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The ThrowDown Dance Convention

May 13 @ 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

THE THROWDOWN DANCE CONVENTION

UrbanArts presents The ThrowDown – a platform aimed at stressing the importance of accessible and inclusive dance programs, highlighting the importance of physical literacy, creating more opportunities for emerging talent, and encouraging community engagement through the powerful vehicle of creative movement. Our theme this year is ‘Breaking Down Barriers through Movement’. Because of the generous contributions from key partners and supporters, we are able to offer this dynamic dance platform 100% FREE for participants and attendees to experience.

 

Panel Discussion (11:30AM-12:15am): “Creating A Balance As Communities Shift” – An expert panel will explore and exchange ideas on how to respond, advocate, and innovate in our schools, studios, and communities to provide dance programs and training for participants of all ages with different backgrounds, abilities, and evolving needs. How do we balance various cultural contexts, socio-economic conditions, and the varying landscapes in our communities? We welcome you for can-do thinking, deep discussion, and exchange of big ideas.  Location: Lower Gallery (Toronto Centre for the Arts)  

 

Dance Workshop (HipHop) with Flow XS (12:30-1:30pm):  ThrowDown’s MasterClass workshops provide the perfect opportunity to learn from and share experiences with leading dance artists from the Greater Toronto Area. This year, make sure you don’t miss our HipHop MasterClass with Flow XS!  Michael (Hydroflow) and Kevin (Kid XS) are members of 8th Union Crew, George Jones Jr.’s The Vibe Xclusive, E3 Montreal, immaBEAST and Monsters of Hip Hop Show Cast alumni. They can be seen on Disney’s Zombies, The Next Step, Make it Pop, Backstage, Rookie Blue and RocKids TV and have performed with Avril Lavigne at the MMVAs and Austin Mahone at We Day. Location: Lower Gallery (Toronto Centre for the Arts) RSVP NOW

 

Community Dance Competition & Showcase (2-5pm): School & community dance programs, troupes, and local dance initiatives across the city come together to showcase in a main event that includes expert judges, hosts, prizes and loads of fun! ThrowDown will consist of a team dance/crew competition (10 teams) and a couple showcases. Performances will be scored by a panel of expert judges. The winning team/crew will win $400.  Location: George Weston Recital Hall (Toronto Centre for the Arts)

The evening will also include presentations for:

  • ‘TrailBlazer’ Award – celebrating an individual who has paved a way and made a lasting impact for the next generation of dancers
  • ‘Barrier Breaker’ Award – acknowledging a dance initiative that has exemplified greater access, inclusion and excellence in programming
  • ‘Mover and Shaker’ Award – congratulating a youth dance leader who has inspired a movement in the dance sector

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