Vice - Chair
· Founder, The Bboy Factory, Denver, Colorado (est. 2012)
Ian Flaws is the founder and owner of The Bboy Factory, Denver's premier Breakin’ dance studio dedicated to Bboys/Bgirls and the preservation of authentic Hip Hop arts and culture. Before opening The Bboy Factory, Ian lived abroad for several years using Hip Hop culture to connect with and learn from international dancers. He spent the majority of that time in Seoul, South Korea as an English teacher and studied extensively with legendary Korean Bboys, Born and Physicx of Rivers Crew. He then volunteered at Tiny Toones in Cambodia, a non profit organization that uses Hip Hop arts to empower at-risk inner city youth and incentivize a free education. These experiences inspired him to return to Colorado and open The Bboy Factory in 2012. Since then, Ian has continued to study with some of the highest regarded dancers in the Breakin’ world such as Ivan the Urban Action Figure, Born, Mr. Wiggles and Kwikstep, who have all taught many times at The Bboy Factory. He has brought many more such as Ken Swift, Moy, Menno, Rennie Harris, AsiaOne, Roxrite and countless other master instructors to teach residencies and workshops. Today, The Bboy Factory is globally recognized as one of the top studios in the United States for providing Breakin’ dance education. Not only is Ian an educator and coach, he is also a high level competitor and performer. He has produced many local events, including seven Bboy Factory Anniversary Jams and two Breakin’ Conventions at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Internationally, he has taught in Korea, Cambodia, Morocco and Bhutan. Locally, he teaches a wide range of individuals from preschoolers, to University dance students, detention center youth, Denver Public School students and his own studio students. Students of the Bboy Factory have gone on to win National Championships and qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympics. He has been a resident instructor for Denver Chance to Dance, organized by the Mayor of Denver’s wife, and the University of Colorado Hip Hop department. Ian continues to pursue his own dance career with one of Colorado’s top crews and as Head Instructor at the Bboy Factory.