A former tap dancer, Gil Stroming founded Break The Floor Productions in 1999 and has since grown the company to become one of the world's preeminent dance entertainment companies. Break the Floor encompasses dance workshops, dance competitions, touring theatrical productions, software development, real estate, photo and video production, corporate events and apparel.
In 1999, Break The Floor Productions produced its first tap workshop in a small rehearsal studio with only 100 tap dancers. After two successful events, Gil collaborated with world-renowned choreographer Mia Michaels on a contemporary dance event called Mia Live: The Work of Mia Michaels. In 2003, Gil parlayed the success of these events into a nationwide touring production, JUMP. Featuring some of America's best choreographers, JUMP redefined dance events by creating a dance workshop with a live band, live singers, live video crew and multimedia set. JUMP toured the country and garnered a loyal following more quickly than any other dance convention had in history. With a commitment to constant creativity and growth, JUMP sold out shows on Broadway at The Hudson Theater, world-renowned rock n' roll venue Hammerstein Ballroom, the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles and the six thousand-seat Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
After the success of JUMP, Break The Floor Productions collaborated with choreographer Dee Caspary on The Shoot, a pure dance music video shot on location at Universal Studios Hollywood. The summer of 2004 brought the announcement of Break The Floor Production's partnership with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. These internationally recognized musicians would be the key component to a new tap show called SLIDE choreographed by tap star Mike Minery. SLIDE has since been showcased in many off-Broadway theaters including The Supper Club, New World Stages and The Variety Arts Theater.
Following 4 years of nearly all sold-out JUMP events, Break The Floor launched another tour in 2007 - NUVO. Directed by industry veteran Ray Leeper, NUVO boasts some of the best dance educators on the dance convention circuit. After NUVO came 24 Seven Dance Convention, another popular dance convention on the circuit. In 2009, Gil created a finals national event that would serve as the culmination of all three tours - The Dance Awards. The Dance Awards is now regarded as the largest and most prestigious competitive dance event in the nation.
Also in 2009, Break The Floor Productions launched the Dance Teacher Summit, an annual event that combines master dance teachers, a cutting-edge curriculum and business training techniques. The Dance Teacher Summit focuses on giving dance teachers the motivation and inspiration to re-energize their love for the arts and dance instruction. Further expanding its dance event portfolio, Break The Floor Productions launched DancerPalooza, a summer dance festival, in 2014. Incorporating week-long dance intensives, weekend dance classes and a giant expo hall filled with dance industry vendors, DancerPalooza has now become the largest dance festival in America.
Break The Floor Productions constantly seeks to provide employment opportunities for professional dancers which led to its production of live theatrical events. Break the Floor Productions has produced multiple tours of Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound shows Dance Reimagined and After the Curtain. Additionally, Break The Floor Productions recently produced Al Blackstone’s dance show Freddie Falls in Love at the iconic Joyce Theatre in New York City.
As a way to nurture up-and-coming choreographers, Break The Floor Productions partnered with Capezio to start the prestigious A.C.E. Awards in 2009. The A.C.E. Awards for outstanding choreography are presented each year to the top choreographers of the future with an award that includes a chance for choreographers to have their own show in the new multi-night performance event MOVES at the Montalbán at the historic Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in LA.
Most recently, Break The Floor developed CODA, a truly innovative software that combines style specific scoring, video tutorials, data analytics and judge training for all of our competitive events.
The future of Break The Floor Productions is limitless. As from the start, Gil and the Break The Floor Productions team remain dedicated to forging the way for creative and unique dance entertainment.