[dropcaps]TUDS[/dropcaps]’ Founders and Artistic Directors, Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Sinbadinho have always been passionate about street dance and its culture. After gaining much experience in the industry, they quickly realized that more awareness and acknowledgement of the local talent needed to be spread and addressed. The Gadfly Anniversary event was the first step and was a huge eye-opener when the All-Styles Battle united dancers from difference genres and allowed them to exchange. It created a new level of excitement among the dancers and the audience. The goal was to bring artists in one room to celebrate their similarities and learn about their differences to work together. In 2010, along with Jennifer Wan, TUDS was born. Apolonia, Jen, and Ofilio decided to use their experiences in different fields and apply them to create something that was powerful, necessary, entertaining, and exciting. What once started as a 1-day event in 2010 has now grown to be a 5 day festival now!
[accordionitem title=”2010”]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).
[accordionitem title=”2011″]The unanticipated success of TUDS 2011 forced us to extend the event to reach more people. Guests included granting agencies, casting directors, dance artists and agents and workshop by Frank Boogie (Boogie Brats, Toronto). It was in 2011 that the idea of not just educating about how to find opportunities grew into also ACTUALLY offering opportunities to Urban Dance Artist. The first ever professional dance battle involved Andrew PYRO Chung and Miles Boog Faber and the first paid performance opportunity was offered to Raw Dance Crew.
[accordionitem title=”2012″]Guests included Kim Sato (Vancouver), Kojo ‘Tuch’ Mayne (Toronto), Frank Boogie (Toronto), Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Lande (Montreal), Tommy Steeze (Toronto), and Daniel Celebre (Toronto)
[accordionitem title=”2012″]Guests included Tentacle Tribe (Montreal), Scott Jackson (Beatboxing), Collabo workshop with Kojo tuch Mayne & Mark Samuels from the legendary Do Dat Entertainment, Guest All-Star battlers from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Yukon, and many more.