THE FIRST LIVE INTERACTIVE ONLINE DANCE BATTLE EVENT IN THE WORLD
During the early stages of the Lockdown Erduan Xhaferi and a creative team of individuals consisted of dancers, DJs, hosts and Audio Visual technicians set up the first Live Interactive Online Dance Platform in the world called 'Ground Zero Live. The purpose was to enable young people and dancers across the UK and the world to connect and continue to express themselves during the Covid-19 pandemic Lockdowns. On the 27th of March 2020 launched the first online battle event with a 3 day submission deadline where dancers had to submit their videos. Judged by Lil' Tim, Bruce Blanchard, Kofi Mingo, Bogdan The Flava. Hosted by Sunanda (Sun Sun) and Erduan. As result of that we received over 300 submission from young dancers across the UK and worldwide. We created a fast and safe way for dancers to connect with others in a virtual platform where they was able to express themselves and demonstrate their talents. Ground Zero Live hosted 6 Online Dance events during the lockdown period reaching out to an audience of over 10,000 people all over the world and participants ranging from dancers aged 8-30 years old. Ground Zero Team also hosted 4 online events for other organisations/partners including King of the cities Breakdance Championship event which consisted of participants signing up from 14 different south/north American countries and watched by over 20,000. SINcrew's Urban SINfonie 25 years Anniversary Hip Hop Festival, Hip Hop for Better Mental Health organised by Avant Cyrmu fund by Mind including run two separate crowed funds where money was raised for the NHS and also an orphaning in Japan.
THE JOURNEY THROUGH LOCKDOWN
A one of kind experience for all to connect with others and share their passion for dance with like minded individuals from around the world. Battle your opponent live from home In front of hundreds of people watching you LIVE across the Globe.
We want to help increase the likelihood of young people from different community groups in London taking part in the arts, irrespective of where they live or what minority group, gender, social education or financial circumstances. In addressing these priorities we seek to increase attendance and participation by supporting the public to help shape local arts by increasing choice and opportunities for young people to experience and be inspired.
Ground Zero Live was and still is a unique experience for dancers where they have the opportunity to increase creativity and of productivity. By illustrating the positive side that Hip Hop dance culture has to offer and using dance as a tool to inspire, motivate and unite all whiles focusing on youth development, diversity, promoting physical, mental well- being and provide opportunities for them to channel their energy and creativity with a positive behaviour.