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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Video: SoReal Cru, Dumbo (Poreotics) at Lil Crazed Unplugged

Lil Crazed held his first Unplugged Show in Houston on June 6, 2010. SoReal Cru and Poreotix' Dumbo were among the performers. From the LilCrazed Youtube Channel:

Quest Video: "I Like Your Jacket" musical number

Some inspired silliness: Quest does a musical number to "I Like Your Jacket", inspired no doubt by the ILikeYourJacket.com inspirational website. In any case, here's the video from Taejun's Youtube Channel. Thanks for the tip, Snoop Doggy Style!

Video: Boxcuttuhz and Academy of Villains Collaboration

JP from Boxcuttuhz dances with Pharside (Supreme Soul/Academy of Villains) in this video from Academy of Villains Youtube Channel.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Video: European flash mob for Eurovision Song Contest 2010

A massive Europe-wide dance flashmob was organized for this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurovision is an annual competition held members of the European Broadcasting Union. Over a few days, each member country performs a song on live TV. International viewers get to vote for their favorites from the other countries.   The Contest has been broadcast since 1956 and is one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world. I wish something like Eurovision was created for dance groups, creating a World's Best Dance Crew. Thanks for the video link, Martin!

Video: Dtrix, Twitch, Comfort, and Jose Ruiz on SYTYCD 'Meet the top 11'

So You Think You Can Dance led off their live-audience shows for Season 7 with a non-competitive round of dances. The 'All-stars' from prior seasons danced with the new contestants in their area of expertise. So, Jose Ruiz danced with Dtrix (Quest), Comfort, and Twitch. Thanks for the link, Karen Chu!

Video: Step Up 3D Preview Clips

Which dancers can you spot in this Stop Up 3D preview? Thanks for the link. Karen Chu!

Upcoming Events June 11- 26 - all over the US!

6/11-12: Choreo Cookies teaching at Soundbox Summer Intensive in Houston
6/11: We are Heroes at Kress Nightclub in Los Angeles
6/11: Are You #1 Dance Competition hosted by Round 1 at Willingboro High School in Willingboro, NJ.  Doors open 4:30, show at 6pm
6/11-12: Southern Movement appearing in Showdown show in Bowling Green, KY
6/12: Workshop with Enrique (Static Noyze 6) and Ajaye (Swagger Crew) at Jeannette Neill Dance Studio in Boston 
6/12: Freak the Beat workshops at SoReal Studios in Houston, featuring Rino and Lindsey (Beat Freaks) and Jackie (SoReal Cru)
6/12: Beat Freaks Keeley at Audition Room in Westminster, CA
6/12: Rhythmology Pre-Audition Workshops  noon at Creative Image Studio, Bergenfield, NJ.6/12: Jungle Boogie workshops at Intensity Dancers Studio in Miami Lakes, FL 
6/12: Poreotix at Glam in Los Angeles
6/13: Vogue Evolution in Guyz and DollZ benefit for Haiti in New York City
6/17-6/23: JabbaWockeeZ's MUS.I.C. (with Super Cr3w as featured performers) begins its extended run in Las Vegas
6/18-19: Jungle Boogie teaching and performing in Pittsburgh 
6/18-19:  Peterson Thelisma (Strikers) teaching master class in Arlington, MA
6/19-20: Sock Hop 3 in San Francisco featuring Fr3sh (final public performance!), BreakEFX, Choreo Cookies, Kaba Modern, Funkanetry SF (the hosts), Bionic (Supreme Soul) and many more!
6/19-26: Fanny Pak workshops all over - 6/19 Beau at Stylz Studio in Covina, CA 3pm and Jayvee Dance Center in Alhambra 8pm; 6/23 Glenda with Della (ASIID) at Jayvee Dance Center in Alhambra; 6/25-27 Matt teaching at Intrigue Dance Intensive in Fort Lauderdale FL;  6/26 Beau teaching at Jayvee Dance Center (still in Alhambra!); 6/26 Glenda teaching at new studio in Chino Hills
6/19: Groovaloos Hip Hop workshop in Signal Hills, CA
6/19: Blueprint performing at Festival SiDanse AIDS benefit in Chicoutimi, Quebec 
6/23-27: TL (Blueprint) teaching at Connected Dance Convention in Bristol, VA
6/24: San Diego's Best Dance Crew competition at the San Diego State Fair. Competitors include Kaba Modern, Choreo Cookies, Instant Noodles, 220 (Second to None), and Team Millennia
6/25: Hype 5-0 to perform at Michael Jackson tribute in Honolulu 
6/26: Ellen Kim (L0st Kids) and Brian Puspos (SoReal Cru) teaching at Soundbox in Houston
6/26: Workshop featuring instructors from Boxcuttuhz, Quest, Supreme Soul, and other top crews at House of Mayhem Studio in San Mateo, CA. Presale tickets available now!
6:27: CJ and Isaac (Heavy Impact) in M.I.S.U. Opportunity Workshop at Alhambra, CA 
7/9-10: Massive Monkees and Napoleon & Tabitha D'umo (ABDC choreographers) perform in DANCE This at Paramount Theater in Seattle

Leave a comment if there are other events you'd like to include in our list.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Video: Sneak Peak at Justin Bieber's 'Somebody to Love' video with Beat Freaks and Poreotics

Popeater has an exclusive video with behind-the-scenes video from the shooting of 'Somebody to Love' music video with Usher, Beat Freaks, and Poreotics. Thanks for the tip, abdcsytycd and LetRyGuyin!

Ringmasters in Nicki Minaj' "Massive Attack" video

Ringmasters (Americas Best Dance Crew Season 3) play a pivotal role in Nicki Minaj's video for "Massive Attack." Thanks for the tip, Tanooki!

TiVO Alert: The return of Dtrix and Twitch, on SYTYCD June 10

So You Think You Can Dance will bring together their 10 all-stars with the 11 new conestants on the June 10 show. According to various spoilers posted on TelevisionwithoutPity.com:

"Just got back from the taping. Well Transdrew said it all, but fans set your DVR's you'll want to watch these numbers more than once. No matter what I thought during the auditions this group of 11 are incredible. I'm short so I couldnt see their feet but all in all it was impressive for the first show. Can't wait to see how this translates to TV."

[From Transdrew on IDF]: "Tabitha and Napoleon described their dance as an induction into the sytycd family and so Dominic, Twitch and Comfort were all supposed to be helping Jose out. Twitch stole the show for me in this dance, except for one move at the end with Jose and Dominic that involved the two somersaulting over each other while taking off Jose’s sweatshirt. "

Video: Pat Garrett (Ghost Crew) teaches workshop

Pat Garrett of Ghost Crew (America's Best Dance Crew Season 5) taught at Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in Los Angeles in May 2010, with Mami and Ali from We Are Heroes (ABDC Season 4 winners) backing him up. Video from HoustonGhostCrew Youtube Channel. Thanks for the link, Xerpent!

Video: Jungle Boogie on Fox News in Atlanta

Jungle Boogie appeared on Fox News in Atlanta on June 10 to promote their involvement in the National Talent Search shows on June 11 and September 10. Click here to watch the interview that includes Raqi (at 2:24). Here's their performance.

Congratulations to bboy Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz -- one of SYTYCD Top 11!

The top 11 dancers for this season's So You Think You Can Dance have been announced. The only hip hop or breaker in the bunch is Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz, who is also the only SYTYCD contestant who is self-taught. Here's a video of him in action, from his JosemizGuided Youtube Channel (thanks to SYTYCDism.com for the link): 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

ABDC Blowup Contest Week 7 -- Enter now!

We've got the next round of our ABDC Blowup Contest ready for you. We've found a highlight in the MTV.com archives for America's Best Dance Crew and we've blown it up. Your task: Name that crew and email your answer to ABDCContest@gmail.com. This contest is created by  "The 4th ABDC Judge". This week's entries must be received by midnight on Monday June14.


Here's this week's image and a clue: What you get when you embarrass Beat Ya Feet Kings!

World of Dance Video highlights: backstage, onstage, dancing, practicing, breaking, awards etc!

YakFilms produced a nifty video showing all aspects of World of Dance New York. It shows snippets of all the ABDC crews -- Poreotix, Blueprint Cru, Static Noyze, Beat Ya Feet Kings, Southern Movement, Jungle Boogie, Rhythm City, and Fr3sh -- as well as practice and performance from many of the competitors. This video is the next best thing to working for World of Dance!

LIke OMG Baby -- DJ Earworms' latest mashup

DJ Earworm's latest mashup called 'Like OMG Baby' has been out for 2 days and already has over 400,000 hits. For good reason.

Saltare Tribute video!

Brandon created a tribute video for Saltare that really displays their dancing skills as well as their jumping capabilities. It's on his McGoober6 Youtube Channel. Thanks Brandon!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Video: Poreotix preparing for Hip Hop International

Poreotix take their practice semi-seriously. Makes you wonder what stunts they might be practicing for Hip Hop International. From PoreoticsHD Youtube Channel.

IDA Studios: Sign up for IDA classes with members of Afroborike, Heavy Impact, and We are Heroes

For those dancers looking to expand their skills and repertoire: Josue Vega-Torres from Afroborike (ABDC Season 4) will be teaching a Latin Jazz class on Wednesdays at IDA in Los Angeles. Cool poster too!

Isaac from Heavy Impact also teaches a class at IDA. His hip hop groove classes are Thursdays 7-8pm and Saturdays 2-3pm. Marie Poppins -- one of the original We are Heroes who did not appear on America's Best Dance Crew -- teaches beginning popping on Mondays from 8-9pm

Answer to ABDC Blowup Contest Week 6: Southern Movement !

Thanks to everyone who sent in an answer to last week's Blowup Contest. The number of correct answers are thinning out as the pictures and clues get trickier. Here's the Week 6 blowup:
Here's the original photo, from America's Best Dance Crew Season 4 Week 2:
The clue read:"Came Out With Brilliance! Oh Yes!!"  Many readers noticed that each of the words was capitalized, which is unusual. The capitalized letters spell out COWBOY, which was a common way of describing Southern Movement's sartorial style.
New blowup picture tomorrow!

Video: Daniel Cloud Campos (LXD) in 'Welcome Home'

The latest from Daniel Cloud Campos' Floorstatik Youtube Channel is 'Welcome Home' - a tribute to everyone who has had a slovenly roommate. Thanks for the link, Karen Chu!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Today's question: Can appearing on ABDC be BAD for a dance group?

We learned yesterday -- in the comments for our post on Fr3sh's performance at World of Dance NY -- that Fr3sh will cease performing together later this month.Their last public appearance will be at Sock Hop 3 in San Francisco June 19. This saddens me because I have greatly enjoyed EVERY one of the many times  I've seen them at events, competitions, ABDC auditions, and on TV. Their breakup will be a loss for hip hop dance everywhere and particularly on the East Coast. 

My question: Can appearing on America's Best Dance Crew be BAD for a dance crew? While it's a great honor to be picked for the show, can an unsuccessful appearance limit the crew's long-term career and leave them unhappy? I personally believe Fr3sh went home way too soon, and that their brief appearance may have created a  limited and incorrect view of the group's skills and style that dogged them post-ABDC. I know that Fr3sh has always spoken positively about their ABDC experience, but personally I would have been bothered if I was in a crew that felt it was sent home extremely prematurely. There are other crews with similar records, but I think (from the many times that I've seen them perform) that Fr3sh was hurt more than most.

What do you think? Am I just over-reacting to the group's breakup, or can appearing on a competitive reality show be dangerous to the health of one's career and dreams?

Deadline for ABDC Blowup Week 6 - midnight tonight

You have until midnight on June 7 to send your entry to Week 6 of our ABDC blowup contest. Click here for the picture and rules. Email your entry to ABDCContest@gmail.com. Good luck!

Jungle Boogie to appear on VH1 tonight - Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South

Jungle Boogie are among the entertainers on VH1's Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South that will air Monday June 7 at 9PM ET/PT. Here's a preview (language warning):

Mailbox: SuperCr3w; TeeNick dance opportunity; MYZTIKAL on Britain's Got Talent

  • SuperCr3w.com sent us a photo album with dozens of action shots of Super Cr3w performing at an Red Bull pool party in Las Vegas. Photos (including the one above) were taken by Archie Prudencio
  • Nickelodeon is now taping a new show in Los Angeles for Teenick (their programming for teenagers) called The Nightlife with Nick Cannon. Participants can be paid $50 if they dance on air. Get your tickets at 1iota.com. Thanks for the tip, Jay!
  • Myztical Dance Crew made it to the semi-finals on Britain's Got Talent

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Video: Fr3sh dance at World of Dance NY

Fr3sh Dance Company (the larger group that includes Fr3sh from America's Best Dance Crew Season 4) performed in exhibition at World of Dance New York on May 29, 2010.

Video: Afroborike performance at Centro des Bellas Artes in Puerto Rico

We haven't heard much about Afroborike lately, but here's a recent performance at Centro des Bellas Artes in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. From Prinkgurl17 Youtube Channel. 

Promo video for Choreo Cookies visit to Soundbox in Houston - featuring CC's dance highlights

Choreo Cookies will be teaching at Soundbox Summer Intensive in Houston from June 7-12. Here's their promo video showing highlights from earlier performances: