Breaking Tradition teaches the cultural importance of English dance heritage through hip hop and traditional folk dance. Our mission is for children to be given the opportunity to embrace traditional dance and continue our work in pushing it into new and exciting territory.
“The experience was absolutely fantastic! Apart from being involved in a part of our cultural heritage, the skills they were using in communication and cooperation were very evident. I have found the overall experience they offered to be up there with the best and considerably better than the majority.”
David Kaye, Headteacher, Scapegoat Primary School, Huddersfield
“Wow! What a week we had! It was amazing how much the team accomplished during their time with us.” John Rowe, Headteacher, Trinity Primary School, Shrewsbury
“One of the best experiences, I had ever had.” Pupil, Shawlands Primary School, Barnsley
“They were out of this world!” Pupil, Ravenswood Primary School, Newcastle upon Tyne
“We really appreciated their flexibility in the organisation of workshops for children. Nothing was too much trouble.” Teacher at Trinity Primary School, Shrewsbury
Breaking Tradition’s dance workshops are suitable for ages 4 years and up. We adapt each workshop to suit the specific needs and ability of each group.
Our signature style of folk and hip hop fusion, offers a unique dance experience. Many of the traditional styles we teach possess interesting origins relevant to English dance culture. We provide a brief history of the styles we teach, allowing pupils to greater understand the journey behind the dance forms. The styles we teach include break dance, street dance, contemporary, rapper sword, morris, and clog dancing. We run workshops in one or more styles along with offering a short performance of our repertoire, allowing pupils to engage further with our distinctive style.
Breaking Tradition can also work with groups to create performance work. Encouraging creativity is an essential part of what we do and as part of our workshops we allow pupils the freedom to explore in a safe and
All of our tutors are skilled dancers and performers and specialise in a variety of styles.
They have extensive experience delivering workshops in primary schools, secondary schools,
youth clubs and community settings, teaching all ages and abilities, including children with
Our tutors are CRB checked with up to date DBS and safeguarding certificates.
“A huge thank-you to Damien and the team for a superb week. It was a privilege to welcome the Demon Barbers to the school. They demonstrated tremendous professionalism and patience, built a great rapport with staff and pupils and made a huge impact on the self confidence of all the children involved. Their visit was a real highlight of the year which will stay in the minds of staff and children for a very long time.”
John Rowe, Headteacher, Trinity Primary School, Shrewsbury