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Saturday, February 11, 2012

New Contest: Enter our ABDC7 top 8 contest now!

Who will compete on America's Best Dance Crew Season 7?  We don't know, and but we want to know what you think.  So, here's a contest to let you 'cast' which crews you think will make it to ABDC7 Top 8. The top 8 are the crews that appear on the first episode of ABDC7 to be aired April 11, 2012, OR the last 8 remaining crews if ABDC chooses more than that number.   IMPORTANT: This website is NOT MTV, and your entry here will NOT influence who gets picked for the show!! Prize: Tshirt (value up to $30) or $30 iTunes gift card/certificate.  RULES: 
  • Pick up to 8 crews from our list of auditioners (click here). Be mindful that our info on callbacks is very incomplete -- many of the crews who got callbacks may not have 'callback' on their listings here!   If you pick more, I will only count the first 8 listed.
  • Send your answers to ABDCContest@gmail.com or leave a comment below using a recognizable and distinctive name (i.e, not Guest or just a first name). I will NOT count the answers listed on any other post, or comments without a distinctive name!
  • Please do not enter more than once a week! 
  • There are also many more posts on this site about the auditioning crews -- just click the many links in the Recent Posts to help you pick your favorites
  • Please don't enter this if you work for MTV or Viacom
  • Contest ends as soon as MTV announces the names of ANY crews competing on the show
  • The winner is the person who accurately picked the highest number of the final 8 crews that appear on the show. If there is a tie, the prize will go to the entry with the earliest email 'postmark'
  • The winner will be announced on this site after I am sure of the correct answer -- either after the formal announcement, after ABDC7 Episode 1 show airs, or after only 8 crews are left on ABDC7.

World of Dance 2012 Industry Awards

World of Dance is hosting its second annual Industry Awards Ceremony, and there are a ton of familiar names on the list. 


Check the nominees here!


Click here for the facebook event and ticket purchasing information!

Video: Final round at Break LA: Physical Poets vs. Killafornia

Pacific Rim got a front-row angle on the Break LA final battle between Physical Poets and Killafornia. Spoiler - Killafornia took the title and the $1500 prize, but it was a hard-fought battle.
Bonus clip - they interviewed Steelo, who is a well-known member of Killafornia sidelined by a brain aneurysm; this is his first appearance at a battle event since he began his recuperation.

Video: The Midas Touch (TMT) dancing with Rhythm City on BET's 106th and Park

On February 8, 2012, Rhythm City (America's Best Dance Crew Season 4) returned to the stage of BET's 106th and Park. This time, they brought The Midas Touch (TMT) with them to perform. TMT is one of the kid crews that did well at the New York auditions for Season 7 of ABDC. I don't know how MTV is going to choose between all the talented younger groups this time!

Friday, February 10, 2012

NAOTV Episode 14: "Find"

What's up BBDC Fam? This week, NAOTV brings you the second installment of Keone Madrid and Mariel Martin's video series-"The Meeting". In this video, Mariel portrays her own battle with self-confidence through dance. Her choreography to Alicia Keys' "Superwoman" is full of emotion and displays the gradual emergence of her inner confidence.



Can't wait to see the final installment of this amazing series. That's not all for this week though. Check out this playlist here or scroll down for the rest of this week's videos.


---Other Dope Videos from This Week---

Bam Martin - "I'm Busy" - Bam returns from his knee injury with a bang! (or possibly a Bam? I'm so punny.) He is back and better than ever! He brings his usual explosiveness and throws in an insane sense of musicality by hitting multiple, quick, successive snares at the end.

Brian Puspos - "Rise and Shine" - Brian Puspos also started off his new year with a bang. Kub Skoutz, mL studio, and J Cole make for an incredible combination.

Street Kingdom free-style demo & interview (w/Chachi & Chris) at LA ABDC auditions for Season 7

Chachi (IaMmE) and Chris Trondsen interviewed Street Kingdom at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew Season 7. As we've reported earlier, we've heard from many sources -- including an anonymous observer of all the LA auditions as well as We Are Heroe's Riquel -- that Street Kingdom had one of the best auditions in LA this season. 

Tight Eyez and Chachi reminisce about their time together on ABDC6. Tight Eyez and the crew talk about auditioning again for ABDC after appearing on ABDC Season 6, how they've modified and cleaned up  their krump style for Season 7, the potential of a Chachi-Tight Eyez battle, Tight Eyez undeserved reputation as a scary guy, and the idea of an ABDC alum season. Thanks to MOVeMEDIAproductions.com for all the filming and production.

Riquel Olander (We are Heroes) at ABDC7 auditions w/Chachi: impressions of the auditions

Chachi (IaMmE) and Chris Trondsen interview Riquel Olander (member of ABDC4 winning crew We are Heroes) at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew. Riquel watched many of the LA auditions and raves about how much she loved some of the crews -- especially Street Kingdom! She talks about both of We Are Heroes' auditions for ABDC, what We are Heroes is up to now, and how to reach her.Thanks to MOVeMEDIAproductions.com for all the filming and production.

Video: Blueprint Crew in Kristina Maria's "Co-pilot"

Kristina Maria's "Co-pilot" music video was choreographed by Blueprint Crew's Steve Bolton and Lorena Liebman, and features dancing from the crew members.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

ABDC audition coverage w/ Chachi & Chris: Body Poets interview & freestyle demos

Chris Trondsen, Chachi (of ABDC6's IaMmE), and Scott Yoshimoto (MOVeMEDIAProductions.com) stayed almost all day at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew Season 7, and we've got a LOT of crews for you to meet. In all cases, they demonstrate part of their audition routine or do some free-style, so you can see what they might bring to ABDC, as well as talking and showing their personalities.  Today's crew is Body Poets from San Diego.

Josh & Will (Hype 5-0) at ABDC7 auditions:interview with Chachi & Chris

Chachi (IaMmE) and Chris Trondsen interview Will and Josh from Hype 5-0 at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew. They talk about advising Skool Rascals about the auditions (a kid crew with members from their home studio), talk about how they'll prepare the girls for their callbacks, whether to move to LA (with advice from Chachi), and reminisce a little about their time on ABDC.

Help Alonzo Williams (Rhythm City) with Kickstarter project to make music video

Alonzo Williams, leader of Rhythm City (ABDC Season 4) just posted on Kickstarter. He is trying to raise money for a music video for DOMO (a Rhythm City member), that would feature dancing by the crew: "I'm trying to shoot my first OFFICIAL Music Video and possibly launch it on any major network that will have me. But of course it has to be on a MAINSTREAM LEVEL. And this takes a lot of money that I don't have :(  I only have 30 Days to make my goal, if not then i get NO MONEY AT ALL :(

We need to hire a director, dancers, choreographer, costumes, wardrobe, locations, rental, equipment for the set, cameras, lighting etc... Its a lot! Also I'm giving away SOME REALLY great stuff if you make a DONATION!!! :) --- Click here to read more about the project and to donate.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Video: Brian Puspos - "Rise and Shine"

Brian Puspos is back for 2012. Here is his first video of the year, with his fellow Kub Skoutz Jun Quemado, Ian Eastwood, & Nick DeMoura. Subcribe to his Youtube Channel for more of his work:

ABDC audition coverage w/ Chachi & Chris: interviews, dance demos- Stepboys, Crush on Arrival, Puzzle Peace

Chris Trondsen, Chachi (of ABDC6's IaMmE), and Scott Yoshimoto (MOVeMEDIAProductions.com) stayed almost all day at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew Season 7, and we've got a LOT of crews for you to meet. In all cases, they demonstrate part of their audition routine or do some free-style, so you can see what they might bring to ABDC, as well as talking and showing their personalities. 

Today's set of interview videos includes D-trix's old crew called StepBoys (and click here to watch StepBoys turn the tables and tease/interview Chachi and Chris!) and click here to see the interviews and dance demos from Crush on Arrival (a group that includes Dellalicious from ABDC2's ASIID) and Puzzle Peace (an electro crew, which is a dance form that audition judge Michelle McNulty specifically mentioned wanting to see in this round).

Video: Bam Martin - "I'm Busy"

Damn, Bam Martin (Boxcuttuhz/ Mos Wanted) is finally back from his knee injury, and it looks like he's stronger than ever. This video was taken from his class at the Young Lions Workshop in Chicago. See the rest of his work at his official Youtube Channel. Expect big things from him this year!

Warning: Explicit Lyrics

Steelo's recuperation - videos of him relearning how to break

As we've reported earlier, Bboy Steelo of the Groovaloos, LXD, and Killa4nia and one of the most respected names in bboying, underwent surgery for a ruptured brain aneurysm in May 2011.  In December 2011, a fundraising event was held to raise money for his family and his recuperation.

Some great news: his wife Penelope posted two short videos of his recuperation, relearning how to break. Click here and here to watch. He and his family have a hard road still ahead and you can continue to help with a further donation at Steelo444.com

Video: Turning the table on us - Stepboys mock interview Chito/Chachi (IaMmE) and Chris at ABDC auditions

The BloggingBestDanceCrew team of Chachi (IaMmE), Chris Trondsen, and Scott Yoshimoto filmed dozens of interviews at the Los Angeles auditions for ABDC7. Here's one of my favorites: after the Stepboys interview (which I'll post later today), the crew turned the camera on us with a mock interview of Chito and Chris.  Imbookie!

More new videos from ABDC auditioner: WRT's audition routine, Wylde Style promo video

Several of the crews who auditioned for America's Best Dance Crew Season 7 followed up with videos showing their recent work (demo reels), their audition routines, or their 'road to ABDC'. I have no inside information, but most of these crews did make callbacks at the recent auditions. Today's featured crews: WRT and Wylde Style. Click here to watch both.

ABDC 7: Michelle Mcnulty talks Casting + D-Trix as Judge

Here's another interview with ABDC's Casting Director, Michelle Mcnulty. She talks about what to expect from this new season of ABDC:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

ABDC audition coverage w/ Chachi & Chris: interviews, audition routine demos- Blank Canvas, Bootz Crew, Flavahz Crew

Chris Trondsen, Chachi (of ABDC6's IaMmE), and Scott Yoshimoto (MOVeMEDIAProductions.com) stayed almost all day at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew Season 7, and we've got a LOT of crews for you to meet. In all cases, they demonstrate part of their audition routine or do some free-style, so you can see what they might bring to ABDC, as well as talking and showing their personalities. 

Today's set displays three crews that definitely made it to the callback rounds: Blank Canvas; and click here to watch Bootz Crew (founded by Supreme Soul member Antoine Troupe) and Flavahz Crew.

Napoleon Dumo & Chachi talk at ABDC auditions: personal lives (family, motocross!), projects

Chachi (IaMmE) and Chris Trondsen interview choreographer Napoleon Dumo at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew. It's a long interview but contains revelations for fans of Chachi and the Dumos:
-In the first part, Napoleon talks about working on MOBBED, hoping to work on ABDC as well as American Idol this spring, his contact with the ABDC producers and Pacman (IaMmE) during ABDC Season 6, and the challenges for choreographing for multiple cameras
-The second half of the interview focuses on personal lives of Napoleon and Chachi: Napoleon being a father-to-be (and wanting a son!), family size, their mutual interest and involvement in Motocross. Thanks to MOVeMEDIAproductions.com for all the filming and production. 

More on ABDC auditioners: TMT on BET Feb. 8; DBA's 'Journey to ABDC auditions' video

- TMT (The Midas Touch) will be dancing on BET's 106th and Park which is scheduled to air February 8 at 6-8pm. This is another chance to see what Rhythm City's kid crew could bring to ABDC.
- DBA posted their "Journey to ABDC7 auditions' video of the crew dancing and free-styling in different venues. The all-girl kid crew is less well-known than other auditioners, but show some real talent and personality. From DBAcrewTV Youtube.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Video: Parris (ReQuest) - "My Hero"

Parris Goebel (member of ABDC6's ReQuest) dedicates an expressive solo dance to her late aunt Vania. From BGPOPA Youtube. Thanks for the tip, Yowzahful!

ABDC audition coverage w/ Chachi & Chris: kid crews dance/talk- Miniotics, Empire Crew, Chi-Town's Finest Breakers

Chris Trondsen, Chachi (of ABDC6's IaMmE), and Scott Yoshimoto (MOVeMEDIAProductions.com) stayed almost all day at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew Season 7, and we've got a LOT of crews for you to meet. In all cases, they demonstrate part of their audition routine or do some free-style, so you can see what they might bring to ABDC, as well as talking and showing their personalities. 

Today's set displays three better-known kid crews: Miniotics (the kid crew formed by Poreotics); and click here to watch Empire the Crew (formerly called Urban Empire Kidz), and Chi-Town's Finest Breakers (semi-finalists on Live to Dance).

Victor Kim interview at ABDC7 auditions:remembering Quest's auditions & did JabbaWockeeZ replace Quest Season 1?

Chachi (IaMmE) and Chris Trondsen interview and joke with Victor Kim (Quest Crew) at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew. Among the topics: memories of their Quest auditions for Seasons 1 and 3, how Quest might have been partially instrumental in JabbaWockeeZ appearing on ABDC Season 1, his years-long friendship with Chachi, his support for Fallen Kings who are auditioning for ABDC Season 7, and his work to help a cancer victim (more info at @save Janet on Twitter). And Dumbo (Poreotics) sneaks in. Thanks to MOVeMEDIAproductions.com for all the filming and production.

Video: Madonna's Superbowl half-time show with LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee Lo Green, ft Pockemon Crew

The Superbowl half-time show was almost controversy free this year, with Madonna, LMFAO, and Nicki Minaj playing it PG and Cee Lo playing it Liberace. The only naughty bit was a lewd gesture from M.I.A. While the known stars performed admirably,  the multitudes of unnamed back-up dancers, gladiators, marching band, and choir members really made the show memorable for me.

Of special note, are the bboys that appear at the 3:37-5:59 mark. They are Pockemon Crew from France, crew of Lilou, 2005 and 2009 Redbull BC One champion

Sunday, February 5, 2012

ABDC audition coverage w/ Chachi & Chris: interviews, dance demos- Praise Team, Knucklehead Zoo, Persona, Muse

Chris Trondsen, Chachi (of ABDC6's IaMmE), and Scott Yoshimoto (MOVeMEDIAProductions.com) stayed almost all day at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew Season 7, and we've got a LOT of crews for you to meet. In all cases, they demonstrate part of their audition routine or do some free-style, so you can see what they might bring to ABDC, as well as talking and showing their personalities. Here's our next set:
Praise Team and click here to watch Knucklehead Zoo, Persona, and Muse 

Chachi & Chris interview Ryan Higa at ABDC auditions: Best Crew, rooming with D-trix, IaMmE collabo?

Chachi (IaMmE) and Chris Trondsen interview Ryan Higa (creator and star of nigahiga Youtube) at the Los Angeles auditions for America's Best Dance Crew Season 7. They talk about how Best Crew can't compete since there's only one member, and how he taught Miniotics everything they know. He also talks about rooming with D-trix and what D-trix is like in the morning, shows a few signature moves (similar to Scooby Doo), does his impersonation of Quest's Victor, describes his video strategy and what's next for him including a possible collaboration with IaMmE. Thanks to MOVeMEDIAproductions.com for all the filming and production.  

Video: Jaja (IaMmE) locking freestyle

Jaja (from ABDC6's IaMmE) has a new video focusing on her locking skills. From JaJAvankova Youtube. Thanks for the tip, Greg!