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Khalil Aydemir is a finalist in the Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity Awards

Posted on 29 Dec, 2022

Khalil is 9 years old and has accomplished a tremendous amount in the last 12 months, as a competitive Breaker (Break Dancer) to represent St Helens and Liverpool at International and UK Breaking competitions.


In the action-packed tournaments, Khalil would compete against the UK’s very best kids/teenagers who have up to 10 years of experience, as well as adults. The odds are stacked against Khalil due to his age and small size, he can’t access the gym to get stronger and competing 1 vs 1 against an adult can be extremely intimidating.


He overcomes these challenges by training at home every day with his dad and attending classes across the Liverpool City Region to become the best creative artist and dancer that he can be.


In the last 12 months he has reached 1st Place in 3 Liverpool City Region Competitions, 2nd Place in 4 UK competitions, reached the semi-finals of 5 UK competitions and used his dual citizenship to travel to Turkey to compete in the qualifying competition for Turkey Olympic Breaking team, he was ineligible because of his age but he did receive an official license to train with the team until he can reapply in 2026.


When Khalil isn’t competing to represent the Liverpool City Region and his crew Powered by Hip Hop (UC Crew), he performs for the local Turkish community at celebration events, mentors his classmates and teaches his brother Kerem Break Dancing who is 6 years old and has Down’s Syndrome.


Khalil feels that teaching his brother has given him more patience to coach his friends, as well as being an advocate for Down Syndrome awareness at school.


Khalil hopes to represent the UK in the Olympic Games in the future.