BBOYIZM

DANCE COMPANY

Bboyizm is the premier street dance company in Canada, run by dancer-choreographer, Crazy Smooth. We promote and preserve the foundation, authenticity, and essence of all street dances. Our creations and our programs are platforms for authentic self-expression by artists and students alike.

“Crazy Smooth and Bboyizm have effortlessly bridged the distance from the street to the stage. Fusing influences of street dance and hip-hop into a modern dance context, they are creating a new extremely physical world that is theatrical, virtuosic and urban at its very core.”

- Jeanne Holmes, Artistic Producer, Canada Dance Festival

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DANCE TO EXPRESS! NOT TO IMPRESS- Bboyizm Motto

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COMPANY

DANCE TO EXPRESS! NOT TO IMPRESS- Bboyizm Motto

Founded in 2004 by dancer-choreographer, Crazy Smooth, Bboyizm is the premier street dance company in Canada. The company has a mandate to promote and preserve the foundation, authenticity, and essence of all street dances. Bboyizm believes that authentic self-expression enables an individual – and by extension, a community – to realize its full potential.

Three of the company’s theatre productions have toured Canada to critical acclaim. In addition to performances, the company provides a complete street dance experience that also includes outreach and street-dance programs in schools and communities across Canada.

Dance to express! Not to impress.

That’s our motto – we believe that in expressing oneself authentically, the art and the dance will be impressive by nature.

Notable Bboyizm Facts

  • Three nationally toured shows, frequently sold out
  • Dora Award nominee (2012)
  • Ontario Presenters Network Emerging Touring Artist of the Year (2012)
  • Atlantic Presenters Association Touring Performer of the Year (2013)

“Crazy Smooth and Bboyizm have effortlessly bridged the distance from the street to the stage. Fusing influences of street dance and hip-hop into a modern dance context, they are creating a new extremely physical world that is theatrical, virtuosic and urban at its very core."

- Jeanne Holmes, Artistic Producer, Canada Dance Festival
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STAFF

MEET THE TEAM

Crazy Smooth

Artistic Director

Dancing since 1997, Crazy Smooth is one of Canada’s top street dancers, and an exceptional performer, choreographer, instructor, judge, and community leader.He is founder and creative director of Bboyizm, an award-winning street dance company that has been instrumental in the preservation and growth of street dance in Canada and internationally.

He is the first b-boy to obtain a Canada Council grant to hone his art and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Diamond Jubilee Award (2012), the Urban Dance Generation Choréart Trophy (2008), the Most Valuable B-boy Award at Kings of New York (2006), and the Absolute Canadian B-boy Award at Cypher North (2005). He has performed, taught, coached, and judged competitions in cities and at events throughout North America and Europe.

In 2004, Crazy Smooth founded Bboyizm and the company has since grown to bring authentic street dance into the theatre. Three of his creations – The Evolution of B-Boying, IZM, and Music Creates Opportunity – have toured Canada. The company has been nominated for a Dora award (2012), won the Atlantic Presenters Association Touring Performers of the Year Award (2013) and won the Ontario Presenters Network Emerging Touring Artist of the Year (2012).

Click for Crazy Smooth’s extended bio and resume

Gillian Reid

Manager & Tour Producer

Gillian is Bboyizm’s agent, manager and tour producer. She has secured engagements for the company since their blockbuster show IZM first premiered in 2010, including tours, festivals, creative residencies, community engagements, corporate events, panel appearances, media events, and more. Gillian has built seven National Canadian Tours for Bboyizm, including the 2012 Spring Tour of IZM, which was the largest Ontario government-funded non-ballet dance tour in Canada at the time.

In 2015 Gillian founded FeLIX Productions, a boutique agency to support a curated roster of multidisciplinary performing artists. She is a registered service provider with Strategic Arts Management in Halifax, where she works with emerging touring artists. She earned her degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario.

Email Gillian: gilliancreid@icloud.com

Geni Lou

Project Manager

Geni Lou provides Bboyizm with a variety of critical services, from market research to event planning, on-site tour management, social media support, and administration. Geni Lou also works alongside some of Quebec’s other most influential street dance organizations as a business consultant and coordinator, notably Bust A Move and Jack of All Trades.

She earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill and recently completed the dance program at Åsafolkhögskoladance school in Sweden. She has been dancing since 2006, specializing in popping and waacking.

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CORE DANCERS

MEET THE TEAM

Julie Rock
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Julie ‘Julie Rock’ Benoit

Dance has always been an essential part of Julie Rock’s life. She started to train in technical dances when she was a child, and in her early teens, Street and Latin Dances enriched her curriculum.

Julie Rock also developed a passion for travelling and she soon realized that mixing dance and travel would enrich both experiences. She has travelled extensively in the United States, Dominican Republic and Brazil, where she has had the opportunity to learn dance styles alongside the pioneers and most importantly, study dances in their authentic context.

Over the years, Julie Rock has worked with various dance and entertainment companies. She has battled and performed all over Canada, the Caribbean and Taiwan.

Currently Julie Rock performs with Las Tchutchucas Locas. She was part of the original cast of Bboyizm’s theatrical production IZM and has worked ever since.

Frost Flow
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Marcelino “Frost Flow” DaCosta

Professional street dance and community arts educator Frost Flow has been a practitioner and advocate of Hip Hop culture since 1998. He is the founder of the world-renowned GROUND ILLUSIONZ Hip-Hop Art Collective based in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario with international members as far away as Taiwan & Japan.

Frost’s signature style of b-boying comes across in his social contributions. Using a distinct, Hip Hop style of pedagogy that emphasizes grassroots movements and social agency through artistic-cultural expression, Frost shares knowledge about health, wellbeing, and self-empowerment. Through continual effort and inspiration, Frost represents a definitive essence of his craft, while bridging generations for unification and progressive education.

Frost shared his “Full Step Saga” vision, craft and culture as a TEDx speaker for Vancouver’s “ID” production 2015. He is a national ambassador, local leader and supporter of many grassroots initiatives, including: The Word Project (2004), Behaviour Arts Fest (2009-2014), R.H.Y.T.H.M. & Let Go Expo (2011), and Share Our Spirit (2011-2014) the HUB (2015) & STORYTiME Japan (2015-2016).

Frost currently works with the City of Mississauga, UNITY charity, Blue Print Pathways and is focused on his independent Art Education project – “FULL STEP SAGA”.

Frost is one of the newer members of Bboyizm dance company, joining in 2014.

NOSB
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Rahime Gay-Labbé aka NOSB

NOSB started to dance at age nine and he has been using his skills and interest in music - mostly percussion - to explore the different ways of using dance as a medium of expression ever since.

NOSB stands for the New Old School B-boy. As the youngest member of his group and part of the new generation of street dancers, NOSBsees the thin line between changing the dance form and respecting its natural evolution. He is recognized not only for his technical expertise but his extensive knowledge and understanding of the culture.

NOSB is a strong asset and key member of Bboyizm. He has toured with the company since 2012, most recently performing with Bboyizm at the Breakin’ Convention 2016 – the largest street dance platform in the world, held at Sadler’s Wells, London, England.

NOSB has been working as dance instructor with kids of all ages for over 10 years, teaching in more than 400 school across Canada. He believes that sharing and inspiring others to learn about themselves through art leads to happiness whileachieving life goals.

Born and raised in Hull, Quebec, NOSBis always on the lookout for new opportunities to travel and meet other streetdancers. Pursuing his journey around the world, his goal is to find balance in every aspect of life while training and exploring the many different aspects of dance.

Bourrik
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Emmanuel “Bourrik” Septier

Originally from Martinique, Bourrik started b-boying in 2000 in a famous square on the French Island. Bourik was already a Rap and Capoeira aficionado and b-boying proved to be an excellent fit for him.

Bourrik moved to Montréal in 2006 and became a member of Legz Crew in 2007. He performed with them in the Montreal Francofolies and for the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

He has been performing with the Afro Colombian dance group Bololo since 2012 and from fall 2013 to spring 2014, he worked with 360 Mouvements par minute Company and toured to Abitibi, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Bourrik was a dancer in the 2015 movie X-Men Apocalypse and an extra in the movie Nine Lives.

Bourrik has been a member of Bboyizm dance company since he joined the original cast of Bboyizm’s theatrical production IZM in 2010.

Dirty D
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Jean-luc “Dirty D” Fournier

Dirty D is a b-boy / Rock dancer / practitioner and student of the Hip-hop movement and Indigenous cultures emerging from the Outaouais/Kictisibi watershed. He started his b-boy journey 17 years ago, eventually going to NYC in 2003 to study the fundamentals of street dance.

Dirty D has performed at major festivals including Hip-Hop 360 at NAC in Ottawa, Winterlude festival in Ottawa, Guelph dance festival, Puvirnituq Festival in Nunavik, Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife, Penticton Children Festival, Edmonton’s street performers, Under Pressure and Just for laughs in Montreal as well as Harbourfront Festival in Toronto.

In 2005, Dirty D was contracted by Blueprint for Life, a social work organization that conducts outreach using hip hop. He has lead empowerment outreach across Canada and dance workshops in communities of Nunavut, Nunavik, Inuvialuit, Northwest Territories, Quebec & British Columbia. He has taught cultural workshops with Red Power Squad, a collective of Cree artists based out of Edmonton Alberta and traveled with them to James Bay, Northern Ontario, Northern Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Southern British Columbia.

Dirty D has been a member of Bboyizm dance company since its inception.

Dirty D has an explosive dance style driven by an inner hunger and rage that comes out in his unique flow on the floor. He’s a strong believer that dances heal people, bring them closer together and are a good starting point for lifelong relationships.

Miss Marie Monsta
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Marie “Miss Marie Monsta” Benoit

Miss Marie Monsta started Irish Step Dancing when she was 11 and was introduced to Street Dances shortly after. At that moment she discovered her passion for dance and has since tried every dance style she could. She now specializes in b-girling and Samba and practices other styles such as Old School Party dances, Rocking, House dance, Salsa, Bachata and Hustle, to name a few.

Her love for this art led her to travel, perform, compete and teach in Dominican Republic, Brazil, Thailand, USA, and across Canada. She had the opportunity to train with world renowned teachers in establishments such as the Broadway Dance Center in New York and Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Miss Marie Monsta has worked as a facilitator for Blueprint for Life “social work through hip hop” company, dances with Las Tchutchucas Locas and is one of Bboyizm dance company’s core dancers.

Soul Step
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Mathieu “Soul Step” Ulrich

Soul Step has over 15 years experience with b-boying and his thirst for knowledge and great respect for the history of street dances have taken him all over Canada.

Soul Step has performed at numerous festivals, including The 2004 Reggae Fest, the 2005 and 2010 Francofollies of Montreal, The International Jazz Festival of Montreal in 2008, 2010 and 2011, and Ottawa’s Winterlude in 2009.

He co-founded the group L.E.G.Z in 2004 and Soul Step soon established his reputation as a defender of the pure and original style of b-boying. Soul Step is a true fan of hip hop culture, and in 2006 his commitment to preserve the traditional style of b-boying earned him the honour of becoming a member of the legendary Montreal crew, Rock Flow, with whom he won several competitions.

With L.E.G.Z, Soul Step has organized camps, courses and workshops with the goal of passing on his passion to future generations. Whether in competitions, shows or performances, Soul Step and his authentic style always leaves its mark.

Soul Step was part of the original cast of IZM and has been a member of Bboyizm dance company ever since.

Wary the Warrior
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El Houari “Wary the Warrior” Si Abdelkader

Born and raised in France, Wary the Warrior started B-boying in 1996, at the age of 12. Influenced by European pioneers such as Aktuel Force and Battle Squad, he sought to study and understand the B-boy lifestyle.

In 2003 he went on his first pilgrimage to NYC, the Mecca of Hip Hop, where dancers such as Pjay71, King Uprock and Break Easy, amongst others, introduced him to the Rock Dance. In 2005, he joined the legendary Dynasty Rockers.

Wary is very involved in the preservation and development of the Rock Dance worldwide. His passion and perseverance have led him to travel to countries such as Finland, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Poland, Austria, Brazil, U.S.A and Canada to perform, compete, teach and judge. He recently founded his own Rocking crew called Kossassins, alongside B-boy Crazy Smooth.

Wary the Warrior is an established Rock dancer & B-boy who has been sharing his unique talent with Bboyizm dance company since 2011.

Strife
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Mathieu “Strife” Bilodeau

Strife has been dancing and living the art of b-boying for 13 years. B-boy Strife is part of the Funk Thieves crew, with whom he enjoys practicing and competing. Strife has had the good fortune to participate in the Blueprint for Life Project, conducting social work through the art of b-boying in Nunavut.

Strife has spent the last eight years performing and touring with Bboyizm dance company. He is part of the original cast of the company’s first theatre piece, IZM, and was involved in the creation and development of Bboyizm’s second theatre work, Music Creates Opportunity.

The art of b-boying provides Strife with fulfillment, both on an artistic and personal level. He is constantly striving to deepen his understanding of the b-boying art form and what it encompasses.

Agent Lynx
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Kate “Agent Lynx” Alsterlund

Lynx began b-girling in 1998 with her b-girl crew Ellementale 5 and continues on to this day with her current b-girl crew Legendary.

Lynx graduated with a BFA with Distinction in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University, and has danced for the companies House of Pride, Destins Croises, and most recently Bboyizm. Lynx has been a dance teacher since 2002, and created a curriculum to teach b-boy/b-girl technique to university-level dance students within the Dance Department at UQAM. She has also worked with Blueprint for Life Social Work through Hip Hop working with First Nations and Inuit youth at risk in remote northern communities. In 2014 Lynx began working for RAD, ‘No Excuses, No Limits’ and teaching dance to people of all ages with disabilities.

Lynx has won 16 major competitions across North America. Her most recent in 2015 was the International Ladies of Hip Hop B-girl battle in NYC.

She has been honoured with the Absolute Canadian B-girl Award, the B-Girl Representing Montreal Award, the Cypher B-girl award at Floorlords Anniversary in Boston and was selected for the elite RedBull Beatriders Street Dance Camp in 2006. In 2015 she received the Under Pressure 20th anniversary Tribute Award 'In recognition of her ongoing dedication and contributions to the Hip Hop Community'.

Through her company T.A.T. she strives to share the message of Trash á Tresôr ‘make things better’.

Nubian Nene
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Nadine “Nubian Nene” Sylvestre

Nubian Nene, also known as Essence, was born and raised in Montreal, and has become an award winning urban dancer, known for her Waacking and House styles.

She has taught in Vienna and New York City for the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival, in Philadelphia for the Illadelph Festival and Funky Fundamentals Festival, in Los Angeles for the International Waacking Festival, as well as in Madrid, Lausanne, Geneva, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, Barcelona, Stockholm and St. Petersburg. In 2007, she joined the Blue Print For Life organization, which spreads the knowledge and ideologies of Hip Hop culture to the Inuit youth of Canada.

In 2011, Nubian Nene performed with Jody Watley and Tyrone Proctor at the Gramercy Theater, at Summer Stage with the Cecilia Marta Dance Company and in the 'Hip Hop Kung Fu' production by Emilio 'Buddha Stretch' Austin Jr. at the Asian Society. She performed in Hollywood and New York City at the 2013 Fringe Festival with KINEMATIK Dance Theater, and presented her work as a choreographer at the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival. Nene was featured in Jose James' video 'Every Little Thing' and Michelle Williams 'Say Yes' video, with Beyonce and Kelly Rowland.

Nene has choreographed and performed at both EXPG Dance Showcase in NYC and at the Clutch Festival in Philadelphia, where she was awarded “The Best All-Styles Dancer of 2015”.  She co-choreographed a 10-minute house dance piece for the 2016 100Lux Festival presented at ‘La 5ieme Salle’ at Place-des-Arts.

Nene joined Bboyizm dance company in 2014. "Performing with such a talented cast has allowed me to explore and get deeper into my art.  A life changing experience."  

Zepol Rock
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Marie-Pier “Zepol Rock” Lopes

Zepol Rock was inspired to dive into the heart of the Hip Hop world after meeting Artistic Director, Choreographer and Bboyizm dance company founder Crazy Smooth.

She is a multidisciplinary artist who is very active in the world of visual arts and media. She has an advanced training in Ballet and she is currently focused on b-girling and other urban styles.

Zepol Rock is a regular teacher while touring with Bboyizm, and has instructed students from beginner to advanced at different studios in the Ottawa region and Ontario. Zepol Rock is proficient in other dance styles such as Rocking, Hustle, House, Latin Dances, and most recently started learning Pantsula, a style that she discovered through Bboyizm dancer and friend, Melly Mel.

She has been a member of Bboyizm since 2009 and toured Canada with the original cast of the theatrical production IZM.

Melly Mel
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Mélissa "Melly Mel" Flérangile

From Contemporary to Street dance, Melly Mel has been devotedly mastering her craft for years. She has appeared in several Hollywood motion pictures, including "Sex In The City 2", "Honey", and the Academy Award winner and big screen success, "Chicago". She has performed at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards and on the Jay Leno Show.

Melly Mel worked with Cirque du Soleil in 2005, participating in the creation of “The Beatles LOVE” - a celebratory production honoring the legacy of the Beatles. She performed with the show until 2008.

From 2010 to 2012 Melly Mel toured with Cirque Eloize’s newly created production “iD”, including a performance on one of the most renowned TV shows in France, “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde”. She has performed in prestigious theaters worldwide, such as the Wang Theater in Boston, Marina Bay Sands Theater in Singapore and Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris. She recently began training and performing with Tentacle Tribe, a Swedish-Canadian based dance company.

Melly Mel has been a key member of Bboyizm from the very beginning and has acted as the Assistant Artistic Director on various projects.

As she aspires to inspire people from different walks of life, Melly Mel shares her purpose to “Live. Laugh. Love” through dance!

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NETWORK

We’re proud to be surrounded by a network of talented people who work with us as we continue to push the boundaries of street dance.

Kaszas Marketing

Kaszas supports us with marketing guidance and content development.
www.kaszas.ca

Le Collectif Design

Le Collectif keeps Bboyizm looking good in print.
www.clctf.com

Videographer

Yves Soglo of PrototypeD is a freelance videographer and video editor. He’s responsible for Bboyizm’s excellent videos and is the company's technical director.
www.yvessoglo.com

Nervures

Philippe Bonin operates Nervures, a firm specializing in growth management for businesses and development projects for communities.
www.nervures.ca

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FUNDERS

Bboyizm street dance company Canada gratefully acknowledges support from these funding organizations:

Canada Council for the Arts

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
The Canada Council for the Arts is a federal, arm's-length Crown corporation created by an Act of Parliament in 1957 (Canada Council for the Arts Act) "to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts."

www.canadacouncil.ca

Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council is an arm's-length agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Aboriginal arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Franco-Ontarian arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.

www.arts.on.ca

Conseils des arts et des lettres Quebec (CALQ)

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec supports, throughout Québec, creation, experimentation, production and dissemination in the realms of the visual arts, the arts and crafts, literature, the performing arts, the multidisciplinary arts, cinema and video, the digital arts and architectural research.

www.calq.gouv.qc.ca

National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country.

nac-cna.ca

Canada Dance Festival

The Canada Dance Festival (CDF) is a presenter of Canadian dance, a community leader and a catalyst for the development of the art form, of emerging and established artists and new audiences.

www.canadadance.ca

Ottawa Dance Directive (odd)

Ottawa Dance Directive is a contemporary arts space for dance. odd programs dance to nourish its resident artists and the local community while stimulating growth beyond its borders.

www.odd-cdc.org

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

As part of Bboyizm’s mandate to preserve and promote the foundation, authenticity, and essence of street dance, we offer a variety of programs for schools, communities, and corporations. We offer these programs in both of Canada’s official languages.

School Programs

We’re not just dancers – we’re also experienced educators who love to share our passion for dance and self-expression with young people, their parents and teachers alike.

Learn more about our SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Community Programs

True to the essence of street dance, Bboyizm works to preserve and promote authentic street dance within the communities we tour.

Learn more about our COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Special Requests

We’re creative to the core and love to entertain special requests for inspiring performances, outreach, and events.

Make a SPECIAL REQUEST: gilliancreid@icloud.com

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

“We were delighted to present the Evolution of B-Boying at the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival. Bboyizm delivered a high energy, interactive show that had teachers, parents and kids of all ages groovin’ to the beat. Bboyizm took audiences on a guided tour of history of dance and b-boying that was complemented with a positive messaging about working hard for something you love and following your dreams.”
- Nancy Abrahamson, Festival Director of The Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival.

We’re not just dancers – we’re also experienced educators who love to share our passion for dance and self-expression with young people, their parents and teachers alike. Our school programs, offered in both of Canada’s official languages, includes a show and a workshop:

The Evolution of B-Boying Show

Born in the early 1970s, B-Boying (Breakdancing), now has a significant international following and reputation. In addition to its roots in contemporary black history, particularly Funk music, and African American culture, thedynamic acrobatic aspects of B-Boying make it one of the most unique dances in the world.

The Evolution of B-Boying show brings together the best local street dancers to amaze students and teachers alike, while educating them about the evolution of street dance and Hip Hop culture in a fun and stimulating environment.

Evolution is Bboyizm’s most versatile show. It can be custom-fit for 30-minute to 1-hour shows, and is ideal for school gymnasiums, malls, and similar spaces.

Foundations of B-Boying Workshop

Bboyizm’s dancers transmit their passion and respect for the history and art of B-Boying, educating students on the roots and different techniques of Breakdancing. This is a unique chance to learn B-Boying and Hip-hop culture in a safe way, from dedicated professionals.

Program Details:

Languages: English, French, Bilingual Ages: Grades 4-12; teachers; parents;
general public; youth at risk
Options:Half day (two 1-hour sessions);
Full day (four 1-hour sessions)
Maximums: audiences up to 300 for the show;
up to 30 participants per workshop
Venues: school gyms, community centres

Schools in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, please contact:

MASC 613-725-9119 www.masconline.ca

Schools in the GTA, please contact:

Prologue to the Performing Arts 1-888-591-9092 www.prologue.org

All other inquiries:

Gillian Reid, Tour Manager 902-275-8819 gilliancreid@icloud.com

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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

True to the essence of street dance, Bboyizm street dance company Canada works to preserve and promote authentic street dance within the communities where we live and tour. We have a strong presence in the Canadian street dance community and are equally active in local community centers and dance schools.

Our community programs, offered in both of Canada’s official languages, include:

Studio Programs

Many of our dancers are experienced, professional teachers devoted to sharing their passion for street dance with all levels and all ages of dancers. We teach technical foundations for these disciplines: B-Boying & B-Girling Rocking House Locking Hip Hop Pantsula Hustle and more. We also teach choreography performance skills conditioning and keep classes fun and exciting. Talk to us about: School shows and workshops by company dancers Master classes for dance studios and crews Residencies Judging dance competitions

Showcases & Demonstrations

Share us – and street dance – with your entire community.
We are available for: Short demonstrations (malls, festivals, community events) Lectures and motivational speeches –
the history of street dance, living and learning through hip-hop culture, the experience of becoming a professional dancer, and other topics
Other customized activities to suit

Community Program Details:

Languages: English, French, Bilingual Ages: all Venues: community centres, shopping centres, outdoor plazas, festivals, stages, studios, and more

City of Kingston community project video

All other inquiries:

Gillian Reid, Tour Manager 902-275-8819 gilliancreid@icloud.com

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PUBLIC WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

We’re not just dancers – we’re also experienced educators who love to share our passion for dance and self-expression with people of all ages and dance levels.

We are experienced in teaching the foundations of:

Street dance styles including: B-Boying, Rocking, House, Hip Hop, Pantsula, Locking, Hustle, and more Choreography Performance Physical conditioning

Learn more about our Weekly Classes, Workshops, and Hustle Sessions.

WEEKLY CLASSES

Our professional dancers offer weekly classes in local Ottawa/Gatineau studios, community centres, and post-secondary schools. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Dance Styles: B-Boying Rocking House Hip Hop Pantsula Locking Hustle

BBOYIZM classes new schedule coming in september.

Booking inquiries:

Crazy Smooth, Artistic Director & Choreographer 819-923-0454 info@bboyizm.ca

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are immersive activities during which Bboyizm’s dancers share their knowledge, skills, and passion with students. The power of dance enchants, and provides participants with an opportunity to express themselves in new ways.
We offer dance workshops and master classes in various street dance styles, adapted for beginner to advanced levels. Workshops generally take place in dance schools, elementary & high schools, and as complementary outreach activities in conjunction with company production tours.
Refer to our Calendar for upcoming workshops, or contact us to book regular sessions.

Dance Styles: B-Boying Rocking House Hip Hop Pantsula Locking Hustle Choreography Performance Physical conditioning

Booking inquiries:

Crazy Smooth, Artistic Director & Choreographer 819-923-0454 info@bboyizm.ca

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HUSTLE

About Hustle:

A unique three-count partner dance danced to four-count music, Hustle originated in urban clubs in the 1970s. From its inception, Hustle fused elements of various dances including Latin and disco, and was heavily influenced by popular music of the time, creating a unique social dance. To this day, Hustle is continuously evolving and is one of the few social dances born and cultivated in the U.S.

Crazy Smooth is part of the resurgence of Hustle in North America and Europe. Come learn this dynamic partner dance from the b-boy who brings a unique street dance aesthetic to Hustle, and find out why it is captivating today's youth and street dancers around the world.


Refer to our Calendar for upcoming Hustle sessions, or contact us to book a private lesson.

Booking inquiries:

Crazy Smooth, Artistic Director & Choreographer 819-923-0454 info@bboyizm.ca

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THEATRE REPERTOIRE

“When IZM premiered at the Canada Dance Festival, the sold-out audience went wild. And they had good reasons to...Crazy Smooth and his dancers hold nothing back, the dancers go full out and they give every audience an authentic hype.”
- Brian Webb, Artistic Director, Canada Dance Festival 2011

Music Creates Opportunity


The company’s critically acclaimed latest touring stage production, Music Creates Opportunity, explores the intersection of rhythm, expression, and community in the making of music and dance. The 1-hour show features 7 of Canada’s most talented dancers performing Rocking, B-Boying, House, Pantsula, Hustle, and the Artistic Director’s innovative concept of Rhythmic Contact.
Learn more about Music Creates Opportunity

IZM


Bboyizm’s 2010, award-winning touring stage production, IZM, explores the very nature of artistic expression through the dialogue between the artist’s intentions and the viewer’s desires. IZM brings together 10 of Canada’s most talented performers in a 1-hour show that draws primarily from the first two hip-hop dance styles, Rocking and B-Boying.
Learn more about IZM

The Evolution of B-Boying


True to the essence of street dance, Bboyizm works to preserve and promote authentic street dance within the communities we tour. Our education and outreach activities leverage street dance as a tool for youth, educators, and parents to connect through a shared understanding of self-expression.
Learn how we can engage with your audiences & communities

Tour Activities & Outreach


True to the essence of street dance, Bboyizm works to preserve and promote authentic street dance within the communities we tour. Our education and outreach activities leverage street dance as a tool for youth, educators, and parents to connect through a shared understanding of self.
Learn more about Tour Activities & Outreach
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MUSIC CREATES OPPORTUNITY

“Music Creates Opportunity is an engaging and intelligent journey of spirit, of dance, and of life. This is a smart new presentation of heart and humour.”
Tedd Robinson, iconic Canadian choreographer, performer and educator

With its 2014 stage creation, Bboyizm dance company continues to explore themes of personal expression through authentic street dance, and to push the art form at its edges. While Bboyizm's first stage piece, IZM, challenged audiences' expectations of both street dance and the stage, Music Creates Opportunity considers the intersection of rhythm, expression, and community in the making of music and dance.


Music Creates Opportunity explores how music is a critical link between dancers. In coming together, dancers realize personal expression, individualized interpretation, and explore their own inner music. Their environment becomes a theatre of meeting – sometimes harmonious and gentle; sometimes antagonistic and in conflict; always transformative.

The show features traditional street dances including Rocking and B-boying, as well as newer forms such as House Dancing, Hustle, and – rarely seen on North American stages – Pantsula, a street dance from Soweto, South Africa. It also introduces the innovative concept of Rhythmic Contact as Crazy Smooth and his dancers mix traditional forms of dance contact with music and rhythmic patterns, much like tap dancers, always within the context of street dance.

Show Details:

Title: Music Creates Opportunity Length: 55 minutes, no intermission, plus optional post-show discussion Choreographer: Crazy Smooth Touring Information: 7 dancers, 2 techs, 1 touring manager


Funding Support:

Music Creates Opportunity is a co-production between the National Arts Centre Ottawa, Canada Dance Festival, and Bboyizm.
The creation of this show also received funding support from the City of Kingston and funding from Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.

“The show [MCO] derives so much of its accessibility from simply presenting talented people who are doing something they love with people they enjoy being around. Their onstage rapport is disarming and can easily sweep you up for the duration of show.”
– Chris Marchand

Promotional Material:

Press Kit: download pdf Promotional videos:
MCO creation MCO teaser MCO pitch video
Show photos:
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IZM

“Crazy Smooth and his nine b-boys and b-girls have crafted a dance show that is witty and polished and absolutely belongs on the mainstream professional stage….IZM raises the bar of how hip-hop can make an artistic statement that it is more than just b-battles and dance-offs.”
Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail

Bboyizm’s 2010, award-winning touring stage production, IZM, explores the very nature of artistic expression through the dialogue between the artist’s intentions and the viewer’s desires. It was the only show to sell out at the 2010 Canada Dance Festival, altering and elevating preconceived notions of B-Boying and Hip Hop.


Choreographer Crazy Smooth presents street-dance tradition within the theatre performance setting. But rather than juxtaposing old and new, traditional and modern, street and theatre, he instead pushes the current boundaries of the dance spectrum. The show draws primarily on the first two Hip Hop dance styles, Rocking and B-Boying, to develop interplay between the artist’s intentions (which influence the viewer), and the viewer’s desires (which affect the artist).


IZM is a challenging piece for both the dancers and the audience. It brings together 10 of Canada’s most talented performers and, while the composition is acutely aware of its stage setting, the vocabulary of movement is improvised.
“IZM…These dancers work! The show is an engaging and intelligent journey of spirit,of dance, and of life.”
- Tedd Robinson, Artistic Director, 10 Gates Dancing Inc

Show Details:

Title: IZM Length: 60 minutes, no intermission, plus optional post-show discussion Choreographer: Crazy Smooth Touring Information: 10 dancers, 2 techs, 1 touring manager

Funding Support:

IZM received funding support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Conseils des Arts et Lettres du Québec.

“A daring and explosive confrontation between audience and artist that pushed the boundaries of theatrical expression - through dance - to the edge of post-modern consciousness.”
- Bateman Reviews

Promotional Material:

Press Kit: download pdf Promotional videos:
IZM teaser What is the IZM show
Show photos:
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THE EVOLUTION OF B-BOYING

“The Evolution of B-boying delights audiences with vibrant, energetic performances and has inspired literally thousands of youth across the nation.”
Wendy Hartley, Program Director of MASC (Multi-Cultural Art for Schools and Communities)

Born in the early 1970s, B-Boying now has a significant international following and reputation. In addition to its roots in contemporary black history – particularly Funk music and African American culture – thedynamic acrobatic aspects of B-Boying make it one of the most unique dances in the world.


The Evolution of B-Boying brings together some of the best street dancers in the nation to present the history of b-boying/b-girling over three decades. The show that will amaze students and teachers alike educates and entertains, giving the audience insight into authentic street dance culture, with a real street dance battle and genuine interactions between the dancers and the audience, while educating them about the evolution of street dance and Hip Hop culture in a fun and stimulating environment.


Evolution is Bboyizm’s most versatile show. It can be custom-fit for 30-minute to 1-hour shows, and is ideal for school gymnasiums, malls, and similar spaces.

Show Details:

Title: The Evolution of B-Boying Length: 30 – 60 minutes Choreographer: Crazy Smooth Touring Information: 5-10 dancers

ACTIVITIES & OUTREACH

True to the essence of street dance, Bboyizm dance company works to preserve and promote authentic street dance within the communities we tour. Our education and outreach activities leverage street dance as a platform for youth, educators, and parents to connect through a shared understanding of self.

Our outreach activities include:

  • Post Show Talk Back
  • School &Workshop Programs
  • Showcases & Demonstrations
  • Dance Parties
  • Promotional Support

Post Show Talk Back

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School &Workshop Programs

All of our dancers are experienced, professional teachers devoted to sharing their passion for street dance with all levels and ages of dancers. We teach technical foundations for these disciplines: B-Boying & B-Girling, Rocking, House, Locking, Hip Hop, Pantsula, Hustle, and more. We also teach choreography, performance skills and conditioning, and keep classes fun and exciting.


Contact us for:
  • School shows and workshops by company dancers
  • Master classes for local dance studios and crews
  • Residencies
  • Judging local dance competitions


Showcases & Demonstrations

We are available for:
  • Short demonstrations (malls, festivals, community events)
  • Lectures and motivational speeches – the history of street dance, living and learning through hip-hop culture, the experience of becoming a professional dancer, and other topics
  • Other customized activities to suit


Promotional Support

To help local presenters promote the shows, we are available for all of the following activity in both official languages:
  • Media interviews
  • Local TV demos
  • Local media filming of short segments during our tech rehearsal

See the company on tour
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PRESSKITS

Music Creates Opportunity

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CORPORATE OFFERINGS

Bboyizm street dance company offers custom performances and teambuilding workshops for corporate and private clients and has had great success with its full-length interactive educational show, The Evolution of B-Boying.

Corporate Performances

Whether it is a custom-designed performance or a company show, Bboyizm adapts to any setting, providing an entertaining and impressive show in a festive environment. Examples of private performances we have delivered include:

STRUTT Wearable Fashion Loréal Canada Christmas party Ontario Tourism gala shows Tim Horton’s corporate events Flash mobs

Leadership Development

Our leadership-development workshop uses street dance as a means to develop leadership skills, confidence, creativity, and self-expression in an organization’s high performers. We collaborate with the organization to establish the duration, focus, and location of the leadership development experience.

Team Building

Our team-building workshop uses street dance as a platform to facilitate communication, problem solving, trust, and appreciation between individuals. We collaborate with management to establish the duration, focus, and location of the team-building experience.

Clips of our shows & performances

Bboyizm Shows and Performances

All other inquiries:

Gillian Reid, Tour Manager 902-275-8819 gilliancreid@icloud.com

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CONTACT US

Gillian Reid

Tour Manager

gilliancreid@icloud.com
(902) 275-8819

Crazy Smooth

Artistic Director/Choreographer

info@bboyizm.ca
(819) 923-0454