Saturday, August 14, 2010

Video: JabbaWockeeZ dance at Ultimate BBoy Championship

JabbaWockeeZ (ABDC Season 1 winners and Las Vegas stars) were special guests at the Ultimate BBoy Championships held in Las Vegas on August 6-7, 2010. Video from the atimo Youtube Channel.  Thanks for the link, Jacob and Ninjaboi!

Video: Love King's 'The Dream' featuring Gisette Valentin (Royal Flush)

ABDC performers continue to make notable appearances in music videos. Gisette Valentin (aka Hunnie) from Royal Flush is the backup dancer on the far right. Video from GisetteValentin Youtube Channel.

Crews: Audition to appear in One Kapamilya Go! along with JabbaWockeeZ!

JabbaWocKeeZ will perform at ONE KAPAMILYA GO! in Santa Clara, CA  on September 12, 2010. And, the organizers are auditioning for singing/dance crews to appear on the same show. The auditions will be held on August 21 at Great America in Santa Clara. The groups must have 12-20 members, can sing and/or dance with a performance no longer than 3.5 minutes. Go to for more information and to register online for an audition. Thanks for the tip, VMSonic!

Meet the first 2 winners in for Spark Your Career, picked by Beat Freaks Teresa and Shorty

The first two winners of DancePlug's Spark Your Career were announced at the Monsters of Hip Hop show on August 7. Beat Freak Shorty picked Kaela Elmido from North Hollywood, CA and Teresa Espinosa picked Andrew Regalado from Los Angeles (seen in this Motion City Soundtrack video). You can still enter to win prizes and attention from dance pros; deadline is Sunday, August 15. Click here for details.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Shane Sparks News: rapping with Filip Filipi

Former America's Best Dance Crew judge Shane Sparks  has teamed up with producer Filip Filipi for his debut rap song,  called 'Boom.' He performs the track he choreographed the routine for on the finale of So You Think You Can Dance Season 4 (watch it here) The song is on Filip Filipi's mixtape 'Design & Origin of Stars' which is currently available on iTunes.

Another SYTYCD Finale highlight video: Russell Ferguson and Lil C Krump it out

So You Think You Can Dance 6 winner Russell Ferguson returned for the SYTYCD7 finale, krumping with Lil C. Video from

Video: Quest Crew performs on So You Think You Can Dance Finale

The finale for So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 overflowed with hip hop highlights, mostly choreographed by Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo. But the highlight for me was a new Quest Crew routine that included Lydia Paek. Video from

New Dance Show from Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul is teaming up with Reveille Productions to produce a new dance show on CBS!  She's looking for Solos, Duos, Trios & Groups of ALL STYLES, ALL AGES. Click here if you're interested. Thanks for the tip, Teldon!

Upcoming Events: August 13 and beyond

8/13: Poreotix performing in New Orleans 
8/14: Heavy Impact workshop in Seattle
8/14: Poreotics meet and greet in Metairie, LA
8/14: Workshops taught by members of Rhythmology, Part Time Models, and DynamiQ Faction as part of Trilogy Workshop series in Bergenfield, NJ 
8/16-8/20: Summer Intensive at ICON Dance Studio in Manalapan, NJ featuring hip hop workshops and a special screening/meet&greet with "B-Girl the Movie" creators
8/17: Fanny Pak Party at Level 3 in LA to celebrate the release of their "Touch of Fanny' EP
8/18: JabbaWockeeZ hold party with Karmaloop at Aria Hotel in Las Vegas 
8/19: JabbaWockeeZ MUS.I.C show returns for its third engagement in Las Vegas
8/20: Massive Monkees at Filipino Cultural Center in Seattle
8/20 and 8/25: Rhythm City perform at USA Pavilion in Shanghai 
8/20-21: Special screenings of "B-Girl the Movie" with meet & greet in Paso Robles, CA 
8/21: Workshops taught by members of Rhythmology, Project D, and EPIC Motion as part of Trilogy Dance Series in Bergenfield, NJ
8/21: Kaba Modern perform at The Beat Down 2010 in Toronto 
8/26: We are Heroes headline at World of Dance San Diego
8/28: Beat Freaks at OC Foodie Fest in Anaheim, CA 
8/28: Jason Croom (Swagger Crew) teaches workshop in Atlanta
9/3: Super Cr3w at Harrahs in Atlantic City, NJ
9/3-5: BoogieZone University taught by members of Quest, Beat Freaks, Kaba Modern, L0st Kids, Fanny Pak, and many other crews, in Irvine, CAL

Leave a comment if there are other events to add to this calendar.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Idea for some of our dancer/readers: Try to Join the LXD!

The Fanboyz episode of The LXD (shown here) presents the idea that the LXD are secretly recruiting members. The video shows a few fans watching a video saying that you MIGHT catch the attention of the LXD recruiters if you  1. dance a unique style, 2. upload a video of it, and 3. are very patient.  Ideally the video should be shot in a real-life setting (e.g., school, workplace) rather than in a studio.

So, how about it? I know we've got some dancers here. We need to fight evil. So, if you've got the time and the will, go for it! Upload it, and send the links to me, to Cole Waters, and to the LXD's Facebook page! And thanks to Ninjaboi for the idea!

NAPPYTABS at HHI 2010: Urban Moves Workshop

Adorable husband and wife choreographers, Napoleon & Tabitha, hosted a well attended Urban Moves workshop at HHI2010 in Vegas. Here, some participants work on stage, while the rest were in the filled ballroom dancing along. In the clip, you can see Napoleon videotaping on his cell phone to post on their Twitter page! This was a HOT routine!

Recommended reading: Behind-the-Scenes look with Kaba Modern at what it's like to compete at HHI

The Las Vegas Sun followed Kaba Modern at Hip Hop International with a wonderfully intimate look at the dance group's preparation for the competition. The article goes way beyond reporting, getting at what it feels like backstage. My favorite article quote (and I recommend you read the whole article!): "Waiting is the hard part. You can train your body to move, to fall backward on stage and plop without hurting yourself. After a while, it's muscle memory. Training your mind not to get your hopes up, to be okay with not going as far as you wanted to in a competition? That's more difficult."
Photocredit: Leila Navidi, Las Vegas Sun

America's Got Talent Dance news: RNG is still in the running

Last night,  America's Got Talent announced their wildcard picks for next week's show. RNG -- the girl hip hip dancers who were eliminated in the last 2 seconds of an earlier show -- are on the list. Click here for  their audition performance. Tune in next week to see if they make it to the next round. Thanks for the tip, Ninjaboi!

'For the Love of Hip Hop' Video: Scenes and interviews from Hip Hop International

DanceChannelTV assembled a video with highlights from the 2010 Hip Hop International World Championships and short interviews with some of the crews on why they dance. Poreotics is one of dozens of represented crews.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Video: National Dance Day in Boston with Static Noyze, Fr3sh, Ridonkulous and more

Here's a video of the National Dance Day celebration for National Dance Day, posted on the Rashmile Youtube Channel. It features Juandi and Gus from Static Noyze 6 and Eunji Hong from Fr3sh, and many others from the Geek Chic/Ridonkulous/Static Noyze Dance Companies.  The dance crews felt like collaborating in order motivate people all over Boston to DANCE for the love of being able to move!  

The crews are randomly mixed in the beginning doing the routine, then they split into their groups, starting with Project Nailz, MIT Ridonkulous, Static Noyze, Mocha Moves, and then Side Project (SidePro). They then came back together to do the National Dance Day Routine.  Thanks for the video, Adlai!

Podcast with BreakEFX Christa Lewis: working on the LXD, competing on ABDC and more

BreakEFX member Christa Lewis appears on 'Fanboyz', the latest episode of the LXD. We spoke a few weeks ago about many topics including: how she became involved with the LXD, an inside look at what it was like to film the episode, whether there is a pressure for female dancers to act weak and sexual, her favorite comic character, BreakEFX's experiences on America's Best Dance Crew (and whether BreakEFX would audition again) and upcoming plans. BTW -- her role in the episode was reduced because she hurt her ankle during filming; you can see her on crutches on the show!

More for The LXD Fans: SYTYCD Finale appearance, hilarious affiliated blog

-The stars of The LXD will perform on the August 12 season finale of So You Think You Can Dance
- Fanboyz (the latest episode) mentions a blog that tries to document the existence of the LXD and how to become a member. The blog does exist:  It's EXTREMELY funny, so read it! Sprinkled in with the LXD info are paranoid ravings about parental permission slips, frog meat in the cafeteria, and other gems.

Watch the LXD Episode 9 Now: Fanboyz

It's Wednesday, so the latest episode of The LXD is up on Hulu. This week: Fanboyz, starring Aja George, Terence Dickson, and Shonnie Solomon. It also features Christa Lewis (BreakEFX), Fresh Redding, Nick Demoura, and Rob Rich. The premise: people have heard rumors that you can join the LXD if you master a unique style of dance and videotape it. So, the nerdy videoclub members make some comic attempts to become superheroes.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Super Cr3w to perform at the White House!!

On September 7, 2010,  Super Cr3w will dance at the White House. From an Eventful post for the White House: "This event will be in the East Room and will showcase to dance students all of their options and demonstrate the vitality of dance in the USA today. This is the first dance event at the White House during the Obama administration."
Way to go, Super Cr3w!!

Enter Week 5 of ABDC Master Mix Contest now!

Time for Week 5 of our competition called "The Master Mix Contest", completely created by Dirtface X. In thie variant of Name that Tune, our video contains a sample of an ABDC Master Mix, followed by a judge's comment about the routine. Your challenge: identify the tune and the crew who performed it. The mixes are all available at Full episodes of the programs can be found on Whoever can correctly identify the most routines (crew and song title) will be the winner.  You need to give BOTH the crew and the tune (1 point each). Click here for the rules.

Please send all entries to MAKE SURE YOU USE THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS EVERY TIME SO I CAN TRACK AND SCORE YOUR ENTRIES PROPERLY! All entries for Week 5 must be received by midnight on August 15.

Video: Announcing Hypeotics - Coming August 28!

Hype50TV posted a video announcement about a collaboration between Poreotics and Hype 5-0 on August 28 in Hawaii. Details in the video description here.

Dr. Pepper Cherry Youtube Contest -- watch and vote for your favorite

Over 300 people entered the Dr. Pepper Cherry Youtube contest (described here). Voting will be held on August 17, but you're going to need some advance time to watch videos and pick your favorites. So, click here to watch and make sure to vote on August 17! Please leave comments on some of the ones you'd recommend for our readers.

Battle Swagger Las Vegas Video: Kid Rainan (JabbaWockeeZ/Full Force) vs. ATN

Battle Swagger is on the road for August 2010. On August , Kid Rainan (JabbaWockeeZ and Full Force) beat ATN (BattleBorn)in exhibition. Video from Myztiko909 Youtube Channel.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Open discussion thread: what did you think about Step Up 3D?

Many readers have seen Step Up 3D by now, so I wanted to create a place for discussion. What did you think? Was the 3D effect worth it? What about the battles? What would you have liked to have seen instead?

ABDC Master Mix Week 4 answer: Static Noyze dancing to "Whatcha Say" - Watch now!

We again received almost 200 entries for Week 4 of our Master Mix contest and everyone correctly identified the crew as Static Noyze  performing "Whatcha Say" on America's Best Dance Crew Season 5. Here's the clue again, followed by the full routine. This contest and its videos were conceived and created by Dirtface X -- Thanks!! And, come back tomorrow for the next installment.

Poreotics announcement: No more competitions ever for us! interviewed Poreotics after their performance at the World Championships at Hip Hop International on August 1, 2010. Spokesman Dumbo announced that the ABDC5 winners plan to completely stop competing anywhere. Instead, they will be performing full-time, travelling and giving back to the community when possible. Thanks for the tip, Dancefan and Perezoverride!

Performances from Dance This, including Massive Monkees and NappyTabs

On July 10, Seattle was the site for a Dance This Festival featuring many styles of dance. Hip hop was represented by Massive Monkees (America's Best Dance Crew Season 4) and Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo (choreographers for ABDC and So You Think You Can Dance). SeattleTheaterGroup Youtube has dozens of videos from the event, so if you like many styles, check it out. Here's the Massive Monkees performance:

Click here to watch more from the show, including the NappyTabs performance and the finale which includes ALL the dancers from the day. Thanks for the tip, Ninjaboi!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

America's Got Talent: Hip Hop Dance Crews in the Semi-Finals

Though Strikers All-stars left the America's Got Talent competition this week, three hip hop groups remain on the show: Future Funk (audition performance), Haspop (audition performance and Top 48 performance), and Studio One Young Beast Society (audition).

Here's a collaboration between members of Haspop and Future Funk, taped while they were in Las Vegas.  Thanks for the links Ninjaboi!

Correction: Quest Crew to appear on SYTYCD on Thursday August 12

A correction to my earlier post today: Quest will appear on the final So You Think You Can Dance of the Season, which is Thursday August 12 at 8pm ET/PT. 

What are the best modern movie dance scenes?

In honor of this week's release of 'Step Up 3D', Armchair Commentary lists their choices for the best movie dance scenes in the last 30 years (or so). Among the choices: Thriller (From '13 Going on 30'), the warehouse dance in 'Footloose', and the opening number from 'You Got Served'. What's your list?

TiVO Alert: Quest Crew on SYTYCD Finale August 11

On last week's So You Think You Can Dance, the judges mentioned that there will be a reprise of NappyTab's hip hop routine with Alex and Twitch, but with a surprise guest filling in for Alex who was injured and left the competition. We've also learned that Quest will appear on that show, to air Wednesday July 11 on Fox. Will a member of Quest (besides Dtrix, who is one of the show's All-stars) fill in? If not, who will it be? And what will Quest do on the show? Tune in! And thanks for the tip, Snoop Doggystyle!

Mailbox: Draztik, Beat Ya Feet Kings

  • Several members of Beat Ya Feet Kings participated in a National Dance Day celebration, along with Syce Game Dance Crew. Click here to watch.
  • Josh and Marvin of Draztik (America's Best Dance Crew Season 5) choreographed this routine from the mochabree Youtube channel