Hat Factory’s hip-hop battle

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Dancers from all over the world visited Luton to take part in The Hat Factory’s first Dance Battle on October 27.

The One Battle, a freestyle competition, involved dancers from Luton, Stevenage, Milton Keynes, London, France, and New York who enjoyed a day of dance workshops in hip-hop, popping, breaking, and house.

They then showed off their best moves to a panel of expert judges including Pineapple Dance Studios popping teacher James Painting, Lucozade ad dancer Dickson Mbi, and house dance promotor Caramel Soldier. The day was organised by Julia Cheng, a dance artist born and bred in Luton.

Julia said: “My passion is to bring the freestyle dancers from different cities to Luton to exchange and share their talents. Dance is a positive outlet and means to express, enjoy and exchange. I want to promote the arts in Luton and give opportunities and platforms for aspiring dancers and dance enthusiasts, something that wasn’t available for me as a young person growing up in Luton.”

The One hip-hop winner was Saul Anderson from London, and the all-style crew battle was won by a London ensemble.

There will be another battle in Spring 2013. Email theonebattle@gmail.com to join.

Young people have also been making their mark on theatre at the Hat Factory, and the 100% producers performed their first show on October 31, which they wrote, produced and starred in themselves.

For more information visit www.lutonculture.com.