“STOMP Urban Dance Competition evolved from a vision by a former City of Toronto staffer as a vehicle to engage young women in recreational opportunities.”

Now, with more than 375 children and youth (ages 6 to 24) from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), STOMP is the largest annual youth event hosted by the City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

The youth participants will perform various urban dance styles before a panel of special judges and to a standing-room-only audience at the City’s 10th Annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase this Saturday, June 4.

Special guest judge: Tré Armstrong of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

The performers come from Parks, Forestry and Recreation dance classes, community dance groups and professional dance academies. Styles of dance include

  • stepping
  • krumping
  • b-boy,
  • break dancing,
  • hip hop,
  • dancehall,
  • jazz,
  • contemporary and
  • ballet.

Dancers are divided into three levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Here is a great Youtube video for the participants about “8 Tips to become a winning dance crew at STOMP 2011″:

“The event also offers valuable stage time for other urban culture themes: up-and-coming MCs, youth bands, vocalists, rappers, dub poets and actors.”

“Over the past 10 years, STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase has become one of the city’s premier youth events,” said Janie Romoff, Director of Community Recreation for the City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division. “STOMP is about leadership and team building. It brings together youth from across the city’s many diverse communities and helps them strengthen the bonds they have with their community and each other – in a safe, fun and meaningful way.”

“STOMP is a key component in Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s youth engagement strategy. In 2009, a total of 22,192 youth, ages 13 to 24, enrolled in the 1,841 registered youth recreation programs. Thousands more were served by drop-in programs and events.

STOMP promotes the principles of community capacity building and social inclusion in a way that’s meaningful, relevant and accessible for the city’s diverse young people.”

STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase

Date: Saturday, June 4
Time: 1-6 p.m.
Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
1 Front St. E. (at Yonge St.)

Ticket price: $5 (Tickets will sell out fast!)

Where to get tickets:
You can buy your tickets at the box office or online starting Saturday May 7 at 10 a.m. at the following locations:

Please click here for more info.

    Enjoy!

    STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase Engages Toronto's Children and Youth

    STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase Engages Toronto's Children and Youth

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Media Advisory

    June 2, 2011

    City to host 10th anniversary STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase

    City of Toronto staff will join a group of talented youth who will take centre stage at the 10th annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase on Saturday. The event will present high-calibre performances that feature various styles of urban dance, such as step, b-boy, break, hip hop, dancehall, jazz and contemporary.

    Special guest judge: Tré Armstrong of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

    Date: Saturday, June 4
    Time: 1 to 6 p.m.
    Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., at Yonge Street

    The 10th anniversary STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase will feature more than 300 performers age 6 to 24 from Parks, Forestry and Recreation dance programs and other youth-serving agencies. This is one of many youth initiatives developed by Parks, Forestry and Recreation to foster an environment where youth are safe, celebrated and encouraged to showcase their artistic creativity.

    More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks.

    Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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