Protocol Dance Company was founded in 2008 by choreographers and co-artistic directors Lanre Malaolu and Jared Garfield. Lanre and Jared first met attending the renowned Anna Scher Theatre School in North London. As well as acting they developed a combined love for dance, training weekly with a community of dancers at the Kings Crescent Estate in Finsbury Park. This love eventually became the birth of Protocol. Protocol has evolved from a competitive street dance group to an established dance theatre company – but their core ethos has never changed. At the heart of Protocol is innovation and risk. The group are constantly experimenting with movement to create fresh and dynamic pieces of theatre. Protocol’s creative fluidity means that they don’t subscribe to any one traditional form of dance. The group use a fusion of techniques, including street styles such as popping, hip hop, and krump, along with physical theatre, to create their own unique language of movement. Credits include: Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Signatures (Leicester Curve) and The Wilderness Festival. In 2014 Protocol were international winners of ‘Festival HOP’, an annual dance festival held in Barcelona (Mercat De Lesflors).