Saturday, April 30, 2011

Enter the next round of our ABDC Elimination Challenge contest now!

The Elimination Challenge: Which crews will be in the bottom 2 each week and which one will be eliminated? Enter each week; the person with the highest cumulative score for Season 6 wins an ABDC crew shirt of their choice and size (up to $35 value). 

To enter: Each week, we'll publish a new post for this contest. When the weekly post is up, leave a comment with the names of the bottom 2, specifying which one is eliminated. For example, in Season 3, a winning entry for Week 7 would have read: "BOTTOM 2 WEEK 7 - Quest, Fly Khicks. Eliminated: Fly Khicks." From now on, you will be awarded 1 point for each crew you name in the bottom 2 that week, and an extra point for identifying the eliminated crew, for a total of 3 possible points per week.  This week's deadline: midnight on Monday May 2, 2011. UPDATE: THIS WEEK'S ROUND IS NOW CLOSED; NO MORE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
The next round will be posted a day or two after the airing of ABDC's Rihanna Challenge. 
**IMPORTANT**: Create a user name you will use every week for the entire contest, and make it memorable (not just a common first name or word). I can't track email addresses, and if it's difficult for me to track votes, they won't be counted.

Review of ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge by Byeynyn

Here's a review of ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge by Byenyn. Thanks to all the readers who have sent these to me. I'm spreading them out over the next day or two so that each will be given the attention they deserve! 
 Last week, eight crews danced to mostly so-so songs by the Black Eyed Peas. ReQuest and FootworKINGz were the bottom two crews, possibly because Chicago was too busy watching Derrick Rose to vote for FWK and I still don’t even know if New Zealanders are allowed to vote. Ultimately, the FootworKINGz had to shuffle off the stage. Seven crews are left to try and work a routine to songs by Katy Perry. We’re slowly reaching the point in the show where we start getting a stronger sense of the crew’s styles. In sports, they say one’s a fluke, two’s a coincidence, and three’s a trend. This is the third performance of all the crews, and discernible patterns are being shown, both good and bad. Crews without strong dance identities will eventually fall by the wayside. Click here to read the full review.

IaMme: Peacocking around, reacting to ReQuest going home, and Jaja speaks!

Matt "Dumbo" Nguyen (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interview ICONic Boyz after their performance in the Katy Perry Challenge on ABDC. They talk getting in touch with their feminine side with Peacock, the costumes (which may have been worn by Poreotics last season), how they felt about ReQuest's elimination, getting JC's approval finally, and answer reader Zekeish's question about dealing with fans' high expectations. And, Jaja speaks about her ABDC inspiration. Thanks for the camerawork and production, MOVeMEDIA!

Video: ICONic Boyz after the taping talk about Dtrix, Chachi (with a suprise visit), nicknames

Matt "Dumbo" Nguyen (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interview ICONic Boyz after their performance in the Katy Perry Challenge on ABDC. TThey talk about their favorite Jersey Shore people, how they felt about their performance and Dtrix's comments, their nicknames, their fans (including ones who leave their phone numbers), their impressions about Chachi (including their reactions seeing her at the pool), and messages to their fans. And, Chachi (IaMmE) stops by to talk to the boys. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA!

Video:"Dumbo freestyles and talks about ABDC6, dating an ABDC alum, tattoos, & tours

Matt "Dumbo" Nguyen was our guest interviewer for ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge. He talked with Chris Trondsen backstage before the taping about sunglasses, his new tattoos, his recent travels, his favorite places to visit,  his impressions of the current season of ABDC and the crews, how he's dating a member of Jag6ed (ABDC6's pole dancing crew), Miniotics, how to contact Poreotics, and the crew he'd most like to compete against.  Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for the camera and production work!

Review of ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge by JustAnABDCFan

 Hey there!  I know, you’re probably thinking right now, who’s this guy?  Isn’t he that random dude on the boards that just posts long messages?  The answer to that question is…well, yes, you’re right.  Beyond that, however, I’m a very big America’s Best Dance Crew fan, and I really appreciate what this show does for crews, for fans, and most importantly, for dance.  But you’re wondering what qualifications I have to be reviewing dancers and crews to begin with aren’t you?  INTRODUCTION TIME IT IS.

Hi!  My name is Michael, but I go by JustAnABDCFan on the boards here at BABDC because quite frankly I am.  I’m not superior to anyone, I’m no better than the next guy (or girl), and I don’t want to seem like I put myself on some sort of pedestal.  I really enjoy being humble, and that’s how it is.  Technicality wise, I’m a dancer and I am currently pursuing it as my primary career (while still focusing on an English degree, because this economy sucks).  I’ve been a bboy for around 3 and a half-ish years now, and I guess you could say I was “trained from the streets”…more like the suburbs (JOKE, LAUGH).  I pop, lock, tut, and do everything in between.  I am also trained and am currently still being trained in ballet, and I dabble in contemporary and have been trained competitively in ballroom as well—but that was years ago.  Suffice to say, dance is my life and my passion.
Any who, enough about me, and more about ABDC!  Click here to read rating criteria and full review.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Next round of our ABDCTop 4 contest is now open!

Thanks to all of you who submitted entries on which ABDC crews will be in the top 4 at the end of this season, in the order of their elimination. If you want to change your vote, here's your weekly chance. Note: there's no penalty for entering each week. If you get it right early, that's the vote that counts! The prize goes to the first person to submit the correct answer, based on which week they submit it. If more than one person gets it right that week, we'll employ a tie-breaker rule.  Click here for contest rules and prizes. 

This week was a shocker, since 94% of the entries to date included ReQuest as one of their top 4. So, you probably will want to enter again. Just leave a comment below with your name and your picks, and you're in for another round.  Deadline for this round: midnight on Monday May 2. Good luck! 
UPDATE: THIS WEEK'S ROUND IS NOW CLOSED; NO MORE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. The new round will be posted a day or two after the airing of ABDC's Rihanna Challenge.

D-trix Pre-taping interview video: Lil Mama impersonation. love for ICONic Boyz and more

 Matt "Dumbo" Nguyen (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interviewed ABDC judge D-trix backstage before the taping of ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge. Dtrix talks about how he's excited to see people dance to Katy Perry, the action at World of Dance Dallas, how much he likes the other judges (and doing some impersonations), advice he'd give to IaMmE, and why he really likes ICONic Boyz. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA.

Send some love to ReQuest

I am shocked and truly saddened that ReQuest was sent home so early from this season of America's Best Dance Crew. Seriously, what's wrong with the voters -- is it the international voting issue, or just inability to appreciate great dancing?  ReQuest's performance was superb every week! They brought innovation, fierceness, and precision to all their work every week. I wanted to see their take on many more challenges, and I look forward to seeing them at 2011 Hip Hop International.

This post is only for positive comments about ReQuest. If you have any negative comments about the crew (or anything else), please take it to the Party Room/Critics Corner. All negative comments here will be deleted.

Dance's review of ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge

This week all of the crews came to win! It was a spectacular episode of ABDC, where every crew brought new dimensions to their dancing. It was an exciting episode and I hope the rest of this season will keep getting better! Keep up the good work because you are all inspiring! My favorite crew of the night was IaMmE. and they executed the technique of poppin' perfectly. They were amazing and I can't wait to see what else they have in store this season. Click here to read the full review. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Survey: What was your favorite performance in ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge?

Survey: What was your least favorite performance in the ABDC Katy Perry Challenge?

Vote now -- your favorite crews need YOU!

The online voting is now open from now until 6:00am Eastern time. If you want to protect your favorite crew, act now! Click here to vote. Performance videos will probably be online after 11:00pm West Coast time, to aid in your choices. If you want to phone or text instead, the numbers are: Phone: 1-877-96-CREW + (number): OR Text: 22444 then (number):
*  +1 Phunk Phenomenon
*  +2  IaMmE
*  +3 787 Crew
*  +4  ICONic Boyz
*  +5 Instant Noodles
*  +6 Street Kingdom

The ABDC Katy Perry Party Room is now open -- join us!

The Party Room/Critics Corner for ABDC 6's  Katy Perry Challenge is now open! Join host/moderators Koopa and Tbone, along with lots of other readers as they rave and vent on the best and worst parts of this episode, America's Best Dance Crew in general, Katy Perry, and other things that I can't predict. IMPORTANT: If you want to write a long comment, write in in NotePad or Word and then paste it into the comments field. Otherwise, all your work may disappear if someone posts something new while you're in the middle of writing.

After the show is over: The party has just started, so stick around and join your friends (old, new, and not-yet) to praise, bitch, wish, and amuse. Do voters choose crews on talent, appearance, local pride, or what? Do you agree with MTV's definition of a Superstar? Are the crews getting better or worse? What else are you watching and listening to? This is your party -- snark, humor, nostalgia and almost everything else (except spoilers, spam, obscenity and abject disrespect) are expected and welcome.

Join us now for live play-by-play for ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge

Del, Ninjaboi, and Nancy will be co-hosts of this live play-by-play of America's Best Dance Crew Katy Perry Challenge. Feel free to follow along (particularly if you cannot watch it until later). Please be aware that your comments might not be posted immediately (or at all) as we have to moderate them, watch the show, and type at the same time.If you want to leave longer comments and be sure they're used, go to the Party Room (the post above this one).

Instant Noodles interview (with some reader questions): How Poreotics has influence them

Matt "Dumbo" Nguyen (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen met up with Instant Noodles backstage before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Katy Perry Challenge. They talk about how Dumbo convinced them to audition for ABDC, how Poreotics influenced their ABDC style, and what they'll bring that's unique from other bboy crews that have appeared on ABDC. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA

Exclusive video: Phunk Phenomenon backstage before ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge

Matt "Dumbo" Nguyen (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interviewed Phunk Phenomenon backstage before ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge. They talk about members' resemblance to Jersey Shore's Vinny, how they are much more than a choreo crew (thanks for the question Ninjaboi!), training routines,  what it's like in their rehearsals, who takes longest to get ready for the show, and talk about who THEY voted for. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for camera and production work this season!

Exclusive video: 787 Crew shows their 4 favorite 'moves'

Matt 'Dumbo' Nguyen (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen talked to 787 Crew backstage before the taping of ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge. The crew talks about how they feel about winning the BABDC survey about favorite performance during the Black Eyed Peas Challenge, describe the many styles they can dance (in addition to their tricking), Dumbo advises how to ignore the haters, how one member is a new parent, show their 4 favorite moves, and talk about why they like Instant Noodles. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for the camera and production work.

Video: Andrew Baterina dances in Jay Park's "Abandoned"

Jay Park's latest music video "Abandoned" features Andrew Baterina (SoReal Cru) dancing and assisting with the choreography. Thanks for the tip, Koopa and Patches!

Join us tonight for the ABDC viewing party room, play-by-play, surveys, etc

Thank God it's Thursday again (it's been a hard week)! Watch America's Best Dance Crew Katy Perry Challenge with us tonight! The Party Room/Critics Corner opens at 9:45 ET and stays open as long as you want, so that everyone can comment on anything remotely related to ABDC. Do our loyal fans have better taste than the ABDC voters? Did they do a good job assigning the songs to the crews? Is this season shaping up to be one of the best or one of the worst? 

At 10pm ET, I will be doing live play-by-play while watching the show along with  Ninjaboi, Del and TBone, so feel free to tune in and make fun of me or get a sneak preview of the action (for those of you from the West Coast/Puerto Rico/New Zealand or other ABDC-deprived zones). Tomorrow morning, please vote in our polls on the best and worst performances. Plus we hope to have recaps, some more backstage videos, and more. And, we'll have new rounds of the Elimination Challenge and Top 4 contests, so get in it to win it. Join us!

Videos: Pre-taping interviews from Pacific Rim

Our ABDC Katy Perry interviews (some featuring reader questions) are a bit delayed. But Pacific Rim has some terrific interviews too from most of the crews. . A sample: Street Kingdom share their pre-show ritual with interviewer TK Nguyen.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What questions would you like us to ask the crews?

Chris Trondsen and various ABDC alums will be interviewing crews backstage at tapings of America's Best Dance Crew this season. Many of you sent us questions at the beginning of the season, and Chris (and other media outlets like Pacific Rim) have asked those intro questions to help you 'meet the crews'. Now that you've met them, what else would you like to learn about them?  Chris wants some new and fresh questions that will interest/amuse/intrigue the crews and the audience alike!

Leave a comment on some questions you'd like to have answered or some challenges you'd like to issue the crews and the judges, either in general or for specific crews/people.  If we use your question, we'll give you credit of course! And, this will be part of a master list; even if we don't use your question this week, it might get asked at the next taping. Thanks!

Video: Dance On's Pre-Katy Perry Taping backstage interviews

Dance On posted a short compendium of interviews before the taping of ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge. The video has interview highlights with D-trix, IaMmE, 787 Crew, Instant Noodles, and ICONic Boyz, all addressing how the groups dealt with judges' critiques and prepared for this week's challenges.

Video: ICONic Boyz' Thomas is backup dancer in Beyonce's "Move Your Body"

Thomas Miceli (ICONic Boyz) can be seen dancing throughout Beyonce's new music video "Move Your Body". Thanks for the tip, Murda Inc!

Our survey results for ABDC Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Results are in for our surveys on the favorite and least favorite performance in America's Best Dance Crew's Black Eyed Peas Challenge. Note: I cannot prove it, but I believe that some voters are 'cheating' and casting more than one vote. If that's you -- KNOCK IT OFF. Anyway, the results:
  • Favorite performance: Out of almost 2400 votes, 787 Crew received the most votes (34%), with a tie for second place by IaMmE and ReQuest (18%), followed by Phunk Phenomenon (14%). Full results here.
  • Least Favorite performance: Out of about 1500 votes, Street Kingdom was named the least favorite performance (38%) followed by ICONic Boyz (30%). Full results here

Playlist and challenges for ABDC's Katy Perry Challenge

CrazedBeats attended the taping of America's Best Dance Crew, and reported this playlist and accompanying challenges. The list is in alphabetical order; it is NOT the order that the crews performed. Thanks Juan!
  • 787 Crew- "Hot n Cold". Make a rollercoaster
  • IaMmE- "Peacock". Make a Peacock
  • ICONic Boyz- "Teenage Dream". Make a wall and break it down.
  • Instant Noodles- "Firework". Make a chain reaction and explode
  • Phunk Phenomenon- "Waking Up In Vegas". Make a roulette wheel
  • ReQuest- "California Gurls". Ride a Wave
  • Street Kingdom - "ET". Make a Space Ship

Video: Kaba Modern teaching workshop for MIT Asian American Association

Kaba Modern visited Cambridge, MA in April 2011 to perform at MIT and teach a workshop to the Asian American Association.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tell us if you attend tonight's taping!

America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 (aka the Superstar Season) Episode 4 will be taped tonight, with the 7 crews dancing to hits from Katy Perry. If you attend the taping, leave a comment and let us know what it was like -- who dances to what songs, the crowd, the crews, the costumes, celebrities, odd non-spoiler moments, etc. . EXTREMELY IMPORTANT -- NO SPOILERS. DO NOT TELL THE RESULTS FROM THE SHOW, INCLUDING WHICH CREWS WERE IN THE BOTTOM OR ELIMINATED! 

Late is better than never: We'll Fix it in recaps ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Since some of our readers are desperate for their weekly fix of Howard and LeKeith, here's the We'll Fix it in Recap of the Black Eyed Peas Challenge.  It contains the usual acerbic insight, along with  theorizing that ICONic Boyz 'copied' a move from Lil Mama's "G-Slide".

Video: IaMmE's Road to ABDC and candid scenes at their ABDC rehearsals

IaMmE created a video showing moments in their road to getting on America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 including: telling Jaja that she was granted a visa to compete, the phone call from Randy Jackson telling them they were picked, some solos, and scenes in Los Angeles practicing and goofing. Thanks for the link, JabbaJake!

Video: BreakEFX wins first place at Verve Collisionz 2011

Verve Collisionz 2011 Hip Hop Competition was held in Boulder, CO on April 23. BreakEFX (America's Best Dance Crew Season 5) won first place. Congratulations!

Video: Battle between RedBull BC One Allstars vs. Vegas All-stars

At Super Cr3w's 11th Anniversary Jam on April 19, 2011, the RedBull BC One Allstars battled the Vegas Allstars in Exhibition. Thanks for the link, Art-illery!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Judges on video: JC pass-through, D-trix on judging and Quest

--We haven't gotten an interview with JC for a long time, but he did stop to say hi to Jet Li
-- In contrast, D-trix is usually happy to talk to the press. On he goes into some detail on his judging style and why he no longer performs with Quest Crew (ABDC3 winners) -- click here to watch. When he spoke with our interviewers, he acted like a fanboy with Jet Li, then elaborates on  how he judges: he 'says what I feel" and does homework on the different crews to prepare for each week's judging. D-trix also tells the one (well, really two) thing(s) that crews need to do to impress him.

Ninjaboi's review of ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Hey guys, it’s Ninjaboi again.  So this week it’s Black Eyed Peas week, which I’ve been waiting for ever since I first started following ABDC. Unfortunately they chose to not use as much of their old school stuff, but it’s still all good.  Emotions are running high as people start pulling harder for their respective crews, and start tearing down other crews.  Click here to read the full review.

Exclusive interview with ICONic Boyz after taping of ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interviewed ICONic Boyz after the taping of ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge.  Among the topics: the last-minute switchups that had to be made to their routine,  D-trix's comment calling them the Justin Biebers of Dance, how they deal with the girl fans,  who's the cutup and who's the lady's man in the group. And, they discover that  Jet Li and one ICONic Boy attended  to the same middle school in New Jersey.  Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for the camera and production work.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Exclusive interview: Jet Li (Poreotics) recaps ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Jet Li (Poreotics) recaps and gives his views on ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge.  jet Li talks about how fans have to vote to keep crews like ReQuest and FootworKINGz out of the bottom two, his personal favorite of the night, and his opinions of the other crews who performed on this episode of America's Best Dance Crew Season of the Superstars. Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for camerawork and production. 

Video: Koopa's "No More Drama"

Koopa's latest must-watch performance: a solo dance to Mary J. Blige's "No More Drama".  You can see much more on PulsePop Youtube Channel.

Get your ABDC Logo shirts at Threader now

Threaderstyle just released new Tshirts featuring the logos for 9 of the ABDC crews (no Instant Noodles shirt yet), modeled on the site by crew members.  They all cost $19.99 and many will probably sell out quickly, so act soon!

Exclusive interview with IaMmE after taping of ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge

Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen talked to IaMmE after the taping of ABDC's Black Eyed Peas Challenge. They talk about changing their style to react to JC Chasez' continued feedback,  Jet Li raves about IaMmE, Jaja talks about the California lifestyle, how they had to change their routine in the last day, how they mix their prepared moves with new ones, and messages for fans,  Thanks to MOVeMEDIA for the camera and production work