ARNALDO “EFFECT” BETANCOURT SILVA
Born in Cuba, he leaves the country in 1999 and settles in Montreal with his father. 4 years later, he returns to live with his mother in Cuba. Finally in 2007, he returns to Canada for good. Having little to do and basketball as his only hobby, he decides to get into dance. He starts of learning by imitating movements he catches here and there on television. One day he visits a dance studio located near his house and starts to meet dancers from the local scene. He tries out Popping, House and Hip hop but Bboying stands out as his favourite and it ends up becoming his passion.
In 2007 he joins the ranks of the Deadly Venoms Crew and start travelling with his dance: France, Hollande, Belgium, États-Unis, Hong Kong… He PARTICIPATES in various competitions such as Juste Debout, IBE, The Breakdown and Top Wanted. Throughout these experiences, he gathers information on the dance; allowing him to further his knowledge and horizons. Every encounter is a chance to learn a little bit more, not only on himself but also the various views existing in Bboying around the world.
Effect is the Co-Founder of Moov Ottawa Dance. He is continuing to teach workshops, judging competitions, sharing his passion, inspiring and empowering youth through art. He is looking to push himself further by participating in various competitions at an international level and creating his own event and youth programs here in Ottawa dedicated to Bboying and the Hip-Hop Culture.