Hip hop celebrates its 50th anniversary, and in 2024, breakdancing – officially named ‘breaking’ – will be at the Olympics for the first time at the Summer Games in Paris.
To mark this moment, Bboy Bobak Champion is brought Birmingham-based Muslim young men together to develop their breaking skills and showcase their skills.
Salaam ‘O’ Salaam is described as a friendly community-focused Hip-Hop and breakin’ jam. Young people came together to learn from renowned bboys and engaged with some of the UK’s finest dancers in a cypher.
Mohammed Ali, who hosted the event at ‘Port Hope’ Arts Warehouse said, “We brought one of the pillars of hip-hop to our community warehouse space ‘Port Hope’. It’s our first breakin’ jam in the space where we invited @bobakchampion and @breakmission to engage with our space and community. Breakers of Iranian, Moroccan, Arab and Pakistani heritage shared their art.”
Bobak Champion graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance over 15 years ago (2004). Ever since, he’s had a busy, varied and successful career as a freelance dance Artist. Working in both Hip-Hop and contemporary arenas as a dance artist. Facilitating, performing and choreographing. His down to earth, fun, cool and charismatic nature forms instant connections with people of all ages.
He first started making work in 2004 following a successful application to Yorkshire Water, creating a one man show that encouraged young people to drink water. It unexpectedly toured Yorkshire for three years due to demand, reaching hundreds of thousands of children in primary schools.