Young people show their moves as Norwich Theatre Royal celebrates hip-hop

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Fest

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Festival Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The madness of Eurovision, with dancing gorillas, horses on ladders and one-man duets is not everybody's cup of tea.

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Fest

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Festival Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

So it was just as well an alternative was on offer at Norwich's Theatre Royal yesterday - where hip-hop, not European power pop, reigned supreme.

The Sadler's Wells Breakin' Convention international festival of hip-hop dance theatre featured top dance crews from around the world - and closer to home.

Global performers included Canadian duo Tentacle Tribe, South Africa's Soweto Skeleton Movers and South Korea's Just Dance.

Local crews took part too. North Norfolk-based group Parallel Dance Studios performed a dance piece inspired by classic computer games like Donkey Kong, and Norwich-based all-male dance company Legacy staged their high-energy piece called Water.

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Fest

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Festival Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan


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As well as the performance itself, the theatre was transformed into a hip-hop zone, with a host of activities including graffiti walls, DJ workshops and dance battles - with youngsters getting the chance to show off their moves.

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Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Fest

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Festival Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Fest

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Festival Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Fest

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Festival Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Fest

Dancers take over the Theatre Royal's front of house as part of The Breakin' Convention Hip Hop Festival Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

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