The London-based hip-hop and breakdance artist and trainer places expertise on-line


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For Jim Han, it’s about the culture – hip-hop culture.

He’ll bring that to the daily cast of artists on Wednesday performing for the London Arts Council’s London Arts Live Online in partnership with The London Free Press.

Han will start the online action at 1:00 p.m., showing off some moves and giving instructions on the basics. It will be followed by a musical performance by Renee Coughlin from The Pairs at 2 p.m. and singer-songwriter Ben Heffernan at 7 p.m. and Erik Van Meerbergen at 8 p.m.

Han, founder of the 519 School of Hip Hop and co-founder of the Ill At Will Crew, has been promoting and teaching hip hop and breakdancing for more than a decade.

The school is his newest venture, and in addition to offering dance lessons, the school offers training in all elements of hip-hop culture, including poetry writing and rapping, turntablism (DJing), and graffiti art.

His wife, Mari Udarbe Han, a physiotherapist, will open 519 Physio next to school.

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“We were actually hoping to open in mid-May until the pandemic happened,” Han said.

“I’ve taught hip hop and breakdancing in dance studios and schools, but I want to teach the culture of hip hop.”

Han said he won’t be teaching “crazy” strength movements like turning upside down, but will teach some basic movements and exercises to build muscle and flexibility to perform movements.

“My main goal is to make the culture known and put people in a good mood,” Han said.

“And I think it’s going to be great for parents because it gives their kids something to do while their parents work from home.”

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