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June 7, 2013
City of Toronto announces young winners of STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase
City of Toronto staff, in partnership with the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, joined a talented and enthusiastic group of dancers as they took to the stage for the 12th annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase on June 2.

The opportunity to perform in Canada's largest soft seat theatre, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, added to the excitement and professionalism of the more than 400 performers, ages 6 to 22 years, from Parks, Forestry and Recreation dance programs and other youth-serving agencies.

The event offered high-calibre performances that feature many styles of urban dance including: step, b-boy, break, hip hop, dancehall, jazz and contemporary.

The competition and showcase also highlights other urban culture themes including up-and-coming MCs, youth bands, vocalists, rappers, dub poets and actors.

STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase is the largest youth initiatives developed by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation division to foster an environment where youth are safe, celebrated and encouraged to showcase their artistic creativity in a positive way.

The dancers are judged on their choreography, music, costume, creativity, originality, synchronization, use of the stage, rhythm, interaction with the audience and musicality.

Below are the three categories and winning teams for 2013:

Beginner teams: Ages 6 to 14 years
First Place: Cupcakes (Falstaff Community Centre)
Second Place: Next Generation (Regent Park South Community Centre)
Third Place: Wild Onez (Central Neighbourhood House)

Intermediate teams: Ages 12 to 17 years
First Place: Elite Dance Crew (Elite Dance Crew Company)
Second Place: Step Up 416 (Cliffcrest Community Centre)
Third Place: Sweetie Pies (Falstaff Community Centre)

Advanced Teams: Ages 16 to 22 years
First Place: C2 Genesys (C2 Genesys Dance Company)
Second Place: Muffin Monsters (Independent)
Third Place: Adrenalyn (L'Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre)

The 13th anniversary STOMP Urban Dance Competition will take place in 2014.

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