“Hip hop is the constantly evolving spirit and consciousness of urban youth that keeps recreating itself in a never-ending cycle”.
With a theatre night, workshops and dance battles, Just Jam International is back at Juice for another year to promote the positivity and diversity of hip hop culture.
Once again, the weekend of November 1 and 2 at Dance City in Newcastle, has been programmed with everyone in mind, from experienced breakdancers to people who know nothing about this exciting culture, including many different styles of dancing as well as DJing, graffiti and rapping.
The whole thing is organised by the Newcastle-based Bad Taste Cru with Paul Martin, AKA P, as its manager.
“We’re trying to do an event that’s very welcoming; it’s very open for anybody. If you’re a first-timer, you can come and see an amazing display of talent,” he says.
It all started back in 2008 as an event to gather together local breakdancers and DJs. The event became so popular that, six years later, it’s not just a North East thing anymore.
“It’s pretty much a European festival night. Bringing people together not just from all over the UK, but from all around the world and this is how it became Just Jam International.”
Jam & Juice
If you are new to hip hop, then Jam & Juice is the event for you. On Saturday (Nov 1) night, a hip hop theatre night will showcase some of the best acts from all over the world, as well as serve as a platform for young local up-and-coming dancers to share a stage with professionals.
On Sunday (Nov 2), things get serious as the 1-on-1 battles for the title of Just Jam Intl champion kick off. Eight international invites and eight UK B-boys and B-girls will compete against each other.
There are also up to 64 open spots in the competition that are up for grabs. The primary focus of the battles is to really raise the game of the dancers. This year, there’s an under-16s qualifier, so young people will also get the chance to compete too.
If you don’t yet feel ready to throw yourself into a battle, there are plenty of workshops on the Saturday. They range from Hip Hop to Poppin’ & Lockin’ and House, and will cover the foundations of each style as well as look into developing and strengthening the skills of those who already know the basics.
If you’ve never danced, but really fancy giving it a go, there is some good news for you. Stuntman, one of the world’s most original B-boys, leads a Breakin’ Beginners Workshop. A treat indeed.
If you are really serious about hip hop and street dance, there’s a bootcamp called Triple Threat. It’s a three-day intensive masterclass for intermediate to advance level B-boys and B-girls, which will be with the three judges from the 1-on-1 Battles, Stuntman, Thomaz and David Colas.
Just Jam International regularly sells out, so you are advised to get your tickets quick-sticks to avoid disappointment. Call 0191 261 0505 or visit www.dancecity.co.uk for more information and booking.
For full details of Juice, which runs from October 24 to November 2, visit www.juicefestival.co.uk