Breaking Down Barriers through Movement

ThrowDown Dance Convention is a platform that celebrates the power and diversity of creative movement through masterclass workshops, panel discussions, and a community dance competition & showcase. The Toronto Centre for the Arts provides a lively setting to discuss, share, and celebrate our successes and to strategize new initiatives that provide equity and access to dance programming for all Torontonians.

SUNDAY MAY 13 2018 

TORONTO CENTRE FOR THE ARTS – 5040 Yonge St., North York, ON M2N 6R8

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Important Event Info


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
  • ‘Come UP’ Award – In recognition of youth dance artists who demonstrate exceptional choreographic ability and the potential to realize a future in the creative realm of dance


Competition Rules, Regulations & Eligibility

Rules, Regulations & Eligibility

Eligibility to participate

  • Dancers must be between 8 to 29 years old
  • Teams of all levels and sizes are welcome
  • Teams are invited to creatively incorporate themes through costume, music and dance
  • If your team is affiliated with a school, community organization or dance academy/studio, they must be identified on the registration form
  • If you are not affiliated with a community organization, school or dance company, an individual over 18 years of age must sign off on your team registration


Your dance/music/routine MUST be 3:00 to 3:30 minutes in length.

Mixes must have sound for a minimum of 3:00. When your music hits 3:30, it will be shut off. Music limits do not include your entry on and off of the stage. We will not be allowing extensive prop and set changes. Swearing will not be tolerated in your music selection and your set must be suitable for all audiences.



Choreography must be original. Keep it tasteful, and again, suitable for all audiences.

Judging Criteria:

Choreography           (originality/technical difficulty)

Delivery          (timing/synchronization) (stage presence/attitude)

Music              (originality/appropriateness/creativity/editing)

Appearance   (originality/costumes/make-up/use of props)


There will be a panel of 3 judges. After each performance, 1-2 judges selected at random will provide immediate feedback.


Order of Performances:

This will be released after the registration deadline or when all dance teams have filled out the online registration. It will be determined by a random draw that will be recorded in one take and posted online a week before the competition.