A NEW breakdancing jam is giving talented dancers in Coventry a platform to showcase their abilities.
Break District will see adults and juniors take to the stage at the Alan Higgs Centre on Saturday, September 2, from 11.30am until 4.30pm.
The family-friendly event, supported by Coventry Sports Foundation and the Coventry City of Culture Trust, already has more than 60 dancers signed up to compete across the two categories.
Dancers from across the UK and countries including Italy, Japan, Morocco and Mexico will be competing in the first edition of the jam, with plans for three editions every year.
There will be a 2 vs 2 under 18s category and a 1 vs 1 ‘open solo’ competition – to win the title of inaugural Break District champion.
A £400 cash prize is available in the open solo competition, with £200 worth of Amazon vouchers up for grabs in the under 18s.
The winners of both competitions will also win DYFA t-shirts and the first ever Break District handmade wooden medallions.
Andrei Roman, a senior sports coach at Coventry Sports Foundation, is organising the event.
The 26-year-old has been breakdancing for more than 15 years and also worked hard to set-up the UKs first children’s breakdancing league.
He said: “Our focus is to raise the participation levels and skill levels of the children breakdancing in Coventry.
“We just want to give the next generation more incentive to start dancing and we hope Break District will awaken that interest.
“This idea came up because of my job working with kids, they are so creative and the things they come up with sometimes are really interesting”
Wendy Jackson, community development manager at Coventry Sports Foundation, said: “Andrei is a supremely talented individual and we are delighted to be supporting his event.
“This is a great platform for dancers in Coventry and beyond to showcase their skills and hopefully encourage more young people to get active, take up breakdancing and go on to compete in the next Break District event.”
The event is supporting Coventry’s bid to be the UK City of Culture 2021.