The Factory

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We are the only dance studio in Ottawa dedicated to teaching and promoting the urban dance styles of Popping, Breaking, House, Locking, Hip Hop, and Dancehall.

Our goals are to provide the best dance education to our students, promote a healthy and positive atmosphere for creative expression, and be a hub space for street dancing in the Capital City!

Established in 2011

The Flava Factory (formerly The Flavor Factory Urban Dance School) has been providing dance classes for all levels and ages in a variety of dance styles that had not been offered in the city before. We continue to support the community by offering space for people to share their dance with one another. Our Studio is dedicated to not only supporting dancers from Ottawa, but also in supporting the careers of Canadian Street Dancers. We continue to hire street dancers from all over Canada to judge our events, and facilitate workshops to our students and greater community.

Our goal

To provide experiences for emerging dancers in Ottawa to learn about the foundation, history, and proper technique of the street dance styles.

Our studio prides itself on its artistic integrity, and we aim to provide each dancer with the tools and techniques they need to develop their own style and character, while understanding the history and culture of each dance style.


Abria Bonnar


Brando Vo


Vanessa “Vlove” Lovell


Armel Shindano

Popping Instructor


Youth, Adult, and Crew Breaking Instrcuctor

Sami “Slynks” Elkout

Studio Owner & Instrcutor



Alex Garcia


Simon “Klassic” Xavier

Locking and Popping Instructor

Chelsea Turcotte


Laura Bacic

Inter/ Adv Drop in Instrcutor



Often referred to as “breakdancing” in the media, breakin (or b-boying/b-girling) is a popular style of street dance that is considered one of the original 4 Hip Hop Elements. It was created in the “Boogie Down” Bronx in New York City in the 1970s. The dance consists of Top Rock, Go Downs, Footwork, Power Moves and Freezes. It is danced to both Hip-Hop and Break Beats (samples remixed from popular funk tracks). Breakin is often done in a battle, (formal or informal dance competitions), or danced in a Cypher (dance circle).


Sami Elkout


A dance of the 1980s, house dance originated in Chicago and grew up in New York City. The name House comes from, “The Warehouse”, a club in Chicago where seminal DJ-Producers began mixing drum machines with disco, funk and soul records, a combination which gave rise to the soulful electronic sound we now know as house. The dance style has evolved a lot over many years, incorporating moves from Jazz, Latin, HipHop, Breakin, Lindy Hop, Tap, and Capoeira, but its main elements: Jacking, Stomping, Skating, Footwork, and Lofting remain the foundation of the dance. House Dance is typical done in a “Cypher” (Dance Circle), where dancers share their moves with each other.


Vanessa Love


Is one of the original funk styles of dance that came out of Fresno, California in the 1970s. It is based on the technique of quickly contracting and relaxing muscles to cause a jerk in the dancer’s body, referred to as a pop, tick or a hit. The pop is performed continuously to the rhythm of a song in combination with various movements and poses. Popping is also used as an umbrella term to refer to a group of closely related illusionary dance styles and techniques that are often integrated with popping to create a more varied performance. These styles include, Boogaloo, Animation, Ticking, Waving, and more. Popping is often danced in Cyphers (Dance Circles), battles(formal or informal dance competitions), or on stage.


Armel Mzalina Shindano

Hip Hop

This class will explore the more recent expressions of Hip Hop dance and the style that has evolved as part of hip-hop culture. This includes the Hip Hop party dance of the 80′s and 90′s and the more recent dance moves and choreographies.

Hip-hop dance as seen today is a broad category that incorporates a variety of old and new urban dance styles. (The older styles that were created in the 1970s include breaking, and the funk styles). Lyrical hip-hop is a fluid and more interpretive version of new-style hip-hop most often danced to down tempo hip-hop or R&B music. The dance is mainly showcased in “Cyphers” (Dance Circles) or set in choreographies often developed for the stage.


Vanessa Love


Vogue originated in Harlem ballrooms in the 30s and 40s. Inspired by Vogue magazine covers, it uses lines, angles and images to create complex and awe inspiring movement patterns. This class will focus on learning the foundation associated with three main styles of Vogue: Old Way, New Way, Femme. It will start with a thorough warm up and stretching routine, followed by basic techniques and drills. You will learn the history of Vogue and Ballroom Culture as well as posing and runway walking.


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