The State is an innovative grass roots Hip Hop Education organisation based in Leith, Edinburgh.
We aim to inspire young people to have fun with Hip Hop and to provide positive role models through professional Hip Hop artists, demonstrating to young people that a career in the arts is possible. Our work with young people increases confidence, wellbeing and social skills through the medium of Hip Hop. We employ a joint approach of youth worker and tutor to enable the young people to get the most out of every session. We are committed to widening engagement with culture, to providing access to and participation in cultural activities thereby enriching people’s lives through arts and creativity. We are committed to inclusion, and providing help and guidance to communities to overcome social, educational, physical and economic inequalities. We aim for young people to be accepted as full members of the communities in which they live and learn. We aim to support young people in Scotland to flourish and achieve in and through the arts and creativity and to establish Scotland as an international leader for Hip Hop arts and creativity.
The State is lead by Emma Ready Hamilton and Lotte Ninja Walters.
Emma Ready has been bgirling since 1997. Since then, she has been travelling the world competing in and judging battles, teaching workshops and performing. Emma Ready has trained with bboy pioneers such as Storm (Germany), Maurizio (Italy), Ken Swift (USA) and Poe One (USA). Emma Ready has been teaching breaking since 2003 for councils throughout the UK and at events throughout Europe and North America.
Emma Ready has performed for companies and events such as Puma, Schuh, Bacardi, T in the Park and Edinburgh International Film Festival. Emma Ready has been involved in Hip Hop theatre since 2005 and has performed in various events including Breakin’ Convention, Resolution!, Dance Days and Leith Festival.
Lotte Ninja has worked in various community arts settings across Edinburgh and the UK, including work with Edinburgh City Council, Dance Base, Big Dance, Edinburgh Fringe and SIN Cru. Lotte Ninja qualified from the University of Edinburgh in 2013 with a BA(hons) Community Education. Lotte Ninja specialises in youth arts work with excluded groups, who often present challenging behaviours. Lotte Ninja has experience in Arts Management with Leith Festival, Just the Tonic and State activities.