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

Spotlight on Nefeli Tsiouti and Project Breakalign

project breakalign

The magic of Project Breakalign

Our girl, Nefeli, has been going from strength to strength in her journey to make training safer for dancers. Nef is nominated for a Changemaker  award for her work with Project Breakalign. Stay up to date on her journey here. We are proud!

More on Nefeli and the system

project breakalign

Project Breakalign was created in 2013 by Nefeli sMash Tsiouti, because of the need she felt to heal her body.

It’s a method on how to train and perform properly and therefore, preventatively avoid injuries. This is geared towards bboys and other street dancers from different styles.

In our community, there hadn’t been any real guidelines on physical wellness and maintenance. You might turn up at training, train and go home. This sounds straightforward enough.. but without warm up, warm down, stretching and conditioning. Missing these things can have long term effects on the body. Project Breakalign is designed to help us evolve intelligently.

Nefeli herself had a career-threatening shoulder injury and had to take real action to preserve her body. Nefeli says:

The Breakalign Method is a conditioning programme, based on the physiological and biomechanical analysis of the demands in the art-form of Breaking.
As a dancer, you can train the Breakalign Method, to gain the knowledge for safe dance practice, for yourself. Also, to train others in a safer and preventative manner from unwanted injuries.

Nefeli Tsiouti

How can I be down?

You can apply for the Breakalign method in September 2019 by contacting Nefeli here. As one of our team we are overjoyed to see her at the heart of something which benefits our worldwide community.

Now check our Ultimate guide to Breaking in London while also finding out more about Breaking at the Olympics.

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