Rock the Dock

Rock the Dock

Marine Parade Graffiti Wall was launched with a BANG.

Over 80 artists from all over the world came to Leith to paint the UK's longest legal graffiti wall.

With support from Erasmus +, Port of Leith Housing Association and Foundation Scotland we held workshops and a community picnic.

See here for a time-lapse by film maker Aidan Shabz showing the Mill Side of the wall as the day progressed.

 

Jam Piece - Episode 2 - Allstyles Battles and Workshops

Jam Piece - Episode 2 - Allstyles Battles and Workshops

Wow, what a weekend of Hip Hop Scotland has just experienced. But not to worry, it isn't over yet!

On Saturday we have part 2 of this year's Jam Piece. A chance for the Allstyles dancers to get down and grab a trophy!

We kick off at 12 on Saturday at The Studio at Edinburgh Festival Theatre. With DJ Tesko, Host Kevin Revlon and Judges, Shelltoe Mel, Jay Jay Revlon and Claricia. We have a kids trophy to be won and an adult trophy up for grabs. Loads of jam to give away, and refreshments provided by Scotmid. We also have a beautiful hamper to raffle thanks to That's Jammy.

Tickets are 5pounds and are available from ticket tailor.

If you like what you see on Saturday and would love to learn more we have 3 workshops happening at PASS studio at the Edinburgh College Granton Campus on Sunday. From 12-2 Jay Jay and Kevin Revlon will be teaching Vogue (over 16s for this one), and then 2.30-3.30 Shelltoe Mel will be teaching mixed Funkstyles, finally Emma Ready will be teaching some breakdance from 4-5. Workshops are 5pounds each, but student discounts are available. Find out more here.

Looking forward to seeing you all then!

 

Jam Piece - Full Line Up

Jam Piece - Full Line Up

Episode 1 - Breaking Battles

6th May 11am-4pm

Edinburgh Festival Theatre Studio

 HOSTS: Sparkels and Shelltoe Mel DJ: Ritchie Ruftone JUDGES: Cleopatra, Ducky and James

HOSTS: Sparkels and Shelltoe Mel DJ: Ritchie Ruftone JUDGES: Cleopatra, Ducky and James

Episode 2 - Allstyles Battles

13th May 12-5pm

Edinburgh Festival Theatre Studio

 HOST: Kevin Revlon DJ: Tesko JUDGES: Claricia, Jay Jay Revlon and Shelltoe Mel

HOST: Kevin Revlon DJ: Tesko JUDGES: Claricia, Jay Jay Revlon and Shelltoe Mel

Jam Piece 2017 - Episode 1 - DJ and Host Announcements

Jam Piece 2017 - Episode 1 - DJ and Host Announcements

And to finish off the awesome line-up for Episode 1 of Jam Piece 2017 returning to the Jam Piece Stage we have DJ Ritchie Ruftone and Hosts Sparkles and Shelltoe Mel.

Do you have your name down to battle yet? Check out the Facebook event to get your name on the list!

Jam Piece 2017 - Episode 1 - THE JUDGES

Jam Piece 2017 - Episode 1 - THE JUDGES

Introducing the judging panel for the breaking battles on Saturday 6th May at Edinburgh Festival Theatre Studio....

 

DUCKY

BIOGRAPHY:

As a Korea representating Bboy with a career spanning 20 years, from the mid-90s to 2000s when Bboying was in its early stages, legendary Bboy Ducky is the first b-boy to make the existence of Korean b-boys known to the world.

Many people began to notice Bboy Ducky due to his dynamic power moves, but he began to adapt his style over time, and nowadays has become well known as the master of toprocking and foundational style. 

Ducky’s founding crew, Drifterz became famous worldwide for their strong foundation, b-boy attitude, and characteristic style. To a Bboy culture that is gradually losing its diversity through media and competitions, Drifterz Crew continue to show and display their foundational skills from their individual characters.

The Drifterz Crew signed an exclusive contract with the ‘Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture’ in 2015 as a b-boy crew, helping Korean society through education and performance to make Seoul a better place.

 

JAMES

James is a dancer from Derby who started in 99. He grew up as part of Trinity Warriors Breaking Crew and travelled and built with them for many years. He now lives in Leeds and through his crew BTLXCTZ and his affiliated crews and companies he teaches and performs, trying to improve himself and his understanding of the culture, passing on and sharing knowledge where he can.

 

CLEOPATRA

One of Canada’s most prominent B-girls, aka B-girl Cleopatra, Emmanuelle has participated in numerous breaking competitions throughout North America and Europe representing her all female group Legendary Crew. She has a BFA in Contemporary dance and has performed with the Beatles show from Cirque du Soleil, ID from Cirque Eloize, and with companies such as Rubberbandance, Bboyizm and Solid State Breakdance Collective. In 2012 she founded her own company,Tentacle Tribe, with B-boy Wandering Spirit and has toured internationally with their creations: Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid and Fractals of You.

 

Breakin Convention FREE Foyer Activities

Breakin Convention FREE Foyer Activities

Breakin Convention comes to town on 5th and 6th May.

The Festival Theatre is putting on a whole host of free activities for people to get involved in the foyer before the show itself.

There are opportunities to try your hand at Graffiti, DJing, Beatboxing, and MCing.

Ashley Jack will be leading a cypher in the foyer too for those who want to get down.

More information can be found here and here

Jam Piece 2017 - Bigger and Better

Jam Piece 2017 - Bigger and Better

We are delighted to announce that with the help of Big Lottery's Awards for All we are bringing you a bigger and better Jam Piece 2017.

We are working with the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Breakin Convention to put on a range of activities.

The battles will be split into two parts over 6th (episode 1 - breaking) and 13th (episode 2 - allstyles) of May at The Studio at the Festival Theatre. With dope DJs, hosts and judges.

An international array of amazing dancers will be teaching workshops.

Ever wondered about a career in Hip Hop Dance? We have seminars with three of the most talented to give you the inside track on how to get into the business, and survive once you're in.

And of course we look forward to getting down with you at the parties.

We will be announcing all the finer details in the weeks to come, so please stay tuned! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date.

Breakin Convention x Jam Piece Episode 1 - FREE Workshops Are Coming!

Breakin Convention x Jam Piece Episode 1 - FREE Workshops Are Coming!

Breakin Convention arrives in Edinburgh on 5th and 6th May. In co-ordination with Jam Piece Episode 1 both Tentacle Tribe and Just Dance will be holding workshops at The Studio at the Festival Theatre.

Tentacle Tribe are first up with a workshop for all levels on Thursday 4th May:

Elon & Emmanuelle founders of Tentacle Tribe have, through years of experience as professional dancers (Tentacle Tribe, Cirque du Soleil, Rubberbandance, B-boyIZM, Cirque Eloize) developed a unique approach to dance by fusing diverse movement philosophies from a wide variety of techniques.

In this workshop, we will draw concepts from different street styles such as Popping and Breaking from a contemporary viewpoint to expand our vocabulary with an eye to an increased level of body awareness & movement consciousness. Through geometrical shapes we will explore the capacity for the human body to inhabit multiple planes of space.

More information here

And then on Friday, Just Dance will teach an intermediate Breaking workshop with Bboy Ducky.

Learn the basic elements of breaking foundations including toprock and footwork. Ducky is one of Korea's best ever bboys. His style incorporates UK jazz, house and tap dance. This workshop will show you how he has taken these influences without losing his essence as a bboy.

More information here

val.EU European Values Project - Helsingor Transnational Meeting

val.EU European Values Project - Helsingor Transnational Meeting

The State, in partnership with Inteval is participating the val.EU project funded by Erasmus+. The EVEQ project is an Erasmus+ strategic partnership in adult education. The project is aiming at developing a state-of-the-art approach in the provision of common European values to adult learners and beyond. The methodology is basing on the principles of Cultural Intelligence (CQ). Cultural intelligence is a rather new methodology that can be understood as the capability to relate and work effectively across cultures. This approach will be transferred and further developed as a practice model for European Intelligence (EQ), easily useable and transferable to different teaching and learning environments.

More information about the project can be found here

On the 16th and 17th of March the second meeting for the val.EU project took place in Helsingor in Denmark. We were hosted by MHT Consulting who put together an interesting and entertaining programme.

We had an opportunity to update the partners on the project activity from the different partners. Each partner is employing a different approach using the methodology, this ranges from forum theatre to the creation of a board game.

A panel of local people came together to discuss their views on European Values which led to a robust discussion about both personal values and the future of the EU.

It was a very enjoyable and informative two days, and we look forward to the next meeting in Macedonia in September.

A Visit From Angelock

A Visit From Angelock

Visiting Locker 'Angelock' will be in Edinburgh in 2 weeks time! 

Keep an eye on the Shapes Studio for information about his workshop on Sunday 26th March.

If you'd like to put on your own workshop or take a private class with him please get in touch.

Angel Morales, also known as “Angelock“, is a dancer, teacher and choreographer specialising in Locking Dance. He learnt from lockers like Scoo B Doo (USA), Tony GoGo (Japan), P-Lock (Francia), Junior Almeida (Francia), Gemini (Francia), Firelock (USA), Sugar Rae (Alemania), Locking Khan (Korea), etc... and other dancers from other styles like Buddha Stretch or Henry link (USA).

He has been a dance teacher since 2011 in different dance academies in Seville. Giving workshops around Spain and other countries like Poland. He has choreographed for many congresses, dance encounters and sports events.

He has years of experience in national and international competitions like Locking, Hip-Hop and Freestyle. Juste Debout germany 2016 (Winner), Eurobattle 2014 (Finalist), Dance Summer Battle, Lisbon 2014 (Winner), REACT 2013 (Finalist), Juste Debout Spain, Barcelona, 2012 (Top 4), SoulBrothers, Madrid, 2011 (Finalist) and winner in many local championships in Seville.

Nowadays Angel work as an entertainer and dance teacher and traveling giving workshops and judging different events around the world.

Have a look at more of his work here:

Facebook / Angelock Locking

Instagram / @angelockfunk

Youtube / Angelock Funk

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Paula Varjack is coming to Edinburgh!

Paula Varjack is coming to Edinburgh!

Paula Varjack, friend of The State, is bringing her show 'Show Me The Money' to The Storytelling Centre on Friday!

Check out the trailer here

Paula Varjack’s ‘Show Me The Money’ is a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in sustainable arts culture. Based on UK-wide research and interviews with artists across various genres, Varjack flips the lid on what it takes to try to build a sustainable arts career in the UK today, as government cuts bite. With her trademark humour, insight and multi-arts approach, this show is a painfully honest yet ultimately uplifting call to arms.

Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and performance maker. Her work explores identity, the unsaid, and making the invisible visible. Trained in stage management, filmmaking and performance, she enjoys working across and combining disciplines; performance, theatre, documentary and spoken word.

You can get your tickets here

BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour

BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour

Today we featured on Radio 4 Woman's Hour, you can listen again here

We talked to journalist Jac Philimore about our Bgirl Sessions and the Queen 16 Qualifier.

A huge thank you to all the bgirls who were interviewed and featured in the programme, we hope we'll see you all on Saturday.

The State Visits Positive Realities

The State Visits Positive Realities

We went along to The Yard last week to take part in 'Relax and Recharge', an event run by Positive Realities.

Young people could drop in and take part in a wide variety of activities, including Breakdance!

Positive Realities help young people to make their lives better. They provide life coaching and support to young people and their carers. They've produced an excellent book on Emotional Wellbeing and we learned all about how to take care of ours.

If you would like to know more please get in touch here

 

Queen 16 Weekender

Queen 16 Weekender

ARE YOU READY?

Queen 16 weekend kicks off a week on Friday (17th Feb) with the Pre Party, No Scrubs at Electric Circus.

Bgirls from across the UK will be descending on Edinburgh to battle to qualify for the Queen 16 final in Germany.

The battle takes place at Ocean Terminal (18th Feb), we have some open slots to qualify for, so get yourself there for 1pm to register.

DJs KCL from Copenhagen and Edinburgh's Finest Ritchie Ruftone will be on the decks, and returning hosts Shelltoe Mel and Sparkles will be on the mic. Judges James the Robot, TrubL Roc and Bboy Stevo will be making the decisions.

Alongside the 1vs1 Bgirl Battle we're running a 7 to Smoke open to all. Get your name down on Facebook or register on the day to take part.

Afterparty on the 18th will be at Cafe Voltaire on Blair Street with the amazing Shaka Loves You. Time to get down.

Finishing off the whole weekend there are two workshops on 19th Feb at Ocean Terminal. 1pm to learn some new moves with TrubL Roc and 2.30pm to improve your DJ skills with KCL.

More info here 

The YouTube and Vlogging

The YouTube and Vlogging

The State now has a YouTube channel, head over to take a look at the things we've been up to.

Pick n Mix are upping their game on Vlogging, check out bboy Flickstar's blog.

We were lucky to be invited to collaborate with Leith Labs in January, they taught Flickstar all about brains and how his brain helps him with his dancing. Check him out passing on the knowledge!