Inclusion through breakdance

The inclusive break dance event
Break The Floor

Association
On existe – Break The Floor

Date
Since 2018

Field
Culture – Music

Every year, the « On Existe » association organizes the unmissable Break Dance event. “Break The Floor” is one of the most prestigious dance competitions in the world, taking place every year at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes (15th edition in 2021): the qualifications take place in Latin America (Brazil), in Asia ( China), in Europe (France), and there have even been children’s qualifications since 2020. After all the qualifications, the final edition takes place at the Palais des Festivals, under the sign of a particular theme (disability, environmental protection, “human » for 2021).

In 2019, the main troupe was made up of disabled dancers. With the support of the Cannes Foundation, a tour of all the associations in the Cannes basin relating to disability was carried out, thus making accessible to these people in a situation of exclusion this type of dance that one may think wouldn’t be acessible to disabled people. Following this awareness tour, around a hundred beneficiaries of these associations were invited to the final show at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

In 2020, the theme “The Planet” made it possible to organize Meet-ups (local artistic meetings) at the Cannes International College, as well as events to raise awareness among the local artistic community of environmental protection. A special evening was organized to unite the local artistic community on issues and new practices in favor of environmental protection.

In 2021, the Cannes Foundation is supporting the event under the theme “Human”, allowing the formation of a troupe made up of people with disabilities, who will go on stage to face the other teams. A cultural mediation tour will be organized beforehand, allowing the troupe of professionals to visit solidarity structures (establishments specialized in disability), which will benefit from invitations for the evening of the show.

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2019: Disability in the spotlight

2020: The planet

2021: Human

Our goal is to support this action, which allows a particular form of inclusion through dance and a strong moment of sharing.