Next Of Kin is a street dance company based in Wolverhampton, founded in 2014 by three sisters.
In the beginning, we started out with the three of us plus four friends; this quickly turned into the three of us, four friends, two of their sisters and three of their friends. Admittedly, we never expected our family to grow to the size it has in such a short period of time but the ball hasn’t stopped since.
We are all about family, we have a strong bond with each dancer and their family members, which creates a comfortable and friendly environment for every dancer attending classes or any workshop we deliver.
We believe street dance isn’t simply about learning choreography, it’s also about understanding the foundations and being able to express yourself through different styles successfully. It may sound a bit deep but it seems to work; From Whacking to House to Locking to Dancehall and Breakdancing, there’s so much more than just choreography.
Dance has never been a career path for me but has always been a love of mine. I have danced since I was 3 and trained in styles ranging from Ballet to Breakdance, but don’t consider myself a ‘dancer’. Just someone that really enjoys too dance.
Once I found the difference between the two, I learnt to love it even more. The highlight of my dance career has to be watching all our kids grow and perform. The feedback from Parents makes it all worthwhile.
Although I do teach my main role is to do all the behind the scenes work that keeps the NOK ball rolling. Which pretty much means deal with problems!
I didn’t start dancing until I was 15 but since then I haven’t stopped! Dancing with the other teachers pushed me to train harder as they already had years of experience under their belt. Starting Next Of Kin with the girls just shows it doesn’t matter how old you are when you start training as long as you put in 100% of your effort into everything you do. I now work in several primary and secondary schools teaching, delivering workshops and putting together routines for shows.
I would say my strongest and preferred style is whacking, I instantly fell in love with it during my very first whacking class and have continued to further my knowledge through workshops and classes.
I got into street dance when I was 12 years old, I met a dance teacher who inspired me. From going to her classes I progressed and found myself competing and becoming a ‘professional’ dancer, dancing in LA and Las Vegas representing the UK in the World Hip Hop Championships with my crew DNA. I then progressed into professional work and began doing music videos and stage performances.
My style I would say is solely based on how I’m feeling. The choreography I create stems from my emotions and the vibe I get from the song. My biggest achievement in dance has to be dancing for Rita Ora.
Hi I’m the baby of the team, but probably the strictest. I’ve been training in most styles from the age of 3 my favourites being Jazz Tap and Contemporary. But obviously if we are talking street styles my favourites have to be Hip Hop and House. Dancing 6 days a week and performing up and down the country has now become my life. The buzz I get performing is a constant reminder why I do what I do.
Being the baby, my dance career is just starting. After performing in Disney Land, my highlight so far has to be performing in the ‘Zoonation Dance Company’ curtain raisers for shows ‘ Some like it Hip Hop’ and ‘Into the Hoods Remixed’. Which lead to been given the opportunity to train alongside Zoonation in London which I now do each week.
Hey, I'm Omar, I go by the name Kidd Ronin. I started dancing when I was 19, initially with breaking. I was originally inspired to start breaking by my dad and godfathers who were old skool bboys in the 80's. Once I finished uni I started pushing my dance harder, and furthering my skills in popping, locking, hiphop and house.
In my short time dancing some of my proudest achievements have been setting (and still holding) a world record, performing alongside and for multiple pioneers of street dance such as Crazy Legs and becoming a key activist in archiving and documenting the UK's true hip-hop history from the 80's onwards.