Looking forward to Fri - YAY!!

Looking forward to Fri - YAY!!

We're looking forward to an action packed weekend with The State (Leith) CIC.

Arriving tomorrow SIN Cru will be here with their touring company Fly No Filter to perform their new work 'Glorious' as part of Breakin' Rules at The Brunton in Musselburgh. You can buy tickets here.


Emma Ready and Lotte Ninja will be at People Know How's #CommunityEvent at Ocean Terminal on Friday from 10.30. Come along to the shopping centre to find out all about the people using the community space and what they're up to.

More info here

Then to top it off, we're celebrating and fundraising at Leith Dockers Club from 8pm, with our T2 Trainspotting themed birthday party. Emma Ready, Lotte Ninja and MC Sparkles all have birthdays, and we needed an excuse to party :) Come join us!

DanceFest and the Armpit ABC

Pick n Mix performed as part of DanceFest at Edinburgh Festival Theatre this week. DanceFest is an annual celebration of Youth Dance in Scotland. Young people from across the country come together to perform for one night only.

Pick n Mix took their piece 'Freeze Frame' choreographed by Emma Ready Hamilton and Tammy Gotchy Kendall. It was performed by bboys Relentliss, Slider and Flickstar. It was the first time they had performed this piece. It was created specifically for DanceFest.

We all had a great afternoon, and with time to kill between our Tech Rehearsal and the performance we had a chance to start our first Vlog (details to follow). We also got to spend time in the Studio sharing some of our other skills. See the video of Relentliss and his Armpit ABC below.

Thanks to Cerin and all at the Festival Theatre for the opportunity. See you next year! 

BBoy Relentliss showing off his skills at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre for DanceFest

New Year New You?

New Year New You?

The State will be taking part in Leith Labs' event at Ocean Terminal on Sat 14th Jan.

Queen 16 Bgirl Sessions

Queen 16 Bgirl Sessions

New Year, New Class

Bgirl classes start up next week! Emma Ready will take you through a 6 week course where you will learn the basics and build a strong foundation in the art of breaking. Come along and learn some new skills, meet some new friends and keep active in a fun way. What better way to kick off 2017!

6 week block starting on Wednesday 11th January 6.15-7.15pm. 
People Know How Community Space on the top floor of Ocean Terminal.


LGBT Health and Wellbeing Winter Concert

LGBT Health and Wellbeing Winter Concert

Pick n Mix were onstage at St Mark's Unitarian Church on Castle Terrace on Saturday. They were part of the programme for the Winter Concert. They joined a host of performers, we were particularly impressed with the Rainbow Kids jokes...

...What do you call a deer with no antlers??...



We left the event full of Christmas cheer, and very grateful for the opportunity for Pick n Mix to show off their skills.



Pick n Mix at Ocean Terminal

Pick n Mix at Ocean Terminal

We're settling in to the Community Space with the help of People Know How and Ocean Terminal. We've started meeting with our Youth Crew - Pick n Mix on a Monday evening between 6 and 8pm. The crew have been asked to perform at a Christmas Concert on 10th December so it's time to start working hard! Thanks to Jules at LGBT Health and Wellbeing for inviting us to perform.

The new start at Ocean Terminal comes with new targets, so bboys Flickstar, Slider and Relentless have started work on a new move - Air Flares...who will get them first? There's everything to play for...

The group is free to join, and is always looking for new members (age 5-18), no previous dance experience is required. Pop in and see us.

Check out some Air Flares here 

Bboys Flickstar and Slider at Ocean Terminal Community Space

Bboys Flickstar and Slider at Ocean Terminal Community Space

All The Good News

We have a new home!

You can find us in the Community Space at Ocean Terminal (2nd floor, next to the entrance to the Britannia). Ocean Terminal and People Know How have invited us in to share their space where we can run classes and training sessions. We will be running a class on a Monday from 6pm-8pm for our Youth Crew (Pick n Mix). The crew is always looking for new members aged 5-18, it's free to join and free to attend. Come along on a Monday to give it a try. No previous dance experience necessary.

More good news, we also have the space 6-8pm on most Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is going to be an open training session for Hip Hop dancers. This means that Edinburgh now has training sessions 5 days a week. Please keep an eye on www.facebook.com/TheStateLeith for when these sessions take place. The ones at Ocean Terminal are also free to attend.

More good news, we have been supported by The Leith Industrial Schools Trust and Leith Benevolent Association to continue our work with young people, so we can continue offering the Monday classes free of charge.

More good news, the Lady Neville Trust made an award to us for the purchase of sound equipment for our events. It also means that soon we will be able to facilitate DJ and MC workshops.

More good news, to celebrate we're throwing a party. SAVE THE DATE 27th Jan 2017. Details to follow....

Marvellous Marketplace - Women's Fund Scotland

Marvellous Marketplace - Women's Fund Scotland

We had a great time at the Marvellous Marketplace at Merchants Hall.

In the summer time we were awarded funding for Summa Flava (our Hip Hop Summer School) by the Women's Fund, and we were invited to come and have a stall to explain our project at the Marvellous Marketplace Event.

We met lots of interesting people, and learned loads about other projects that have also received funding. We got to talk, not only about Summa Flava, but also about the projects we are planning for the future, including Queen 16 (watch out for more details soon).

The support and encouragement that we receive from these kind of events is essential. Funding becomes more and more difficult to obtain, so having a platform to engage with people about our past projects and our hopes for the future was a great opportunity. On this note we'd like to thank the Women's Fund and Foundation Scotland for the invitation, and hope to remain in touch with all the people we connected with. 

Leith is Burning was FIERCE

Leith is Burning was FIERCE

A huge thank you to everyone that came along and supported Leith is Burning at Thomas Morton Hall on Sunday!

We kicked off with a film screening of Paris is Burning to give us some insight into Ballroom Culture. Screened in the 'Wedding Suite' at Thomas Morton Hall it was an interesting and insightful documentary about a sub-culture that originated in Harlem, New York and has been making its way around the world since the 1990s. The interest in building a ballroom scene in Scotland has become more engaged in the last few years, and that has been boosted by the arrival of Kevin Revlon from Sweden this year.

The Q&A that followed the film was hosted by Ali Wren from LGBT Health and Wellbeing, she was joined by Annabelle from Dive Cabaret and Kevin Revlon. They answered a variety of questions concerning not only the film Paris is Burning, but also addressed the need for artistic expression as a means of self discovery and resilience in marginalised communities.

After a short break the Vogue workshop kicked off with Kevin in the atmospheric Thomas Morton Hall. Watching from the sidelines the participants looked incredible, and everyone agreed it was a pleasure to be taught by someone with such a wealth of experience in the ballroom scene and Vogue dance skills.

Another pause for everyone to get refuelled (and into their outfits) and the ball commenced in the Crush Foyer. The participants walked four categories - Runway, New Way vs Old Way, Face and Vogue Fem. Kevin hosted the ball, and gave all of us newbies clear instructions and demonstrations of each category. Trophies were awarded to Claricia KR, Matt, and Harry. But the crowd agreed that everyone who walked looked amazing, no shade.

The competition was supplemented by a special performance from Pepper Bakewell, who was performing a Waacking Punking Dramatics routine. Waacking is another dance style that was born in the LGBT community on the West Coast of America, and while not strictly a part of Ballroom Culture, kept us all mesmerised.

A special award was made to Kevin Revlon for being the Fiercest Host, and his Vogue Fem showcase was met with rapturous applause.

This event was only possible with the support of our partners - Ali from LGBT Health and Wellbeing, all the ballroom culture knowledge and guidance of Kevin Revlon, support from Leith Theatre Trust, photography and graphics from Deborah Mullen, DD the DJ who heroically stepped into the breach, and most importantly the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival whose small grant took the entire event from a possibility to a reality.

We want to keep this going! So are interested in hearing from anyone who would like to host a ball, a workshop, or who would be interested in taking a regular Vogue class in Edinburgh.

The next vogue event will take place in Glasgow, watch this space for more details...

Vogue Fem Trophy Winner

Jam and Juice - Hip Hop Theatre Night

Jam and Juice - Hip Hop Theatre Night

Check it out, The State's own Emma Ready performing with SIN Cru's Fly No Filter at Jam and Juice Hip Hop Theatre Night in Newcastle.

Jam and Juice brings together local, national and international acts to perform at Newcastle's Dance City as part of the Just Jam International event. Fly No Filter appeared alongside groups from as close as South Shields and as far as New York City.

Emma Ready performed in Fly No Filter's new piece - My Mother Told Me There Are Many Kinds Of Love, part of the Glorious tour. Inspired by Dexter Fletcher's film Wild Bill, and the cast's own experiences, this is a delicate and ugly expose on the controversial experiences of motherhood and adolescence, My mother told me there are many kind of love is a lesson in paper aeroplane folding, it is about learning to fly, and soaring. It is about love.

All photos by Scott Akoz @scottakoz

A Coast to Coast THANKYOU!

A Coast to Coast THANKYOU!

Coast to Coast went OFF on Saturday. A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came down to Leith Theatre trust on Saturday. We couldn't have done it without you all.

Special thank you goes out to all our performers - Bravados Guacamole, Tpop and Nadia and Fraser. And of course all the guys who came and threw down.

Epic photos taken by Debsmooth can be found on Facebook, please have a look and tag yourselves.

Shelltoe Mel and Sparkles held it down with their hosting skills during all the performances, the presentation of the bananas of dopeness and of course theall vs all, east coast vs west coast, AllStyles battle. Footage of the battle can be found on Shelltoe Mel's youtube account

Pick n Mix - The State's Youth Crew were there to show off their skills, and to celebrate Bboy Flickstar's birthday. 

Events like Coast to Coast wouldn't happen without the support of you all, but special thanks to the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Leith Theatre Trust, Pieute, Jules and her sound system, Debsmooth and her camera and graphics skillz, DJ Ritchie Ruftone, Sparkles, Shelltoe Mel and Sheila TLF.



Breakin Convention Tour Applications Surgeries - 12th and 19th October

Is your application for the Breakin Convention Tour submitted? 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, or need a hand to navigate getting your application online we are here to help.

On 12th and 19th of October between 4-6pm we will be available to answer questions. You can come along in person to the cafe at Edinburgh Festival Theatre or chat to us directly through FB or twitter.



Facebook Event

Breakin' Convention Tour 2017 - Edinburgh

Breakin' Convention Tour 2017 - Edinburgh

Apply for Breakin' Convention 2017 UK tour

Do YOU think you have what it takes to tear up the Breakin' Convention stage? In 2017, Breakin' Convention, the international festival of hip hop dance theatre is embarking on a national tour of the UK!

Our 2017 festival includes live performances from top hip hop dance crews including Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa) and Tentacle Tribe (Canada).

Breakin' Convention is the UK's festival of hip hop dance theatre, presenting dance by companies and crews from across the globe. If you are interested in submitting an application for yourself or your company to perform at our festivals, please read the guidelines before completing the application.

Breakin' Convention Website



Need help completing your application? Then get in touch with us!

Leith Decides

Leith Decides

This Saturday - 8th October - 13:30-15:00 - Leith Community Centre

Come along and cast your vote!

We have two projects entered into this year's Leith Decides. An application to continue work with our Youth Dance Company - Pick n Mix - and an application to run another Summa Flava summer school next year.

Both projects really need your support and this time you can vote online as well as in person or by post.

Voting opens on Saturday - Click Here to Vote

Hope to see you all at the Kirkgate on Saturday.



Coast to Coast - 15th October 2016

Coast to Coast - 15th October 2016

Coast to Coast is back for a second edition! 7pm-Midnight at Leith Theatre Trust.

Cypher Hip Hop party jam
Exhibition battles, East Coast vs West Coast
Popping and Locking Exhibition Battle:
Nadia (Dimestop) vs Tpop (Flyin' Jalapenos) 
All vs All Battle: East Coast vs West Coast
All styles of dance are welcome to participate so choose your side and gather your troops! 

Come down, have fun, dance the night away. Open to all ages.

£3 entry on the door. Funds raised go towards Jam Piece 2017.

We're on until midnight this year, and the bar is open from 7pm!

Check out the Facebook event page.

Jam Piece Workshops 2016

Jam Piece Workshops 2016

The visiting judges each taught a workshop at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre Studio in the week before the Jam Piece Battles.

BBoy Buckingham of Flexible Flav (USA) put everyone through their paces with a hardcore Breakin workshop on Wednesday. Sideshow Maule of Flyin Jalapeños (Glasgow) taught Funkstyles on Thursday. TrubL Roc of SIN Cru (Cambridge) and her able assistants Szymonster and Noodle got everyone battle ready on Friday with an all levels Technique and Stretch workshop.

Jam Piece Battles 2016

Jam Piece Battles 2016

The Studio at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre played host to The State's annual Hip Hop Dance extravaganza JAM PIECE 2016.

Jam Piece saw dancers of all ages battling in Allstyles and Breakin in front of international judges. The under 14s battles took place in the afternoon, with 1 vs 1 Allstyles and 3 vs 3 Breakin battles.