London’s prestigious dance institution, Sadler’s Wells is planning to offer a two-year intensive training course for aspiring hip-hop artists that will cover emceeing, breakdancing, popping, graffiti and DJing.
Sadler’s Wells plans to open the hip-hop academy in East London, opening up the program for students to enroll in 2024.
The diploma course for 16-19-year-olds will train students in live performance and theater production with a hip-hop spin.
Jonzi D, who founded Breakin’ Convention, the international hip-hop dance festival in 2004, has been named the academy’s artistic director. Hip hop culture had “produced the fastest growing artistic movement on Earth,” he said.
Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells artistic director and chief executive, said: “It is such an exciting opportunity to be able to offer training to young people specifically in hip hop dance theatre, to develop the next generation of hip-hop theatre artists.”
Sadler’s Wells East is due to open in 2023 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. It will house a 550-seat theatre, the hip-hop academy, and a choreography school.