An  Educational platform for Hiphop lovers within Cornwall And Devon. For years The Big Dance Company has offered Hiphop with open and social classes winning hundreds of awards all over the World, representing Cornwall in London,  LA, Philippines, South Africa, Malaysia, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Milan,Hamburg, Amsterdam, Ireland, Bolivia, South Korea and Hong Kong.

AKADEMY is a natural step forwards for BDC, offering Hiphop students incentives and goals and the opportunity to earn a dance teachers qualification. AKADEMY sits under the same umbrella as R.E.D with the same grading structure and mission to provide our students with the best quality of teaching available. Over time AKADEMY will offer additional opportunities within the Hiphop community in the UK and Internationally.

‘’AKADEMY provides the tools to become an improved and versatile Hiphop dancer using the UDO syllabus as a backbone to help structure your learning and examination process.’’

Who is AKADEMY run by?

The Big Dance Company in it’s 16th year, is owned and run by Fiona and Ben Richardson and their brain child R.E.D. (Red Educational Dance) has been running for 3 years with increased success and outstanding examination results. The Hiphop AKADEMY will be driven by Kyle Richardson, professional performer and founder of dance troupe FLAVA . Celebrity performers and famous industry professionals will frequent our studios with guest workshops throughout the program.

How do I join?


No better time than NOW! AKADEMY’s first academic year will be starting this September delivering grades: Primary, Grade1 and Grade 2.

Simply pop in to see us to register at the office or email fiona@thebigdancecompany.com and we can send you a registration form. Payments are made by hassle free monthly standing order through your bank.


After the ever growing success of RED and our classical technical program we are now so excited to introduce you to added Hip Hop modules AKADEMY in partnership with UDO (United Dance Organistation)

What is it?
An educational platform for the Hip-Hop community within Cornwall And Devon. For 16 years The Big Dance Company has offered Hip hop with open and social classes winning hundreds of awards all over the World, representing Cornwall in London, LA, Philippines, Malaysia, South Africa, Europe, South Korea, Bolivia and many national events. For the first time here at BDC you will be able to channel your learning, working towards your very own Street dance teachers qualification or simply learn the techniques just for fun!!
Techniques you can learn are Hip Hop, Lockin, poppin, house , Krump and breaking.

‘’AKADEMY provides the tools to become an improved/versatile Hiphop dancer using the UDO syllabus as a backbone to help structure your learning and examination process.’

The Hip Hop Akademy is a natural step forwards for BDC offering our Hip hop students incentives and goals all in one place and sits under the same umbrella as R.E.D with the same grading structure and mission, to provide our students with the best quality of teaching available. Other opportunities include exciting competitions and events, prestigious dance platforms and International Opportunities.

Who is AKADEMY run by?

The Big Dance Company is owned and run by Fiona Richardson, her brain child RED has been running for 3 years with increased success and over 80 Diploma students now working towards a teaching qualification and many of their dancers working professionally. The Hip Hop AKADEMY will be overseen by Fiona and Led by Fiona’s son Kyle Richardson who has been dancing as a professional all over the World since he was 19. Kyle has worked not only for A list artists such as Take that but as been teaching since he was 16 to children all over the world. In addition to our already passionate and highly skilled team of street dance teachers Tiffanie Rickard, Rebecca Luke , Bonnie Roberts and Robyn Woolman, the classes will also enjoy special guest teachers and celebrity professionals.

How do I join?

As well being available to our current dancers within The Big Dance Company, AKADEMY opens its doors to any person(s) who has not yet stepped into the dance community, in fact, now is a better time than ever. The academic year will be starting in September with Pre Primary and Grade 1 for beginners so get in early to maximise your potential and find yourself !


WORKSHOP Includes street dance, house, locking, poppin, Krump, breaking.

10 – 12pm Primary 5-9 years – Fun Street dance workshops and Q and A and sign up for Parents/ Guardians

12.30 – 2.30pm Grade 1 – Beginners – Open age Fun Street dance workshops with taste of styles on the program and Q and A and sign up for Parents/ Guardians

3 – 5pm Grade 2 – Grade 2 – for dancers with little or good experience. Fun Street dance workshops and Q and A and sign up for Parents/ Guardians


The Professionals

The UDO Street Dance Syllabus has been developed by the UDO & seven dance industry professionals.

Lizzie Gough

Lizzie Gough

Lizzie continues to train to maintain her high standard in various classes at Pineapple Dance Studios as well as Bikram yoga. She has accomplished many styles of dance from hip-hop, locking, popping, breaking, to contemporary, street jazz, Tap and many more.

Some of her featured credits are Take That “The Circus” Tour, THE BOX ident, Xfactor, Dancing On Ice, Clothes Show Live, George Sampson Singing in the rain, and Hip hop show sensation “Blaze” and the new Kate Prince/Zoonation production “Some like it Hip Hop”.

She appeared on the hit UK Dance show “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 1 of which she came Third in the country and also represented the UK in the worldwide TV show Segundo Campeonato Mundial de Baile which was filmed in Mexico. Lizzie also judges at the UDO World/ British Streetdance Championships

Bly Richards


Since winning Bump&Grind2, a show on the sky channel ‘Trouble’, looking for the best dancer in the UK, Blys work has encompased DVDs, TV and Live Stage Performances.

His Stage work includes performing at the Mobo awards for UK Hip Hop artist Kano, Working with Rachel Stevens on her UK tour and television performances, Performing with Plague on BBC 3s ‘Move like Michael Jackson’; Placing in the Final, Michael Jacksons Timeless theatre shoe and ‘Labrinth’ on 1 Xtra Live.

His TV Work includes Dancing with Cheryl Cole on X Factor, working on the music videos ‘Hung up’ part 1 and 2 with Madonna, ‘I Said Never Again’ with Rachel Stevens, The Children in Need advert, an advert for ‘3’ Mobile Network which aired on MTV, Dancing on ‘Popworld’ for Princess Supoerstar and Eric E; and Dancing on GMTV for the artist Jo Jo.

His DVD work Includes staring in the dance tuition DVD with sadie and joseph; The 2005 winners of “Strictly Dance Fever” and the dance tuition DVD for Pineapple Dance Studios.

Mechanikool P (Alex Peters)


As Mechanikool has worked in schools for over 8 years, he brings a strong ability to connect and impart clearly structured knowledge, in a fun and dynamic way. This has earned him a strong reputation for his teaching skills, and has allowed him to travel all over Europe to share with people of all ages. He teaches 2009 BGT winners ‘Diversity’ the artform of popping.

Mechanikool is the UK popping champion. He achieved this previously in 2006 and has represented the UK in the world battles in 2006/2007 and 2011. He continues to be an active member of the street dance community.

Jimmy Williams


Jimmy has his own unique and popular style of locking, popping, boogie and jazz.

As a professional dancer he has performed the lead role of Doctor Teeth with the Muppet Show on Tour throughout UK and Paris.

He has also performed and choreographed the following stage shows, Street Angels at The Half Moon Theatre, Take a Boo at the Hackney Empire and Michael Jackson Extravaganza at Madame Tussauds.

His talents as a choreographer have been sought by popular artists that include Eternal, Chanice Wilson, Soul 2 Soul, Mandy Smith, Mick and Pat, Apache Indian, LA Mix, Bad Boys Inc, Gemini, Richard Travis, Optimistic.

Lee Crowley


Lee Crowley aka B-Boy “Reckless Lee” is a member of ‘Soul Mavericks’ Crew and ‘A Team’

Lee made it to the Finals of Got Dance with ATeam and in 2011, he made the top 14 dancers on BBC1’s second series of “So You Think You Can Dance UK”, beating hundreds of dancers from all over the country in the process. The show has given the Lee the opportunity to perform on live television in many styles such as Broadway, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip-Hop and demonstrate his versatility as a dancer.

Credits: Got to Dance 2012 – Finalist (Sky1); So You Think You Can Dance UK series 2 – Top 14 (BBC1); UK B-Boy Championships World Finals; Cirque Bijou; MTV Europe Music Awards; (Katy Perry); Dr Pepper; Corona; National Lottery (BBC1).

Calvin Francis


Calvin began his dance training later in life, but this has not hindered his successful dance career.

He has trained in London and across Europe, gaining Knowledge and experience along the way.

In his professional career, Calvin has danced for artists such as JLS, Cheryl Cole, Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis, to name a few.

Calvin teaches regular classes at Pineapple Dance Studios, London and has taught workshops around the UK and Europe.


Mark ‘Swarf’ Calape


Mark is a member of the Animaineax, Zoo Nation, Boy Blue, Dance 2XS, Pink Mafia, Flo’Ography and The A-Team. He has worked in the dance industry for Jay Sean,. Nelson Mandella’s birthday, All Saints, and also theatre productions such as ‘Into the hoods’, Pied Piper, and many move.

TV work includes ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ UK season one and BBC Three’s ‘Move like Michael Jackson’ with the Animaineax.


The syllabus is designed to enable dancers to gain accreditation, from a pre primary level through to a teaching level. It will introduce the foundations in all styles of street dance.

The aim of this project is to identify ways in which the The Big Dance Company can launch and continuously operate the:

  • provision of street dance examinations to set standards and reward achievement and progression
  • provision of techniques, through the UDO syllabus, on which to train street dancers for a profession
  • UDO accreditation, as a preparatory step towards the Level 2 Certificate in teaching street dance.

The syllabus allows dancers from the age of 3 to sit the examinations, and work their way through the grades, to eventually gain a fully recognised teaching qualification in street dance.

The UDO syllabus is also being supported by the Exercise Movement & Dance Partnership (EMDP) & Sport England.

Benefits for dancers

  • Improve in all hip hop styles, and be rewarded for their hard work & dedication
  • Learn techniques & foundations of each style
  • Help dancers develop stronger technical disciplines along with the benefit of enhancing her/his performance abilities
  • Dancers will be challenged to reach for personal goals and attain their personal potential through hard work and determinationGrade progression
  • Give dancers the opportunity to be critiqued and evaluated by professional dance examiners
  • Use new skills to improve in competitions.
  • Nurtures positive competitive values.
  • Learn new routines in each style, taught by industry professionals
  • Build confidence levels
  • Collect all the certificates and pin badges
  • Track progress as a dancer