New Family Dance Show!


The Sleepover

Arts Council England award The Demon Barbers & Breaking Tradition dance company funding for a new children’s Folk & Hip Hop Dance extravaganza!

Inspired by The Nutcracker and following the success of the UK’s first Folk & Hip Hop dance extravaganza, The Lock In, the Breaking Tradition dance company comes together again for a magical fusion of music, dance and comedy suitable for all the family. With music provided by the BBC award winning Demon Barbers along with clogging rag dolls, sword dancing soldiers and Jack in the Boxes bursting with break beats, The Sleepover is guaranteed to have children bouncing on the edge of their seats while catapulting them into a magical world where all dances are equal.

The company will be researching & developing ideas for the new show in early April with a showing of a 20-minute pilot at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds on Friday 15th April at 1pm. The showing will be open to arts organisations & practitioners, venues and family audiences.

Following the performance of the pilot there will be a 30 min feedback session followed by practical workshops for children in clog, rapper sword, morris and Hip Hop dance.

Those wishing to attend should contact Yorkshire Dance on 0113 243 8765. Places are limited so please book early.


The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’

New festive show coming this year!LOCKIN_XMAS_test

Half gig, half dance show and half panto! Join the BBC Award Winning team of musicians & dancers for 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance!

It’s Christmas Eve and the regulars of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead, it’s going to be the Folk & Hip Hop party of the year! To their dismay the landlady, Jasmineezer Scrooge, has more profitable ambitions and is preparing to launch her new business, ‘Jazzles’ nightclub. Cheap alco-pops, seedy lighting and mind-numbing bass beats are all in danger of alienating the local community and ruining Christmas! Fortunately, some insightful souls are at hand to lead her back to her senses.

Featuring ‘folk powerhouse’ The Demon Barbers; artists from Breaking Tradition Dance Company; a new seasonal repertoire and a ‘slightly unhinged’ approach to their family friendly stage shows, they are ‘guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling’! The Telegraph

“Some shows demonstrate great skill and technique, some offer strong musicianship, and some create the kind of atmosphere and energy that leaves you high on life. The Lock In does all three” The List (Edinburgh Fringe)

‘A full-on show of such blazing energy and joyous ingenuity you scarcely ponder on the apparent madness of trying to marry folk dance and hip hop’ The Independent

‘The Lock In is infectious and gets under your skin to the extent you stop analysing and start just enjoying. Certainly the best night out in town’


Support by Eddy O Dwyer

Eddy O Dwyer

We’re very happy to announce that Eddy O’Dwyer will be supporting our upcoming shows at

Newcastle Under Lyme

Eddy’s a young singer from the old style of traditional folk song that inspired our director, Damien Barber, to go professonial back in the 80s and his no holds barred approach will be a perfect complement to The Lock in!

Check out his tracks from his album ‘I’ll Go And ‘List For A Sailor’ which includes one of our favourites ‘Mandalay’







Morris Groups Wanted For Community Project


Breaking Tradition is currently working on a new Folk & Hip Hop dance show aimed primarily at children and families. We’re working with a number of organisations to secure funding for a UK tour this coming Autumn and with an accompanying outreach and education programme.

As part of this programme we are looking for Morris groups who would be interested in taking part in school/community group workshops in Sep/Oct 2014 with a view to a presenting a short display at the tour venues in Oct/Nov 2014. Through this project we hope to help raise the profile of traditional English dance at local level along with developing positive links between schools & community groups, Morris groups and high profile theatre venues.

We are looking for groups in the following areas:

Barrow in Furness, Bromsgrove, Bury St Edmunds, Buxton, Canterbury, Crawley, Derby, Doncaster, Hull, Ilfracombe, Ipswich, Leeds, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Norwich, Nottingham, Shrewsbury, Tewkesbury, Wakefield, Yeovil

If you would like more details please contact [email protected]

Workshops – Schools Needed

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We are currently working on a new project which we hope to launch this coming Autumn. The project will involve workshops in schools with Folk and Hip Hop dancers and musicians from The Lock In and we are looking for schools who would be interested in taking part in the following areas:

Milton Keynes

If anyone is interested in taking part please contact Damien [email protected]


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"The Demon Barbers' hip hop and folk fusion raises the roof"

The List (Edinburgh Fringe)


"Folk and hip-hop unite to stunning effect"

The Independent