Artistry | Authenticity | AthleticismSince 2010
RAISON D’ÊTRE of TUDS URBAN DANCE CULTURE FESTIVAL
- Artistry: Voice your style
- Athleticism: Doubt your limits
- Authenticity: Do it all openly
Our very first year: TUDS was composed of two events; The Toronto Urban Dance Symposium and The Gadfly Anniversary Battles. Guest Judges included Monsta Pop (Montreal), Sho Tyme (Los Angeles), Boombeast (Montreal), Linda Garneau, & Heidi Strauss. Guests Teachers & Panelists included all the major Toronto dance organizations (CADA, Dance Ontario, DTRC, CDA), Apolonia Velasquez, Ofilio Portillo and Sho Tyme (Los Angeles).
Introduction of invited guest companies. Curated by Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Sinbadinho, Tentacle Tribe (Montreal) was the very first theatre company to be selected.
Other guests artists included Scott Jackson (Beatboxing/Toronto), Collabo workshop with Kojo Tuch Mayne & Mark Samuels from the legendary Do Dat Entertainment/Toronto.
Skills and Soul Battles format removed the use of conventional judges and welcomed All-Star battlers from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Yukon, who picked the winners themselves.
With 2 Sold out nights and 1 at over-capacity TUDS extended into 5 days of activities. A record number of 3 companies were presented and a controversial but well-received Dance Debate discussion opened the festivities.
Guests included dance company directed by Alexandra Spicey Lande (Montreal), Alias Dance Project (Toronto), Guest All-Star battlers from Ottawa, Calgary, Montreal, Yukon, and many more.
WORD FROM THE DIRECTORS