Youth STOMP showcase comes to Toronto’s Sony Centre

For the 12th year in a row, Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts will be home to one of the city’s largest urban dance showcases this Sunday.

The STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase, in partnership with the Sony Centre, will host over 400 youth participants, ages 6 to 24, for a day of competitive dancing and far ranging dance-style performance.

From breaking to krumping to jazz and contemporary, the showcase will feature all kinds of dance genres performed by dancers from all across the GTA.

Performers in the STOMP showcase are all young people belonging to a Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation dance program, private lesson, or community dance group.

Dancers will be divided into either a beginner, intermediate, or advanced category.

First time host for the STOMP showcase, Jelani Philbert, said the event is something city dwellers should make their way out to as an effort to support community building and Toronto’s youth population.

“I’m always a believer in supporting talent, especially homegrown talent in a city this large. Big names have performed on that stage before,” said Philbert.

Philbert, who also recently hosted the Jane and Finch Youth Film Festival in May said he is looking forward to seeing showcases done by some of the judges on hand, who include established choreographers Judi “JuLo” Lopez, Miles Faber, and former Canadian Idol judge, Farley Felx, just to name a few.

STOMP was first established as a program to engage young women in recreational opportunities with only 100 participants at the time.

The STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase will be happening Sunday June 2 between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, located at 1 Front St. East.

Tickets are $5 and the event is open to the public.

For more information on where to purchase tickets and more, click here.