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 expands to Project Coordinator for the Toronto B-Girl Movement, Manifesto Community Projects as former managing director, programmer for Breakin' Convention festival, co-producer of Open Art Surgery Toronto and Ladies of Hip Hop Toronto. She is presently in the MA 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.
Mary Fogarty is an Associate Professor of Dance at York University and a b-girl who got her start throwing an event called “Operation B-Droid” in London, Ontario. She taught her first breaking classes with Leftelep and Taste of the Albino Zebrah crew and has gone on to earn degrees in film, popular culture and music. Fogarty has researched b-boy, b-girl and DJ cultural practices internationally and is committed to the grassroots, community organized values of hip-hop culture. She is currently collaborating with Ken Swift on a book project and The Oxford Handbook of Hip-Hop Dance Studies with Professor Imani Kai Johnson. She performed with the Flyin’ Jalapenos for Breakin Convention at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre in 2007 and has done some hip-hop theatre shows on occasion since then. Her personal website is www.maryfogarty.ca.
Dr. Mary Fogarty
Souphaphone "Soupy" Souphammanychanh
After seeing her older sister dancing in a group in the mid 90’s, eleven year old Soupy was inspired. She then started her own hip hop dance unit using choreography developed by herself. Throughout the years, Soupy continued to teach hip hop routines to people of all ages, trained teams for competitions, and did showcase performances. She also landed dance roles in two feature films “Honey” starring Jessica Alba (2003), and “Take the Lead” starring Antonio Banderas (2006). Soupy is a self-taught hip hop dancer, but decided to pursue another path to satisfy her appetite for something more, break dancing. Learning from high profile Toronto B-Boy crews, it was in this scene that Soupy discovered the roots of hip hop culture. Admiring the history and art of breaking, Soupy now strives to highlight this under-served community. She has performed on many occasions and has instructed for youth outreach programs. As a B-Girl, Soupy understands that breaking is more than just acrobatic tricks, so her goal is to bring awareness to its intricate techniques and foundations in respect and unity.
Victoria "VicVersa" Mackenzie
Victoria began dancing as a child and studied many styles until finding herself situated between the contemporary dance and breaking scenes. A natural mover and music lover, she has danced most of her life. She received her formation in dance from Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal in 2013 and has been breaking since 2008.
Since 2014 she has been in periodic creation of her first solo, TheStoryProject, which she has performed at Festival 100Lux, TUDS, and Festival Quartiers Danses. Her upcoming solo show, Identity Binding, will be performed as part of Tangente’s 2016/17 season.
Her most recent creation, Hexad Myriad, was the result of a collaboration with Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal. She was invited as the choreographer for Projet Fly, and worked with 6 graduates from EDCMTL during the summer of 2016.
She is currently dancing for Montreal-based company Tentacle Tribe.