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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Upcoming Quest Master Class, Meet & Greet

On Thursday March 26, Quest Crew will teach a master class at the International Dance Academy in Hollywood. Click here or watch this Pacific Rim video for details.

#2 Favorite ABDC Season 3 Performance: Quest Hip Hop Decathlon

Today: #2 in our survey of the our readers' 10 favorite America's Best Dance Crew performances for Season 3. We're starting with the most popular and are posting them throughout the next few weeks.

Reminder: respondents were allowed to pick more than one performance as their favorites. 68 % of our survey respondents identified Quest Crew's Hip Hop Decathlon as one of their favorite performances. It aired Week 7, when Quest competed against Beat Freaks and Fly Khicks. Watch the complete performance here (on MTV).

Here's most of the performance, from Fanscape Videos. There are other embeddable sources that have the complete performance, but since they're bootleg, I'm concerned that they will be unavailable too soon.

Next up: Yet more Quest!


Fanny Pak, ASIID, Supreme Soul, SoReal Cru & Distorted X to perform at Level Up













Alums from America's Best Dance Crew Season 2 will descend upon Houston for Level Up workshops and appearances on April 4 and 5. You can get all the details at at
Themovementdancestudio.com
  • On April 4 and 5, people 13+ and up can take classes from Fanny Pak, ASIID, Supreme Soul, and SoReal Cru at the Melody Club.
  • On April 4, these crews plus Distorted X will perform in a Level Up Choreographer's Showcase at Rich's. Minimum age 18. Buy tickets here.

Mailbox: Kaba Modern member Jia, reality show judging

  • That's Fresh (a dance community blog) captured the above image of Jia Huang (from America's Best Dance Crew Season 1 crew Kaba Modern) from the new Britney Spears video If U Seek Amy
  • Reality TV World covers the debate about American Idol's new elimination policy. They quote AI Season 6 finalist Gina Glocksen suggesting that the show adopt the voting process for America's Best Dance Crew: "I love how they eliminate...America votes for the bottom two and then the judges watch them perform for their lives and then the judges choose"

Friday, March 20, 2009

#1 Favorite for America's Best Dance Crew Season 3: OrQUESTra

Today: #1 in our survey of the our readers' 10 favorite America's Best Dance Crew performances for Season 3. We're starting with the most popular and are posting them throughout the next few weeks.

Reminder: respondents were allowed to pick more than one performance as their favorites. 69 % of our survey respondents identified Quest Crew's OrQUESTra as one of their favorite performances. It aired Week 7, when Quest competed against Beat Freaks and Fly Khicks. Watch the complete performance here on MTV (sorry for the ad they make you watch).

Unfortunately, there are no legal clips for this one from Fanscape to embed here. If you search on Youtube, I'm sure you can find lots of pirated ones, but they are being removed very quickly by Viacom for copyright violations.

Next up: More Quest!

Super Cr3w in NY on March 27 and 28

Super Cr3w will be performing with Serani (singer of "No Games") on March 27 at the Prime Club in New York. This is the event where Quest was originally scheduled to perform; when Quest was unable to appear, the organizers scrambled and were able to line up another all-star line-up featuring the winners of America's Best Dance Crew Season 2.

Super Cr3w will be available for autographs and photos from 9-11. NOTE: They will NOT perform on at this event. Minimum age: 21. You can get details and buy tickets at Supercr3wserani.eventbrite.com.

On March 28, Super Cr3w will perform at the Blender Theater. Enlarge the poster for details. Minimum age: 18.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Win tickets to Clearasil Dance Crew competition Finale in New York City!

Clearasil will hold the finale for their dance competition (called the Pimple Blocker Battle) at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on April 7. Michelle Tractenberg will be the host, and judges include Drew Lachey (the singer who won the second Season of Dancing with the Stars), Alyson Stoner (actress who has also been a backup dancer for Missy Elliot) and choreographer GEO. Also, some America's Best Dance Crew alums MAY get involved in the act -- we'll update this post when we learn more.

We're giving away some sets of tickets. To enter, leave us a comment. Make sure you include your email address in the email field so we can reach you if you win. This contest will close on March 31.
Here's the audition for one of the finalists -- Beat Blockerz. You can watch more at The Pimple Blocker Battle Channel.

Quest Celebration Party, Meet &Greet this weekend!

Quest will be celebrating their victory on America's Best Dance Crew Season 3 this Saturday, March 21 at LAX club in Los Angeles. This is a party, not a performance. Other ABDC luminaries are also expected to attend. BloggingBestDanceCrew.com is sending some field reporters and hope to have some pictures to share with you next week. Note: minimum age 21.

Quest will also be doing a meet-and-greet and signing at the Dub Auto Show in Los Angeles on Sunday March 22. This is open to all ages.

Team Millennia on East Coast - hosting, performing, teaching

Team Millennia (from America's Best Dance Crew Seasons 2 and 3) has announced appearances on April 25 and 26 in New York and New Jersey:
  • April 25: TM is presenting Prelude EC, a dance competition. Click on the poster for details, including information on how your dance team can sign up to compete
  • On April 25, they will also perform at BLVD in New York (21+)
  • April 26: They'll be teaching a workshop in New Jersey (details to follow).
We'll report on Prelude EC, and are hoping for a new interview with Team Millennia to update you on their plans. If you have any questions for them, please leave them in the comments section.

Poll results: Quest dominates our readers' favorite performances

Our reader poll on favorite performances for America's Best Dance Crew Season 3 is closed. Quest owned it, capturing 9 of the 11 top slots for crew or multiple group performance. Over the next 2 weeks, we'll show or post links to the videos for these favorites, so come back and watch them again (and again). Up tomorrow: OrQUESTra!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Today's the Last Day to vote in our Best Performances of Season 3 poll

Please vote today in our poll on your favorite performances for America's Best Dance Crew Season 3. I'll post the results tomorrow, then start posting the winning videos on Friday.

SoReal Cru Performance in Houston on March 20

SoReal Cru performs for their hometown crowd on Friday March 20 at Status Lounge. Click on this poster for details. Minimum age: 18+ for women, 21+ for men (what's with the different ages?)

Other upcoming SoReal events in March:
- March 26: Texas A&M
- Andrew Baterina teaching a master class at Marvelous Motion Studios, Houston

Team Millennia: New in Performance and Music Videos

TM7 (the Team Millennia group that appeared on America's Best Dance Crew Season 3) performed at San Diego's Best Dance Crew on March 14. Here's their performance, posted on the official TM7ABDC Youtube channel:

Click here to watch TM7 member Chantha Mao in a music video for Ranella Ferrer's Bitter.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Beat Freaks performances in Atlanta March 21-22

Beat Freaks will give their first live performances since America's Best Dance Crew Season 3 wrapped up. They will be held at Pure in Atlanta. Click here for details on the events:
  • March 21: 10pm-3am. Minimum ages:21+ for men, 18+ for women
  • March 22: Doors open at 5pm, Meet-and-greet at 6pm, performance afterwards. All Ages

Quest Crew performances at Hot Import Nights

Quest Crew made an unannounced appearance at Hot Import Nights in Anaheim California on March 14. Far East Movement co-headlined the event and documents the whole event, including the surprise announcement five minutes before the show began that America's Best Dance Crew Season 3 winners Quest was in the house.
Here's Arnelproduction's video of the Quest performance:

Click here to watch an on-stage view of this Quest performance; in that one, you see less of the group performance, but have an unobstructed view of some of the moves. And, thanks for the tip, Adobostreak!

Fanny Pak Diversification #2 - What's up with their music album?

We ran into Fanny Pak backstage after the America's Best Dance Crew Season 3 Finale. They told us a little more information about the album they are recording:
  • It will incorporate a variety of music styles, but they will all be "music you can dance to" (or at least music that Fanny Pak can dance to!
  • Tabu (from Black Eyed Peas) and Lil Mama will be among the guest artists
  • It is scheduled to be released in Summer 2009

Fanny Pak diversification #1- What's up with the shoes?

America's Best Dance Crew Season 2 favorites Fanny Pak is doing way more than dance. The Fanny Pak-inspired shoes from Milkshake Kicks will be released in May. On March 14, they had a photo session and meet-and-greet to promote them. You can see the photos (including the excellent one we are using here) at their Facebook page. And, you can pre-order the shoes by clicking on the Milkshake Kicks ad on the right side of this page.

Monday, March 16, 2009

JC Chasez on America's Best Dance Crew Seasons 3 & 4, and Kerosene Cowboys

At the finale, I almost got a JC Chasez interview on tape, but I couldn't get my film crew free at the same time that he was available. We did talk while I was trying to set it up. Chasez acted the same off-camera as he acted on-camera as an America's Best Dance Crew judge. He's somewhat removed and sardonic, like he doesn't buy into his role as a celebrity. Discussion highlights:
  • I've met him twice (finales for America's Best Dance Crew 2 & 3). Both times he called me honey. I'm not sure if that's a compliment or an insult
  • He said that he enjoyed Season 3 and that both Beat Freaks and Quest turned in 'memorable' performances
  • When asked if he would be a judge in Season 4, he said (VERY jokingly) "I go where they tell me". I assume that means he will stay involved.
  • He did drop his wry persona when I asked him about his new movie "Kerosene Cowboys". He described the filming as a challenge and a wonderful experience, and the film as something that will be 'original'

Photocredit: MTV- Chris Polk

America's Best Dance Crew alums in Britney Spears Video "If U Seek Amy"

Jia Huang (Kaba Modern from America's Best Dance Crew Season 1) and Laura Edwards (Fysh N Chicks, America's Best Dance Crew Season 1) can be seen in Britney Spear's latest video If U Seek Amy (as well as in the photo above from this weekend's bowling party!). Watch it here.

They can also be seen as backup dancers for Britney's Circus tour.If you take Circus concert videos that feature these ABDC favorites, please email me the links (bloggingbestdancecrew@gmail.com) and I'll try to post them.
Thanks for the tip, Michael!

America's Best Dance Crew finale footage: Beat Freaks, Fly Khicks, Layla Kayleigh

5DTV highlights the ladies in their coverage of the America's Best Dance Crew Season 3 finale, interviewing Beat Freaks, Fly Khicks, and Layla Kayleigh. Highlight (for me): watching their interviewer show Fly Khicks his split (definitely better than the one done by Albert at Talk of Fame!)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

What's America's Best Dance Crew Quest up to NOW?

I contacted Quest to find out more about the published publicity that they would be performing in NY (which turned out to be false). They did share this news:
  • The America's Best Dance Crew winners are currently working on a movie, but aren't allowed to give details yet
  • On April 4, they will appear at a meet and greet at World of Dance at the Pomona Fairplex
  • They're also preparing a celebration party in the next few weeks. If I were them, I would have already been celebrating non-stop!

A little more finale - Quest interview highlight video

All season long, Pacific Rim has been covering the serious and funny side of the America's Best Dance Crew crews. They just assembled a highlights video of their Quest interviews, answering questions about nationality, taste in girls, and other burning questions.

Lil Mama - I'd work with Chris Brown Again

Lil Mama spoke to MTV News about the allegations about Chris Brown's assault on Rihanna. In it, she takes a very cautious and measured approach, not wanting to pass judgment before all the details are revealed. The America's Best Dance Crew judge also says that she would definitely work with him again. "I would definitely record a song or work with Chris Brown at this very moment, I would. That's me."

Her message for Chris Brown and Rihanna: "I wish them both the best of luck. I wish them both all of the success in the world, which they deserve...As far as the way I feel about it, it's very confusing."

Super Cr3w's Ronnieboy stars in new Red Bull Ad

Ronnie Abaldonado (member of Super Cr3w, America's Best Dance Crew of Season 2) won Red Bull BC One in 2007. He's now the star of Red Bull's new ad.