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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Video: Beat Freaks at We are Golden Benefit

Beat Freaks performed at the We Are Golden Benefit to aid LifeWorks, a youth development and counselling group at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. Video from Pacific Rim. Thanks for the tip, DirtfaceX!

Video: Super Cr3w on Dutch TV

According to the description on Youtube, Super Cr3w performed on the Dutch TVshow MaDiWoDo. I have no idea what the hosts are saying, but I love the performance! From the Jeanaro Youtube Channel.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Video: Portlan (Britains Got Talent Winners aka Nemisis) dance on "Invisible"

The year before Diversity beat out Susan Boyle to win Britain's Got Talent, a dance crew called Nemisis reached to the final stages on BGT. Nemisis has re-shaped, re-formed and re-named themselves as 5 piece Portlan, and recently released a song and video called "Invisible". Stick with it; the dancing starts out simple but gets more interesting as the video progresses.

Video: Vogue Evolution dance to promote HIV Awareness

The National Minority AIDS Council held its 2010 United States Conference on AIDS, focused on mobilizing communities around HIV testing, care and treatment. During the Orlando conference, they filmed this video featuring national leaders, activists and just regular folks speaking out about HIV awareness. Members of Vogue Evolution (America's Best Dance Crew Season 4) led the dancing crowd, shown at various points in the video.

Video: Rhythm City's Kenny Bermudez dance clips

While Rhythm City is still doing well as a group, the individual members have also created some impressive numbers. Kenny Bermudez sat out Rhythm City's China tour to continue college, but he's still showing some major moves. Here's his dance reel, from dancereel Youtube Channel.

Upcoming Events: October 1 and beyond

10/1: We are Heroes workshop at BoogieZone Torrance 
10/1: BreakEFX perform and judge at Northwestern College Dance competition in Sioux City, IA 
10/1: Hype 5-0 performing at Impressions in Los Angeles
10/1-10: Poreotics on Tic Tic Tour in Australia 
10/2: Hype 5-0 workshops and meet-and-greet at Origin in San Diego
10/3: Point Blank workshop in Aston, PA. Click here for promo video.
10/7: Kaba Modern at Dance-a-thon at UC Irvine 
10/7- whenever: MUS.I.C. starring JabbaWockeez, with Super Cr3w appearing also, opens an extended run in Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo
10/9: Static Noyze, Swagger Crew and Fr3sh workshop in Brookline, MA
10/9: Fanny Pak's Matt Cady teaching workshop in Littleton, CO 
10/13: Blueprint Cru performing at Releves en Folies in Montreal
10/16: Beat Freaks, Kinjaz (formerly known as Anbu Black Ops), Choreo Cookies, and many other dancers on tap for Enkore Dance Competition in Long Beach, CA 
10/16:  World of Dance San Francisco
10/16-17: Fanny Pak's Matt Cady teaching workshop in West Palm Beach, FL
10/16-17: Blueprint Cru teaching and performing at Candance in Toronto 
10/26-31: We Are Heroes Dance Clinic in Hot Springs, AK

 Leave a comment if you want to add to this calendar for this period or in the future. Thanks!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Good news for non-US dance fans: The LXD gains broad international distribution today

Paramount Digital Entertainment announced that it has expanded international distribution of the “The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers” (THE LXD).  Season one of THE LXD, “The Uprising Begins,” has become one of the top series on Hulu in the U.S., and will roll out across the globe throughout 2010 and the beginning of 2011. The greatest increase in international distribution begins today through a licensing deal with RedLever and the Joost Video Network, which brings the series to more than 350 million viewers via their global online network. THE LXD will also be available through Voddler in Scandinavia, Tsutaya TV in Japan and PPW in Thailand.
 
THE LXD began its international roll out on August 23rd in Scandinavia, Norway, Denmark and Finland through the Video-on-Demand service Voddler. Starting today, RedLever will deliver the series on a free, ad-supported basis through the Joost Video Network, a destination, syndication and promotion network, bringing THE LXD to hundreds of millions of Internet users globally. The Joost player will also be embedded on THE LXD’s Facebook page and www.thelxd.com providing even greater access to the series. Distribution to the United Kingdom, Australia, Spain and France is anticipated to roll out late 2010 with additional promotion and distribution partners. Tsutaya TV will launch Download-to-Own and Video-on-Demand to web connected consumer electronics devices on October 8th in Japan. And, later this year, in Thailand, PPW will launch LXD on multiple platforms. Further releases of THE LXD are scheduled to occur in Malaysia and other remaining territories through additional distributors throughout the beginning of 2011.

More performance video from B Here: Quest's Freestyles

Reader BSG posted a video of Quest's freestyle dance at the B Here benefit at Rutgers University on September 28. From his ChronoPaladin92 Youtube Channel:

Trailer: Sony Ericcson B-boy Championships October 9-10

The World Finals for the 15th Annual Sony Ericcson B-boy Championships will be held October 9-10 in London. Click here to buy tickets. To whet your appetite, here's the trailer for the event:

Video: Blended Projekt dance to 'Hollaback Girl' on CMT's Your Chance to Dance

Your Chance to Dance is a show on CMT which features amateur dancers paying tribute to their favorite dance routines from movies,music videos, and TV shows. People send in their homemade dance videos, and a few are picked to dance live onstage for a chance to win $10,000.

On the August 8, 2010 show, Blended Projekt (America's Best Dance Crew Season 5 West Coast audition show) danced to Gwen Stefani's Hollaback Girl. Click here to watch; you can see them here starting at 10:30.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Video: Poreotics' Can Nguyen collaborates with Tony Nguyen on 'Pushing the Limits'

A collaboration between two Nguyens: musician Tony's 'Pushing the Limits' music with Poreotics' Can's choreography. Though their art appears quite different, I find the results almost hypnotizing. And (to answer the next question), I do not know if they are related. From the SteveNguyenFlipHD Youtube Channel.

Videos: Kaba Modern and Quest at Will U Be Here event at Rutgers

BSG attended the Will U Be Here event at Rutgers on September 27-28, which strove to increase awareness and understanding of Hepatitis B. Both Quest and Kaba Modern performed on the second day. Click here to watch the Quest performance from his ChronoPaladin92 Youtube Channel; here's Kaba Modern. Thanks for the clips, BSG!

Mailbox: RNG's experience on America's Got Talent, LXD and Lil Demon as TED teaching devices

- The Mukilteo Beacon profiled RNG and their experience on America's Got Talent, describing their audition, trying new moves for the show, and their feeling about being eliminated
- A recent TED conference used videos of LXD and Lil Demon to talk about the impact of web videos on innovation, Thanks for the link, Ninjaboi!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Enter Week 12 of ABDC Master Mix Contest now!

The end is HERE. We're at Week 12 of our 12-week ABDC Master Mix Contest, completely created by Dirtface X. In this variant on 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. You can use the tune name announced by Mario Lopez, instead of trying to identify the name of the exact song in the clip.. The mixes were prepared by District78.com. 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.  Click here for all the rules

For those of you who have trouble watching the videos, here's the judge's comment.  Lil Mama: "...I love your energy."

Please send all entries to ABDCContest@gmail.com. MAKE SURE YOU USE THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS EVERY TIME SO I CAN TRACK AND SCORE YOUR ENTRIES PROPERLY! Remember -- only your first entry will count, so take your time and get it right the first time! All entries for Week 12 must be received by midnight on October 3. Good luck -- I think you'll need it.

Videos: Super Cr3w members battle each other at International Breaking Event 2010

Super Cr3w members Mike Murda, Rockadile, Do Knock, Ben and Ronnie recently participated in the All Stars Battle at the International Breakdance Event in Heerlen, Netherlands. To commemorate the event's 10 year anniversary, this year's All Stars Battles featured teams of b-boys who participated at different times at The IBE.
Do Knock, Ronnie, Ben, and Rockadile were members of the 2001-2003 team and Mike Murda  was part of the 2004/2005 team. The 2001-3 team is on the left. Videos from the RickyFresh Youtube channel. Thanks for the information, Luka!

UPDATE: News on ABDC Season 6 not definite, but hopeful

Early this morning, District 78 retweeted, withdrawing their earlier post about America's Best Dance Crew Season 6: "We really don't know if there's #abdc6 but we hope so. We also didn't know that anyone read our tweets :) ."
  
What does it mean? No answers for certain and I have no definite insider information myself. But for many reasons I would tend to believe the earlier tweet. Please leave a comment (anonymously if needed, but PLEASE don't lie): what do YOU think? Do you have any good perspective or information that would you to believe/disbelieve there will be a new season of ABDC in 2011?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Yes, there MAY be an America's Best Dance Crew Season 6!

According to District 78's Twitter, America's Best Dance Crew will be coming back in 2011: "It's so hot, how about some good news. #ABDC6 Is going to happen. 2011 and hopefully with nicer weather".
UPDATE: They've retweeted saying that they have no definite information.

This corresponds to several rumors I had heard about auditions in late 2010. If you've got other news, leave it in the comments.   And thanks for the tip, DirtfaceX and Jon!

ABDC Master Mix Week 11 answer: Live in Color dancers to "2 Step"

For Week 11 of our ABDC Master Mix Contest, the 3-second clip featured America's Best Dance Crew Season 1 crew Live in Color dancing to "2 Step". Almost everyone who entered this week got it right, and there are still 40 people with perfect scores!

Here's the clip again, followed by Live in Color's performance. Thanks again to DirtfaceX for creating this contest and all the videos. And come back tomorrow of the last challenge before our killer tie-breaker!
 

'Inception' meets Hip Hop: video of 'There Goes My Baby' by Scotty Nguyen and Tracy Shibata

Here's something to help you start the week: Scotty Nguyen and Tracy Shibata show some other-wordly steps in this video to Usher's "There Goes My Baby" from the Scottynguyen Youtube Channel. While Fred Astaire probably had the first 'video' showing zero-gravity dancing, Scotty and Tracy definitely made it hotter! Thanks for the tip, Rhyan Holla!

Wonderful Behind the Scenes video at ABDC 4 from a crew member's perspective

I recommend that you go to Facebook to and Jose Hancock of Beat Ya Feet Kings (America's Best Dance Crew Season 4). Reason: besides being a good guy, many of you will really enjoy his   behind the scenes video showing the ABDC crews pigging out, practicing, and having fun. I really enjoyed seeing the members of Beat Ya Feet Kings, Fr3sh, Southern Movement, Vogue Evolution, Artistry in Motion, Massive Monkees, We are Heroes, and Afroborike together again. Click here to connect to Jose's profile.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

VH1's Dance Slam Cam wants YOU -- audition now!


VH1 is looking for talented and entertaining dancers from across the country to participate in a new weekly, multi-platform dance competition show. "Dance Cam Slam" is an all new VH1 original TV series where individual dancers and groups compete live via their home web cam for a chance to win a weekly prize of $5,000. "Dance Cam Slam" premieres on VH1 Tuesday, October 26 at 10:00 PM ET/PT*. Anyone with a web cam and a high speed internet connection can audition at Dancecamslamcasting.vh1.com.

Each half-hour episode of "Dance Cam Slam," will consist of three rounds.  In the first two rounds contestants dance simultaneously to the same pop song on their home web cams. Their judges score the performances and declare a winner. The third and final round pits the winners from the night's first two rounds against last week's champion. Contestants will all appear in individual windows on a giant video screen in our Los Angeles studio. Judges score the dancers based on the overall entertainment value of their performance on a scale of one to ten and the best combined score moves on.

During the final round, viewers at home will vote live at on the Dance Cam website and by text messaging on VH1 Mobile to determine which of the three finalists will win the $5,000 cash prize and return the next week to defend the crown. Viewers at home can also comment on the dancers live via Twitter and possibly even see their tweets appear in the show.

Chris Bata's Field report and video: Hype 5-0 at BoogieZone NJ

Chris Bata commented on his experience at Hype 5-0's workshop at BoogieZone NJ:

Josh and Casey's Boogiezone class was actually the 2 year anniversary class, making this class doubly special. The class overall had a very good turnout. About thirty to forty people were in attendance. Josh and Casey taught a very, emphasis on very energetic routine to the song "Tear The Roof Off" by Busta Rhymes. Interestingly, they gave us the option of choosing which song to learn because they were "indecisive". Everyone picked the song that sounded more hype. The routine for the most part was very energetic, looked kinda intricate, but in the end it was okay to learn. They are some of the best teachers in the business, it's no wonder they were Hypersquad's delegates for America's Best Dance Crew. Not only that, they are some of the nicest and funniest people you will ever meet. 

All of the seven crew members from ABDC season five were there to support Josh and Casey. All of the Hype members have that "Aloha Hospitality". When I walked in they didn't hesitate to greet and welcome me. I went for a handshake, they went for a hug. Josh is really funny too, Cindy (Fr3sh, UFP, Boogiezone NJ Exec) was having trouble introducing Casey because she couldn't pronounce her name. Josh whispered to her to say Casey "Hakalugi" (Hock a loogie). After the class there was a meet and greet and merchandise opportunity. By far, I would say this is the best Boogiezone Class I've been to in forever. Probably the best class I've been to in forever. Mahalo Plenty to Hype 5-0 for teaching the class. It was a MAJOR MAJOR success. If Hype ever teaches a class in your area, I urge you to go. Sure, you might be sore after (I'm still sore right now, it was quite a workout), but trust me, you will regret not taking the class. 

Here's the video from his christ0ph3rb Youtube Channel. Thanks for sharing Chris!