Xzibit Young Creatives


Award-winning choreographic and talent development programme, Xzibit Young Creatives, is back for 2022.


Locations include: 








Xzibit Young Creatives is an artist-led hip hop dance theatre project that focuses on developing the young dance creatives of the future through an intensive choreographic mentoring programme. The project offers mentoring from internationally renowned choreographers, some of the UK's most respected Hip Hop innovators and is designed to provide opportunities for the young people involved to present their own work to live audiences in professional venues.

Applications to take part open at 9am on Monday 1 November. Successful applicants must be aged 11-19 and be based in or from the Midlands.


Taster workshops and selection days for the project will take place in each location.  From these selections, young people will be taken on as choreographers, with more being selected as dancers.

Over the duration of 12 weeks from January 2022, a full day of workshops will take place every weekend in both Birmingham and Nottingham. The young choreographers and dancers will have their work showcased at the end of this at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham and the Patrick Centre, Birmingham in April. There will also be an opportunity to exchange work made, by attending each others performance at each venue, and transport bursaries will be available for this.


Shorter intensive projects will also take place in Lincoln, Northampton, Leicester, Derby and Coventry between April and July 2022.

Access bursaries are available to enable young people to take part and these can support you with travel costs, support worker costs, caring responsibilities or any other need you choose to tell us about.

View Xzibit Young Creatives commitment to equity, care, equality and diversity.

XYC Mentor Kenrick Sandy

“Xzibit Young Creatives is a hub for the next generation of up-and-coming artists to push and preserve their artistry.”

Kenrick 'H20' Sandy MBE
Artistic Director, Boy Blue


Gareth Woodward

Artistic Director / Mentor

Jasmine M Eccles

 Mentor / Producer

Amy Dalton-Hardy

Executive Producer



Ivan Blackstock / Jonzi D / Kenrick Sandy / Jade Hackett

Kloe Dean / Botis Seva / Joseph Toonga / Victoria Shulungu

Ivan Blackstock
Kloe Dean
Jonzi D
Botis Seva
Kenrick Sandy
Joseph Toonga
Jade Hackett
Victoria Shulungu
XYC Mentor Jonzi D

"This development programme will enable Xzibit Young Creatives to expand their reach, providing an incredible opportunity for young people across the whole of the Midlands to work with highly skilled hip hop artists in developing their choreographic skills."

Breakin' Convention


Nottingham Hub, weekly rehearsals between 16 January - 10 April 2022, Dance4 iC4C.

Birmingham Hub, weekly rehearsals between 08 January - 10 April 2022, DanceXchange.

Lincoln Intensive, 04 - 08 April 2022 (10.00am - 17.00pm), Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Northampton Intensive, 11 - 14 April 2022 (10.00am - 17.00pm), Corby Cube.

Leicester Intensive, 19 - 23 April 2022 (10.00am - 17.00pm), Curve Theatre.

Coventry Intensive, 25 July - 29 July 2022 (10.00am - 17.00pm), The Daimler Powerhouse.

Derby Intensive, 15 August - 19 August 2022 (10.00am - 17.00pm), Deda.



Each location has separate deadline and selection dates as follows.

Birmingham, close Friday 26 November 2021. Selections will be made Saturday 04 December 2021.


Nottingham, close Friday 26 November 2021Selections will be made Sunday 11 December 2021

Lincoln, close Friday 11 March 2022. Selections will be made Friday 18 March 2022.

Northampton, close Friday 18 March 2022. Selections will be made Friday 25 March 2022.


Leicester, close Friday 25 March 2022. Selections will be made Friday 01 April 2022.

Coventry, close Friday 22 July 2022. Selections will be made Friday 22 July 2022.

Derby, close Friday 12 August 2022. Selections will be made Friday 12 August 2022.



Option 1 - Complete the online application form.



Option 2 - Send a short expression of interest (max 2 mins) explaining why you would benefit from Xzibit Young Creatives to info@xzibityoungcreatives.com

This can be either audio or video and can be sent directly by email or by using WeTransfer (which is free to use).

if you need support with your application, contact one of the team via email or DM @xzibityoungcreatives and we will do our best to help.