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All-girl crew wins TruSkool breakdance final

Posted on May 23, 2011

breakin hearts final edit

breakin hearts final editBreakin’ Hearts (pictured), an all-girl breakdance crew from Highworth Grammar School in Ashford, has won the National Breakdance Battle competition TruSkool Finals 2011.


The competition, officially supported by the Sony Ericsson UK B-Boy Championships World Series, was held at the Albany Theatre in south London. Nine secondary school crews qualified for the finals. The competition went to a tiebreaker between Breakin’ Hearts and the NVL crew. Two dancers were nominated from each crew to battle it out in the tiebreak, and after performances from Kaira Manders and Izzie Emblem, the trophy was won by Breakin’ Hearts. Kaira Manders also won the Chief Rocker prize for her outstanding performance. Breakin’ Hearts will also take part in the Regional Conflict, to be held at the O2 Academy Islington on July 9.


Seri Hodges, Head of Dance at Highworth Grammar School, said: “We had an incredible day, meeting so many enthusiastic young people inspired by breakdancing, and we are really pleased to have won the National Championship title this year after coming runner-up last year. Our ten months of training with Ajay Jackson from Soul Mavericks Crew, who represented Great Britain in the World Finals last year, has been hard work but totally worth it!”


Hodges also thanked the crew’s sponsors, chartered accountants Wilkins Kennedy, and the organisers Artspool and Pro-Create. Mike Swan of Wilkins Kennedy said: “The atmosphere at the event was absolutely electric and we are really proud of the Breakin’ Hearts crew and their much-deserved award. They have really worked hard, and their visible energy and enthusiasm is unbeatable.”


Seri Hodges set up Breakin’ Hearts at Highworth Grammar School in 2009. Each school year sees a new crew made up of 13 to 17-year-old students, who train three times a week during term time with Ajay Jackson. See for more information.


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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