Premier Breakdance Championship Gives Canadian Crews the Chance to Face Off on the World Stage

    Canada is Finally on the World Map of Breakdance Culture with Battle of
    the Year: Canada

    TORONTO, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - The countdown is on to the biggest and most
important breakdance event in Canada this year - the 2008 Battle of the Year:
Canada. On August 23, Street Dance Academy (SDA) and Planet B-Boy will host up
to twenty of the best breakdance crews from across Canada in a fierce,
high-energy competition for the chance to represent their country in the
Battle of the Year finals held in Germany on October 18, 2008.
    For the first time since the championship's inception in Germany in 1990,
Canada will host its own qualifier competition. Battle of the Year: Canada is
truly a historic occasion for Canadian urban culture which elevates breaking
to a performance art. In a unique format, crews of five to ten breakers will
perform 6-minute choreographed routines and be judged in four key categories:
artistic merit, technical skill, execution and stage presence. The four
top-scoring crews will then advance to the next round, battling face to face.
Crews will not only battle to find out who is the best, but also learn
valuable skills to further their dance careers beyond competitions.
    Toronto is home of the biggest breaking community in Canada, making it
the ideal location for an event of this magnitude. Members of the legendary
Canadian crew Bag of Trix, third place winners at BOTY in 1999, along with
international breaking celebrities Poe One and Free will judge the competition
and lead workshops following the event.
    Profiled in the documentary Planet B-Boy (, Battle of
the Year is the biggest international breakdance championship in the world.
Hosting over 8,000 fans each year, with over 25 countries vying for the title,
the event has blossomed as a unique cultural exchange forum where
international understanding takes centre stage and active audience integration
opens new social and cultural possibilities of participation.

    Battle of the Year: Canada - Breakdance Championship

    WHEN:     Saturday, August 23, 2008
              1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    WHERE:    MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queens Park (South of the ROM, UofT
              Campus), Toronto

    HOW:      Tickets: $25. On sale at Street Dance Academy (160 Spadina
              Ave., 2nd floor, Toronto) and online at

    Phone:    416.840.4934



    About SDA

    Founded in 2006, Street Dance Academy (SDA) is Toronto's first and only
dance studio dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the multifaceted
styles of street dance. SDA offers classes in a variety of street dance
styles, as well as an extended list of community events and services,
including showcases, art shows and a resource library of dance-related films
and videos. Street Dance Academy is committed to demystifying street dance and
bringing it from the underground into the spotlight. For more information,
please visit

For further information:

For further information: Eva Nikitova, Street Dance Academy, or (416) 840-4934

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