In Person event

JOAT Breaking

/ in co-production with Danse Danse

8:30 PM EST
1225 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H2X 2S6

Event Information

This year, JOAT will host no less than three battles in three different dance styles: popping (JOAT’s specialty and the origin of the festival), hip-hop and break. The battles are one of the emblematic elements of the JOAT festival. On Thursday September 1st, 8:30 pm, the famous break battle awaits you.

Come and see the great international street dance encounters in which dancers will come from all over the world to participate. High caliber dancers, in a fierce confrontation, will put their guts on the stage and give everything they have in front of you in this fiery evening. In a one-on-one format, dancers will take turns improvising to the music chosen live by the DJ. The whole thing will be hosted by an MC who will entertain you throughout the evening. On-site master judges will select the winners of each category.

Who will impress the audience and the masters? Come and find out!


  • BGIRL AT / Finland 🇫🇮
  • STRIPES / United States 🇺🇸
  • ZIG / Canada 🇨🇦 

Battle guest – Great 8

  • MASS
  • NOSB
  • PJB


Prelims / To participate

🕑 Inscriptions : 5:00 pm, Prelims start at 6:00 pm
📍Esplanade of Place des Arts
🎟️ All participants must purchase a general admission ticket to the battle to participate to the prelims. Dancers will have to show their tickets to participate to the prelims.


All dancers from around the world are invited to participate in the prelims. 8 dancers will be selected to be part of the top 16 and face the 8 battle guest. 

What makes JOAT battles special?

In order to differentiate itself from the more conventional battles offered in large numbers to street dancers, JOAT created original and different concepts that allow to encompass all the different skills that a dancer must have in his own style. Thus, the dancer who participates in a JOAT battle will be given concepts related to different techniques of his or her dance style. JOAT allows the dancers to test their limits and abilities, to see the versatility of the dancers and to test their full capabilities.

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