The Urban Dance & Educational Foundation (UDEF) is a not-for-profit corporation organized for charitable and educational purposes, with 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.
Since its launch in 2014, the Pro Breaking Tour has been a major initiative for UDEF, with events throughout the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe. 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 scores of 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, reaching thousands of youth. 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.
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.
Through the Pro Breaking Tour, UDEF has 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. UDEF’s goal with the Pro Breaking Tour is develop a sustainable business ecosystem creating income-producing opportunities for the breakers and the event organizers, while engaging fans and offering value to sponsors.
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, which is a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Urban Dance & Educational Foundation is a Tax-Exempt Public Charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
See UDEF Structure.