SAMI "SLYNKS" ELKOUT
Flavor Factory, SYTYCD Canada
Sami ‘sLyNkS’ Elkout is a bboy from Ottawa, Ontario who has been a very active member of the scene since he started dancing in 2001. Being trained by members of the CANADIAN FLOOR MASTERS, one of Canada’s most recognized dance crews, Sami developed a strong understanding of the true teaching of hip hop culture. He began passing his knowledge on at the young age of 17, having taught at many dance studios, community centers, and even martial arts dojo’s in Ottawa.
In 2007 he decided to create his own dance group, the BREADCRUMBS CREW, with many talented bboys around the Ottawa region. Managing, performing and competing with the Breadcrumbs crew, who have also been very active in the Canadian breaking scene, traveling and competing in many battles around Canada. Sami has performed hundreds of shows all across Canada, notably as a featured performer at Scotia Bank Place during OTTAWA SENATORS games. Sami was featured on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, and made it to the finals in the First and Second season.
In 2010, after having graduated in the Business Administration and Marketing programs at Algonquin College, Sami was offered a position that would bring his Marketing and Business background together with this passion for dance. Being the Project Manager for an event call CYPHER FOR CHANGE in Whitehorse Yukon, Sami flew 44 youth dancers from all across Canada to this Northern city, to share stories and be inspired to make a change in their local community. The weekend consisted of world renown dancers teaching workshops, presentations by Canadian dancers making differences in their community through dance, and 2 dance battles. Having come back to Ottawa feeling inspired by the weekend, he quickly realized that there was a lack of events happening in his area. He then took his passion to the next level and decided to follow his dream of opening up his own business.
In May 2011 Sami opened up Ottawa’s only Street dance studio, The FLAVOR FACTORY Urban Dance School. Since its establishment he has thrown many events including, battles, workshops, and facilitated meetings with Ottawa’s dance community leaders. The Flavor Factory has also been involved in many performances including, the NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND, and MOUNTAIN DEW’s latest marketing campaign. Sami has made street dance more accessible to the Capital city offering classes that were often over looked by other dance studios. He has inspired many students to start dancing and to constantly push themselves. You can visit his website at www.FlavorFactoryUDS.com.
His goal is to grow the Ottawa street dance scene and develop a stronger community in his hometown.
Sami still continues to perform, compete, teach, train, and take classes knowing that he will forever be a student of dance.