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Break-A-Sweat a Breaking Inspired Fitness Class

Rain Crew presents a new breaking inspired fitness class led by Mitchel ‘Doosty’ Taunton every monday 7pm at The Arc Centre in Angel (98 St Paul Street, N1 7DF)

What is Break-a-Sweat?

Break-a-Sweat is a full body calisthenic workout with exercises designed to increase fitness and health through functional athletic movements in dance.

This workout not only helps you to look great but allows you to explore and develop the strength, technique and agility necessary in hip-hop and breaking.

Whatever your level or experience this class is a combination of hard-work and fun offering each person the opportunity to explore their own potential while pushing you to your limits.

https://www.thearccentre.org/ for more information

Workshop with Blanka

In collaboration with Break Mission, Rain Crew has the honour of hosting a workshop with Bboy Blanka (MZK/FLGZ).

on friday april 3rd!

Blanka workshop 2015

For just £15 you will have a 3 hour masterclass with Blanka, where he will touch on subjects such as originality, expression, history and culture.  And ofcourse, there will be a lot of breaking.

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Don’t miss out!

https://www.facebook.com/events/866665140041439/

 

 

The Notorious IBE 2013

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IBE 2013 was going to be a surprise for all of us. No All Battles All anymore, instead more focus on participation, cyphers and parties. Though many people were disappointed about the disappearance of the All Battles All, Rain was excited about the program and packed their bags to show Heerlen some London Flavour.

Kofi had already been in Holland for a few days to train with the Dutch crews Head2Toe and Trashcan Heroes. On Thursday Clint and Italipino arrived, just in time for an IBE pre-battle: Summervibes. Though there weren’t any battles going on and there weren’t that many people, it was a nice jam session with a free BBQ. Yes, free, so no need to complain here. After some nice burgers and BBQ chicken off to bed to rest up for three more days of non-stop dancing.

Day 1
IBE Friday consisted of the three B’s : Battle, BBQ, Blockparty. The weather was great, the food smelled tasty, and the Bboys/Bgirls/Housers/Poppers/Lockers were hungry to dance! There where Cyphers everywhere, with people from all over the world sharing their passion for dance. With Neguin and Salah doing some capoeira in one cypher, and bboys fighting hard for a spot in the concrete battle in another. After a hard cypher battle between Gravity and Hat Solo, Gravity (Dynamic Rockers/5 Crew Dynasty) was declared winner of the IBE 2013 Concrete Battle. And that was the start of one of the best parties IBE has ever had, the crowd was hype! Unfortunately we were then told this wasn’t where the afterparty was at, and  were “kindly” asked to leave and move the party to Cafe “De Beerkompanie”, however this killed the vibe a bit and we were left reminiscing the good time we had at the blockparty. Time to go home!

Day 2
A busy day loaded with Battles, Cyphers, Talkshows and Workshops. The day started off with the biggest battle of IBE 2013: UK Bboy Championships Qualifier. Rain crew had been fighting against injuries for some time now, and did not feel like they were going to do well. They battled against an unknown crew, and though they did okay they left feeling like they could have done so much better. While Rain was battling, Kofi did the Hiphop Battle Preselection, where he left quite the impression and qualified for the next round. Unfortunately this meant he could not participate in the preselection crew battle. In the first round Kofi was up against Joey of the Dutch Pop’Arazzi crew, and yes..he killed the beat like only Kofi can.

In the next round Kofi suffered from some wardrobe malfunctions and lost in the semifinals. But the rain was definitely brought,. Big time. While all of this was going on, Pick Up (Kosher Flava/EXG) and Issei (Found Nation) were Battling in the finals of the Super Solo Bboy Battle which was eventually won by Issei. After all this Bboy Violence, we went on to the Top Rock Session, which was basically just a two hour long party with people rocking, topping and having fun to the beats of Skeme Richards. It was sweaty and smelly, and after this we had to recuperate by going to our secret pizza place. That’s right, I said secret. While we were pizza-ing it up, the popping preselection was going on, where Dutch Finest: Yordana, and UK Golden Boy Brooke ended up in the final that would take place the next day on the main stage. Bboy Gravity was still on a roll and also won the Seven2Smoke, Hm that boy good! Clint rushed off to the footwork battle, which started exactly on time… In other words, we were too late. Manny (Soul Mavericks) made it to the final, but Wing Zero brought another victory home for Found Nation Crew. In the meantime the trickbattle was won by Can after a sick battle against B-Yog. Enough battles for one day, it was time to enjoy The Ruggeds, and boy do they know how to put up a show. Together with Drosha, Gil ‘Arazzi, Salah, Neguin and the ladies from Zamounda they gave a hell of a show. We were about to go to the afterparty, and then we heard Rain made it through to the semifinals of UK Bboy champs qualifier. After about half an hour of `Are you sure?` and `Really?!` we went to the second afterparty. We danced until we could dance no more, then crawled home.

Day 3
Rain Crew trained in the Hotel Lobby for the UK Champs Qualifier, and in the mean time I was doing my preselection for the Bgirl Battle together with Joey. We didn’t get to battle but we had fun.  After that it was time for the crew battle, unfortunately about half the crew was injured. And Italipino woke up from his beautysleep just in time for the battle. I had the honour to fill in and battle with them which was kinda terrifying but exhilarating at the same time. Rain was up against the French crew Total Feeling starring Rains own bboy VO. It was a good battle, and Rain got a good response from the crowd. Unfortunately Total Feeling went through, but Rain was proud nevertheless. Kofi’s set was actually featured in Strife’s Best sets video. Rain Crew left their mark! After Battling in the semifinals Clint, Kofi, Hakim, and Haseeb decided to enter the House Battle. Why not? The judges were feeling them, not in a dirty way, but nobody went on to the next round.

Time for another trip to our secret pizza place. We came back just in time to see Issei win the Seven2Smoke Winners edition in a victorious way! He gave nobody else a chance and won every single round, making it a very short but sick Seven2Smoke. Up next: Popping final Yordana vs Brooke. Brooke took it home for the UK, but Yordana got a ticket to go to UK Champs since Brooke already qualified! The three crews that won a spot at UK Bboy Champs in Birmingham this September were 5 Crew Dynasty, The Ruggeds and Nine Styles Connection.

I personally did not miss the all battles all, it felt like everybody was part of a tight community. We danced together, trained, battled and partied. What else can you ask for? IBE left me tired, satisfied and motivated. I might have left out some battles, and forgotten to mention the names of some winners, but there were sooo many battles, give me a break will you! But I guess…overall you could say that Gravity and Issei won IBE 2013…

Okay, I did forget some things, well done to Momentum Crew for winning the generation battle, shout out to Frankwa for winning the House Battle and props to Shay for winning the Locking Battle. All clips of Rain crew can be found on the Rain Crew facebook page, and almost every other battle can be found on the youtubechannel ProDanceTV!

This was Maren Ellermann reporting for Rain Crew 😉

The Year so Far

Written by Mariya Majid

 We’re only coming to the end of the third month of the year and its already started in a blaze for Rain Crew, literally! with Kofi touring in Australia as part of the international sensation that is the Blaze dance show. The show features twelve of the best street and break dancers in the world, including Neguin, Skycheif, Lagaet and many more. Read K in a Blaze to find out where else they have been touring and more about the show.

January also saw Italipino take part in the UK qualifier for the largest International standup-dance event,  Juste Debout’s. Italipino entered the toprock category under the Judgment of Bboy Mouse, Bboy Spin and DJ Renegade. The eliminations consisted of eighty competitors, each with 30 seconds on the clock to showcase their talent and impress the judges. Out of the eighty hopefuls only eight were selected, Italipino being one of them. His first round was against friendly rival Short Bread from the all female dance group Boadicea.

Upon hearing the first few seconds of the track Italipino recalls ‘I don’t know what came over me, but something said go hard and burn’ resulting in an intense battle and a unanimous vote from all three judges pointing in his  favour, securing him a place in the semi finals.

In the Semi-Finals the Pinoy boy went up against Ed Spoons from Ghetlow Pirates with only one round to prove themselves.

 

Unfortunately this was the end of this particular journey for Italipino as the judges voted for Ed Spoons two votes to one. Italipino had entered this same competition two years earlier without passing the qualifying round and he believes that aside from training,  his change in mindset made a huge difference and helped him progress further than he had previously. He learnt that you have to ‘focus and just dance like no one’s watching, it’s just you and the music’.

While Italipino battled it out with some of the best in the UK; Clint, Chilly, FM, Jetlag and P-Star were performing the closing act for the hip-hop show that is Breakin Rules 2013 in Dundee Scotland. The piece titled, ‘We Get Down!’ was a high energy performance with each dancer expressing themselves as a unit. Needless to say, the audience was not disappointed.

February began on a high with the crew setting off on a road trip to Antwerp, Belgium for Raw Circles 2013. Explosif made is way from Paris France to meet the other Rain members Clint, FM, and Italipino. Raw circles is an international event with the main feature being a 2on2 main event against some of the best pairs in the world. This particular competition was a first for the group and it was the first Jam Rain student Dylan had ever attended and battled at.  Both Clint and Italipino entered the Toprock battle and were matched-up against each other in the preliminaries. Clint was successfully selected for the top 16 eventually making it to the finals.

The finals was an intense two rounds against Bboy Shuhei from Found Nation Crew (Japan)  and ended with Clint as the victor in a unanimous decision from the judges.

Wild G has also been very busy by performing a ‘powerful’ and emotional piece on series four of Sky’s Got to Dance.  Wild G brought judge Kimberley to tears and progressed him onto the semi-finals along with youth dance sensation IMD who he also mentors. With guidance and choreographed routines from both Wild G and Omar A. Awuah the dance crew IMD went on to become finalists of the show with their ‘energetic’ and lively routine.

Explosif who is currently residing in Paris has been training hard and developing a variety of different styles which he says is ‘opening his mind to new ways of thinking in relation to movement’ with his focus on ‘learning and sharing by exchanging in dance clubs and workshops with inspirational French dancers’. Its also clear that being in Paris also makes it easier to attend events taking place on the continent. As February drew to a close Chilly and FM visited Explosif attending Just for Fun Rockerz where they ciphered the night away and to Chelles Battle Pro 2013. Chilly found Battle Pro to be particularly inspiring and for him, it was a reminder of how much more he has to push himself. He also spent a few weeks training with VO in Madrid where he found his time there to be motivating to say the least. VO has been representing in Spain travelling the whole country competing in breaking competitions taking place there for the last year. As march draws to a close, VO will returning to the UK for a short while to spend time with the crew, battle and prepare for the future.

The rest of the year is set to be just as hectic and packed as the first few months have been. Now the crew have R16, Outbreak, Yalta, Summer Jam and IBE to look forward to in the coming months.

The Freshest Kids

That was the Hip-hop years, now its time to get to know the freshest kids. Luckily we’ve found a copy available on YouTube for you to view but this documentary is a staple in every bboy’s information diet so we’d recommend you purchase a copy and fatten up on that knowledge…

 

 

Bonus Round!!!

Another must see is the film Beat Street. Again this is a YouTube video so not only can these be removed any point, it’s always good to have your own copy of these classics.