city. Here’s a brief excerpt of what was discussed:

We’re working on finding the FULL version to share with you all, but we hope you’ll be boosted by the progress of the group! See more images on all social media with the hashtag #ManifestNation.

Manifest Nation before meeting London Live

Story context

London Live asked the questions which were expected, but for Manifest Nation, the show was particularly challenging. We’ll tell you why:

1) Notice

As mentioned in the video , we only had 10 days to prepare for the event, which is less than ideal. This is amplified by the fact that the audience weren’t there to see us, plus we had other projects on the boil.

Our performance the following year at the National Theatre was 3-4 months from initial meeting to opening night. This is how things should be done.

2) The Stage

The stage we were due to dance on didn’t arrive as there was a traffic incident. This meant we had to dance on the cobblestones at eye-level with the audience.

Now, the eye-level thing was fine, but the cobblestones were a REAL headache to perform on and not one of us felt comfortable. That day we vowed not to dance on cobbles again

3) The Weather

Yes, it’s London and yes, it rains here. The mixture of the cold AND rain with the other elements mentioned just made the vibe…miserable. If you watch carefully, we’re all huddled together for warmth and this was not staged!

In Conclusion

Some valuable lessons were learnt on this show, and our group is always up for performing. If you go back and watch the video knowing these points though, you may sense the bittersweet emotions.