2016 ALL-STAR TEAMS
Salt ‘nPeppa: Lady C & KC (Calgary/Toronto)
The Moon Runners: Icy & Daniel Keith Morrison (Toronto)
Furious: Jr Maddripp & 7Starr (Montreal)
Somatikfly: Hurricane Tina & Tori (Toronto/Montreal)
Clean Fresh Air: DarQk & Waldo (Montreal)
Piecez of Laziness: Piecez & Lazylegz (Toronto/Montreal)
DJ | Music Troublemaker
TEAMS FROM PRELIMS
NIGHTS OF ARTISTIC DEBAUCHERY
What’s the point of this?
People to witness art that is exciting, unique, and in the moment.
Instigate dance styles to exchange (not just traditional Street Dance Styles).
Up the game in Canada to international rep.
Up the battling to be an art form.
Present battles professionally.
For 2 nights dancers to forget the style they come from but rep themselves as individual artists.
What is this Gadfly Flair business?
Just a couple of exciting features, nothing big: this is the first and only curated dance battle with 12 All-Star guest artists battlers from all over the country.
There are two call outs. 2 All-star Teams will be challenged to defend their spots by 2 teams coming from the prelims and risk of being eliminated before the competition starts. Whouuuuu
Each Battle consists of 2 rounds. Semi-Finals and Finals are 3 rounds: First two rounds are regular rounds for 1 dancer of each to throw down. However, the THIRD is reserved for an exchange including at least one dancer from each team. Yep. We need to see a freestyles/improv interaction exchange. Physical contact is not mandatory but interaction is.
Why do we call it Professional?
You see, 99.99% of Urban Dance Competitions take advantage of the actual dancers just to make some quick money. Typical scenario: 50+ battlers enter a competition, each pay let’s say $25 to enter, but only 1 person will get to collect the microscopic $100 prize. All of that knowing that these battlers are the actual performers that the audience pays to see… TUDS aims to make Urban Dancers see what they do as an art form as well as a profession. Every Battler that qualifies into SXS Battles Tournament gets PAID to battle.
Plus, since 2012 the SXS competition got submitted for Dora Awards eligibility. Dora Awards are the Oscars of theatre in Canada. The biggest recognition that performing professional performing artists can get. Yes, we wanted to make history and make it possible for Urban Dance to be nominated along side Contemporary and Ballet performances.
WE DID IT! The 2014 Dora Award for Female Dancer of the Year went to our SXS Battle champ Caroline Lady-C Fraser!
Who are the judges?
Who are the judges?
Thought you would never ask!
There is No almighty OG judge. No international judge. No Judges period. The Contestants judge each other.
Winners from each battle are voted by all the other teams. No hierarchy, no “almighty judge”, everybody is equal.
THE HALL OF FAME
2015 CHAMPS | Symbiotic Monsters
Winners: Venom & Boombeast
Finalist: Miles Faber & ICY Steve Ndacyayisenga
2014 CHAMPS | LADY & THE CHAMP
Winners: Lady-C & Sonic
Finalist: PYRO Andrew Chung & GLIZZI Mariano Abarca
2013 CHAMPS | THE FUNKATEERS
Winners: Kim Sato & Miles Faber
Finalists: Venom & Easy-C
2012 CHAMPS | THE MOON RUNNERS
Winners: ICY Steve Ndacyayisenga & SNAPP Jan Yalda
Finalists: Glizzi & Benzo
2011 CHAMPS | CALIENTE & CHRISTINA
Winners: GLIZZI Mariano Abarca & Christina Benedetti
Finalists: Pyro & Sonic
2010 CHAMPS | TWISTED ANKLES
Winners: PYRO Andrew Chung & SONIC
Finalists: Knox & Kabu
#SXSBattles Schedule2 DAYS OF BATTLES
DAY 01 – FRI SEP 30th
DAY 02 – SAT OCT 1st
Division Battles + Finals Battle