The Company

Breaking Tradition is the UK’s leading folk and hip hop dance company. Founded by Artistic Director Damien Barber, the company have developed their own unique repertoire of folk and hip hop dance fusion. It is this originality that has led to the company’s critical acclaim, gaining 4 and 5 star reviews for their high quality productions ‘The Lock In’, ‘The Demon Barbers XL- Disco at the Tavern’ and ‘The Lock In Christmas Carol’. Affiliated to the BBC Radio 2 Award Winning Demon Barbers, live music is an essential part of the company’s work. The company embraces modern styles whilst raising the profile of traditional dance, making it relevant and accessible to all.


***** WhatsOnStage.Com

***** The List (Edinburgh Fringe)

**** The Telegraph

**** The Independent

‘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.’


Breaking Tradition has an active outreach and education programme. The company aims to teach children the cultural importance of English dance heritage through hip hop and traditional folk dance. Our mission is for children to be given the opportunity to embrace traditional dance and continue our work in pushing it into new and exciting territory.

‘When the Demon Barbers came to the school I was filled with happiness and excitement. I hope they come back!’ Pupil at Trinity Primary School, Shrewsbury

‘The experience was absolutely fantastic! Apart from being involved in a part of our cultural heritage, the skills they were using in communication and cooperation were very evident. I have found the overall experience they offered to be up there with the best and  considerably better than the majority.’ David Kaye, Headteacher, Scapegoat Primary School, Huddersfield

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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