About the Foundation

The Foundation started as a free weekly training program for local dancers, and has turned into a yearly battle event and fundraising effort for the Stackin’ Stylez Freestyle Dance Festival. Compared to Stackin’ Stylez, The Foundation is a much more intimate event. Because of its size, it's become an encouraging and collaborative space, where amateur dancers battle for the first time and experienced competitors can be more exploratory.

Fundraising Initiative

Every Year, we create a community initiative for Stackin Stylez to bridge the gap between high level freestyle dance and community work. Last year we partnered several dancers to non profits around the world, in the first ever livestream fundraiser competition series. With this initiative we were able to raise over $20,000 and support 16 non profits who work tirelessly on the frontlines to aid community and global disparities. This year we are building a local initiative in the spirit of recent projects such as Stackin’ Boston and the Digital Story Map series featuring stories from boston dance elders. We are partnering with community organizations and spaces to facilitate a free workshop series tour for youth and families in the Boston community. SSW will be inviting local dancers to participate in a teacher development cohort, based in curriculum building, skill, and contextual development. These dancers will then be stationed at different community centers that we partner with via a seasonal and/or 6 week supplemental dance class series. Our goal is to create access to authentic freestyle dance training while also preparing dancers in the community to continue doing this type of work long term.


Foundation Details

Spectacle Island

Spectacle Island

Date: Saturday July 1st
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pmam

The ferry boards at the Long Wharf at 12pm. Last year, there were a number of people that missed the ferry so it is encouraged that you arrive at 11am. There are plenty of places to eat/hangout in the area. If you happen to miss the 12:30pm ferry, there is another ferry that leaves at 2:30pm, you will miss half the event but you will still be able to catch the main event battles/finals.

To enter the freestyle battle category, fill out the competitor form here. Sign ups are limited to 60 competitors due to time restrictions. Once you are at the event, you will have 45 seconds to showcase your skills to a random track selection from our DJ. Judges will select a the top 16 dancers to move on to the top 16 bracket. The top 8 round will be a 2 to loose (reverse 7 to smoke) battle format. Once we get down to the Top 4 dancers, competitors will have to compete to live music song covers performed by NWA SOUL. The final 2 competitors will battle in a 3 round final.
A winner will be crowned The Foundation SMMR 2023 Champion and King/Queen of the Island.

The champion will received a plaque along with a $500 cash prize and Stiggity merch.

The event is free and open to the public. It is an all age, family friendly event and there will be snacks and drinks available for purchase via the ferry to and from the island and via snack stand on the island.
You can also bring your own food and drinks but there is a carry on carry off policy on the island, any waste you bring, you must carry off the island and discard back at the wharf.

The official after party for the Foundation will be held at the Foundation Kitchen in Charlestown (21+) w/ a $5 cover.
There will be food and drinks (beer & wine cocktails).
Indoor/outdoor seating arrangements.
Capacity is limited so come on time if you want to get in. 9pm-1am

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