Saturday, September 10, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay"

Czesc! We're in Poland, again! This time, we join Brian Puspos (ArchiTEKS /Movement Lifestyle /Mos Wanted) as he teaches one of his newest pieces.

If you like his choreo, don't forget to subscribe to his Youtube channel, [BrianPuspos]. Check it out:

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Video: Jason Rillera (The Company) - Deuces

Here's a new upload from Jason's Youtube Channel of an older piece. This time, assisted by Pat Cruz, Mike Fallorina, & Anges Loyola, Jason returns to the mL studio to film this piece:

Video: Phunk Phenomenon Freestyle at HHI 2011

House of Crews filmed a Phunk Phenomenon (ABDC 6) freestyle session backstage at this year's Hip Hop International competition. You can watch them dancing to "Champ" by Chaptabois here:

Ulimate Showdown of ABDC Superiority Nomination Results

This past weekend I asked you, our readers, to help determine which routines by past contestants were the best. Well thanks to you we now have a routine for each crew. The contest will start this coming Monday, but in the meantime follow the jump and re-watch some of the best routines from the show.

Results and bracket

Vote for your favorite KoopaV Dance Videos of the Week!

Every day, Koopa posts fresh video of some of the freshest dances found on the web. Now, it's your chance to rate those videos and let us know what you think is the best. Each week, we'll post links to that week's KoopaTV.  Watch (or rewatch them) if you want (just click on the video's title), then pick the TWO that you think are the standouts. Voting closes on Monday at midnight. This week's choices:
- Saturday: RNG and LIL Bigz - "Dirty Bit"
- Sunday: "100 Years in 100 Seconds"
- Monday: Anthony Lee - "Without You"
- Tuesday: Chonkie - "Bring me Back"
- Wed.: Mariel Martin, S**t Kingz & Jesse -"Puttin on the Ritz"
- Thursday: "World of Dance Kids"
- Friday: Keone Madrid & Mariel Martin - "Don't Stop the Music"

Videos: Poreotics, BGirl Shorty (Beat Freak) interview and Abba Zaba Dance Contest Moves

Chris Trondsen (representing Pacific Rim) talked to Poreotics and to Bgirl Shorty at the My Ninja Endless Summer Party on September 1, 2011. Highlights of both videos: their impromptu moves for the Do the Abba Zaba Dance Contest. You can enter the contest too to win cash and prizes -- click here for details.

Friday, September 9, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Don't Stop The Music"

Hallo! It's back to Germany for today's episode! If you're a fan of Keone Madrid & Mariel Martin, you've probably seen this piece from Choreo Cookies' 1st Place, The Bridge 2010 Performance, or their Movement Lifestyle Concept Video. If you haven't, you're in for a treat!

I've never seen so many shoes thrown, just out of respect and love:

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Video: Brian Puspos "Beg For It"

In the latest Mos Wanted Mondays class, Brian Puspos (Mos Wanted Crew/Kub Skoutz/Movement Lifestyle/ArchiTEKS/ex-SoReal Cru) taught a piece to Chris Brown's song Beg For It. This video showcases the choreography,and features appearances from fellow Mos Wanted Crew members Jawn Ha and Jun Quemado (as well as manager Myron Marten). Be sure to check it out!

Video: Lyle Beniga & Bam Martin - "Really Raw"

Yes, this is another video release from Urban Dance Camp! This time, Lyle Beniga and Bam Martin (Movement Lifestyle) teamed up to perform Lyle's choreography to "Really Raw". Here's the clip:

Video: Street Kingdom "300 Kingdoms"

Status Silver created a video of Street Kingdom krumping to Blue Foundation's "Eyes on Fire",  taken outside during a recent World of Dance event in Vallejo, CA. The video has a masterful editing that plays with speed-up and slow-down to really focus on the moves. And, there are other watch-worthy hiphop videos on the StatusSilver Youtube channel .

ICONic Boyz dance with Marv3l in their first product placement video with Vlado Footwear

ICONic Boyz join Marv3l in a video showing off dance and Vlado Footwear styles. Given the crew's popularity, this is probably the first of many product sponsorships for the America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 runners-up.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "WOD Kids"

Hey! If you're a fan of minature dancers, you're gonna love this! This latest update from the World Of Dance Tour official Youtube Channel, features some of the youngest dancers in the scene, today. Also, don't forget to hit up WoD: Seattle, this Saturday, September 10th, where I.aM.mE will also be performing!

Bboy Jalen
Baby Boogaloo
Bboy Bailrok

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Video: Mike Song - "Orb Concept"

Another new upload from Mike Song's Youtube Channel. The freestyle is in the same hotel room in Miami, where he's living while filming Step Up 4. This time, Mike plays around with an intangible 'orb', a concept he says was inspired by Naruto:

Video: Johnny Erasme & George Jones - "Country Sh*t"

I mean't to post this a LONG time ago, but here it is now! This collab between Johnny Erasme (Kub Skoutz) & George Jones is hype! Subscribe to Johnny at his Youtube channel, [J2ThaBlaze].

Also, check out the Lyle Beniga shirt he's rocking:

Video: April Rodriguez - "Get Up"

Here's a new upload from April Rodriguez's (Essence) Youtube channel, [Apreezee]. The piece was taught at her regular class at Debbie Reynolds, in LA. Check it out:

Two days left to enter nominations for The ABDC Superiority Smackdown Tournament!

Teldon is introducing a new contest -- The Ultimate Showdown of ABDC Superiority! You -- our readers -- need to nominate your favorite routine from each of the 56 crews to make the show. Then we'll have voting  for your favorite as they go head to head in a tournament style setting.  

You have two more days to get in your nominations, as we close the suggestions at midnight at 12:01 Saturday September 10.. If you don't give us your nominations, then don't complain about the routines picked for the match-ups!
Guidelines and Nominations

LXD is back with 3 new episodes, especially for fans of robotics, tutting, and breaking

LXD (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) returns from their one-week break with three new episodes, all taking place in current day LXD world (wherever that is).
First up: Salvage (Episode 5 in Season 3). Sp3cimen tries to rescue his old girlfriend Autumn in an ominous warehouse. But he has to dance-fight battle with a strange creature (reminded me of an evil cloaked Ewok wearing a gas mask), followed by a Robot-a-thon battle. And, Autumn is...different. Jonathan Bayani (Supreme Soul, ABDC Season 2) is one of the robots.
Episode 6 - Reprogram -- takes up where Salvage ended. Autumn reveals her new nature, necessitating a battle of the sexes. Autumn is backed up by the Umbras, while Energies have Sp3cimen's back. Among the Energies: Kaba Modern's Mike Song and Tony Tran. This is my favorite of the three new episodes, due to the intense plot-driven choreography, masterful battle of tut vs. robot, and spotlighting of a wonderful girl dancer (Marie Medina) for a change.

RA Games: The last new episode returns us to LXD training school. This one is for the b-boy fans out there. The tension is much lower than the last two episodes, but there's some minor plot advancement -- will there be a battle to determine the LXD messiah? Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Video: "You're not going to be the great breakdancer you think you are"

D-trix linked to this video on Facebook with the comment: "THE BEST DANCE VIDEO EVER!!!  NOPE, SCRAP THAT...BEST VIDEO EVER!"  I don't know about that, but this WILL be getting some major play.

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Puttin' on the Ritz"

Hej! It's back to Sweden for more The Hip Drop footage! This time we join the amazing Mariel Martin, as she performs this nostalgic piece, accompanied by S**t Kingz & Jesse. From her description:

"This dance is inspired by the amazing musical era in hollywood films during the 1940's and 50's. Gene Kelly is my favorite and though I cannot dance like him, I just hope to feel how I feel when I watch any of them dance."

Subscribe to [Supermariel] pls!

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Video: RNG - "Dance (A$$)"

The amazing kids of RNG are at it again! Here is their class footage of the girls of RNG performing Kolanie Marks' choreography to "Dance".

Don't forget to subscribe to their channel, [RNGDancers], if you're a fan of their work!

Video: Lyle Beniga & S**t Kingz - "Big Pimpin"

Here's another new Lyle x S**t Kingz combo video from the Urban Dance Camp Youtube channel, [UrbanDanceCamp]. This is the smoother and sharper side of Lyle that really reminds me of his older pieces! Enjoy:

Video: Mike Song & Devious - "17 Floors Up"

Many people celebrate Labor Day with cookouts and enjoying the last bits of summer. Mike Song (Kaba Modern Legacy) & Devious (Mighty Zulu Kingz), on the other hand, decided to post this dope freestyle for us to watch. Enjoy:

Videos from AGT Top 10 show; Team iLuminate, Miami All-stars, West Springfield, Silhouettes

Four of the top 10 acts in this season's America's Got Talent are dance groups. They performed on the September 6, 2011 show to mixed reception by the judges. The top 4 will be announced on September 7.
  • Miami All-stars were viewed as too cheerleader-ish by Piers Morgan, but the other judges liked the performance
  • West Springfield Dance Team probably erred by having another horror-themed routine since the judges thought it was too predictable and boring
  • All three judges loved Silhouettes
  • The judges raved about Team iLUminate and called them Vegas-ready

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The America's Got Talent Top 10 Party Room is open - join us!

The Party Room/Critics Corner for America's Got Talent Top 10 show is now open! Join other readers as they debate the merits of Miami All-stars vs Team iLuminate vs West Springfield Dance Team vs Silhouette vs some singers and motorcyclists.    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 many others to praise and complain.  Who do you want to win AGT? Any new thoughts on America's Best Dance Crew past or future? Which show has the best judges -- AGT or ABDC?  This is your party --  humor, keen observation and almost everything else (except spam, obscenity, and personal attacks/disrespect not related to the acts itself ) are expected and welcome.

Hip Hop For Hope!

In ABDC6, Phunk Phenomenon used their time on the show to advocate for and spread awareness of Sanfilippo Syndrome through their Hip Hop for Hope campaign.  Earlier this year, they joined a contest hosted by Vivint for money to help research a cure for this genetic disorder. We posted the link on this blog, and thanks to your help, they were the Eastern Region Winners, with 176,897 votes, winning the Team Sanfilippo Foundation $100,000 for research! This was the second most amount of votes in the whole contest for one organization, and it couldn't have been done without your help or Phunk Phenomenon's advocacy!  Thank you!

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Bring Me Back"

Hey! This episode of KoopaTV takes out to Oakland for another Yakfilms feature! Today we visit the dancer, Chonkie, in a one-shot, full length video of his dope tutting skills.

The thing I love about this video, is how the camera and Chonkie are almost always in constant motion, throughout the entire freestyle. Check it out:

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Video: Will (The Hype) & Bell - "Buyou"

They're at it again! This time Will (The Hype), and 14 year old Bell (Junior Hype) perform this routine to Keri Hilson's "Buyou".

Subscribe to their [Hype50TV] Youtube channel, to see more of these amazing collabs!

Video: Jason Rillera (The Company) - "Celebration"

This 19 year old dancer, Jason Rillera, shows a LOT of promise, as one of the many talented young members of The Company. You may remember some of his work, when he performed "Deuces" at Vibe XVI, or his piece to "Unusual" at WoD LA 2011.

Here is his newest piece from his Youtube channel, [JasonRillera]:

Legendary Hip Hop | Battle Squad - BOTY 1992

Battle of the Year (BOTY), often called the premier international bboying competition, has a history dating back to 1990. Today's Legendary Hip Hop Post features one of the earlier competitions, in 1992.  For those of you who don't know, BOTY has two rounds: exhibition and battle.  All crews do a choreographed exhibition piece, and the top 4 battle it out for the top place.  Usually these crews consist of at least 8 people.  Ichigeki's crew (featured in a past Legendary Hip Hop post) had 9. Today's Legendary Hip Hop post is Legendary because in 1992, the champions of BOTY was a two man squad, Battle Squad, consisting of Bboy Storm and Bboy Swift Rock.  Of course, the video here is of 1992 quality, and bboying has come a long way since then, but it's still impressive to see such a feat accomplished.

Party room tonight for America's Got Talent Live Finals Show -- join us!

Tonight is the finals round for America's Got Talent.  Among the contestants are 4 dance groups- Team iLuminate (which includes two members of America's Best Dance Crew Beat Freaks), West Springfield Dance Team, Miami All-stars, and Silhouettes. So join us starting at 9pm ET to discuss, prognosticate, and snark.

Lil Mama's latest music video: "Scrawberry"

Lil Mama's latest musical offiering is "Scrawberry", and the video centers around a doll house set and Harajuku look. The refrain: "Let's scraw berry milk... in some way to tangle in the...(Scrawberry) keep full tang so I go long way in my dash... clean And my truck don't stand." Please discuss. And if you recognize some of the other dancers, please identify them!

ReQuest Dance Crew- ReLax

ReQuest (ABDC Season 6 contestants) have put out a new video. This one is set to Destiny's Child song "Cater 2 U".

Monday, September 5, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Anthony Lee - Without You"

Hey! We're going back to Cali! Today's episode of KoopaTV visits Anthony Lee (Kinjaz/ LXD/ CADC) recording this popping routine. I also found that the message in his description matched the uplifting vibe of this video:

"This piece represents the idea [to me that is...] that life isn't so easy all the time, and in many of those circumstances, I probably wouldn't have made it through as best as I did without the support of so many loved ones in my life. To my friends, my family and the Man upstairs. It's not meant to be depressing or lonely at all...ahahah at least to me."

So subscribe to his Youtube channel, [Anflowny], for more of his work!

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Lydia Paek (Boxcuttuhz/Quest) Continues Working with YG Entertainment

Lydia Paek finally posted a new video to her Youtube channel, [JUUKKES]. In the video, she explains that she is still working with YG Entertainment.
She first worked her way in the K-pop industry, when friend, Shaun Evaristo, introduced her to YG Entertainment, where she co-wrote and co-produced Park Bom's "Don't Cry" with Teddy:

Video: Leslie Hubilla (UFP/RDT) - "Man Down"

The former member of Fr3sh, who now dances with both UFP and RDT, Leslie Hubilla, recently just taught at her first solo produced workshop! She uploaded her choreography to her Youtube channel, [laHubillaGorilla]. Here's the clip:

Video: Can Nguyen (Poreotics) "The New Styles of 2011"

Poreotics (ABDC 5) recently uploaded a video of Can freestyling to their YouTube channel. The video jokingly describe some of Can's moves as the new styles of 2011. The 5 brand new "styles" are Mechanical Octopus style, Run With Your Hands style, Fobsquat Balance style, Hand-on-Knee style, and Stretch Your Neck style. Be sure to check it out!

Spotlight: Kinetic Art Crew

In the midst of an era when most bboying out there is in competetive jams and battles, it can be hard to define whether the dance is a sport or an artform. The Kinetic Art Crew definitely seems to push for the latter.
Consisting of members from Japan, they combine traditional bboy aspects with influences such as yoga, circus gymnastics, contemporary in order to show a softer, yet no less intense, side of bboying. Their poetic and breathtaking style goes to show that bboying is a multifaceted dance, and ever growing. Check them out on their tumblr, and in the following clips.

Video: JabbaWockeeZ on MDA Telethon - "Viva la Vida"

JabbaWockeeZ was one of the headline acts at the 2011 Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Here's their offering -- a routine set to "Viva La Vida" that also honors their founder Gary Kendall. Beautiful. lClick here to donate to this worthy cause.

Help MOMZ-N-DA HOOD get on a billboard in Times Square!

MOMZ-N-DA HOOD's last big gig was at Hip Hop International. Now, they're aiming for something even taller -- getting their image on a billboard in New York's Times Square. You can help them by voting for them once a day from now until September 20. Just click here and click on the vote button on the top right corner -- you don't have to even register for the site!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "100 Years in 100 Seconds"

Hello! Today's episode of KoopaTV is not only a trip to East London, but a trip back through time! Opening on September, 13th 2011, as Europe's largest "Urban Shopping Centre," Westfield Stratford City claims that they will 'transform' the retail landscape.

Whether or not their claims are true, they have recently released this campaign video, showcase the changing fashion styles over the past 100 years in East London. However, the popular theme about this video is not just the constantly changing style of clothing, but the two dancers, mimicking the popular style of dance, corresponding to their attire.

This video creates such a wonderful and seamless journey through time. Enjoy:

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Video: ReQuest Crew - "Who Run The World"

At the Regional YSA Ballroom Dance Activity, ReQuest made a guest appearance and performance. Here's the video of their routine. Thanks IsmadeofAwesome, for the link!

Video: Feng (Quest) - "Senorita"

Here is the latest upload from Feng's official Youtube channel, [QUESTxFENG]. Before he went on tour with LMFAO, Feng decided to record this in their very own, Quest Learning Center:

Video: Braun Battle Of The Year USA | Official Recap

Yak Films recently covered the US qualifier for Braun Battle of the Year. BOTY is the most widely known bboy world championship event and it will be held this year on November 19 in Montpellier, France. The US qualifier was won by Battle Born from Las Vegas, Nevada (and you can check out their showcase here). This earned them a spot in the international event later this year. Yak Films put together the official recap of the event.

Be sure to subscribe to their channel to see more high quality dance footage.

Video: "Soul Train" at LA Freestyle Session + better views of Jaja Battles

Dance is NOT just a spectator sport. TV got it right early on with Soul Train and (to a much lesser extent) American Bandstand, as well as local dance shows. LA Freestyle Session had its own Soul Train going, described by many at the event as one of the highlights. Watch it here and go out and dance today!. Video from FunkdUpTV Youtube. 
FunkdUpTV also has very high quality videos of Jaja's battles at LA Freestyle sessions. Even if you saw the ones we posted earlier this week, you should watch again: Jaja vs Breeze Lee in Popping, Jaja vs Tsuyoshi in locking, and Jaja vs. Flomaster in the Top4 Locking competition

The Ultimate Showdown of ABDC Superiority!

Hello all! Many of you regulars have known me quite a long time and recently Nancy asked me to come along and be an active contributor/moderator for the site and I have agreed. One of the first things I plan on doing to start my new reign of wackiness is introduce a new contest to you all.

I introduce to you The Ultimate Showdown of ABDC Superiority!. This is essentially, you our readers, nominating your favorite routine from each of the 56 crews to make the show. Then voting for your favorite as they go head to head in a tournament style setting.

Follow the jump to see how to enter and help shape this event!

Guidelines and Nominations