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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Super Cr3w on January 10 -- More appearances and events


As mentioned in an earlier post, Super Cr3w will do a meet and greet at Sheikh Shoes in Santa Clara. Before the Sheikh Shoes Meet and Greet, a scavenger hunt has been organized for the fans. Click here to watch Youngv0calist's video description of the "Super Cr3w Challenge".

Afterwards, they will perform at the Waterfront in Stockton, where they'll also celebrate Vex's birthday. This event is 18+. Thanks for this tip too, Raquel!
And, thanks to Super Cr3w and Friends for the visuals!

UPDATE: Please read comments for more news on Super Cr3w's appearances on January 7. For the posters, go to Toniclive.com

Fanny Pak in San Francisco January 18

Get in free if you sign up ahead of time at Myspace.com/thecribsf

Limited edition Fanny Pak Hula Shirt on sale

Fanny Pak produced a limited edition Tshirt for the Hawaii tour. It features a hula girl in Hawaiian scenery. Only 100 were made, and are available in all men's sizes. Even better, while they cost $25, you get get 15% off (until January 5) if you use the coupon code EIGHTIES.

Click here for the Fanny Pak store.

Friday, January 2, 2009

JabbaWockeeZ in What's G? Commercial

Here's an intriguing commercial for G, featuring JabbaWockeeZ and other top performers and athletes.
What's G? Hint: It's not VitaminWater...
.it's....Gatorade!

Hat tip to Jake for pointing this out!

ABDC Makes "Best of 2008" Lists

  • In New York Magazine's Year End Megamatrix, America's Best Dance Crew is rated as lowbrow and brilliant. Click on the matrixpdf to enlarge it and see where ABDC stands compared to other noteworthy cultural events and people like Miley Cyrus, Sarah Palin, and MILF Island
  • The New York Daily News puts America's Best Dance Crew on their "Top Reality Show" list along with "The Rachel Zoe Project" and "Real Housewives of Atlanta"
  • OCWeekly reran their best blog posts of the year, including one titled "MTV's Best Dance Crew: Kaba Modern"

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Time Warner Cable Reaches Deal with Viacom - ABDC and Dora the Explorer are safe!

At 12:30 AM on January 1, 2009 Time Warner Cable and Bright House (a TWC programming partner) reached an agreement with Viacom. This means that MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and 16 other Viacom channels will remain available to the 15 million cable subscribers using those services.

From Associated Press: 'We are pleased that our customers will continue to be able to watch the customers will continue to be able to watch the programming they enjoy on MTV Networks,'' said Glenn Britt, president and CEO of Time Warner Cable Inc. ''We are sorry they had to endure a day of public disagreement as we worked through this negotiation.''Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Details must still be finalized over the next few days, the companies said."

Read more here.

Happy 2009 -- Why hip hop can matter

With all the bad news now, why focus on something like hip hop and b-boying? I don't have an ultimate reason, but here's my answer for the day.

Two years before Kid Rainan made it big in JabbaWockeeZ, winning Season 1 of America's Best Dance Crew, he made a video on why he's a bboy. When I recently watched this Kid Rainan video and the excellent documentary Planet Bboy, I witnessed and heard hip hop performers around the globe finding purpose and joy in life. Though I am not a dancer myself, these dancers inspire me to strive to take actions that bring meaning and happiness to others through my work and personal life. I hope they do the same for you. Happy 2009.

The top 10 Most Popular ABDC Routines for 2008

Here's a master list of the top 10 Most Popular America's Best Dance Crew performances for 2008, as voted by the Blogging America's Best Dance Crew readers. In December 2008 to early January 2009, we had posts about each with link showing the televised performances plus live performances of the routines.

UPDATE: As described, these posts with videos have been taken down by January 15, for multiple reasons. Luckily, by then, we have some NEW crews to watch!

1. SoReal Cru - A Milli
2. JabbaWockeeZ - PYT
3. Kaba Modern -Sensual Seduction
4. Kaba Modern - Technologic
5. Super Cr3w - We Fly High
6. Fanny Pak - Get Ur Freak On
7. Kaba Modern - Thriller
8. JabbaWockeeZ - Apologize
9. SoReal Cru - Audtion
10. JabbaWockeeZ - Red Pill

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Time Warner Cable & Bright House Network Subscribers -- You're about to Lose America's Best Dance Crew (and a lot more)

As of 12:01 on January 1, 2009, Time Warner cable subscribers will be saying "I want my MTV"...and their Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, and and more. More than 13 million TWC subscribers will lose these channels due to a renewal rate dispute between Viacom and Time Warner. The cable company's coverage area includes New York City, Los Angeles, and most of Texas, Ohio, and the Carolinas. It appears that Bright House Networks (which serves Indianapolis, Detroit, Bakersfield, and parts of Florida) will also be dropping Viacom channels as of midnight. Read more about it in the NY Times and the Huffington Post.

Here's a protest ad from LAWeekly2. If you're a Time Warner Cable or Bright House Network subscriber and want to keep these channels, you better get vocal now. On the MTV website, there is a message: "You can stop this! Time Warner Cable customers call 1-800-762-3786 and Bright House Networks Users call 1-866-309-3279 and demand they keep your channel! You must be at least 18 years old to call."

Upcoming Super Cr3w Appearances in Miami and California - UPDATED

January 5-6, Miami: BCS National Championship Halftime Showcase, with Shane Sparks. Tickets are scarce, but you can search on-line.
January 9, San Jose: Vivid Nightclub. Visit vividsj.com for details.
January 10, Santa Clara: Meet and greet at Sheikh, Valley Fair Mall. Click here to see the poster for this event, which contains the details.
UPDATED: They will be in San Francisco on January 7 at City Nights (715 Harrison) for a charity event. Click here for the poster and details. Thanks for the tip, Raquel!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Movement Girl Video = a new look at Swaggerboy (Phil Tayag)

The Kingdom (The Movement) video of Movement Girl features Swaggerboy (aka JabbaWockeeZ' Phil Tayag) in a non-dancing mode. I found this Keepitmovement video via Honey with Sole,one of JabbaWockeez biggest fans.

SoReal Cru in Hawaii -- some changes and surprises

SoReal Cru and Fanny Pak will no longer be appearing in Maui on January 2. Ticketholders should contact the box office at 242-7469 or go to www.mauiarts.org. Instead, on January 2, the two crews will appear at Level 4 Nightclub in Oahu. And, both crews will appear in Honolulu on January 3 as scheduled.

Also: a SoReal source tells me that SoReal Cru will be in Hawaii from January 1 through January 8, and will make surprise appearances during that time. So, keep your eyes and ears open, and send pictures/videos/reports if you're lucky enough to be there for one of these surprise stops.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Yuri & Taeko Show: Toronto Dance Workshop

We always enjoy the Yuri (of Kaba Modern) and Taeko (of Fysh N Chicks) interviews. For a change, here's JReyez's video of them teaching at a workshop at O.I.P. Dance Center in Toronto on December 21.

Update: A reader pointed out another wonderful video from the workshop. Here is Jzon06's video of Yuri and Taeko' "Rock wit You" duet. Thanks for the tip, Ash!


Sunday, December 28, 2008

More MTV India: Dance Crew lessons on hip hop

MTV India posted more of Dance Crew. This week, they teach hip hop.
Here's Part I, showing how to kung fu, with instructions including "Do the namaste with a little attitude."
Part II shows how to fly and body wave, while profiling "how Kanye West does it"
Part III gives cheat moves. Then JV/hostess Anusha puts it together with a backup crew.


If any of you follow these lessons and make a movie of your performance, let me know!