Crews Wanted: GLOW Dance Festival Battle

GLOW Dance Festival (Saturday 30 June) is the biggest, most spectacular dance event ever to be staged in Herefordshire. One day. One night. 3000 people. 500 performers. 6 stages. Drums. Fire. Live Music and Unforgettable dance.

Teaming up with Breathe the Beat, GLOW is hosting a battle on the main stage and we are looking for 8 bboy/bgirl crews, with up to 4 members each to take part. The battle will be made up of both professional and semi-professional crews, so it’s a great opportunity to mix with the best and see how you stack up!

Usually found competing in (and winning) dance contests around the globe, Brooke and Roxy from Plague Dance Crew, 2011 Hip Hop International World Champions, will be performing at Glow alongside Hereford’s 2 Faced Dance Company and other unforgettable acts. Brooke is one of the most versatile street dancers and Roxy is fast becoming one of the top b-girls on the planet both with skills across all styles of dance from popping to hip hop to tap dance, even acrobatics!

When? Saturday 30 June 2012, 14:00 – 01.00

Where? Castle Green, Hereford

Crew members would need to arrive no later than 4.00pm ready to start the first round of battling at 5.00pm. All crew members can then enjoy the festival before taking part in or watching the final round at 6.45pm.

The battle will be judged by:
Rob Pountney from the UK BBoy Championships
Brooke and Roxy

The winning crew will receive £600 + 4 tickets to UK B-Boy Championships by Hooch Events.
Sunday, October 14 2012, 5pm
World Finals 2012 / Bboy / B-Boy at O2 Academy Brixton, England – London
Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Hosted by: Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew) // Afrika Islam (Universal Zulu Nation)
The running up crew will receive £200.

For more information about please visit the GLOW website.

To apply, please email with your crew name, past experience and names of crew members.

Competition Winner: Animated J

We would like to again thank all the people who submitted entries to the Breathe the Beat competition. We received nearly 100 entries, from around the globe, and tens of thousands more people have watched and voted for their favourite routine.

Last week we announced the 30 videos that had been shortlisted by a panel, including Salah, based on a range of factors, including creativity, originality, performance quality, popularity, but, importantly, they were also judged on how well they used elements from the tutorials.

Unfortunately, there could only be one winner, who has been chosen by Salah himself. The winner
will get the chance to meet Salah, then watch him perform.

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Breathe the Beat competition is:

James Jimenez // MrAnimatedJ // USA
Animated J :breathethebeatcompetition

Congratulations to James from Salah, and everyone at Breathe the Beat!

Salah described James’ video as:

“A great video. It has a really nice solo, with a good wave and nice isolation. Really cool, I like the idea and nice mime and face…”

Salah has also given feedback on his 9 other favourite videos, which we will be published on the website tomorrow.

Competition Shortlist: Top 30

We would like to thank everyone who entered the Breathe the Beat competition, and we are now pleased to announced the 30 shortlisted videos!

Judging has taken longer than we expected, due to the quality of the entries, and Salah’s busy schedule with Cirque de Soleil in USA. We didn’t want to rush, given the amount of skill and effort that people put into the competition.

We received nearly 100 entries, from around the globe, and tens of thousands more people have watched and voted for their favourite routine.

The 30 videos listed below have been chosen on a range of factors, including creativity, originality, performance quality, popularity, but, importantly, they were also judged on how well they used elements from the tutorials.

We will be announcing the winner, chosen by Salah, on Tuesday 10 April, here on – so keep checking back for updates.

Thank you again to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the 30 shortlisted entries (in no particular order):

Lyubomir Aleksiev // TheAxlil // Spain

Yassine Bouaoud // TheDudeyass // Morocco
Dude yassine : This is the Beginnin’ Not the End

Ahmed Zada // zadafro17 // Libya
Salute the Revolution

Kantor Gabor // PopperGabriel // Hungary

Ricardo Jesús Contreras Flores // draacmrmr // Mexico

Bruno Silva // MOUSIKIBRASIL // Brazil
Snake in the rain – Breathe the Beat

Vanessa Forner // VRedLight // UK
Breath The Beat Competition_Culture is the key

Ingrid Gougeon // gougeoningrid // France
Breathethebeatcompetition – In’.wmv

James Jimenez // MrAnimatedJ // USA
Animated J :breathethebeatcompetition

Danny Bentahar // tubemaster83 // Germany
Freestyle #2 für salah

Eric Morales // CurledArt // Australia
BreatheTheBeatCompetition Eric Morales

Darren Hamilton // darrenoo3 // UK
Darren Hamilton.. Breath the Beat

Yannick Bosch // jay003 // Holland
MJay Poppin Breathe The Beat

Vakhob Norbutayev // Vakhob92 // Uzbekistan
FunkyMAN for breathe the beat

Paul McCaskill // paulmanperson2 // USA
Breathe The Beat – Chemical Brothers

Alex Smith // smithalexnj // South Africa
Alex Smith – Breathe the beat.wmv

Dilan Saenz // loquendo2d // Mexico
Wall-E breathethebeatcompetition

Dragan Kostic // trstenik88 // Germany
P.A.B.E Style, Breath the beat , popping

Chris Dixon // chriswhiteunique // USA

Clayton Rowley // lilrowley100 // UK
freestyle dancing, tutting, cwalk P.A.B.E style

Alan Jimenez // ajgod14 // USA
AlanJ Dubstep Rude Boy for Breathe The Beat

Alex Nasreisfahany // NAZA1823 // UK
Breathe The Beat Freestyle Culture Is Key Entry

Yassine Fathi // lilphantomx // Canada
yassine freestyling for breathe the beat

TJ Showers // tman1155666 // USA
Breathe the beat Freestyle

Nathaniel Mitchell // lilphantomx // Canada
Nathaniel freestyling for breathe the beat

Etienne Sakouhi // ETepik // USA
Etienne (EP!K) Breathe the Beat Competition

Deepak Karavadra // DEE115X // UK
Dee – Breathe the Beat Competition

Elijah Ellington // ELIELLINGTON // USA

Breathe The Beat Freestyle| Snake In Water

Reggie La’vince // VEJAUAN1 // USA
Reggie La’vince

Plague Kick Off Breathe the Beat Roadshows

Plague Dance Crew were invited to perform at the opening night of Stoke’s 012 Festival, where they performed a stunning set to kick off the festival, and the Breathe the Beat Roadshows, in style!

Recently crowned Hip Hop International World Champions 2011, becoming the first crew to ever win the global title twice, Plague’s style can be defined as a combination of amazing, unique choreography blended with a wealth of skill and ability in numerous dance styles.

Plague’s leader, and choreographer, Brooke Milliner, along with fellow member Roxy, appear in Salah’s video tutorials that demonstrate how to take inspiration from your every day surroundings and create routines using his unique PABE (Popping, Animation, Boogaloo, Effect) style.

Make sure you catch Brooke and Roxy as they perform around the West Midlands in the Breathe the Beat roadshows, and if you are a dancer, and would like to perform at the roadshows alongside Brooke and Roxy click here for information about how to apply.

There is more information about the roadshows in the What’s On section.

Perform at Breathe the Beat Roadshows

Breathe the Beat roadshows will be travelling to the West Midlands (UK) from now until September 2012, showcasing the best competition entrants, local talent and professional dance companies. Roadshow performers will share the stage with Brooke & Roxy from Plague Dance Crew – Hip Hop International World Champions – and DJ Moyma.

We are looking for a wide range of high quality dance performers and groups of any style, from hip-hop to Bhangra to perform solos, duets or group pieces. If you think that sounds like you – you can apply by filling in this form.

Tutorials / Competition

All five of Salah’s Breathe the Beat tutorials have now been released!

The Music of Life, Snake in the Water, Seeing is Believing, The Architect and Culture is Key are all available to view on our Tutorials page, and each of the the videos relates to different parts of Salah’s unique style.

Now that all the videos are online, make sure you enter our exciting competition for a chance to meet Salah and watch him perform. People can enter as many videos as they want, though only one will be considered for the shortlist (from which we will pick the eventual winner). Some people have entered videos inspired by just one of the tutorials, whilst others have entered routines that take elements from two or three videos. One person is even planning to enter five videos, each based on an individual tutorials.

We don’t mind what you do, but make sure you enter soon. Though the deadline is not until February 29 2012, the sooner you enter, the more votes you will be able to get online!

Remember, once you’ve entered the competition, make sure that you spread the word, and encourage your friends and fans to come and watch your videos – the more popular your video is, the more likely you are to make the shortlist!

Get in touch if you have any questions about the Breathe the Beat competition…

Breathe the Beat Class

Breathe the Beat Class

If you live in the West Midlands, and would like to learn more about Salah’s PABE style, then check out the Breathe the Beat class which launched this week.

Taking place at DanceXchange in Birmingham, the class will run every Monday night until 5 December. It starts at 7.45pm and runs until 9.15pm, admission is £6.50 / £5.50 Concessions (special offers are available).

Breathe the Beat is a class for those who want to find their own voice in the hip-hop style and gain confidence in creating routines.

Based on the principles of renowned international hip-hop artist Salah, this class shows you how to take inspiration from your everyday surroundings and create routines using his unique PABE (Popping, Animation, Boogaloo, Effect) style.

For more information please visit the DanceXchange website.

Breathe the Beat Competition


Last week saw the launch of the Breathe the Beat competition…

By creating a one-minute video of yourself performing a routine inspired by Breathe the Beat, and submitting it to the competition you could win some amazing prizes, including the opportunity to meet Salah and see him perform live!

The routine can be any style of dance, but you must show that you have learned from Salah’s tutorials, and incorporated elements from Breathe the Beat. This could mean that you explain what has inspired your moves (as Salah explains in Tutorial #2: Snake in the Water), or you could use mime and sound (like in Tutorial #1: Music of Life).

To enter the competition, or to vote on the current entries, visit the competition page.

Tutorial #2: Snake in the Water

Salah’s second tutorial is called Snake in the Water. Using the fluid style of waving, Salah shows you how to create your own movement mimicking invertebrates and water.

The guest demo in Tutorial #2 is by Roxy, from Hip Hop International World Champions Plague.

You can also see the stunning teaser for this tutorial here.

Tutorial #1: Music of Life Teaser

The video above is a teaser for the first Breathe the Beat tutorial, Music of Life. Salah explores the rhythm of our breathing when we move our bodies in different ways, proving that you can always look for inspiration from within.

Salah explains how he takes inspiration from his body, and transforms it into movement. The tutorial also features several demonstrations from Salah, as well as a guest performance from Brooke Milliner, who recently won the Hip Hop International World Championships with his crew, Plague.

The full tutorial will be released on Monday 15 August.