About

Breathe the Beat is a new dance concept. Renowned international hip-hop artist Salah shows you how to take inspiration from your every day surroundings and create routines using his unique PABE (Popping, Animation, Boogaloo, Effect) style. Upload your video to our competition and you could perform at a live event and even win the chance to meet Salah himself!

Breathe the Beat is a unique opportunity to be inspired by one of hip-hop’s leading talents, and showcase your skills online for the world to see!

Led by DanceXchange, in partnership with Regional Dance Agencies Dancefest, Dancescape and Dudley Performing Arts, the Outdoor Dance Programme is a substantial new project for the West Midlands. It forms a major strand of the Dancing for the Games programme, connecting people with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through dance.

From Summer 2011 to the end of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Autumn 2012, the Outdoor Dance Programme will animate parks, playgrounds and city spaces across the West Midlands, opening a window on new worlds and offering a new experience of dance.

The Outdoor Dance Programme comprises three interlinked strands of activity, which will engage thousands of people as audiences and participants:

(i) Breathe the Beat, a new digital project, inspiring the next generation of dancers and enthusiasts across the UK and beyond – led by inspirational French hip-hop artist, Salah

(ii) a series of trailblazer events and large-scale roadshows taking place around the region, showcasing a wealth of youth and community performances

(iii) a brand new commissioned dance work aimed at children and families, to be toured to playgrounds around the region, reaching new audiences – working with the inventive Australian choreographer Shaun Parker

Our vision is to devise, produce and present an innovative, high quality programme of dance participation and performance which raises the profile of dance and deepens the partners’ working relationship through artistic collaboration. Our programme is designed to engage people on a large scale, celebrating dance and reaching those who do not currently take part in dance – and we hope to inspire people to keep dancing beyond the life of this project.

The programme has been funded by Arts Council England with support from Legacy Trust UK and Advantage West Midlands as part of Dancing for the Games, which is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.