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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Video: Poreotics ad for Vitamin Water

 Poreotics show their individual dance skills in this new ad for Vitamin Water.  

Video: Terrific interview with Bryan East (Boogie Bots) by high school student

Here is an utterly charming MUST-SEE interview with Boogie Bot Bryan East, conducted by a student and posted on the PCSuryaaa Youtube Channel. They talk about America's Best Dance Crew, how Bryan learned to host World of Dance, workshops, and how to get East Coast dancers more noticed and work together. The interviewer gets Bryan to open up and talk more openly than most professional interviewers.  

Video: New Step Up 3D Promo featuring Royal Flush and Swagger Crew

To hype everyone for the imminent release of Step Up 3D, there's a new Youtube Video of 'My Own Step', the movie's theme. The video has some great dancers including two Southern crews from America's Best Dance Crew Season 5: Royal Flush (wearing wife beaters and Khaki shorts) and Swagger Crew (wearing black Swagger Crew Tshirts).

TWO Million hits!! Thanks guys!

BloggingBestDanceCrew.com passed 2 million hits shortly before midnight last night! HOLY COW -- that's WAY beyond what I expected when I created the site 2 years ago! Thanks everyone and keep clicking!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Video: Poreotics Backstage and onstage at Bridge Juniors Competition

Poreotics members Can, Chad, Charles, and Jet helped host the Bridge Juniors Dance Competition held on June 26,2010 at Cal State Fullerton. This video has the live onstage performance as well as some behind the scenes footage. From the PoreoticsHD Youtube Channel.

Reminder: Hip Hop International starts in 10 days -- the hiphop dance event of the year!

I publicize many stellar dance events and STRONGLY recommend that you go see live dance  -- much more intense than anything on TV! But, if you only have the time and money to attend one event, I recommend that you go to Hip Hop International in Las Vegas. I attended HHI 2009 and was awed by all the talent and variety that came together to learn and to battle. 
  • If you can attend the whole event, you can hang out and become friends with dancers from 35+ countries and see most of them work out and compete.
  • If you only have 2 days, you should attend Saturday and Sunday July 31-August 1. You can attend dance workshops by Nappy Tabs, FloMaster and Boogaloo Sam; watch 1-on-1 and 3-on-3 battles in popping, locking, and bboy; AND attend the Finals where the best of the best compete for prizes and the title. It was THE best hip hop dance event I've ever attended!
Details at HipHopInternational.com. GO! -- it can be the highlight of your summer!

Upcoming Events July 16-August 1, 2010

7/16-18: Fanny Pak's Matt Cady holds workshops in Orlando, FL 
7/17: Hype 5-0 Dance at Summer Sizzle in Honolulu
7/17: Poreotix and We are Heroes at Kababayan Fest at Knotts Berry Farm
7/17: Quest Crew at Monsters of Hip Hop in Orlando, FL 
7/17: Kaba Modern Family Workshop at UC Irvine 
7/18: We are Heroes performance at the Mirage in Las Vegas
7/19-8/1: Lots of Static Noyze workshops!
7/22-24: Coastal Dance Rage Summer Intensive with Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo, Twitch, Beau Fournier (Fanny Pak) and others in Calgary 
7/23-25: Matt Cady (Fanny Pak) teaching at Intrigue Dance Intensive in Pittsburgh
 7/24: World of Dance in Seattle, featuring performances from Super Cr3w, Massive Monkees, Victor Kim (Quest), Bboy Jalen, and many other dancers
7/22-25: Supreme Soul's RJ and Slim teaching at Hypersquad Dance Company (Hype 5-0's home studio) in Oahu
7/24: Kollaboration Houston with performances by Wyldstyl and HomeGrown 
7/24: Glenda Morales (Fanny Pak), Brian Puspos and Pat Lam (SoReal Cru, the ArchiTEKS)  teaching at Stylz Dance Studio in Covina, CA
7/24-25: UFP DANCE COMPANY AUDITIONS for NJ's newest dance team, situated in Matawan at FR3SH's old studio (AIM Dance Academy) in Matawan, NJ.. Registration starts at 12P. 
7/25-8/1: Hip Hop International in Las Vegas featuring the best dance groups from 35+ countries!
7/26-28: Coastal Dance Rage Summer Intensive with Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo, Twitch, Beau Fournier (Fanny Pak) and others in Toronto 
7/27and 7:29: Rhythm City Summer Intensive workshops at Pearl Studios in NY
7/31: Hype 5-0 at U4ria Dance Studio in Coral Springs, FL
8/1: Battle Swaggerfeaturing members of Super Cr3w, Knucklehead Zoo and Supreme Soul starts its tour in Las Vegas


Please leave comments if you know of other upcoming events we should add or include in future calendars.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Video: The BEST Robot Crew

Watch out Madd Chadd, Poreotix and Boogie Bots! You've got some unstoppable competition. In honor of this week's The LXD, here's some major robot action. According to Gizmodo: "the dance party went down at Shanghai 2010 Expo, where 20 Nao robots, designed by the French team Aldebaran Robotics, synchronized over Wi-Fi to strut their stuff. The robots come kitted with "x86 AMD Geocode 500 Mhz CPU, 2 GB flash memory, two speakers, vision processing capabilities, Wi-fi connectivity and ethernet port," and respond to commands in both English and French, like this: "STOP DANCING BETTER THAN I EVER WILL."

Video: Dtrix and Jose Ruiz present SYTYCD's first Bboy routine, with help from Nappytabs, Legacy & Mike Murda!

On So You Think You Can Dance's July 14 show, bboy contestant Jose Ruiz paired up with Quest Crew's Dtrix (who is one of SYTYCD7's All-Stars) to present the show's first ever B-Boy routine. Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo choreographed the number, with assistance from Mike Murda from Super Cr3w (America's Best Dance Crew Season 2 winners) and Legacy Perez (who also appeared on SYTYCD Season 6). Watch it here, courtesy of Rickey.org:

More Dance TV: Fighting Gravity makes it to America's Got Talent Semi-Finals

Many of our readers are now fans of Fighting Gravity, a dance team on America's Got Talent that creates cool illusions through dance, blacklight and glowstick effects. Fighting Gravity moved on to the AGT semi-finals. Unfortunately, RNG was eliminated in the LAST 2 seconds of the show (way to create tension guys!) in favor of another kid act called Future Funk. Congratulations Future Funk! Here's the quarter-final Fighting Gravity routine:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Podcast with The LXD's Madd Chadd and Shelby Rabara - listen now!

Today's episode of The LXD is 'Robot LoveStory' starring Madd Chadd as a man who wakes up in a hospital with no memory but crazy robot movements. Click here to watch.

I spoke to Madd Chadd Smith and Shelby Rabara (who portrays the Dark Nurse). Among the topics: how they got involved with the LXD, the creative process behind the show, why there are so few women on the show at this point (and how that will soon change), plans for international distribution, how the LXD differs from other mass media shows involving dance, their favorite comic book characters, and what they'd like to see happen to the LXD franchise. Listen in!

Watch Episode 3 of The LXD here now: "Robot LoveStory"

The newest episode of The LXD is released. "Robot LoveStory" introduces a new character called Sp3cimen (played by Madd Chadd) who wakes up in a hospital with no memory and severe convulsions. This episode really looks and feels like a classic comic book to me, complete with captions, lurking evil-doers, and a sympathetic good guy with a mysterious past and madd skills 

Later today, I'll post my podcast interview with Madd Chadd and Shelby Rabara (the Dark Nurse), including answers to some questions by BloggingBestDanceCrew.com readers.

Mailbox: Fanny Pak music release; Mario Lopez reality show ( with ABDC news?); RNG on AGT

  • District78.com tells us that on August 17, Fanny Pak will be releasing a 3 song album (produced by District 78) called "A Touch Of Fanny".
  • This fall, VH1 will air a reality show about Mario Lopez and his girlfriend Courtney Mazza becoming parents.  From Warner Bros' Extra! website (note: Warner Bros also is the home of ABDC): "Mario..will also learn to balance his new life with his busy career, hosting "Extra" and "America's Best Dance Crew" 
  • RNG appeared again on America's Got Talent on July 13 and will learn today if they make it to the semi-finals. Here's the performance. Thanks for the link, Teldon!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Announcing Week 1: ABDC Master Mix Contest!

Today we start a new competition called "The Master Mix Contest", completely created by Dirtface X. Think you know your ABDC dance music? Prove it. Listen to a sample of an ABDC Master Mix, followed by a judge's comment about the routine, and identify the crew who performed it. The mixes are all available at District78.com, but the clips will vary from 20 seconds in the first few weeks, down to 3 seconds in the last weeks. Full episodes of the programs can be found on MTV.com. Whoever can correctly identify the most routines (crew and song title) will be the winner.  In Rounds 1-4, you only need  to provide the crew name, for 2 points total. In Rounds 5-12, you will need to give BOTH the crew and the tune (1 point each).


Rules: This contest will go on for 12 weeks and the person with the highest cumulative number of answers will win either a Tshirt or other merchandise of his/her choice OR music from District78.com available on ITunes, worth up to $35. In the event of a tie, we'll play a mix of 30 ABDC Master Mixes.  Whoever can correctly identify the most routines (crew and song title) will be the winner. If there is still a tie after that, we will randomly choose the winner. To make it a little harder, we are disabling the comments for the contest posts. Send your answer to abdccontest@gmail.com; we will NOT confirm whether you have the right answer. Please do not post your answer in on this site or elsewhere -- we want to keep this fair. If I find that you've posted the answer online, you are permanently disqualified from the contest and banned from all comments. Answers for this week's puzzle must be received by midnight July 18, 2010.

Here's the Week 1 puzzler:

Video: Philippine Hip hop Clean Mix

Okay, I'm not exactly sure what this video represents, but I highly recommend the dancing!

Mailbox: JabbaWockeeZ News; Fundraisers for Know Your Rank; America's Got Talent update

  • JabbaWockeeZ will be special guests at the Ultimate Bboy Championships at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on August 7 and 8. Click here for tickets and more information.
  • Help support youth programs in the San Francisco area! The Know Your Rank crew (affiliated with Supreme Soul, Academy of Villains and involved in helping out youth in the Bay area) has 2 fundraisers this week -- a spaghetti dinner on July 17 and a car wash on July 18. 
  • Unfortunately, Ringmasters has been taken from the current America's Got Talent Competition. Strikers All Stars and Wreckless Crew are still in the top 48 as is a group of 10-13 year olds called RNG (shown below) who won the U.S. Junior Division at 2009 Hip Hop International. Thanks for the tip, Teldon!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monsters of Hip Hop Orlando - Quest Crew to take over (with lots of help!)

The Monsters of Hip Hop tour will end on this coming weekend, July 16-18 in Orlando. It's going out in style --the program includes Phi (JabbaWockeeZ), Matt Cady (Fanny Pak), Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo, Marty Kudelka, and about a dozen other choreographers. And -- Quest Crew totally takes over on July 18. More details and tickets here.

Videos: Quest in Singapore -- performance and freestyles

Quest Crew performed in Singapore on July 11, 2010, and the fans captured every bit of it. Here's the main performance from simon171183 Youtube Channel. Click here to see their group freestyle and an interview with Ryan, Hok, and Feng on Singapore TV. Thanks for all the links, Snoop Doggystyle!

Videos: Poreotix and We are Heroes at Kababayan Fest

BlackPinoyEagle filmed Americas' Best Dance Crew winners Poreotics and We are Heroes when they performed at Kababayan Fest at Great America in Santa Clara on July 10, 2010. He also was able to meet them at the event.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Video: Dancer auditions for 'Killa Lipstick' Music Video - spot the ABDC crew members!

Here's a rare look at the audition process for music video backup dancers. Choreographer Nick Demoura held the auditions for new artist Talia's new music video, Killa Lipstick. Which ABDC alums can you spot? Video from 3ProductionsMedia. Thanks for the tip, Guest-o-Rama!

Sports Mailbox: Saltare's Billy wins jump rope gold; Swagger Crew featured at Adidas World Cup Final party

  •  Swagger Crew will perform today at a World Cup Finals Viewing party with NBA star Dwight Howard, sponsored by adidas. It's probably too late to get tickets, but send photos or videos if you are lucky enough to go to this event!
  • Saltare's Billy Jackson won First Place at the U.S. National Jump Rope Championships in Galveston. Here's the routine, shown on thedrmeier54 Youtube Channel. Thanks for the tip Brandon! Congratulations Billy! 

Video: JabbaWockeeZ Kid Rainen showing B-boy progress.

Kid Rainen of The JabbaWockeeZ just posted a new video blog. He recorded this video to manage his Progress on Breakdancing. This video shows how he progressed after his knee surgery and contains his Breakdance Practices, Footage, Trainings and Freestyles. From the IndoRandee Youtube Channel.