The first ever UDO Canadian Street Dance Championships were held in April at Toronto's Downsview Park Hoop Dome. The all-urban dance competition drew over 200 dancers competing in solos, duos and crews of all ages.
"These kids are showing us what they got," said Isaac "Turbo" Baptiste who came all the way from the UK to judge the Canadian dancers. The street dancer was a finalist on UK's Got To Dance and has appeared in music videos for Will Smith, Madonna, and a backup dancer for Whitney Houston. "They're showing us their passion, showing us their love of dance. I'm enjoying what I see and I'm getting shocked by a few people just popping things out of the bag making me jump."
So what does he think of these dancers across the Atlantic?
"Some of the Toronto kids are just forward, they just go for it. They look at you, they're in your face, they want to give you what they got so I love that."
And while each dancer gave it their all to outdo one another, organizer Jade Clark said the event was more than just the competition.
"What I love about UDO is that they have different categories so newcomer, intermediate and advance which really allows dancers of all ages a chance to go so you don't have to wait until you get to that super super advanced level to have a chance because that's usually how it goes and it allows dancers to build experience."
Plus, she says, there's always that next generation that's so hungry to learn and get involved. And at the Street Dance Competition, young street competitors were aplenty.
"Just because you're young doesn't mean you can't do certain moves," said competitor Alexander. The seven-year-old has always been dancing, said his parents, but only recently started taking classes at Jade's Hip Hop Dance Acacemy in Brampton, Ontario.
"It suits me and what I do and it's really fun for me," he said.
Top finishers will represent Canada in August at the UDO World Street Dance Championships in Blackpool, England. With the UDO Canadian Street Dance Championships in its inaugral year, Turbo has some advice for next year's event.
"The only thing I would say is, those who are family members, friends, cousins...make some noise for those kids because they're danceing for themselves, they're dancing for you, they're dancing for us. So give them that energy and hype [in the audience]."
For a list of winners and information on upcoming events, be sure to check out UDO Canadian Street Dance Championships