Saturday, June 25, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Male Pole Dancer?!"

I... I don't even.... I can't.....

Ladies and Gentlemen... Steven Retchless:
Easily one of the craziest things I've EVER seen on America's Got Talent! But you can't even hate. Talent is talent! End of story.

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KoopaTV, signing off.

New Series coming to BABDC Courtesy of Ninjaboi

Hey guys,

So as you know, Nancy will be going out of town for a couple of weeks. I figure that this would be as good a time as any to start a couple of series that I'm thinking of starting.
-One series will be called "Dropping Knowledge."  If you've interacted with me on the comments, you'll know that one thing I really push for is more knowledge regarding hip hop culture.  My mentality is that "if you don't know where you came from, you don't know where you're going."  I want to help the cause of spreading knowledge about the history and roots of hip hop culture, or even dance in general, so that people can have a greater appreciation of everything outside the glamour of reality TV.
Knowing me, if it were single day posts on these topics, they'd go on and on and on and on and no one would read them.  Instead, I'm going to take the topics, and break them up into smaller segments, and highlight a different aspect of the topic at hand over several days, augmented with videos and examples.  I hope you guys will find it both entertaining and educational.
-The other series is tentatively called "Legend...(wait for it)...ary Hip Hop."  These will be a mix of of KoopaTV, highlighting non-ABDC things in hip hop dance, and "In Case U Missed It" by DirtfaceX, taking a more vintage time frame to these clips, instead of within the past week like KoopaTV.
The point of these clips will be to show various clips of dancing showing hip hop dance outside the ABDC universe.  However, these clips will be geared toward performances/battles that pretty much EVERY dancer knows, or should know.  There may or may not be ABDC dancers there, but not necessarily.  Also, despite the name including Hip Hop, I will be taking submissions for non-hip hop dance if you explain 
So yeah.  look forward to these two series premiering in the coming week or so.  If you want to help by submitting suggestions for
-Topics I should cover in "Dropping Knowledge"
-Any video clips that you think are "Legend...(wait for it)...ary Hip Hop" (or non-Hip Hop dance)
email me at If you submit for Legendary Hip Hop, please include the significance of your clip and why it deserves to be called Legendary.
Peace out!

Hip-Hop International: Updated Line-up

Hip-Hop International 2011 is shaping up to be quite the competitive year. Just glancing over this list, you can spot high profile names such as, Philippine All Stars (2008 HHI Champions), Rockwell Family (2011 WoD NY Champions), Eclectik (2007 HHI Champions), Dziah 2.0, ReQuest (Defending HHI Champions), Neutral Zone Adults, and Ghetto Fabulous. Click here, for the Full Roster:

Thoughts? Early predictions?

Poll results: top 10 favorite performances from ABDC Season 6

Thanks for all your votes on your favorite dances during America's Best Dance Crew Season of the Superstars! Over the next few week or so, we'll post videos of your top 10 favorites, plus your favorite performance from each of the 10 crews who made it to the show this season!

There were more than 1000 responses, with each response casting multiple votes for their favorites.  IaMmE performances dominated the voting, with all five of their listed performances in the top 10:
-- IaMmE: Ill-emental (Last Chance Challenge) - 52%
-- IaMmE: S&M (Rihanna) - 52%
-- IaMmE: Peacock (Katy Perry) - 41%
-- Instant Noodles: Runaway Love (Justin Bieber) - 36%
-- IaMmE: Kanye West medley - 35%
-- IaMMe: Moment 4 Life (Nicki Minaj) - 32%
-- ReQuest: The Time (Dirty Bit)  (Black Eyed Peas)- 28%
-- Phunk Phenomenon: Don't Stop the Party (BEP) - 26%
-- Instant Noodles: Hard (Rihanna) - 25%
-- Instant Noodles: My Humps (Black Eyed Peas) - 24%

Blogging ABDC readers -- we need your leads!

I will be on the road for the next three weeks or so, and will have limited or no internet access during that time. I've scheduled posts of readers' favorite performances during America's Best Dance Crew Season 6, and Koopa will continue Koopa TV as his schedule and interest permits. And, Ninjaboi, DirtfaceX, and Del (aka the BABDC editor Team) volunteered to try to post other information during that time when they can. But we'd like your help in keeping other content coming while I'm away.If you see new stories or videos that you think should be shared on this site, please:
-- send an email to (yes, that's different from my old address) l
-- leave a comment in one of that day's posts. If the editors see it and like it, they'll use it in a post.
Thanks -- I look forward to rejoining everyone in a few weeks!

Amazing & rare opportunity -- audition to join JabbaWockeeZ!

For the first time ever, JabbaWockeeZ is holding auditions for new members. They are looking for great dancers to join their group performing at MUS.I.C. in Las Vegas. This will be an amazing opportunity for continuing work for a few dancers who have the skills and personalities to fit into the JabbaWockeeZ style.  The ideal candidate is 5'3 to 5'10, and it is open to all ages, ethnicities, and genders. The preferred dance styles are popping, locking breaking, freestyle, choreography, mime, tricking, physical animation (character), and musicality.

Auditions will be held in Las Vegas on June 28, with callbacks on June 29. Dancers will be expected to learn some choreography and also do some free-style. Click on the poster for location and times; Full details are posted at

Video: Brandon 747 (IaMmE) dances to "World Wide Choppers"

Brandon 747, a member of IaMmE demonstrated his latest choreography in this performance to "World Wide Choppers". The video incorporates 747's new logo designed by BABDC reader Austin -- great job Austin!

Friday, June 24, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Dance 2 Dance Bonus Cypher"

We have a pretty interesting video, for this KoopaTV update. Today's episode takes us back to the Dance2Dance competition, held in Switzerland. New footage has surfaced from this event, featuring 1st Place Champions: Philippine All Stars (Philippines), as well as 2nd Place Medalists: Mos Wanted Crew (USA), featuring Troy Austria (Boxcuttuhz), and Jazmyne Jenkins (Unity LA).

The dance cypher was open to everyone. However, the entire crowd eventually became spectators, as the cypher turned into a friendly showcase between Philippine All Stars and Mos Wanted Crew.
Thanks Youtube user, Currydough (Maxxann), for this great clip!

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KoopaTV, signing off.

Video: Australia's Got Talent semi-finalist Instant Bun

Instant Bun seems to be the dance-group-to-watch in the current season of Australia's Got Talent. Here's their performance in the semi-finals round.

Thanks Shahin for the new ABDC Champions banner!

Shahin designed our new banner honoring the champions from all six seasons of America's Best Dance Crew: JabbaWockeeZ, Super Cr3w, Quest Crew, We Are Heroes, Poreotics, and IaMmE. Thanks Shahin!

SYTYCD Videos: Quest Crew dances with LMFAO; Farewell montage for Wadi Jones

LMFAO performed "Party Rock Anthem" with Quest Crew on the June 23, 2011 results show for So You Think You Can Dance. The show also saw the too-early departure of bboy Wadi Jones. Here's a farewell montage from mrduckbears18 Youtube.

Video: Blueprint Cru dance for Snoop Dogg and Far East Movement at MMVA Awards

Blueprint Cru (ABDC Season 5 runners-up) backed up Snoop Dogg and Far East Movement at the Much Music Video awards in June 2011. This video shows the sound check, so that you can see the full routine for the show.  From BlueprintDance Youtube. Thanks for the link, Chris.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Shobu Showdown"

We're bringing back the Funk with this episode! This past weekend, the Shobu Showdown All Styles Dance Battle, went down in Sacramento, Ca. Honestly, it was hard to pick out just one of the battles uploaded by Funk'd Up TV (Click the link to check out all the battles). But rather than post any battle in particular, here is the Judge Showcase from the event, featuring Shyguy (Soul Sector), Bionic (Machine Gone Funk), and Swellz One (Fallen Kingz).

Big ups to the winning team of Lil B, who's one of my favorite lockers, and Bboy Lucid!
Thanks to Youtube user, Solitek, for linking me to this event!

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KoopaTV, signing off.

Randy Jackson -- the next daytime talk show host?

The Hollywood Reporter posts that Randy Jackson (America's Best Dance Crew's Executive Producer) has been pitching the idea of his own daily talk show to potential buyers and investors in Los Angeles."He wants to talk about things that will be hip next," says one knowledgeable source. "He thinks he has his finger on the pulse." 

I don't know about his talk show abilities, but it would probably be a terrific vehicle for singing and dancing talent. Would you watch?

Videos: Nappytabs choreography on 6/22 SYTYCD + reminder: Quest dances on tonight's show

Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo (aka Nappytabs) choreographed two dances for the Top 20 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance on June 22, 2011. Click here to watch the first --Miranda Maleski and Robert Taylor Jr. impersonate woodpeckers.  In the second,  Alexander Fost plays/dances a soldier returning from Afghanistan to reunite with his "wife"Sasha Mallory. What do you think about these two dances?
And, as a reminder, Quest Crew will dance with LMFAO on tonight's SYTYCD results show.

Video: FootworKINGz perform at Red Bulletin launch party

Red Bulletin Magazine (from Red Bull) just launched in the U.S. to cover "sports, people, arts, and culture". FootworKINGz (ABDC6) were among the featured performers at launch parties in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. HouseofCrews Youtube has an interview and some of their performance.

Video: Eclectic Gentlemen members freestyle behind the scenes at ABDC Finale & Jason Derulo video

Though we didn't see much of Eclectic Gentlemen during America's Best Dance Crew's Season 6, they're making up for it with post-season videos. The latest: EC members Genesis and Juice free-style at the taping of the ABDC6 finale and at the taping of a Jason Derulo video shoot.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Get My Swagger Back"

Hey, everyone. Today's post will be much more laid back, but still filled with amazing talent. This episode takes us back to US, for our first R&B feature! This time, in Houston's own SoundBox Studio, Phillip Geniza taught this very smooth, Usher piece.

Also featuring in this video, is the very talented, April Rodriguez (Essence, Movement Lifestyle). Let me know what you think.

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KoopaTV, signing off.

Help pick ABDC all-star crew for a fan-based tribute!

Eagle0watach7dv Youtube posted a challenge -- pick the six America's Best Dance Crew dancers who you think are the best. They will tally the responses and create a tribute video with the six top vote-getters. Click here to watch and vote.

Video question: Is Josue (Afroborike) a back-up dancer for Weird Al's "Perform this Way"?

MercedesMZ wants to confirm a possible spotting of life after America's Best Dance Crew. Watch this video of Weird Al Yankovic's "Perform this Way" and tell us if you think that Josue Torres from Afroborike (ABDC Season 4) was one of the backup dancers.

Videos: more America's Got Talent successes -- Summerwind Skippers (with Saltare members), Attack Dance Crew

On the June 21 episode of America's Got Talent, two groups successfully made it past the audition phase that may interest our readers. Thanks for the tip, Wings!
-- Summerwind Skippers is a jump rope team with members of Saltare (ABDC Season 5)

-- Attack Dance Crew showed a 'drilling' style and performed to Justin Bieber's "Baby"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "8 One Powermoves"

If you're a fan of bboys with lots of 'powermoves' (moves, consisting of continual spinning motions), you're in for a treat! Today's clips takes us back to France, and captures the highlights of the annual "8 One Powermove" competition. The highlight reel, posted by Yakfilms, features world renowned powerheads, including Bboys Marcio (France), Kill (Korea), Simo (Morocco), and the winner, Lil G (Venezuela).

Even, if you're not a bboy, you'll be able to appreciate the sheer strength and technique of these professionals.

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KoopaTV, signing off.

Video: ReQuest talk about plans, show dance highlights

The QCrew talks to ReQuest (HHI champions, ABDC6 competitors) about how they became so successful and their plans. The video also shows highlights from ABDC, tours, and videos. Thanks for the tip, Kevin!

Video: IaMmE playing Dance Central 2

Dance Central 2 was announced at E3 this year. The video recap of the introduction shows ABDC champions IaMmE talking about the game and demonstrating it, starting at 0:57. Thanks for the tip, Austin!

Monday, June 20, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Unleash Your Fingers"

Of all the finger tutting videos I've seen, this is easily my favorite! This video (which Yakfilms JUST beat me to featuring!) combines the amazing finger tutting skills of a local Popper from Cali, JayFunk (AoV), with cutting edge computer animation. This video was used as Samsung's French smart phone campaign.

As someone, who frequently practices this style, I found this video especially pleasing, because it's almost as though the animation brings the mental images to life. You can actually SEE the concepts, his mind is spontaneously concieving, in real time. Definitely a Must See!

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KoopaTV, signing off.

Video: Poreotics promo for their TicTic Tour

Poreotics will be bringing their TicTic Tour to New York on July 9, 2011.  Click here for the site where the tour information and tickets will be announced shortly.

Video: JabbaWockeez and Wayne Brady open the Daytime Emmy Awards

Comedian/host Wayne Brady joined JabbaWockeeZ in the opening number at the 38th Emmy Awards show aired June 19, 2011.  

Video: Jungle Boogie on Shake it Up

Jungle Boogie is the latest America's Best Dance Crew group to perform on Disney's Shake It Up. Thanks for the tip, Taff1013!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "F*** You Pay Me"

Sorry for the delay! Today's post returns to some grimy hard hitting choreography. This time, we travel to California for a Boogiezone class, instructed by the Architeks' very own, Alan Truong.

With each new piece he posts, Alan has managed keep his style steadily maturing. Keep an eye out for this guy!

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KoopaTV, signing off.

Video and TiVo Alert: Quest Crew with LMFAO in "Champagne Showers" & on SYTYCD

Quest Crew (ABDC Season 3 champions) appears in the LMFAO video "Champagne Showers", shown below. The crew and LMFAO will be featured on So You Think You Can Dance Results Show on June 23. Thanks for the link, Austin!

Win "You Got Served: Beat The World" DVD -- here's how

You Got Served: Beat The World will be released on DVD and BlueRay on June 21. The movie tells the story of three hip hop crews battling their way to the finals at the International Beat the World competition in Detroit. The film features dancing by Germany’s Flying Steps, Brazil’s Pink Ladies Crew and other hip hop and parkour artists.  Click here to buy your copy.

On Monday June 20, copies of the movie will be given away as a promotion. For your chance, follow @YouGotServed3 on Twitter (Giveaway hashtag #YouGotServed3). Details will be released today and tomorrow, and the giveaway starts 10pm ET/7pm PT on June 20. Good luck! 

Mailbox videos: Hiro's SYTYCD audition, Strikers' Performance Reel, Afroborike tribute

--Video of the So You Think You Can Dance audition from Hiro McRae (We are Heroes -- ABDC4 Champions)
--Click here for a tribute to Afroborike (ABDC Season 4 runners-up) from kickpunchboom Youtube.
--Bestksproductions Youtube has a performance reel for Strikers All-Stars (ABDC Season 3)

Video: JC Chasez performs live with Matthew Morrison

Another ABDC judge gets busy post-season. JC Chasez sang "This I Promise You" with Matthew Morrison (Glee) at Morrison's recent London concert.