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, photo and video production, corporate events, apparel, real estate, production rental studios, software development, and virtual on-line dance training.
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 mostly 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 in the dance convention industry. 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 focuses on continuing education for dance teachers, business training techniques and a large expo of dance vendors. Further expanding its dance event portfolio, Break The Floor Productions launched DancerPalooza presented by So Danca, a summer dance festival, in 2014. Incorporating week-long dance intensives, weekend dance classes, giant expo hall and professional theatrical productions, DancerPalooza has 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 Capezio A.C.E. Awards in 2009. The Capezio 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.
In 2019, 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. Most recently, Break The Floor launched Break The Floor Live, the world’s first virtual dance convention. Dancers from all over the world are now able to experience Break The Floor’s world-renowned faculty in the privacy of the own homes and dance studios.
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.