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Michael "Piecez" Prosserman is the Founder & Executive Director of UNITY Charity, which empowers youth to be role models and leaders
Michael has dedicated his life to breakdancing. Through UNITY Charity, Michael's work has reached over 100,000 youth in over 80 schools across Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Italy. UNITY Charity has 12 staff, 40 contract artists, and has received Funding from: Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Community Foundation, Toronto Public Health, CIBC, ING Direct, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto, Canadian Heritage, Freedom 55, and many more.
As you can tell, Michael loves to give back. Bid on the rewards shown to meet Michael and earn a unique opportunity to meet someone who learned to literally turn his frowns upside down.
The first video introduces UNITY Charity. Subsequent videos include Mike doing a TEDxYouth Toronto talk and some other videos of him breakdancing.
Michael Prosserman, aka “Bboy Piecez”, found his passion for break dancing at a very young age. By the time he was three, Michael was already standing on his head while watching Saturday morning cartoons. Michael started UNITY Charity at the age of sixteen when he realized that he wanted to share his positive self-expression with other young people undergoing all kinds of challenges.
When Michael was growing up, his mother was diagnosed with a mental illness (schizophrenia), which caused Michael stress throughout his childhood and put pressure on Michael to mature at a young age. Michael used dance to relieve his stress and let his passion guide his future.
By the age of eighteen Michael had begun to gain recognition for his passion as he was accepted into the pool of performers for Cirque Du Soleil, featured in the major motion picture “Honey” and has subsequently competed in Japan, Italy, Holland, Thailand, California, Hong Kong, New York, Jamaica, and the Yukon against many of the world’s top break dancers.
In addition to competing Michael used dance as a means of developing a variety of skills that are not traditionally taught in school. Michael decided he wanted to share this alternative education with other young people and expanded UNITY as a student club at York University. The idea behind UNITY earned Michael a spot as a finalist for the Top 20 Under 20 award. However while all of the positives were occurring in Michael’s life at this time Michael was devastated to learn that he suffered from a chronic neck condition that would limit his dancing forever. It was after this life altering revelation Michael decided to make UNITY his priority.
Since 2007, UNITY has reached over 30,000 young people across Canada and despite his challenges, Michael continues to dance and is determined to expand UNITY Charity around the world. While Executive Director of UNITY Charity Michael has received the Vital People award from the Toronto Community Foundation, and was invited to present at TEDx Youth Toronto.
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Breakdance with Michael
Always wanted to learn the cool moves you see in music videos? Join Michael in a free 2-hour session on breakdancing. Beginners are welcome! You will be taking the lesson with Michael, some other members of his crew, and up to seven other bidders in the same session.
Have Michael come speak (and dance) at your organization's lunch-and-learn
Michael is an experienced speaker, having spoke at TEDx Youth Toronto, the Canadian Sponsorship Forum, and on Freedom Day at Queens Park amongst many others. Have him talk to your organization about the work he is doing and how it helps youths express themselves positively and become leaders in their communities. Your organization must be located in the GTA.