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May 8, 2017
City of Toronto announces STOMP showcase winners
Hundreds of talented youth took to the stage at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts yesterday to compete in the 16th annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase. Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, kicked off the event which drew an audience of approximately 2,600 people – the event's largest audience to date.

"It's incredible to witness the talent and dedication of this city's youth," said Councillor Pasternak. "We need to continue to support the creativity and talent of young people, with programs and activities that provide positive outlets for creative expression."

The event featured youth performers ages six to 24 from Parks, Forestry and Recreation dance programs and other youth-serving agencies. In addition to featuring various urban dance styles such as step, break, hip-hop, dancehall, Bollywood, jazz and contemporary, the event also showcased Toronto's up-and-coming youth bands, vocalists, rappers and dub poets.

Dancers were judged on their choreography, music, costumes, creativity, originality, synchronization, use of the stage, rhythm, interaction with the audience and musicality.

Winning teams:

First place: The Unknowns
Second: Baby All Stars
Third: Diversity

First place: After School Special
Second: JJM Fusion
Third: Heartbeatz

First place: 6IX Boss Dancers
Second: AOS
Third: Aniyah

First place: The Alliance
Second: Mini Krew
Third: Soul Mob

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STOMP is the largest of many youth initiatives developed by Parks, Forestry and Recreation to foster an environment where youth are safe, celebrated and encouraged to showcase their creativity. More information is available at

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