Break The Beat

Pop­ping and lock­ing takes cen­tre stage on new real­ity dance show Break The Beat.

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Hip-hop isn’t just about mu­sic – on tal­ent search show Break The Beat (2017- cur­rent), it’s about find­ing the fresh­est new dance acts and giv­ing them to plat­form to build a ca­reer. The R100 000 cash prize isn’t any­thing to sneeze at, but “liv­ing the lifestyle” is at the show’s core, ex­plains pro­ducer Dean Thomp­son. “We are giv­ing the con­tes­tants the free­dom to stay true to their styles while show­cas­ing their tech­niques”. The show bosses have also made sure that they have a pre­sen­ter who knows about beats: rap­per Fifi Cooper. “I’m ex­cited to be part of the show. I’m new to the pre­sent­ing scene and I’m en­joy­ing in­ter­act­ing with the dancers and get­ting to know them on and off stage,” she says.

REAL DEAL

Un­like other tal­ent con­tests, Break The Beat is mov­ing and groov­ing around the coun­try rather than film­ing on a set in one city. Each episode fol­lows crews from two prov­inces as they do bat­tle on the dance­floor and they’re not just per­form­ing tried-and-tested rou­tines. The crews are re­quired to com­pile new moves be­fore the stop­watch runs out and there will be dif­fer­ent themes ev­ery week. “We wanted to stay true to hip-hop in our themes and re­flect an ur­ban street vibe,” says Dean, who’s placed ob­sta­cles along the way. “We have un­ex­pected twists through­out the chal­lenges and we want to see how the crews in­ter­pret and work around them.”

SIDE BY SIDE

Fifi isn’t the only fa­mous face – chore­og­ra­pher-to-the-stars Court­nae Paul is the sole judge who’ll give crews the thumbs up or down af­ter the rounds. “These ladies en­cap­su­late the lo­cal hip-hop scene and un­der­stand the dance style,” says Dean. Plus, celebrity chore­og­ra­phers like Paul Mod­jadji and Bran­don Peter­son will be pop­ping in to men­tor and en­cour­age the dancers as they put their best feet for­ward. “They give it their all. There were times when we got out of our seats for in­cred­i­ble per­for­mances,” says Dean.

Chore­og­ra­pher Cour­nae Paul and rap­per Fifi Cooper are help­ing the dancers progress.

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