The young dancers all receive specialist dance training at their secondary schools as part of the Step into Dance programme, a partnership between the Jack Petchey Foundation and Dance UK memebr the Royal Academy of Dance. Step into Battle is an annual event where all those with a flair for street dance come together to share their skills and battle it out in the cypher. The crews are trained by some of the best street dancers in the country including members of five-time UK b-boy champions Soul Mavericks.
This year, Step into Battle took place at Lilian Baylis Studio at the world-renowned Sadler’s Wells Theatre. 12 school groups from across London were in attendance competing to win 2-on-2, Mixed Crew and Breakin’ Crew battles. A special well done to: Alex and Prerak from Odin Crew, Hendon School (winners of the 2-on-2 Battle), XI Crew, Step into Dance Street Company (winners of the Mixed Crew Battle) and Odin Crew (winners of the Breakin' Battle).
Individual awards were also given to: Dre Lee (Wansteady Crew, Wanstead High School) for Sickest Skill, Darren Panda (Dynamics, Step into Dance Street Company) for Freshest Flava and Gary Clarke (Dynamics) and Ajoke Lokiki (XI Crew) for King and Queen of Swagga.
Judging the battles were three top dancers from the UK street scene: Ana Borges (B-Supreme, Trilogy Dance Group), Mario Nadal (1Motion, Stylehybridz), and Joshua Nash (the Company, Far From the Norm, Buckness Personified). With street workshops, a live DJ and MC, Step into Battle was another lively celebration of the best of London’s youth dance.
Plans are in the pipeline for Step into Battle to return in January 2017 for the biggest year yet, as part of Step into Dance’s 10th year celebrations!
Camilla Stanger, dance teacher at Haringey Sixth Form says, “The day was fantastic with such an amazing atmosphere. There was a perfect balance between the day being of a competitive nature but also everyone supporting each other!”
Pictures and videos from the event will be put on the Step into Dance website soon!Step into Dance website