you and I, being able to do the 'caterpillar' breakdance move would
amaze friends and family.
the Children of the Monkey Basket crew refuse to be photographed
doing this club classic when they visit BBC Berkshire.
and watch: Breakdance Battle
Saturday 12th June
so 'old style' they say, or 'naff' in layman's terms.
you can see in our photo gallery, they happily demonstrate a few other break
dances in the sumptuous surroundings of Caversham Park.
see a whole day of these gravity-defying moves in the breakdance battle
the crew have organised at Reading University on Saturday 12th June.
See below for details.
martial arts for people who don't want to get in a fight" grins 27-year-old
Oliver Shuttle, who along with members Tim Butt and Simon Barker got
into breakdancing after watching Run DMC videos.
"It takes about ten minutes to learn the basics but you'll never master
is traditionally associated with hip hop music, but, the lads stress,
"there are so many different styles of breaking".
the rigid old skool style that sticks to prescribed dance moves. But
the new skool allows dancers to invent their own moves and also dance
to any kind of music, even indie and gothic rock.
are 14 in our crew but each person does a completely different style
to everyone else, we don't subscribe to the old skool," explains Paul
are trying to give people in the UK a chance to compete against
world class people."
crew they have those that do the power moves and spinning while others
do the seventies-style popping and locking, and eighties-style robotics.
'battle', called Banana Jam 2.5, will see its eight quarter-finalists
represent the UK against America in a future contest.
"We are trying to give people in the UK a chance to compete against
world class people."
contest the crew organised had three of the world's best breakdancers
(all from America) exhibit their moves.
martial arts for people who don't want to get in a fight."
Basket themselves are doing pretty well in the breakdancing world,
having won every major competition in the UK for the last four years.
can also learn how to breakdance if there is enough local interest
as the crew are willing to set up a club.
them at firstname.lastname@example.org
them and other crews at the breakdance battle in Reading. Details
of the Monkey Basket present: Banana Jam 2.5
12th June 2004
noon - 7pm