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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Video: Raw Elementz performance at RAWCUS

RAWCUS was a hip hop showcase held at Columbia University on March 22, 2010. This year's event featured Rhythm City amont the crews. Here's the performance by Raw Elementz, which includes Kid Bowser. Video from AGoulden's Youtube Channel.

ABDC April Madness: JC Chasez, Round 2 Day 1

Though it's now April, we are still working through  ABDC March Madness (aka the Big Boy Challenge), pitting hard-hitting competition from 32 primo quotes by Lil Mama, JC Chasez, Shane Sparks, and Lil Mama against each other to determine the 'Best ABDC Judge Comment EVER'. Now we're into Round 2, where we narrow down the best from each judge. Each day we'll give you 2 quotes; vote every day for your favorite. Click here for rules and explanation.  Today, we choose between Round One favorites from JC Chasez:

Video Preview: today's workshop at Soundbox featuring dancers from Boxcuttuhz, Lost Kids, and ADD

TODAY -- April 3 -- is a workshop at Soundbox Studios in Houston taught by Kyle Hanagami (Lost Kids, Neverland), Derrick Caldwell (Boxcuttuhz), and Jun Embers (A.D.D.) Sorry for the late notice -- GO -- it will be worth it! Here's a video featuring the teachers:

Video: Saltare on The Ellen Show

Saltare appeared on the Ellen Show on Friday April 2, 2010. Their performance was capped with a bogus Degeneres showing major dance and jumping moves.

Video: KM's Arnel Calvario talks about ABDC5 top 3, Hype's 'call-outs', ABDC's Judges and more

After the taping of ABDC's Hip Hop Nation and Last Chance Challenge, Chris Trondsen and Fanny Pak's Glenda Morales (and Pacific Rim's Angelica Alumia) hung out outside a little longer to talk with Arnel Calvario (founder/choreographer for Kaba Modern and manager for Kaba Modern, Fanny Pak, and Beat Freaks). Here's the first part of the interview, where Arnel and Glenda get lively in discussing reactions who was best on this episode (as opposed to the season), Blueprint's performance given the shoulder injury of one member and its implications for the show,opinion on the content of the different ABDC judges' critiques, and how Hype's calling outdissing other crews in their performances was part of hip hop culture. 

Recaps (with videos) for ABDC's Hip Hop Nation and Last Chance Challenges

  • At We'll Fix it In, Howard and LeKeith coin a few choice phrases (the Cutout Challenge, Swagger Juice Energy Drink) along with their biting commentary and backstage perspective
  • AC Slater thinks Blueprint Cru deserves to win given the episodes' dances and the last chance challenge performances should have been longer
  • Too Interesting for Twitter gives Poreotix the prize based on Tetreotix
  • Spoil the Ending felt only lukewarm about the two Last Chance Challenge performances
  • Video reviews by Taizuke and ACONNECTIONTV
  • LA Times has an excellent review by Kaba Modern founder/choreographer Arnel Calvario. They also post video interviews of Arnel with Hype 5-0 and Blueprint Cru (including information on the shoulder injury of one member), as well as a video of Swizz Beatz talking about ABDC -- why he participated in this episode, how hard the crews worked, and why he is a fan of the show

"The 4th ABDC Judge" renders judgement on Hip Hop Nation/Last Chance Challenge

So this is it, the final 3 crews just tore up the stage and left their hearts, blood, sweat, and tears on that stage and it really shows. It’s horrible to see any crew go, but at the final 3, it’s the most heartbreaking. But, the show must go on, and so must the reviews. It comes down to this. 
-Blueprint vs. Poreotix
-East vs. West
-Co-ed crew vs. All male crew
-Foreigners vs. Natives

So, what happened this week with Hype 5-0, Blueprint Cru, and Poreotix? Click here to read his detailed review of the performances in America's Best Dance Crew's Hip Hop Challenge and Last Chance Challenge, a well as a Season recap. Thanks '4th ABDC Judge'!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Video: Hype 5-0's Last Chance Challenge

MTV Remote Control just posted a video of the Last Chance Challenge routine that Hype 5-0 prepared but did not get to perform on America;s Best Dance Crew.Thanks for the tip, Demetrius and YouLintLicker.

Tomorrow: Footwork at MIT, with Fanny Pak, Static Noyze & more!

Not a lot of dance events this week -- but there is one event that is a must for people in the Boston area: MIT's Ridonkulous is holding a dance event on April 3 with prizes and some of the best crews seen in the East Coast (or elsewhere).Scheduled performers include Fanny Pak, Static Noyze, Wrush, Phunk Phenomenon, Lil Funk, and more.  Click here for the details.

On April 4, the group will hold workshops taught by Fanny Pak's James Alsop, Beau Fournier and Megan Lawson; Static Noyze artistic director Mike Patlingrao, and Artistry in Motion's Donyelle Jones. Info and signup here.

Video: Academy of Villains at Rock the School Bells

Academy of Villains (the second generation of Supreme Soul) performed at Rock the School Bells at Skyline College in California on March 27. Video from AlexisMariah50 Youtube Channel. 
This was sent to me by Benjamin of AOV, who also said "we want to give a shout out to our family branch Hype 5-0 for making TOP 3."

Last week for the Elimination Challenge/Bottom 2 Contest -- enter now!

We're almost done with the elimination challenge for America's Best Dance Crew, where readers competed by predicting who would be in the bottom 2 and who would be eliminated.  The person with the highest cumulative score for Season 5 will win an ABDC crew shirt of their choice and size (up to $35 retail).

For the finale, give us the final placement. For example, for ABDC4's Finale, an entry worth 2 points would have read:  Winner: We are Heroes. Also: include your answer to 2 tie-breaker questions: # of votes cast in ABDC Season 5, # of votes cast in final week. If neither is announced, I'll randomly pick a winner.

Here's the rules. PLEASE REMEMBER TO USE THE SAME DISTINCTIVE NAME EACH WEEK SINCE VOTES ARE CUMULATIVE!  Right now, Ace, David Jason, Del, and Jai are tied, but it is possible for 4 other people to sneak in and win. Deadline: Midnight, Tuesday April 6.

Video: Hype 5-0 describe what they would have done in the Last Chance Challenge

Chris Trondsen and Fanny Pak's Glenda Morales talk to ABDC third place finishers Hype 5-0 after they were eliminated on America's Best Dance Crew's Hip Hop Challenge. They talk about the Last Chance Challenge they didn't get to perform (which included tiki torches and wicked moves), their appreciation for their fans, what's next for them, and shoutouts. Endless thanks to World of Dance, our partner for the ABDC tapings this season.

ABDC March Madness in April: Shane Sparks Round 2

Though it's now April, we are still working through  ABDC March Madness (aka the Big Boy Challenge), pitting hard-hitting competition from 32 primo quotes by Lil Mama, JC Chasez, Shane Sparks, and Lil Mama against each other to determine the 'Best ABDC Judge Comment EVER'. Now we're into Round 2, where we narrow down the best from each judge. Each day we'll give you 2 quotes; vote every day for your favorite. Click here for rules and explanation.  Today, we choose between Round One favorites from Shane Sparks:

Video: Ninja attack interview with Blueprint Cru

Chris Trondsen and Glenda Morales wanted to make sure that we spoke to ALL the crews this week, especially since the voting would be going on for days. The MTV people asked (or insisted) that they leave (it was getting late!) but Chris and Glenda stayed until they were literally kicked out of the studio so they could congratulate Blueprint Cru and ask them a few brief reader questions on how it felt to get to the Final 2, what they had to give up for the show, and more. Pacific Rim jumped in too, so that we could get some footage for the Blueprint fans.

Send some Love to Hype 5-0!

We have been fans of Hype 5-0 since watching their audition video since America's Best Dance Crew Season 3. Their mix of b-boy and hip hop with touches of Hawaiian moves brought a freshness to the stage. They built a huge fan base because of both their dancing and their off-stage personalities.  Season 5 had some of the best crews in the history of ABDC and Hype 5-0 proved --week after week -- they were worthy being near the top. Their performance in the Hip Hop Nation Challenge was one of our favorite performances for the entire season -- they went out on top of their game. We'll miss them, and hope to see a lot more of them in videos and live performances.

This post is only for positive comments about Hype 5-0. If you have anything else to say, please take it to the Party Room/Critics Corner.
Photocredit: MTV

Video: Poreotix answer more fan questions: boxers vs. briefs; doomsday plans

Poreotix talked to Chris Trondsen and Fanny Pak's Glenda Morales after Poreotix learned they made it to the Final Two on America's Best Dance Crew Season 5. They talk about what it feels like to get to the final 2 and answer fan questions including boxers vs briefs vs commando, what they'd do at the end of the world (sinning, church and ABDC tours), and what they want to say to the fans. Here's a link to the quiz "Which Poreotix Member are you?" Much thanks to World of Dance (our partner for the ABDC tapings) which is busy lining up many of the ABDC5 favorites for their upcoming live shows. 

Review from the Pressbox - Chris Trondsen on ABDC5's Hip Hop Nation and Last Chance Challenges

Right off the bat, the show starts off with a shock.  No one was ready for Blueprint Cru to be the one that was safe and received the most votes. Not that they don't deserve it, all three of the remaining crews are amazing and deserve to be in the finale, but the crew most people thought were going to have that free pass to the finale didn't receive it. Blueprint were shocked as well it seemed because they couldn't believe they had the most votes but they were also happy to be there. 

The two final crews that went head to head for the judge's decision and a spot in the finale dealt with it two way different ways both on stage and behind it.  Poreotix was all smiles, relaxed, joking, funny, etc and their routine showed it.  Hype 5-0 was serious and acted as if they were going into a real battle.  And the choreography in each crew's first performance reflected it.  It was the first time a crew actually called out the other two crews as if they were in a battle in their first performance.
Click here to read the rest of Chris's review. Thanks Chris!

District 78 Music Mixes for Last Chance Challenges (including unplayed mix for Eliminated Crew)

District 78 has posted the master mixes for America's Best Dance Crew's Hip Hop Nation and Last Chance Challenges. Of most interest are the SwizzBeat-derived mixes for all the crews, including what we didn't get to hear for Hype 5-0. After hearing this, I can't wait to see this performance, which they may dance at World of Dance on April 10.

Survey: Which crew should win ABDC Season 5?

Survey: Best performance in ABDC's Last Chance Challenge

Survey: Best performance in ABDC's Hip Hop Nation Challenge

 

Survey: Worst Performance in ABDC's Hip Hop Nation Challenge

Thursday, April 1, 2010

VOTE NOW for America's Best Dance Crew and a warning about autoclick and 'power voting'

The online voting is now open from now until April 8 at 1:00pm Eastern time (6 days!). If you want your favorite crew to win the title, act now and tomorrow, etc.! Click here to vote. Performance videos are online to aid in your choices. If you want to phone or text instead, the numbers are: Phone: 1-877-96-CREW + (number): OR Text: 22444 then (number):
* Blueprint Cru: 1
* Poreotix: 2

After you vote, join us back at the party room! It might be your last chance!
Regarding autoclick and other 'power voting' mechanisms: It says in the ABDC FAQs that  
"Production will have in place weekly monitoring procedures designed to prevent individuals from unfairly influencing the outcome of the voting by generating significant blocks of votes using technical enhancements. The producers reserve the right to remove any identified 'power dialing' votes. These procedures apply to toll-free, sms and online voting"

Party Room/Critics Corner now open - Join in!

The Party Room/Critics Corner for ABDC 5's Hip Hop Nation and Last Chance Challenges is now open! Join many other like-minded people (or people totally different from you) to cogitate about America's Best Dance Crew Season as it wends its way into extinction. IMPORTANT: If you want to write a long comment, write in in NotePad or Word and then paste it into the comments field. Otherwise, all your work may disappear if someone posts something new while you're in the middle of writing. 

After the show is over: The party has just started, so stick around for more action, reaction, and interaction. Did the right 2 crews get into the finale? How does this final 2 compare to other seasons? What do you want to see performed in the live finale?   What would you want to see on a Season 6?  This is your party -- snark, humor, recriminations, nostalgia and almost everything else (except obscenity and abject disrespect) are expected and welcome!

Live Play-by-Play Blogging for ABDC's Hip Hop Nation/Last Chance Challenge

Del and Nancy will be co-hosts of this live play-by-play of America's Best Dance Crew Usher Challenge. Feel free to follow along (particularly if you cannot watch it until later). Please be aware that your comments might not be posted immediately (or at all) as we have to moderate them, watch the show, and type at the same time.

The REAL Chris Trondsen's Preview from the Press Tent! - what you WON'T See on TV tonight!

Here is part of the REAL Chris Trondsen's preview about ABDC's Hip Hop Nation and Last Chance Challenge. Most of it will be included tomorrow, since it was difficult to write about tonight's show without including some spoilers. Be sure to come back tomorrow and read the rest, since it will include many things you wan't see on the show:

One thing you won't see when watching this week's episode is that after announced safe and automatically in the finale, the crew that got the most votes didn't sit down and relax and celebrate like you might think they would. No, they were in the back where their crew flag is and practicing and training hard and going over the choreography getting ready for the Last Chance Challenge. They were like a machine, no smiles, and you almost wouldn't know that they had just received most of America's votes. They were going over it to make sure it was perfect. 

 Click here for two more things about tonight's show that you won't see on TV. Thanks Chris!

Preview from the Pressbox - Cris Turnson on ABDC5's Hip Hop Nation/Last Chance Challenge

Hi guys, this was the best week ever. I know I keep saying that but I mean it this week. The press didn't get to do any backstage interviews before the show this week because they were busy fireproofing the stage. If you think you've seen fire on ABDC before, wait until you see what they have planned this week.

The press also had trouble getting through because of the protests from Canadian separatist people, Hawaii for the people protesters, and the people who heard that Americas Best Dance Crew is going to ban Asians in the future. It's not true, I don't think.

Things to watch for:
  • Omarion and JC argue over whether the girls in Hype or Blueprint is hotter and if that should matter because they need some hot girls in the Finale
  • Poreotix does tutting
  • The hot girls who sit behind Mario start fighting just before the elimination because 3 of them are wearing the same dress
  • Legendary 7 gets an unexpected wildcard and competes in the Last Chance Challenge
Here's some outtake footage for you. And watch tonight, it's the best show ever.

    Video: Hok (Quest) and Phillip Chbeeb - 0 Views

    Quest's Hok and Marvelous Motion's Phillip Chbeeb (both veterans of So You Think You Can Dance) collaborate on a short performance called 0 Views, from Pacman's Youtube Channel. Thanks for the tip, Roy!

    March Madness in April: Lil Mama Round 2, Day 2 (of 2)

    Though it's now April, we are still working through  ABDC March Madness (aka the Big Boy Challenge), pitting hard-hitting competition from 32 primo quotes by Lil Mama, JC Chasez, Shane Sparks, and Lil Mama against each other to determine the 'Best ABDC Judge Comment EVER'. Now we're into Round 2, where we narrow down the best from each judge. Each day we'll give you 2 quotes; vote every day for your favorite. Click here for rules and explanation.  Today, we choose between two more Round One favorites from Lil Mama:

    Video: Crews talk about the strain of this week's challenges and the joys of fan support

    MTV Remote Control posted a video showing the ABDC Final 3 crews talking backstage, interspersed with a few dance moves (including a snippet of Poreotix last chance challenge practice). They all seem quiet, introspective, and tired as they talk about the difficulty of learning new steps and preparing two dances and how much they appreciate the support from their fans.

    Join us tonight for Live Blogging, the Critics Corner/party room, and more!

    Thank God it's Thursday! This season of ABDC is almost over -- this is the last taped show for ABDC5.  Watch America's Best Dance Crew's Hip Hop Nation and Last Chance Challenge with us tonight! The Party Room/Critics Corner opens at 9:30 ET and stays open as long as you want, so that everyone can comment on anything related to ABDC, MTV, dancing and other things you'll think of. Did they send the right crew home? Who do you think will win (and did they give the best performance of the night)?

    At 10pm ET, Del and I'll be doing live play-by-play while watching the show, so feel free to tune in and make fun of me or get a sneak preview of the action (for those of you from the West Coast/Canada/India or other ABDC-deprived zones).

    Tomorrow morning, please vote in our polls on the best and worst performances. Plus, our contests (last chance!), reviews, and lots of other stuff. Join us!

    Survey results: Poreotix brought the magic!

    Here are the results from our surveys of the 'best' and 'worst' performances in ABDC's Magic Challenge:
    • Poreotix was the favorite, with 40% of the 1368 votes cast for 'best performance'. Blueprint Cru followed with 32%. Details here.
    • Hype 5-0 was the least favorite, with 60% of the 1130 votes cast for 'worst performance'. Details here.

    Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Wednesday open thread

    There seems to be reader demand for a place to leave comments on a variety of ABDC and dance topics -- an open party room of sorts. So, let's try it out here. Ground rules and suggestions:
    • Try to have SOME connection to dance and ABDC, even if it's a little tenuous!
    • No obscenity, no blatant spoilers!
    • If you want to write a long comment, write in in NotePad or Word and then paste it into the comments field. Otherwise, all your work may disappear if someone posts something new while you're in the middle of writing.
    • Echo insists they've fixed the problem of disappearing comments. If you have trouble tonight, please EMAIL me (bloggingBestDanceCrew@gmail.com) so I can get back to them for further fixing

    Video: Step Up 3D Trailer -- "One Move can set a whole generation free"

    John Chu released the trailer for Step up 3D today. Not sure about the dialogue (including the line "One move can set a whole generation free") but the dancing looks amazing. Thanks for the link, PerezOverride!




    Howard & LeKeith (We'll Fix it In) attend the ABDC Taping: 3 clues and a major spoiler

    We'll Fix it In impresarios Howard and LeKeith attended the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Hip Hop Nation/Last Chance Challenge taping as press. I can't wait to see this week's recap from them! Here's their first report:


    The penultimate episode of the season always promises surprises and high intensity performances, and Season 5 was no exception.Unfortunately, we can't really talk about the performances without
    totally spoiling the results.  So instead, we give you:
     
    3 CREWS, 3 CLUES
    Clue 1: One Crew made that booty clap.
    Clue 2: One Crew threw down the gauntlet by busting out the competition's signature moves.
    Clue 3: One Crew made like they were playing DONKEY KONG and jumped over some barrels.
    Bonus Clue: At least one Crew did not follow our Top Ten Tips.

    And MAJOR Spoiler: Lil' Mama said something crazy.

    It's also worth noting that neither finalist had to produce an insane theme song.  Instead, they were graced by the services of legendary producer Swizz Beatz.  Y'all should be pleasantly pleased with the results. In any case, we'll have more details and reactions during our recap after the show airs on Thursday.  Just be ready to dial in those votes, America!

    ABDC March Madness Round 2 Begins today -- Lil Mama Round 2, Day 1

    We've gone through the preliminary rounds of ABDC March Madness (aka the Big Boy Challenge), with hard-hitting competition from 32 primo quotes by Lil Mama, JC Chasez, Shane Sparks, and Lil Mama. Now we're into the next round, where we narrow down the best from each judge. Each day we'll give you 2 quotes; vote every day for your favorite so we can crown the 'Best ABDC Judge Comment EVER'. Click here for rules and explanation.  Today, we choose between two round one favorites from Lil Mama:

    Videos: Fanmade Blueprint Tributes

    RhodaBoat56 created several tributes to Blueprint Cru, each focusing on a particular episode. Here's a sample: Blueprints audition and regional performance.

    Photo from the ABDC blocking: Poreotix doing Tetriotix

    Here's a sneak preview from NappyTab's Twitpix: Poreotix blocking the moves for their Tetriotix performance. Note: this was taken before the taping; all crews had to block their moves, including the one that was eliminated. So, this is NOT a spoiler.

    Fans in the Stands -- Reports from the Hip Hop Nation Challenge

    We've got a few spoiler-free reports from the tapings of America's Best Dance Crew's Hip Hop Nation/Last Chance Challenge show. 

    Kyle: the crew's elimination was the most heartbreaking of the season, and every single member was sobbing, including the leader who could barely give final words. the final 2's performances were completely different. one taking a more simple approach, the other pulling out all the stops. Click here to read the rest of his report about the three crews

    Crush!: This was an exciting night, as always! Even before the show began, everyone was in a great mood and dancing to the music that DJ Mia was playing. We Are Heroes, members from Beat Freaks and Quest attended the taping. I was very surprised by the crew that was saved this week...For the crew that went home, i felt like they inspired so many people, and that's the best thing a crew can do. They had an outstanding running and will be definitely remembered. Cant wait to see them next week in the finale! And, they announced at the taping, that the Champions episode is really going to happen -- they are going to have the winners of every season perform on stage! Click here to read the details of her spoiler-free report.

    Thanks for the reports! !

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Sorry about the comments software problem -- please hang in there!

    I am trying to get in contact with the Echo people to fix the comments problem. Please hang in there tonight if you can! I tried leaving a comment about this but my comments are also getting swallowed up! Echo is aware of the problem and I hope we will have a fix soon. In the meantime -- if you go to the taping, can you also email me your reactions, just in case Echo is still glitchy? Address: BloggingBestDanceCrew@gmail.com. Thanks!

    Let us know if you attend tonight's taping!

    The Hip Hop Nation and Last Chance Challenge episode of America's Best Dance Crew Season 5 tapes tonight, with 3 crews from the United States and Canada battling to compete in the April 8 live finale. If you attend the taping, leave a comment and let us know what it was ALL like -- the dances, the final challenge, who you spot in the audience, the judges, etc. Please DON'T just focus on who stays and who goes, since that will be deleted as a spoiler. Tell us about other aspects, so we can live vicariously through your experience.

    AND REMEMBER -- NO SPOILERS!! DO NOT SAY, HINT, OR IMPLY THE FATE OF ANY OF THE CREWS !! REPEAT OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED FROM COMMENTS. AND -- ANYTHING YOU HEAR HERE STAYS HERE -- DO NOT POST ANY COMMENTS/TWITTERS/EMAIL MESSAGES ON WIKIPEDIA, MTV.COM DISCUSSION BOARDS, TELEVISION WITHOUT PITY OR ANYWHERE ELSE. IF YOU IGNORE THIS RULE, WE COULD LOSE OUR PRESS PRIVILEGES.
    For the most part, the system that commenters used in the past worked. But again, some people persisted in leaving the wrong things up and making me do cleanup work. Don't do it again!

    Howard and Lekeith Present Their Top Ten Tips for the Final Three Crews

    Howard and LeKeith, proprietors of the wickedly funny We'll Fix it In, agreed to do some guest writing for us. Here for your enjoyment: their Top Ten Tips for the Final Three Crews:

    1. DON'T BANK ON MAKING IT TO THE FINALS.

    Howard: This tip isn't necessarily very helpful at this point in time. But I just wanted us to all remember the heartbreak of watching Kaba Modern face off against the JabbaWockeeZ.
    LeKeith: So sad... That should have been the finale, MTV!
    Howard: Don't you know it.
    LeKeith: But it has happened too many times. You can't look ahead to the last performance and sleep on the Hip Hop Decathlon.
    Howard: Agreed. Let’s close with a moment of silence for Fanny Pak and Massive Monkees as well.
    LeKeith: Respect.

    Unconfirmed Twitter report: JabbaWockeeZ might appear on ABDC again!

    There are unconfirmed reports of a possible JabbaWockeeZ performance on America's Best Dance Crew, straight from recent Tweets:
    • Phi: april 15. Live on MTV Jabbawockeez performing on ABDC. Its a live show so keep your clocks set and or your tivos on.
    • THE_WOCKEEZ Phi: its a champions episode so you'll see your other favorite winners of ABDC! Its gonna be fun! Can't wait to rip with the other winners!!
    • Nappytabs: Jabbas here now, goin over ideas for Champions episode in 2 weeks

    ABDC March Madness Round 1 ends today with Omarion Part 2!

    ABDC March Madness (aka the Big Boy Challenge) ends its first round today with more Omarion.  Each day we'll give you 2 quotes; vote every day for your favorite so we can crown the 'Best ABDC Judge Comment EVER'. Click here for rules and explanation.  Today's choices for best Omarion comments:

    Video: Kyle Hanagami (Lost Kids) and Nika Kljun - "Blah Blah Blah"

    Choreographers Kyle Hanagami (known to our readers for his work with Lost Kids) and Nika Kljun taught a class at Debbie Reynolds Studio in Los Angeles in March 2010, dancing to Ke$ha's "Blah Blah Blah. Video from KyleHanagami Youtube Channel.

    ABDC5 Crew Mailbox: Poreotix Photo Gallery, Hype - new website, new profile

    • OC Register created a photo gallery of hometown crew Poreotix. It's a must-view  for Poreotix fans, including the photo above, taken by Armando Brown
    • Hype has a new website. Check it out!
    • Honolulu Advertiser had a new article on Hype 5-0. In it, Hazmat talks about their best received routine, their own favorite challenge, and the hardest part of being on ABDC

      Monday, March 29, 2010

      Songlist for the Hip Hop Nation Challenge

      America's Best Dance Crew this week has two challenges: Hip Hop Nation Challenge and the Last Chance Challenge. MTV Remote Control announced the challenges and songs for this week's Hip Hop Nation Challenge on ABDC. All three of the crews will dance to the same set of songs (though in differing order) and will have to perform three regional hip hop dance moves. Here's the song and the challenge (with links to Youtube videos showing the moves; leave a comment if you know of better videos representing these moves)
      They will have their own song choice for the Last Chance Challenge. If it follows the same format as in earlier seasons, there will be an elimination in the middle of the show and only 2 crews will perform their Last Chance Challenge Routines. (Personal request to MTV: please tape the Last Chance Challenge for the crew that doesn't perform it and post it on your website. Every season, the fans are curious to see what they missed!

      Video: Some unconventional krumping from Fresh Fam (part of Kabayan Krump Movement)

      Occasionally, we show videos of non-ABDC-affiliated dance if we really like it. Here's an example: Fresh Fam Krumpers from the Philippines dance to Butterfly. Video from CurryDough's Youtube Channel.

      Some background: Fresh Fam is part of  the Kabayan Krump Movement, a group of krumpers from the Philippines and Australia (and some from California) aiming to unite all krumpers from across the globe to end the hate/beef and unite as one. Some of the guys in KKM are affiliated with Krumpinoy, a crew founded by Patrick Caballo of the Philippine All Stars. They have been holding krump battles to unite krumpers from the country and other neighboring Asian countries and hope to unite krumpers from across the globe.  This performance was an exhibition and is supposed to be funny (like Poreotix and 'Love Story'). Thanks for the tip, Maxxann!

      Last Day to enter Elimination Challenge and Top 4 contests for this week

      Deadline fast approaching: if you want to have an entry for this week's elimination challenge and top 4 contests for ABDC, you have until midnight tonight. Good luck!

      ABDC March Madness - Omarion Day 1 Round 1 (of 2)

      ABDC March Madness (aka the Big Boy Challenge) continues today with Round 1, Day 1 of Omarion. The new guy might sneak in and take the title!. Each day we'll give you 2 quotes; vote every day for your favorite so we can crown the 'Best ABDC Judge Comment EVER'. Click here for rules and explanation.  Today's choices for best Omarion comments:

      Video: Hypian Movement gets Love and Support for Hype from Around the Globe!

      Hypian Movement (including our reader Maxxann) wanted to show their support for Hype 5-0 as they prepare for the Semi-Finals challenges. They put together video clips from fans and other crews from around the world, including Goose (from Static Noyze) and our Chris Trondsen. Great job, guys -- if this doesn't give them some strong support when needed, I don't know what will!
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      Video: Fr3sh's Cindy Ho teaching de la Femme Class

      Fr3sh member Cindy Ho recently taught a dance class at San Francisco's De La Femme. Video on CinDHoho Youtube Channel. Thanks Wes!

      Sunday, March 28, 2010

      More fan-made videos: Jungle Boogie Tribute, JC vs. the Isolators

      • ABDC Freak created a Jungle Boogie tribute video
      • DirtFaceX has a funny mashup of Poreotix vs JC Chasez called 'JC and the Isolators

      ABDC March Madness reigns! Round One, day 4: JC Chasez quotes

      ABDC March Madness (aka the Big Boy Challenge) continues today with Round 1, Day 4 of JC Chasez -- judge extraordinaire!. Each day we'll give you 2 quotes; vote every day for your favorite so we can crown the 'Best ABDC Judge Comment EVER'. Click here for rules and explanation.  Today's choices for best JC Chasez comments:

      Exclusive video: MTV's 'Outtakes' on-stage and backstage at the Illusion Challenge

      Members of  MTV camera crew felt sorry for us not getting any crew interviews this week due to technical problems at the ABDC Illusion Challenge taping. So, they gave us an outtake video that shows what you don't see on TV when you watch America's Best Dance Crew: Poreotix and Jungle Boogie having some fun on-stage; backstage interactions between all the crews, the MTV 'wranglers', alum crews and the press (including Fanny Pak's Glenda Morales); fond goodbyes to Jungle Boogie from Layla Kayleigh and many others; Jungle Boogie talking about how they feel just after getting the bad news; visits from ABDC alums like Vogue Evolution, and much more. Thanks MTV!!

      Mailbox: Saltare on Ellen Show, Jungle Boogie twins on SYTYCD

      • Saltare will appear on the Ellen Show, to be taped on March 28 and aired on April 1. Thanks for the tip, CoachT27!
      • Jungle Boogie twins Anthony and Antwain Hart also competed on So You Think You Can Dance in 2009, but did not make it to the top 20. Thanks for the link, Any1!

      Ninjaboi's Review of ABDC5's Illusion Challenge show

      Hey guys! It’s the penultimate competitive episode for ABDC this season, so it’s getting down to the wire.  I wasn’t totally thrilled to be honest with the repeat of the Magic Challenge, or the overall episode itself, but it was better than a lot expected, I think.  WARNING.  THIS REVIEW CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS INTO HOW THE MAGIC TRICKS WERE EXCECUTED.  READ AT OWN RISK

      Overall results:
      Blueprint – 39
      Poreotix – 38/36.1
      Hype/Jungle Boogie - 35


      Click here to read his detailed review. Thanks Ninjaboi!