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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Announcing the ArchiTEKS - all male crew with members from SoReal Cru

Several members of SoReal Cru requested that I remove an earlier post that included a quote from Brian Puspos' Tumblr, since it was misleading and a little dramatic. Some of the members of SoReal Cru that appeared on America's Best Dance Crew will continue to dance with that group. 

Instead, here's a video of a new group called the ArchiTEKS, which includes SoReal members Brian Puspos, Brian Fucanan, Mark Fucanan, and Patrick Lam as well as  Duy Nguyen and Alan Truong.
They will be performing together over the next few weeks, including an appearance at Hip Hop International in late July.

Video: Kyle Hanagami, Ellen Kim and Lyle Beniga dance to Usher's "Papers'

Kyle Hanagami (formerly in L0st Kids) choreographed a dance to Usher's 'Papers', and dances with Ellen Kim and Lyle Beniga. From KyleHanagami Youtube Channel.

LXD Interviews: John Chu, Harry Shum Jr. and other dancers - "Dance is the star"

NewTeeVee.com visited the set of LXD and talked to John Chu, Harry Shum Jr., producer Scott Ehrlich, and many dancers on how they got involved with the project, why they are on Hulu instead of Youtube, the mix of dance vs. story in the show, how Miley Cyrus helped inspire the series, the difference between LXD and Glee for Shum, and the aspirations for LXD. They will show one show each Wednesday for 8 week starting July 7, 2010 and then move to Season 2.  

Friday, July 2, 2010

JabbaWockeeZ and Super Cr3w party in Las Vegas

Vegas News reports that JabbaWockeeZ and Super Cr3w took a break from MUS.I.C. to party at the BANG party at the Moon Nightclub in Las Vegas. Photo credit: Shane O;Neal/9 Group.

Video: BreakEFX at Sockhop 2010

BreakEFX (America's Best Dance Crew Season 5) performed at Funkanometry SF's The Sockhop in June 2010. Video from UnassumingProduction Youtube Channel. Thanks for the tip, Kid Bowser!

Video: ABDC5 Crews Doing the Dougie and Dancing at the ABDC5 Wrap Party

Kickin It With Kelsey filmed some of some of the crews from America's Best Dance Crew Season 5 doing the Dougie both off stage and at the wrap party on the Warner Bros lot after the taping of the Finale. As far as I've seen, this is the only video of the after-party. Thanks for the tip, BSG!

TiVO Alert: B-Girl Movie to premiere July 4 on Showtime

'B-GIRL' premieres on Showtime July 4 at 4:30pm (all US time zones). The Primetime premiere is Monday July 19 at 7:30pm (all US time zones). 

The producers and stars are organizing B-GIRL screening events around the US. If you have a screening party, send a photo to streetteam@bgirlmovie.com (post it on your Facebook and post a link on the B-GIRL Facebook). In return the producers will send you a B-GIRL POSTER signed by Lady Jules (Beat Freak and BGirl star), Director Emily Dell and Producer Elizabeth Dell.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

STEP UP 3D: Dance Contest For $2000 Grand Prize - entries due by July 6

Are You BFABB (Born From a Boom Box)? Then this is your chance. Enter the dance contest for a chance to win a trip to LA to attend the World Premiere of' "Step Up 3D” and the opportunity to perform on BET’s 106 & Park to compete for a cash Grand Prize.

TO ENTER:
Step 1: Go to StepUpMovie.com, Facebook.com/StepUpMovie, MySpace.com/StepUpMovie or YouTube.com/StepUpMovie and select enter.
Step 2: From any of these sites, log into your YouTube account (or register if you do not have an account) and allow the application.
Step 3: Download an MP3 listed on the site
Step 4: Create a video showing your best moves to the music provided ON THE SITE
Step 5: Upload your video to the site to compete to win the trip or a Flip MinoHD video camera


The videos will be judged by Touchstone Pictures, “Step Up 3D” director Jon M. Chu and producers from BET’s 106 & Park, who will select up to 10 semi-finalists.  “Step Up” Fans will select the first-prize winners. starting July 19.  Entries must be received by July 6, 2010, at 12:00 noon Pacific Time. For official rules and more information about the movie, visit www.StepUpMovie.com

Place a Dot on the Michael Jackson Memorial Portrait

The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait needs 1,000,000 fans to complete. As of last week, they've hit 250,000 so far, from 180 countries. Here's a video about the project from Gendance:

Video: Alex and Twitch perform Nappytabs choreo on SYTYCD

The highlight of So You Think You Can Dance's Top 9 Performance Show on June 30 was a hip hop dance performed by Alex and Twitch and choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo. This was the first time there was male-male pairing before a finale episode on SYTYCD. Even the judges gave this a standing ovation!

Upcoming Events: July 1-14, 2010

7/1: Rhythm City promotional workshop 5pm, J&L Dance Center, North Bergen, NJ. 
7/1: Fanny Pak at Dance Crave in Montreal
7/2-3: Vogue Evolution  performing at Transverse stage in Toronto on 7/2 and opening for Cyndi Lauper concert in Toronto on 7/3. VE will also perform at a Hindu pride festival in the area this weekend.
7/3: East Coast Collaborative Workshop taught by Goose (Static Noyze) and BoogieMind (Boogie Bots) at Creative Image Studio in Bergenfield, NJ
7/3: Heavy Impact at House of Blues in San Diego
7/4: B-Girl Movie starring Beat Freak Lady Jules premieres on Lifetime at 4:30pm (all time zones) 
7/5-11: Blueprint Cru teaches 5 classes at the Dance Lab in Plantagenet, Ontario
7/5: Fanny Pak's Matt and Meg teaching for Triple Threat Dance Convention in Anaheim, CA
7/5-30: Summer Intensive Session 2, featuring workshops taught by members of Poreotics, Team Millennia, Boxcuttuhz, Blueprint Cru, and many other dance crews
7/9-10: BreakEFX featured at Vail International Dance Festival in Vail Colorado, sharing a stage with Savion Glover, Paul Taylor Dance Theater, Beijing Dance, and Pacific Northwest Ballet!7/9-10: Massive Monkees and Napoleon & Tabitha D'umo (ABDC choreographers) perform in DANCE This at Paramount Theater in Seattle
7/10: Poreotix and We are Heroes at Kababayan Fest in Santa Clara, CA
7/11: Quest Crew in Singapore along with Joyce and the Boys (Hip Hop International 2009)
7/15: Blueprint Cru performing at the Just For Laughs Festival hosted by Pamela Anderson in Montreal
7/17: Poreotix and We are Heroes at Kababayan Fest at Knotts Berry Farm

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

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

ABDC Blowup Contest Week 10 -- Enter now!

The end is here! Round 10 of our ABDC Blowup Contest is ready and waiting for you. We found a highlight in the MTV.com archives for America's Best Dance Crew and blew it up. The challenge: Name that crew and email your answer to ABDCContest@gmail.com. This contest is created by "The 4th ABDC Judge".  This is the final week of the contest.  Here's the official rules and info on the prize. This week's entries must be received by midnight on Monday July 5.

Here's the new gray-scaled image. This week's clue words - "Turning carrousel".  Read the tie-breaker rules below if you want some ideas on how to solve this. Good luck!
 

TIE BREAKER: We will probably need a tie-breaker to choose the contest winner. Here's the challenge: write a clever and solvable clue for the name of an ABDC crew. It can be any crew, whether or not they've already appeared in the contest. Use whatever for cluing as long as it's publicly available; the clue could be based on trivia, foreign languages, puns or wordplay, hexadecimal codes, whatever! If you're interested in trying some cryptic clues, here's a beginner's guide. "The 4th ABDC Judge" and I will pick a winner from the entries (possibly with outside consultations if we can't agree).  So, if you want to win, send us: 1. the answer to the Week 10 challenge, 2. your own clue for an ABDC crew name, and 3. the answer for your clue!

Video: Strikers All-Stars appear on America's Got Talent

Strikers All-Stars (America's Best Dance Crew Season 3) are the latest crew to try to make their mark on America's Got Talent. They danced (as Strykers All Stars) on the June 29 episode and made it to the Las Vegas round. 

Videos: San Diego Best Dance Crew winners Choreo Cookies and Instant Noodles

At the San Diego Best Dance Crew competition on June 24, the adult winners were Choreo Cookies (First place), 220 (2nd place), and Instant Noodles (3rd place). Here's winning dances from Choreo Cookies and Instant Noodles. Click here to watch the performances from 220 and from Instant Noodles from Pacific Rim Video. Thanks for the links, Kid Bowser!

Spark Your Career Contest with Beat Freaks starts today -- Weekly prizes!

The Beat Freaks are collaborating with DancePlug.com on Spark Your Career, a contest to help aspiring dancers. Prizes will include Beat Freaks T-shirts and autographed pillowcases; a B-Girl DVD; merchandise from Monsters, UFO and Starbound, free access and credits on danceplug.com, and a free pass to Monsters Convention. 

To enter, create a Career Profile on DancePlug.com and take advantage of the site's features to spark your career by talking about yourself and your dream, sending your career profile for auditions, and taking advantage of the Danceplug network.

DancePlug.com's Youtube Channel has new interviews with all the Beat Freaks posted too.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

LXD to premiere July 7: What questions would YOU ask the LXD dancers?

The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD) will premiere on July 7, 2010. The story of The LXD unfolds in three initial volumes, starting with Volume One: “The Uprising Begins” which chronicles the journey of seemingly ordinary people who discover they have extraordinary powers and must choose their place in an epic war between good and evil.  I've watched advance releases for three of the stories in Volume One.  The dancing is amazing (of course), and some stories manage to capture the excitement and feel of a great comic book.

Over the next week, I hope to conduct podcast interviews with one or more of the LXD stars. I welcome your input for these interviews. So, please leave some suggested questions in the comments below. As always, if I use your question I will mention your name during the podcast. 

And stay tuned for more LXD news. This show can definitely make your summer!

Answer to ABDC Blowup Contest Week 9: Sass x7

 There were only 4 correct entries this week! Last week, commenters were complaining that there were too many people with perfect scores, so the Week 9 was INTENDED to thin the herd! 

The blownup crew was Sass X7. Here's the picture we posted:

Here's the original photo, from the Season 2 Finale:
 The clue was a cryptic and was meant to be tricky. though one reader got the answer through the clue alone. It read:"Fractured science pop quiz: the crew with the most protons." The phrase 'fractured science' are carefully worded to tell you that it won't be straight science but  will use scientific terms in a cryptic fashion.  The scientific terms associated with protons are the atomic symbols (e.g., O=oxygen). Only 4 crew names could be broken into atomic symbols (I know because I tried!). Sass can be broken into 2 sulfur and one arsenic. AND -- you have x7, or multiplied by 7 (if you figured out the atomic symbol clue, the multiplier would be a red flag). So, the crew name is [2S (16 protons each) + 1AS (33 protons)] x7=455 protons.  This is tricky but I know we have some math/science jocks who I thought might enjoy the puzzle. And you could always solve by brute force and look for the picture on MTV.com!


Tomorrow's picture will also be grayscale. So, there is a good chance that many who didn't solve this week could still be tied for the prize. Don't give up hope!

Chris Brown performs Michael Jackson tribute at 2010 BET Awards

Chris Brown gave a heartfelt tribute performance to Michael Jackson at the BET Awards on June 27, 2010.

Mailbox: Rhythm City performing at major charity event; Wii Dance 2 to feature Dance Crew Face-offs

  • Rhythm City will dance at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service on June 29, 2010. This is the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders, with more than 5,000 people attending 
  • The Wii Just Dance 2 will be in stores October 14, 2010. It will feature new modes such as  Dance Crew Face-offs and will cater for up to eight players. 
  • Monday, June 28, 2010

    Deadline for ABDC Blowup Week 9 - midnight tonight

    You have until midnight on June 28 to send your entry to Week 9 of our ABDC blowup contest. Click here for the picture and rules. Email your entry to ABDCContest@gmail.com. You gotta be in it to win it!

    More San Diego's Best Dance Crew -- Congratulations to Choreo Cookies, 220, and Instant Noodles

    More on San Diego's Best Dance Crew Competition held on June 24. In the adult division, the winners were Choreo Cookies (again!), 220, and Instant Noodles. Here's the winning performance from 220, from the Di2ifter Youtube Channel -- I'll post the others when I find them. Thanks for straightening me out, Kid Bowser and BT!

    Video: San Diego's Best Dance Crew Competition - Congratulations IDK for winning teen division!

    San Diego's Best Dance Crew Competition was held on June 24 and hosted by Poreotics. Congratulations to idk for winning first place in the teen division! Here's their winning dance.

    Beat Freaks - lots of news!

    • Beat Freaks will be featured on Olga Kay's Circus showing on OlgaKayYoutube starting June 30, 2010. 
    • Speaking of Beat Freaks, it appears that Rino choreographed SHINee's comeback
    • Fanny Pak's Glenda Morales interviewed Rino at the Geminiz Beat Freaks Prom Party, where Rino talks about her MANY activities including filming for LXD. Video from Pacific Rim Video Press

    Sunday, June 27, 2010

    BiCoastal Dance classes: ABDC's Bollywood Coach Nakul Dev Mahajan; ABDC4's Rhythm City

    • A great opportunity for SoCal dancers looking to expand their dance repertoire: Nakul Dev Mahajan, whose work has been on America's Best Dance Crew, So You Think You Can Dance,  and AR Rahman: Jai Ho World Tour 2010, is offering Summer Workshop classes at NDM Bollywood Dance Studio in Artesia, CA. He will also be teaching classes in San Diego in September. Contact ndmdancestudios@yahoo.com to sign up or for details.
    • In New Jersey, Rhythm City (America's Best Dance Crew Season 4 will be holding summer intensive lessons  in hiphop, contemporary, house, street jazz and valour. The classes run from July 13-29. Click here for details and to sign up.

    Something that hasn't appeared on ABDC Yet: NY City Ballet goes Street with 'Twirl'

    Just in case America's Best Dance Crew producers are looking for more diversity or another style to adapt to hip hop: The New York City Ballet Dancers created this 'Twirl' video for Dance with the Dancers 2010 event.

    Video: Klaamation featured with King Tight at Boulevard 3

    Klaamation appeared with King Tight at Boulevard 3 in Los Angeles in May 2010. Video from Danzkidd Youtube Channel. Thanks for the tip, TheEmployer!