Popin’ Pete’s Pop Shop, a takeover week of popping intensives and social dance activities hosted by Popin’ Pete is back for 2014 followed by a short UK tour thanks to Scanners Inc.

The project returns to a 3,000 square foot gallery at the LondonNewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, London, before visiting Birmingham and Essex. The first Popin’ Pete’s Pop Shop took place in 2013 in a small shipping container at Boxpark in East London.

“We’re back bigger than before with more artists, workshops and a 3,000 square foot space to transform,” said Kate Scanlan of Scanners Inc. “Throughout the project there will be opportunities to learn, share and have fun with the dance.”

Special events include a Youth Takeover programme introducing young people to the artform of funk style culture; popping workshops and freestyles and a series of events designed to bring the whole community together to enjoy, learn history and create the future.

As well as Popin’ Pete there will also be music from DJ Biznizz (Tha En4cers, UK), graffiti from Mr Dane (Vop Stars, UK), and dancing from Dickson Mbi (Fiya House & Prototype crews) & Vicky ‘Skytilz’ Mantey (Boy Blue Entertainment).

“I am very excited about this year’s Popin’ Pete’s Pop Shop, seeing that last year was so good,” said Popin’ Pete. “I know this year is going to be even better, I love teaching the youth and giving back to the community. Let’s get the UK popping!”


Popin’ Pete’s Pop Shop 2014 dates

Venue: Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP

21 August
Launch Party 18:00-21:00

22 August
Youth take over (ages 10-18) – 12-3pm
3.30-5.30 – open practice session
6-7.30 Popping Workshop
8-9.30 Popping Workshop

23 August
Popping Kids workshop (ages 5-10) & Jam with Skytilz & Popin’ Pete
Open practice 1-2.30pm
2.30-4pm Popping Workshop
4.30-6pm Popping Workshop
7-10pm The Hang out – talk, chill, tunes

24 August
12-1.30pm open practice
1.30-3pm Popping Workshop
3.30-5pm Popping Workshop
5.30-9pm The Social Jam

25 August
Youth take over 12-3pm
3-4.30pm open practice
4.30-6pm Popping Workshop
7-9pm Take it back to the ’80s fancy dress workshop party & closing event

27 August – BIRMINGHAM
Workshops at DanceXchange, Thorp St, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4TB

28 August – ESSEX
Workshops at Bam Bam Boogies Studio, V Dance Studio, Springhealth Leisure Centre, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9DZ