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.
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.