Start Up Dance: Brian Tong kicks off his LTO exploration of Ottawa’s dance community

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Start Up Dance (Twitter/YouTube/Facebook) is run by an 86′ baby by the name of Brian Tong who loves dancing, marketing, and anything artistic in Ottawa. Brian continues to search and find hidden talents that deserves the spotlight and give these artists some hometown hero love. 

The movies, the stories, the culture, all the things you see on the big screen about love, music and dance are true (minus the cheesy acting) and can all be found in Ottawa. This amazing city hides a world of underground dancers that practice and compete for love and respect of the community, the best part is that they’re really good at what they do.  

Let me introduce you to the urban dance community that most of the mainstream media claim as hip hop. Ottawa’s urban dance scene has established Ottawa as one of the most talented cities around. A strong divide between Studio and Streets, these troupes and dancers work hard to perfect their craft to blend the two worlds together. 

Most recently, Ottawa’s own Remix Dance Academy hosted a highly anticipated showcase that included famous troupes that you may recognize on television such as So You Think You Can Dance. Before that, the amazing Illabilties Crew (who’d you recognize on both So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Got Talent) dropped by and judged a local competition for young break-dancers in the city.

Ottawa is filled with hidden gems, and our dance community is definitely one to look out for. Here at Local Tourist Ottawa, I’ll be sure to give you a heads up on showcases, workshops and other dance related events that you can enjoy. It is one thing to watch it on television and another to watch it live, so be sure to keep an eye out for future posts and who knows, you may realize one of the dancers could be your next door neighbour.  Until then here’s a sneak peak of Canadian Dance Factory and their project over at Carleton University:

Thanks Brian! We can’t wait to learn more about Ottawa’s dance community!