ELEVATE 2019: Calling North West Hip Hop Dancers and Groups

Are you a Hip Hop dancer or group in the North West? We want to hear from you because ELEVATE is back!

After an incredibly successful launch last year, Boy Blue’s Artistic Directors, Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy MBE and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, are back this autumn to develop the next phase of ELEVATE, a development programme for Hip Hop dancers in the North West in partnership with HOME.

During this time, you will develop your skills, network and experiment with ideas. You will learn different Boy Blue pieces and more about their ethos. The project will culminate in a professional showcase on HOME’s T2 stage, platforming the best Hip Hop talent in the region.

Are you a dancer from last year’s project or someone who wants to take part for the first time? We want to hear from you!


  • What level do I have to be at to take part?

At this stage, we want to hear from anyone who is dancing regularly in the Hip Hop scene in the North West region.

  • Can you tell me a bit more about Boy Blue?

Award-winning dance company Boy Blue was founded in London in 2001 by choreographer Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy MBE and composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante. The company is an Artistic Associate at the Barbican.

Boy Blue’s work is immediate, vital and responsive and its education work is at the heart of this. We create and nurture creative communities; ELEVATE is our way of doing this in the North West.

Boy Blue’s credits include; Blak Whyte Gray (2017), nominated for Best New Dance Production at the 2017 Olivier Awards and Best Modern Choreography at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, the film Emancipation of Expressionism (2017) (Dir. Danny Boyle) which is on the AQA GCSE Dance Syllabus, A Night with Boy Blue (2016, 2015, 2013), The Five & The Prophecy of Prana (2013), the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, Unleashed (2012) Touch (2011) and Pied Piper: A hip-hop dance revolution (2007) which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

  • Why are Boy Blue focusing on this region?

We want to contribute to the existing training and professional development for Hip Hop artists here. In partnership with HOME, we want to develop this by creating a hub of activity as well as providing an opportunity for you to perform in a professional capacity.

  • How old do I have to be to take part?

You must be 18 or over.

  • When do I have to be available to take part in ELEVATE?

We ask that you are available all day on:

Sat 2 Nov 2019 11am-4pm: this will be the selection process for the project. You will take part in an intensive workshop and routines. At the end, Boy Blue will select the artists for the project.

If you are selected, we ask that you are available on:

Mon 11 Nov 2019 – Fri 15 Nov 2019 (performance day).

Do I have to pay to take part?

We are charging a fee of £20 per person to take part in the week of the project. You don’t have to pay to take part in the audition.

Are there any bursaries available?

HOME can provide support to individuals who feel they may not be able to afford the contribution. For more information, please contact sarah.sharp@homemcr.org

How do I register interest?

For more information and to book your place, please email sarah.sharp@homemcr.org telling us a bit about your experience and why you would like to take part. Please use subject line ‘Elevate 2019’ and your name. A member of the HOME team will then contact you with further information.

With support from The Leche Trust.