In light of DSDA’s 11 year anniversary event, we sat down with Vice President Alice Tauv who manages the international event and directs the festivals (which typically attract crowds of over 1,500) to understand more about Sydney’s not-so secret dance off.

Firstly, tell us how DSDA was born? Is it the only organisation of its type in Sydney or Australia?

A: DSDA came about purely through the reputation and influence of the Destructive Steps event. As it started to build momentum and expand, a team was needed to facilitate the growth and help organise the event—thus the beginnings of the association.

DSDA is definitely a one one-of-a-kind organisation, made up of passionate street dancers who are all focused on giving back to the community. We know the positive influence that dance can have and we want to share that with a broader audience.

Tell us about the event, and who is participating? How many teams are involved? 

A: Destructive Steps is now in its 11th year. Wow! And this event has featured many local and international guests. We’ve had qualifiers in Taiwan and New Caledonia where teams of three ‘breakers’ come down and represent themselves and their country. Our international guest judges hail from the USA, Korea, Japan and Singapore, and all have a long list of accomplishments to their names, so we’ve been super excited to host hem in Sydney. Multiple teams compete at the main event of the 3v3 breaking which we’ve had up to 70 teams compete in before.
What are the different dance styles featured?

A: Well, the umbrella term ‘street dance’ encompasses the types of dance not born in a studio. These styles include breaking*, popping*, locking*, hip-hop*, krump*, waacking* and many more, and they they’re all part of the event. 

One of my favourite moments is the open category that encourages dancers of different styles to come together and match the DJ’s own choice of music. This section is available to anyone game enough to participate!

Why do you think dance is so important to youth culture? What does it mean to people who participate?

A: It’s important for youth culture because it helps people express themselves, and who they really are, without judgement from others. Through dance you can connect with people who have similar interests, and from that bond, who knows, you might end up starting a crew. For many dancers, crews often serve as a second family, and the Destructive Steps event sometimes feels like a big family reunion—particularly when there’s members from near and far you haven’t seen in a while. Even though everyone lives in separate countries or states, we can all come together at least once a year to share the energy and love of dance.

Can anyone join Destructive Steps?

A: Everyone is welcome to compete or watch Destructive Steps. It’s an all ages event where many dancers encourage the next generation to compete. On our third day we have the under 18 categories that showcase some amazing young talent.

What do you think we can all learn from hip-hop culture?

A: Hip-hop culture is for anyone and everyone. By respecting the past and paying homage to those that first lay the foundations for us, we can continue the culture into the future. What we can learn from hip-hop is compassion and understanding. We all comefrom different personal and socio-economic hardships, but in hip-hip, we are not defined by that—it’s what you bring to your dance that really counts.

Who is your inspiration when it comes to dance?


A: Personally, my community and my crew are my inspiration. Seeing everyone around me working hard and training towards the next goal inspires me to continue dancing and provide more opportunities for new dancers in the process.

Where is the anniversary event held? And how can people watch it?

A: The festival is held within Darling Square and extends beneath the bridge at Little Pier Street. It’s a great location for us since it is the site of the Old Entertainment Centre—the hub where Sydney Street Dancers would meet up, practice and exchange their skills. To learn more about DSDA, head to our website and Facebook page. It’s a great experience where you can really get up-close and personal with dancers from all over Australia and share the hype and vibe.


And lastly, what does hip-hop mean to you? 

A: Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun—Afrika Bambaataa, is the motto for hip-hop culture and it’s definitely something that should be shared more often.
You can find out more about Destructive Steps at destructivesteps.com and facebook.com/destructivesteps or follow @destructivesteps on Instagram