Breaking new ground with street dance onstageBreakdancing and hip hop receiving new legitimacy in dance, 30 years after its advent, on Toronto and Canadian stages.

Popular culture has long shone a light on breakdancing, but various troupes are pushing the dance form to another level with shows that put the street moves onto stages across Canada.

Urban troupe Bboyizm, for instance, is making its Toronto debut with IZM and Evolution of B-Boying, both being performed at the Harbourfront Centre as part of the contemporary dance series DanceWorks. The group will also head to British Columbia later this month.

Dancer, choreographer and Bboyizm founder Yvon Soglo, who performs as Crazy Smooth, was motivated to create the stage shows after being inspired by “intellectually challenging” performances by companies like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Montreal’s Rubberband Dance Group, led by a former member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

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