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Breaking Canada Presents
B-Girls in Leadership, Training, and Teaching Virtual Symposium
- 10am: Introducing Ourselves with Mary Fogarty and Ariyan Johnson
- Participants who have registered for the conference have a chance to introduce themselves to each other and hear from other participants
- 10:30am-noon: Breaking as Culture and Experience
- Rokafella (NYC) in conversation with b-girls Emma (Vancouver) and Tiff (Toronto)
- Noon: Lunch break
- 1-2:30pm: Breaking, Training, and Teaching
- Honey Rockwell (NYC) in conversation with Bgirl Emma Ready (Glasgow, Scotland) and VicVersa (Montreal)
- 2:30-2:45pm: Breakout rooms
- 2:45-4pm: B-Girls in Leadership Roles Thinking about Gender Equity
- Bgirl Lynx (Montreal) in conversation with Bgirl Vee (Cape Town, South Africa) and Judi Lopez (Toronto).
- 4pm-5pm: Assigned breakout rooms to share thoughts on the day and future directions
*Participants are encouraged to attend the whole day if possible so we can build on our knowledge together throughout the experience.
Bios of Panelists
Judi Lopez is the Founder and Collective Director of KeepRockinYou. Judi is a community engager, dancer and educator for the arts in building presence in the Toronto Hip Hop community. Her work expanded to Project Manager for the Toronto B-Girl Movement, as well as Breakin' Convention festival, Open Art Surgery Toronto and Ladies of Hip Hop Toronto. She has completed her MA in the dance program at York University. Her leadership qualities have given her many opportunities to speak about Hip Hop, and arts for social change at universities, community gatherings and special event showcases.
“One of the best bgirls on the planet. If you don’t know, get to know!” During her 23 years of breaking, Emma Ready has established an international reputation as an inspirational, empathetic motivator who is both approachable and accessible. Her students describe her as a “treasure trove of information” and she's known for her clear, helpful and insightful approach to sharing knowledge. Emma’s leadership style has been described as inspirational and elevating. She’s renowned for her creativity and has been dubbed “10,000 Moves Master”. Her recent choreographic work looks at the issue of coercive control and has been described as “utterly awfully wonderful” and “hauntingly beautiful”.