BREATHE is a dance and spoken word competition in which pairs of dancers and poets battle against each other, performing duets that showcase their complementary styles whilst telling a single story.

This distinctive team-oriented competition format is based on The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, a dance competition developed by Flex dance pioneer Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray, which encourages dancers to go head to head with each other and ‘battle’ with an emphasis on creativity, innovation and storytelling.

BREATHE builds on the success of FlexN Manchester, a street dance show for MIF15 which featured dancers from Manchester and Reggie’s native New York, which Manchester Evening News described as “Powerful, accessible, fun but also thought provoking, FlexN Manchester is poetry in motion”. In MIF17, Reggie’s FlexN residency introduced a collaboration with spoken word collective Young Identity, which bought together local dancers and spoken word artists to explore the exciting relationship between the two art forms.

We’re looking for dancers and poets to get involved in the next battle taking place in November and we’re hosting auditions on Mon 22 Oct from 6-8pm at the Studio25, 25 Church St, Manchester M4 1PE.

Successful applicants will need to be available to attend two-full day workshops on Sat 3 and Sun 4 Nov, two evening workshops on Thu 8 and Fri 9 Nov followed by being part the final performance on Sat 10 Nov.

All applicants will be invited to take part in a professional masterclass with Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray. To express interest and book your place at the auditions please contact or call 07921 516951.

BREATHE is part of MIF’s year round activity, working with the people of Manchester to connect the Festival to their locality and opportunities to develop their skills. We’re looking for dancers and poets to get involved in the next battle taking place in Autumn 2018. Want to find out more? Contact MIF’s Cultural Connector Ciaron at


BREATHE is produced by Manchester International Festival in association with The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, Young Identity and The Dolores Louise Community Organization.


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