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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Video - Kaba Modern at ABDC Live Tour in LA

Here's the performance of Kaba Modern in their only appearance in the America's Best Dance Crew Live Tour, filed by Xtremesaurus. Hat tip - Michael Tran.

Fanny Pak news: Tiffani Interview, Ping-pong with Dannity Kane

The Brentwood Press interviewed hometown heroine Tiffani Grant about Fanny Pak on America's Best Dance Crew, the VMAs, and her surprise visit to her old high school. Favorite quote: “Our strategy.. was to stay away from anything anyone else was doing. I think that’s what the fans liked about us...I’m just so happy we made it as far as we did, considering they didn’t really like us at the beginning.” Well, they certainly love you now!

In a visit to Imeem.com's offices, Fanny Pak played pingpong and Rock Band with Dawn Richard of Dannity Kane.

ABDC Live Tour Reviews - Oakland, Los Angeles

Chabot Spectator loved almost everything about the America's Best Dance Crew Live Tour in Oakland, from the dances to the E-40 performance to the crews' kindness in greeting all the fans who waited for them at the buses after the show.

LA Times covers it before during and after -- inspectin the 'coffin-like' tour bus beds, ratin crews' popularity by counting Tshirts, admiring the uniqueness of each of the crews (including special guests Fysh n Chicks and Kaba Modern), and hanging out at the meet and greet (which included Fanny Pak and Super Cr3w family members.) Read all about it.

Photos: Wendi Kaminski

Friday, October 17, 2008

World of Dance Videos: Supreme Soul, Kaba Modern

Urlilhyness had perfect seats at the World of Dance show to record the performances by Supreme Soul and Kaba Modern. Thanks!

Supreme Soul at WOD

Kaba Modern at WOD

ABDC Auditions: Lil Mama's Recommendations, Video from the Miami Tryouts

Auditions have started for Season 3 of America's Best Dance Crew. First, click here to hear an interview with Lil Mama about ABDC Season 2 and the upcoming auditions.

And here's footage of two auditioning crews in Miami. One piece of news on the video: the judge tells a crew that there will be no callbacks. Instead, judges will see all the crews in all the cities, then contact the ones that will make the show.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Performance News: Super Cr3w's Halloween gala, Kaba Modern Fashion Show

Super Cr3w will perform at the 42nd Annual Beaux Arts Ball at Studio 54 in Las Vegas on October 30. Admission is $30 in advance or $40 at the door. For tickets, go to www.goldenrainbow.org

Kaba Modern will appear in Runway Hits 13 Minutes Fashion Show and Party October 17 (tomorrow!) at Club 740 in LA. Attendees must be 21 or over. Click here for information and to buy tickets

Crews News: SoReal dance lessons, Kaba Modern Award and video

The Daily Texan talked to SoReal Cru when they performed at the University of Texas. The crew was invited to introduce the idea that it's okay for Asian-Americans to work in pop culture instead of becoming doctors and lawyers.

Congratulations to Kaba Modern for being voted "Best Dance Troupe" by OC Weekly

BakItWhy shows a Kaba Modern's performance and interview from the 2008 Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Upcoming performances: Boogie Bots, SoReal Cru

Boogie Bots: October 17, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ. They're helping with a dance-off fundraiser to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation. Click here and here for more details.

SoReal Cru
: November 2, Port Huememe, CA - Performing in Best of the West. Click here for details and to buy tickets.

JabbaWockeeZ Rynan interview in Hooah! Magazine

Hooah!, a Magazine issued by the US National Guard, makes JabbaWockeez Kid Rainen their coverboy this month. Inside, they talk to JabbaWockeeZ about their big break, their unsuccessful appearance on America's Got Talent, and their friendships with other crews. The writer also mentions how hard it is to do a public photoshoot with the crew -- fans keep interrupting to get their own pics! Click here to read all about it, take their JabbaWockeeZ quiz and download the magazine here.

Video of JabbaWockeeZ with Access Dallas: Performances, and talk of shoes and "who's available"

Several weeks ago, Access Dallas hosted a Dance contest where JabbaWockeeZ stole the show. This video has some great footage of their performance. It also has an interview that will delight all you fans who are into shoes and want to know which JabbaWockeeZ are still single.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

More free tickets to ABDC Live in San Diego

This just arrived in my mailbox: "The first 10 people to send their first and last names will win a free ticket to the ABDC Live event in San Diego. Names will be given to will call and tickets will have to be picked up there. Compliments of AEG and Armory Survival Gear. Please email IamCROS1@aol.com" UPDATE: The 10 winners have now been chosen; this contest is closed.

Fanny Pak talks to Ask A Ninja

Just before the VMAs (not to be confused with the VNAs -- the Violent Ninja Awards), Matt and Meg from Fanny Pak were interviewed by Askaninja.com. They covered topics that I've always wanted to understand -- why Fanny Pak members are actually Zombies and the best way to kill someone using dance. You know, that would make a great challenge for America's Best Dance Crew Season 3... Here's the interview:

Review and Interview with Knucklehead Zoo in "Rewind" -- SEE IT!

Knucklehead Zoo, winners of the 20008 Hip-Hop International World Battle Championship and stars of "Planet B-Boy" are appearing in "Rewind" at the New Victory Theater in New York through October 19. If you enjoyed ABDC and want to see some of the best live b-boying around, don't miss it! There are only 5 shows left. Click here to buy tickets.

Though it's staged in a theater that runs shows for kids, "Rewind" is not at all watered down - It's for anyone who loves to watch great hiphop. As crew member Steve puts it "this is street dancing taken to the next level."The 9-man crew pulls out some amazing moves while paying tribute to the evolution and future of breakdance. Lead choreographer is credited as Ben from Super Cr3w (who doesn't appear in "Rewind", but this is show goes way beyond anything you saw on America's Best Dance Crew by spotlighting the talents of all the Knucklehead Zoo members and integrating traditional b-boy moves with gun booting, jazz, and other dance forms.

After the show, we met up with fan and aspiring hiphop dancer Jeni to talk to KZ members Steve, Leo, and Yust. Listen here as they talk about stage dancing vs. street dancing, their influences, their answer to hiphop purists who look down on shows like Rewind or ABDC, their favorite crews, and how b-boying is different in the United States vs countries like Korea.
                        

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And, here's the in-show introduction of all the crew members and their guest beatboxer and dancers:
                        

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Interview with Break Sk8's Diamond Walker

Seattle Heraldnet.com spoke to Break Sk8's Diamond Walker about the the crew and upcoming ABDC live concert in Everett Washington. Diamond talked about why the show and his crew are so popular: ""People have said we are an inspiration and that's it, the kids really look up to us...And I've seen adults too be inspired and how now everybody wants to put on a pair of skates."

Read the whole article here. And if you go to the Everett concert, email us or post about it!

Photocredit: MTV

ABDC Live Reports & Reviews from Denver and Oakland

Denver Westword writes a detailed review of the America's Best Dance Crew Live Tour, from the Energy Man mascot to the dances to the entire audience being invited onstage to meet the dancers. "This wasn't just a TV-show tie-in. It was the mainstreaming of classic street art -- and fortunately, much of what's great about it survived the process."

Tinalio (a fan writing on Live Journal) describes the scene at Oakland, including meeting JabbaWockeeZ at their tourbus. Alas, Supreme Soul didn't appear as guests, but were replaced by E-40.

San Francisco Gate reviewed the Oakland show and loved it. They also have some great quotes -- Phil Tayag (JabbaWockeeZ) told them "We want you to see what's invisible." And according to ABDC choreographer Rosero McCoy, "It is the best time in the world for dance right now."

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Kaba Modern Performance at the Really Awards

For those of us who don't receive Fox Reality TV, here's the video of Kaba Modern's performance at this year's awards. Thanks to Michael Tran for sending us the link!