Rock The School Bells (RTSB) is a hip-hop educational youth conference based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It includes workshops and performances to help students develop skills and understanding for critical thinking, creativity, communication, and social activism and to encourage them to go for higher education.
They're trying to raise funds for the next conference. Their target of $15,000 sounds high but is very doable with a little bit of support and some networking. As Brian Crizaldo wrote on RTSB's Facebook page: "You can either spend at least $10 in a movie theater, or you can donate at least $10 to an event that can empower the youth and helps provide scholarships for students majoring in the arts! Please help spread the word!" So please click here and give -- I already did.
Happy 2012 BBDC! We're starting off the new year in San Francisco, where Ellen Kim filmed her first ever concept video. I like the different settings, including a section where she's vibing out in the subway (or whatever you guys call it in San Fran). Check it out yo'selves!
And since the rest of this week's vids are reposts, if you want to see them, check the playlist here.
**If you have any submissions for NAOTV, please send them to my account here.**
That's it for this week's episode of NAOTV! Thanks for reading and watching! -NAO
The latest concept video from IaMmE's Phillip 'PacMan' Chbeeb and Emilio 'Millie' Dosal is a winner. In "Exit Strategy", two friends have to figure out how to escape from a mysterious room. From Pacman Youtube.
Many of the teen subjects on MTV's MADE have learned to hiphop dance in order to improve their lives. On a recent episode, Jason Croom from Swagger Crew (ABDC Season 5) coaches Arjun, who yearns to be more than just a perfect student.
People Magazine reports that America's Best Dance Crew judge JC Chasez "proved himself a hero on New Year's Day on a Miami beach when he saved the life of a 1-year-old girl after a helicopter flying too close to the ground sent an umbrella flying across the sand." The story also reports that JC was "sweet and humble" about his heroism. I've met JC, and I can't imagine him being any other way. Way to go JC!
According to a video from DanceOn Youtube, MTV is encouraging crews who have previously been on America's Best Dance Crew to audition again. This is not entirely new, since Team Millennia appeared in two seasons, and most of Status Quo (Season 1) reincarnated as Legendary Seven (Season 5), but it's a welcome development. Which crews would you like to see return for another shot?
Choreographer/dancer Ellen Kim created her first concept video to display San Francisco and its style of dance, with Krystal Meraz (Academy of Villains), Cj 'Pharside' Jennings (ABDC's Supreme Soul, AOV), Pat Cruz and Mike Fallorina ( both in The Company). I still wish Ellen Kim's earlier groups (Neverland, L0st Kids) had made it to ABDC! From ellenkimCHEEE Youtube.
The next episode of Mobbed appears on Fox tonight (January 4, 2012) at 9pm ET/PT. If you're interested, click here for tonight's plot. It clearly features Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo as the choreographers, members of Fanny Pak as featured dancers, and I thought I spotted other ABDC alums in the mix.
Alonzo 'Zo' Williams, Dominique 'Domo' Rosario, and Cochise 'Phramez' Quinones Jr from ABDC4's Rhythm City show that they've lost none of their swagger with this dance to Wale's "Slight Work". From CallmeZo1 Youtube.
In 2012, we hope to provide a good base of centralized information about America's Best Dance Crew and about upcoming dance events. So, please leave a message or email us at BloggingBestDanceCrew@gmail.com: - If you're planning to audition, let us know where your group is from, where you're auditioning, and give us links to Facebook, Youtube, twitter, and any videos you'd like to share - For an event, give us a link with details on location, dates, and performers (if available)
Ireland's Got to Dance just started its new season, and videos are appearing online now. There are a number of hip hop groups in the mix so far, including Lil Hustlers, Erupt & Ffres, A Team, and Kazzum. But my favorite dance team so far is an edgy Riverdance group called Prodijig (ABDC audition judges -- don't get the wrong idea here! You can follow the show at Sky1.
MTV announced that America's Best Dance Crew Season 7 will again be a "season of the superstar". Who are the musical superstars that will be featured this time? We don't
know, but we want to know what you think. So, here's a contest to
let you forecast MTV's picks for the second "Season of the Superstars". Prize: Tshirt (value up to $30) or $30 iTunes gift card/certificate. RULES:
Pick up to 8 'superstar' performers. If you pick more, I will only count the first 8 listed
Two rounds in the contest: the first round of the Contest ends on January 12, 2012 before
auditions begin, since MTV often uses the superstars for callbacks
and that info will probably be publicized. The second round begins on February 1, 2012 and
ends once MTV announces the Superstars (probably some time before
ABDC7 starts). For the first round (before auditions): every correct
pick is worth 2 points (for a possible total of 16 points). For the
second round: every superstar used in auditions is worth 1 point, and
all other picks are worth 2 points (for a possible total of 12
List your answers in the comments, or send your answers to ABDCContest@gmail.com. If you list in comments, please make sure you use a distinct name (not "guest" or just a first name).
Please do not enter more than once a week!
Please don't enter this if you work for MTV or Viacom
The winner is the person who accurately picked the most superstars featured on ABDC Season 7. If there is a tie, the prize will go to the entry with the earliest entry
The winner will be announced on this site after I am sure of the correct answer
Many readers have commented that IaMmE (the winner of last season's America's Best Dance Crew) don't work as a crew much, seeming to prefer working solo or in sub-groups with others. For those readers -- IaMmE released a New Year's greeting video, with some preview footage of their next video -- "Exit Strategy" -- to be released on January 6, 2012. From first appearances -- this one's going to go to the next level.
Kyle Hanagami collaborated with Ian Eastwood choreographing "Sexy and I Know It" for a workshop at Debbie Reynolds Studios. Among those in attendance: Chachi (IaMmE) and Brandon Dumlao (So You Think You Can Dance). From KyleHanagami Youtube.
Quest Crew danced with LMFAO on ABC-TV's New Year's Eve show. There's no high-quality video available, but you can see them dancing with Party Rock Anthem, Sorry for Party Rocking, and Shots (below). Thanks for the links PerezOverride!