Formed in late 2013, the Urban Dance & Educational Foundation (UDEF) is a not-for-profit corporation whose primary purpose has been to help competitive breakers and the breaking community learn to establish economic business opportunities and jobs through the art of breaking, whether that be as a competitor, an event organizer, a teacher/coach or a service provider to the many competitive events which take place today.
Since its launch in January 2014, the Pro Breaking Tour has been a major initiative for UDEF, with events throughout the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe.
UDEF’s goal with the Pro Breaking Tour is to develop a sustainable business ecosystem creating income-producing opportunities for breakers, event organizers, and service providers, while engaging fans and offering value to sponsors.
Role of UDEF for the Tour
UDEF serves as the membership organization for Tour Competitors and as the sanctioning body for the Tour’s events, setting event competition standards, judging criteria, and other criteria to ensure uniform standards for all Pro Breaking Tour events, whether large or small.
UDEF also supports charitable events and workshops in community centers, schools, colleges, and similar venues annually, with breakers from the Pro Breaking Tour performing, teaching and working with young people. Since its inception, UDEF has provided dancers, teachers and funding to support charitable events and programs throughout the United States, as well as in Africa.
Through the Pro Breaking Tour, UDEF has also been able to work with thousands of competitive breakers and scores of event organizers, as well as the many service providers who assist with the Tour’s events, encouraging the community to coordinate and cooperate to produce professional events in order to attract a general audience following, media attention and sponsorship support for breaking.
UDEF’s board is a volunteer board comprised of professional breakers, event organizers and others from the breaking community, as well as executives from the business world and lawyers with domain expertise in various areas, including corporate law, intellectual property matters, and labor law.
See UDEF Structure.
UDEF’s philanthropic mission is to advance the physical expression, intellectual understanding and educational and teaching programs of the urban arts, including breaking and other forms of street dance, through dance participation, performances, camps, seminars, work-shops, competitive events, tours and series. The Urban Dance & Educational Foundation is a Tax-Exempt Public Charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Neither the Tour Supporter nor the Tour Competitor class of membership is a Corporate Membership, nor does the Tour Supporter or Tour Competitor classification include voting rights, inspection rights, other governance rights, or a shareholder position with UDEF.