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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Video Kyle Hanagami workshop with Sh*t Kings

Kyle Hanagami (L0st Kids, Neverland) taught a workshop in Japan recently and dances with members of Sh*t Kings. From the kylehanagami Youtube Channel. Thanks for the tip, Chocobo Pie!

Video: BreakEFX battles at Last Man Standing Bboy Jam

At the Halloween Last Man Standing Bboy Jam in Denver, BreakEFX battled Soul Mechanics. From the lsny9 Youtube Channel.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Quest Crew featured on Far East Movement's 'Rocketeer' Video -- watch it here!

Quest crew are featured dancers in Far East Movement's latest video for the song "Rocketeer" from their new album "Free Wired". Far East Movement also mention Quest in the Thanks section for the album.  From the FarEastMovementVEVO Youtube Channel. Thanks for the tip, Ninjaboi!

Upcoming events: 11/5/10 and beyond

11/5 - whenever: MUS.I.C. starring JabbaWockeez, with Super Cr3w appearing also, opens an extended run in Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo
11/5: Poreotics perform at University of Florida11/5: Heavy Impact at Avec Nightclub in Huntington Beach, CA
11/6: Poreotics, Kinematix and Static Noyze 6 at Northeastern University in Boston
11/6: Heavy Impact performing at Lucratif Fashion Show in Hollywood, CA
11/6-7: Blueprint Cru perform at CanDance Convention in Ottawa 
11/6-7: Swagger Crew teaching at Maryland Institute for Dance
11/6: Lando Wilkins (Boxcuttuhz) and Nick Demoura at Soundbox in Houston
11/8: Quest Crew performs at BHere event at UC San Diego 
11/10: Quest Crew performs at BHere Event at UCLA
11/11-14: World-class Bboys in action at 37th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation in Bronx, NY
11/13: Poreotics, Future Funk, Les Twins, Academy of Villains, and many more dance teams at World of Dance San Francisco  (in Vallejo)
11/13: Boxcuttuhz, Static Noyze6, Phunk Phenomenon in exhibition, and a dozen crews compete at Elements XI in Boston
11/13: Beat Freaks workshop (filmed by MTV) at Kings Park Dance Center in Long Island NY
11/14: Blueprint Cru and 8 Count perform at Coastal Dance Rage Benefit in Ottawa
11/19: Quest Crew perform at Dynasty IX at Fordham University in Bronx, NY
11/20: Blueprint workshop in Quebec City
11.24: Rhythmology Jr. auditions in Bergenfield, NJ
11/24: Poreotics at Tent Club in Los Angeles

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

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Demi Lovato goes to rehab after punching Beat Freak Shorty

According to TMZ, Demi Lovato decided she needed to go into rehab after she gave a black eye to Alex Welch (Shorty) of the Beat Freaks (America's Best Dance Crew Season 3). "We're told Welch -- who had a pretty nasty shiner from the incident -- has been talking to lawyers and is considering legal action. Both Demi and Shorty are on the Jonas Brothers tour.  Click here to see some pictures of Shorty and her black eye.

I am reporting about this because it's in the media. I'd much rather Shorty get attention because she's a fantastic dancer. Watch this:

Video: Hype 5-0 Willard and Brittnie dance to "Please Don't Go"

Hype 5-0 members Willard Soares and Brittnie Aguilar join with others to dance to Mike Posner's "Please Don't Go." From WillardSoares3 Youtube Channel. Thanks for the tip, Tracy!

Video: Beau Fournier (Fanny Pak) teaches Kpop some moves

Here's one for Fanny Pak fans and those of you working to learn hip hop: Beau Fournier of ABDC2's Fanny Pak works with Kpop. From the esnathesinger Youtube Channel.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Documentary of the Keep It Live Jam -- capturing all the action!

The Keep It Live Jam  held Sat, Oct 2 in Norwalk, CA had a great turnout with dancers coming from Canada, Japan, Arizona, San Diego, and Los Angeles. The organizers created a two-part documentary about the event showing the preparations, the cyphers the battles, and interviews with dancers and judges. From the Youtube Channel. Here's Part I:

Click here for Part II.

Upcoming Beat Freaks workshops in Long Island NY to be filmed by MTV (trailer video)

Beat Freaks (ABDC 3) will conduct a workshop at Kings Park Dance Center in Long Island NY on November 13th from 6-9pm.  MTV will be filming the workshop for a TV pilot, so here's a chance to get on MTV!  For more information, call 631-269-0751 or visit KingsparkDanceCenter.com. Thanks for the tip, DirtfaceX!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The New LXD video is up early: The Mark of the Ox -- introducing 11 archvillains!

Hulu posted the next episode of The LXD this afternoon. This one is called 'The Mark of the Ox". It introduces the viewers to a number of new villains in the Ox (the archenemies of the LXD) including Shado (played by Travis Wong of MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge), The Illster (played by Daniel 'Cloud' Campos), Stakka (played by Beastmode's Josue), The Wave (played by Ricardo Rodriguez from Step Up 3D) and Karey (played by Carey Ysais, host of the Choreographer's Ball).

Shane Sparks news - arraignment set for November 15

Former ABDC judge Shane Sparks will be going to trial on child molestation charges later this month. According to the Beverly Hills Courier, Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Jessica Silvers found sufficient evidence to require Sparks to stand trial. Sparks is due back in Van Nuys Superior Court for arraignment Nov. 15." Click here for earlier information about the charges and arrest.

Video: Poreotics dance, exercise,and try to motivate you to buy Nike sportswear in "More than a Crew"

In this Poreotics x Nike collaboration video, the crew members practice dance moves on the beach and workout in the gym, while describing about how the ABDC5 winning crew members met, how they work together, the athleticism of dance, and their creative process. From the PoreoticsHD Youtube Channel.

Video: Ghost Crew dancing at Move 2 Groove Hallloween Event

I guess it's more than appropriate that Ghost Crew (ABDC Season 5) would be tapped to perform at a Halloween event. Jokes aside -- it's great to see them again, albeit without their female crew members. Thanks for the link, Xerpent! From the HoustonGhostCrew Youtube Channel.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Video: New collabo featuring dancing from BABDC readers, Andy (Quest Crew), Hybrid of Freedom

Ninjaboi created a new collaboration video starring BloggingBestDanceCrew.com readers (Names are Overrated, Poppin iSik, Team Vibe Philippines, Dance, Maxxann, Kit, Kid Bowser, HiddenPsyche, Bgurl Ethel, and Ninjaboi) and special guests Andy (Rocket Man) Luo of Quest Crew and Hybrids of Freedom Krumpers (as well as some stills of other BABDC community members. Here's Ninjaboi's description:
After Isaac's great first BABDC collab, I was inspired to take up the mantle and attempt to match his efforts with a second collab and showcase the talents of our readers and the dance groups they are affiliated with.  We began planning this video in late summer, beginning by seeing who was interested in participating.  After we had a rough idea of that, we voted on a single song we would all dance to, and "Fancy Footwork" won out.  While there was  originally a slightly different, more ambitious concept (instead of merely doing a slideshow of each individual, to cycle through each dancer multiple times as the song was playing, similar to a music video, possibly including some lip synching; in addition, there was a planned introduction that never came to fruition), various circumstances beyond our control led certain individuals to be unable to participate, and others to limiting their contribution, leading a rethinking of the project.  Over time, individuals submitted their videos to me and i redubbed them and put them together.  We were even able to get a few celebrity guest appearances in there thanks to connections made on this website.  

In the end, this is the final product.  While the credits take up just under half of the total video time, I still hope that you sit and watch it though to the end, as there is a lot of unused footage that I wished to show.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you all!


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Special thanks to our special guest stars the Hybrid of Freedom krumpers and Andy Luo of Quest
Special thanks to Maxxann for being able to get them to contribute! Also thanks to her for getting members of Team Vibe to perform
Special thanks to the dancers in the video for being unafraid to express themselves via dance online.
Special thanks also goes out to everyone who we talked to about putting together the video but couldn't be part of it, but still supported us regardless.
Special thanks to Nancy for being such a great moderator of the site and making it a place where we were able to meet each other.
And finally...
Thanks to YOU the READERS to give this site a reason to continue to exist.  Thank YOU for being interested in ABDC and Hip Hop dance.

If you're interested in joining the next collab, leave a comment with your email, or message my Youtube profile or my Vimeo account.  It won't be for a while or so (especially if ABDC 6 starts up early next year).  If you don't think you can dance, I hope this video inspires you to start.  I just started myself as we were starting this video.  If you do dance, I hope that between now and the next collab you keep improving.  

Dance to express, not to impress
Ninjaboi

Video: Poreotics perform at Manny Pacquiao's clothing line launch event

Nike introduced a new clothing line inspired by boxer Manny Pacquiao. They threw a party in Santa Monica on October 30, 2010 to hype the line, their newest store, and Pacquiao's upcoming bout. The featured dancers: ABDC5 winners Poreotics.  Video from Pacific Rim. 

Video: Hype 5-0 workshop at Alvin Ailey Studio

Members of Hype 5-0 (America's Best Dance Crew Season 5) recently taught workshops at the Alvin Ailey Studios in New York, and recorded some of the sessions. From the Hype50TV Youtube Channel (which has many more watch-worthy videos!):

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Watch Ninjaboi's documentary on the past, present and future of hip hop dancing

Ninjaboi created a documentary called "From Street Corner to Webcam: The History of the Underground Mainstream of Hip Hop Dance".  It covers the history of the dance form, how it has evolved, its portrayal on TV and in movies, the pull between art and commerce, the future, and other topics. It's long (48 minutes) but really worth watching for its great clips, thoughtful analysis, and Ninjaboi's dancing at the end of the film. He's even prepared FAQs about it -- click here to access them.

From Street Corner to Webcam: The History of the Underground Mainstream of Hip Hop Dance from Ninjaboi B on Vimeo.

Soundbox Workshop announcement (and great promo video) with Lando Wilkins (Boxcuttuhz), Nick Demoura, and Graham Duncan

Since Justin Bieber is Houston on November 6th, Soundbox Studios convinced Nick Demoura (a Bieber back up dancer on the tour) to teach while he was in town. Soundbox is also bringing in Lando Wilkins (director of BoxCuttuhz from ABDC season 3) and Graham Duncan from ReDefined and illovation in Austin. Visit Soundbox-studios.com to sign up. Registration starts at noon for the afternoon sessions. If you need more convincing (or can't go but want to watch awesome dancing and listen to "Like a G6" again), here's the promo video: