Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Video: ReQuest Dance Crew - "711"

Ho Ho Ho!  We would like to wish everybody around the world a Happy and Safe Holiday!

For being such a good kid, you can open one present early...  Check out Parris Goebel and ReQuest Dance Crew rehearsing at The Palace Dance Studios to Beyonce's "7-11".  Crowns up! From ReQuestDanceCrew.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Video: Jaja Vankova and Cyrus Spencer - "We're Sorry"

Jaja Vankova (member of ABDC's IaMmE) and Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer (So You Think You Can Dance Season 9) team up on a dance to Tincup's "We're Sorry



Friday, December 12, 2014

Video: Quick Crew - "Marleyla"

Still no details on the return of ABDC, but we'll keep you posted as they get released...

In the meantime, enjoy great videos such as this from URBAN DANCE CAMP .  It's the international sensation, Quick Crew, and their routine to "Marleyla" by Ebrahim.  No straw hats, but still dope nonetheless.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Breaking news: America's Best Dance Crew is returning!

According to a Facebook post from HipHop International (the home of America's Best Dance Crew co-creators Howard and Karen Schwartz): "ABDC is coming back!!!! Details soon..."
No information on who will broadcast it, format, or anything else -- but we're excited! Thanks for the tip Ninjaboi!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving with The KINJAZ

For those celebrating the holidays today, hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!  But even if you're not, you can still enjoy these two very dope productions brought to you by the KINJAZ.  First, Anthony Lee and the Kinjaz visit the Shaolin Temple where they were able to connect with students of martial arts.  Here's a production bringing the two worlds together.  And for desert, Anthony Lee, Bam Martin, Mike Song, & Pat Cruz treat us to this brilliant routine to Attica '71's "Olivver".  From TheKinjaz and Anthony Lee Youtubes. ::karate chop:: HiYA!!!!!!!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Video: Hok & Aye - "You've Got A Friend In Me"

Ever wonder what it's like to be a mannequin?  The amazing duo of Hok (Quest Crew) & Aye Hasegawa take us into the mind of two, day-dreaming store mannequins in this cute production to Toy Story's "You've Got A Friend In Me".  Be sure to check out more dope videos from Hok & Aye (Hawkeye?) on AyeHasegawa YouTube.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Video: Lando Wilkins - "Going to Work"

Mos Wanted Crew's Lando Wilkins recently posted this piece to P-Lo's "Going to Work".  It features the talented Sheela Awe and Diana Matos (Boxcuttuhz is on the rise again!).  Summer is over kiddies! Time to go to work!  From Lando Wilkins YouTube.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween Tricks & Treats | Quest Crew, Jabbawockeez, Jaja

Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Halloween! Did you go trick or treating?... Check out my candy haul with these spooky-themed productions (coincidentally, they're all from champions!).

ABDC 3 Champions bring the wicked with this haunting production entitled "The Hospital" with cameos by Fanny Pak's Megan Lawson, Ringmaster Slick, and I.aM.me's Pacman.  From theDOMINICshow YouTube.

I.aM.me and Street Kingdom's Jaja Vankova treats us with this eerie video entitled "Haunted House".  Follow Jaja as she gives you a tour through this evil, haunted abode.  This video also features Slick from the Ringmasters, Marie Poppin's, and a cast of talented dancers.  From JAJAvankova YouTube.

And finally if you haven't been scared off yet, the original champs, The Jabbawockeez deliver this sweet piece entitled "Trick-or-Beat" - freestylin' in what looks to be an asylum.  EEEEEK!!!!! From OFFICIAL JABBAWOCKEEZ YOUTUBE. ::evil laugh::

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Videos: White People can't dance - Jaja Vankova, Marie Poppins, Madd Chadd, Poppin John

Jaja Vankova (member of ABDC's IaMmE) teams up with Marie Poppins, Madd Chadd, and Poppin John for a very funny battle, as a sequel to the White Men Can't Dance and White Girls Can't Dance videos.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Video: Jabbawockeez Perform at Battle of the Year 2014

For the first time ever, The Jabbawockeez performed at the legendary Battle of the Year competition from Braunschweig, Germany.  A wonderful performance and a few words of gratitude from the international superstars.  From stance YouTube.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Quest Crew Updates | Victor Kim Retires, Now Add a Dancer pt 2, Teaser for upcoming video

Lot's on happenings from the season 3 champions, Quest Crew.  First up, Victor Kim recently announced that he is RETIRING from performing!  It will be sad to see him go, but thank goodness there's YouTube!  Here's video from his last performance with fellow Quest Crew-er, D-Trix.  From Victor King YouTube.


Speaking of Dominic... Here's the latest video on his YouTube channel, theDOMINICshow. It's Part 2 of the hilarious video, Now Add A Dancer.  It features cameos from PacMan, Chris Gaskell, Megan Batoon, and Tiara Rapp.


Also on the theDOMINICshow , D-Trix posted this teaser trailer for their upcoming production.  Just in time for the Halloween season :::evil laugh:::.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Video: 8 Flavahz - "Get Like Me"

It seems like it was just yesterday when we were first introduced to these eight young talented girls asking "What's yo FLAVAH???"  Years later, Cameron, Angel, Charlize, Kaelyn, Tia, Tamara, Jaira, and Summer have grown up [a lot!] to beautiful professionals.  Here are the girls now, freestylin' on the streets to "Get Like Me".  From World of Dance Network YouTube.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Video: RNG & NU-Unit - THE COLLABO Part 2

Several weeks ago, the girls of RNG headed up north for this wonderful collaboration with 8 Count Dance Studios in Canada (Blueprint Cru, Irratik).  And now they're back with this part 2 of THE COLLABO.  Choreographed by Kolanie Marks - it features dancers from NU-Unit to Drake's "Who Do You Love". From 8CountDance YouTube.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Video: S**t Kingz - "Get Ready For The Show"

Not too much info on this production, but enjoy it nonetheless!  Here's Japanese sensations, The S**t Kingz in their routine to "Get Ready For The Show".  According to their website (at least what I can understand from it), they'll be having several live shows in Japan, but I believe tickets are SOLD OUT for the most part.  Anyway, catch 'em here!  From stkgz YouTube.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

8Flavahz Update | KK & Usher, CamCam on Gotham

Last week, FOX's Gotham premiered and received great reviews from viewers and critics.  The spotlight is now on Selena Kyle, played by 8 Flavahz' Camren Bicondova.  Check out this article from bustle.com highlighting Camren's many accomplishments even at such a young age.
Who Is Camren Bicondova?
And we reported a few weeks ago that Flavahz', Kaelyn Harris, performed at the VMAs with Usher, but this week the video for his new single "She Came To Give It To You" feat. Nicki Minaj and KK is in the video too!  Check it out below.



Great job, girls!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Video: Jaja Vankova & Marie Poppins - "White Girls Can't Dance"

Everyone who thinks white girls can't dance just hasn't met enough of them.  And these two Caucasians are cream of the crop.  It's Jaja Vankova (I.aM.mE, Street Kingdom) and Marie Poppins freestyling to this dubstep remix of "#Selfie".  From JAJAvankova YouTube.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Videos: Brian Puspos & Andrew Baterina - "Mr. Steal Your Girl"

We're not sorry if we tricked you! No. These two former crew mates ARE NOT dancing together, but rather, they coincidentally choreographed to the same song.  Here are two separate [and brilliant] productions to Trey Songz' "Mr. Steal Your Girl" by Mos Wanted's Brian Puspos and SoReal Cru's Andrew Baterina.  And instead on deciding whether which video you like more, you better keep an eye on your girlfriend because these smooth dudes are on the prowl.  From Brian Puspos and Andrew Baterina YouTubes.
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Video: Dumbo & Miniotics - "One Last Choreo" | Major Poreotics announcement!

"One Last Choreo" is the title of this piece featuring Dumbo (Poreotics) and his junior group, Miniotics to Shiba San's "OK".  The last half of the video (although a little difficult to hear), explains the future of Dumbo and his group, Miniotics. Congrats Dumbo!!!! From PoreoticsHD YouTube.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Video: Feng (Quest Crew) - "Crazy"

ABDC Champ, Feng (Quest Crew), is joined by the KINJA sensei, Mike Song, to this routine to TEEMID & Joie Tan's cover of "Crazy".  From JUSTFENG YouTube.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Video: Mike Song - "TROUBLE"

Mike Song (Kaba Modern, KINJAZ) says he's going through a transition period in his dance and life.  Originally, he wasn't supposed to even post this, but instead decided to share this transitional phase.  Along with Charles Nguyen, Mike Fal, and Pat Cruz, here's Mike's piece to "Trouble" by Jose James & Funk LeBlanc. From Mike Song YouTube.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Videos: SYTYCD finale highlights: Les Twins;,Dtrix & Emilio dance together; Pharside & Nappytabs as highlighted choreographers

The Season 11 So You Think You Can Dance concluded yesterday, with Ricky Ubeda earning the title of America's favorite dancer (at least for now). There were a lot of dances featured as season highlights, including both routines choreographed by Chris 'Pharside' Jennings (member of ABDC's Supreme Soul) and Krystal 'Phoenix' Meraz, and one choreographed by Napolean and Tabitha D'umo (danced brilliantly by Emilio Dosal of IaMmE and all-star Jasmine). 

The other highlights for me were two new dances for the show that showcased the difference between highly capable dancers doing hiphop moves vs. true hiphop dancers - a dance with the top 10 plus allstars (including Dtrix), as well as a special performance from Les Twins. There is a way that hiphoppers like Dominic 'Dtrix' Sandoval (member of ABDC's Quest), Emilio Dosal, and Les Twins dance that is rarely matched by the other talented dancers. They hit harder and more solidly, show a different spirit and a sense of joy at these moves that just doesn't feel like it's matched by the other dancers-- even winner Ricky, who I had pegged as the deserved winner of the season as soon as I saw his audition. But judge for yourself.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Video: Brian Puspos - "Rocket"

Mos Wanted's Brian Puspos brings the smooth moves back to Urban Dance Camp with this soulful routine to Travis Garland's cover of "Rocket".  Look at that body control! From URBAN DANCE CAMP YouTube.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Video: Beyonce Performs at the VMAs | Les Twins

So I watched the rest of the VMAs and caught this amazing performance to close out the show.  Here's Beyonce accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award with this medley featuring her amazing dancers - including Les Twins.  She Flawless!
http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/1066933/mtv-vma-video-vanguard-medley.jhtml#id=1729742
Beyonce Performs Medley at the VMAs

Monday, August 25, 2014

Video: Usher Performs at VMAs | Kaelyn Harris (8 Flavahz) & Codie Wiggins (Jungle Boogie)

I haven't seen all of the VMAs from last night yet, but I did spot some ABDC Alums during Usher's performance.  Sure, Nicki Minaj (and her butt) was there too, but I really got excited when I saw 8 Flavahz' Kaelyn 'KK' Harris and Jungle Boogie's Codie Wiggins dancing front and center. Awesome job guys! Check it out and the whole entire show on mtv.com.

http://www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/videos/she-came-to-give-it-to-you-feat-nicki-minaj-live/1064134/#id=1729742
Usher feat Nicki Minaj - "She Came To Give It To You"

Friday, August 22, 2014

Video: Jabbawockeez perform at #WoDBay | Honor the late Robin Williams

The masked superstars, The Jabbawockeez, performed at the World of Dance: Bay Area last weekend and once again, brought the house down.  From World of Dance Network, here are two different angles of this epic performance - a tribute to their fallen mentor Gary "Gee One" Kendell.  Take note of the quotes from the late great Robin Williams sprinkled throughout.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Video: Willdabeest (Eclectic Gentlemen) choreographs tWitch and Valerie on So You Think You Can Dance

Will 'Willdabeest' Adams (member of ABDC's Eclectic Gentlemen) was the second alum of ABDC to make his So You Think You Can Dance debut as a choreographer, with a hip hop wedding routine between Valerie and all-star tWitch on the Top 6 show.

Video: Pacman (IaMmE) choreographs Zack & Fik Shun on So You Think You Can Dance

Phillip 'Pacman' Chbeeb made his debut as a choreographer on the So You Think You Can Dance top 6 episode, with a hip hop routine for Zack and all-star Fik Shun

Friday, August 15, 2014

HHI Updates and Videos | New location announced & The Royal Family

As we reported earlier, Hip Hop International will be moving it's location from Las Vegas to Southern California.  And if you watched the World Championships Livestream, then you might've already seen this commercial.  But here it is:


And from Thepalacedancestudio YouTube, The Royal Family posted performances from their competing crews in the Junior and Varsity division.  Despite what place they got, I thought these routines were absolute fire!



Speaking of Parris and the Royal Family, they will be performing live this Saturday at the WoD: Bay Area.  Not only that, but they will performing their Skulls & Crowns show in LA as well.  I'm personally sad that I will not be attending any of these amazing events.  BUT! If you need your dance fix, no matter where you live, go out and watch the new Step Up: All In.  Parris (along with other fantastic dancers we all know) is in it taking Polyswag to the big screen.  Crowns up!

Monday, August 11, 2014

HHI '14 Results with VIDEO | Congrats to Freshh 2.0, J.B. Star Varsity, Brotherhood Adult, & The A-Team!!!

Hip Hop International 2014 is in the books and history was made.  Congrats to all the medalists, all the crews, and even to the HHI production and crew for a great two weeks.  Without further ado, here are the results and their videos.  Be sure to go to the OfficialHHI YouTube channel to catch all the wonderful performances from last night.

Junior
1st Gold - Freshh 2.0
2nd Silver - TAO - Japan
3rd Bronze - Bubblegum - New Zealand

Varsity
1st Gold - J.B. Star Varsity - Japan
2nd Silver - Duchesses - New Zealand
3rd Bronze - Sol-T-Shine - Japan


Adult
1st Gold - Brotherhood - Canada
2nd Silver - Zboyz - Australia
3rd Bronze - Rockwell Family - Canada


Megacrew
1st Gold - A-Team - Philippines
2nd Silver - ID CO - New Zealand
3rd Bronze - Flyographers Dance Team - Russia


 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WATCH: Hip Hop International '14 World Championships

Tonight is the night! Tune in for World Championships at Hip Hop International 2014 tonight starting at 7:00pm PST on LiveStream.  Go to HipHopInternational.com or click here!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

HHI '14: World Championship Semi-Final Results

Here are the results of the Semi-Final rounds of the World Championships and the crews who will be competing for the Gold this Sunday, August 10.

Freshh 2.0 (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Junior
1) 7.82 Freshh 2.0 - Canada
2) 7.72 - Tao Japan
3) 7.69 Bubblegum - New Zealand
4) 7.60 Lil Saintz - New Zealand
5) 7.49 Chapkidz - USA

 
JB Star Varsity (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Varsity
1) 8.60 JB Star Varsity - Japan
2) 8.58 Duchesses - New Zealand
3) 8.54 Brotherhood Varsity - Canada
4) 8.32 Flip - Canada
5) 8.29 Sol-T-Shine - Japan
6) 8.24 Kana-Boon!  -Japan

 
A-Team (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Mega Crew
1) 8.94 A-Team  -Philippines
2) 8.83 ID Co - New Zealand
3) 8.71 Chapkis Dance Fam - USA
4) 8.48 Praise Team - Canada
5) 8.43 Flyographers Dance Team - Russia
6) 8.28 Academy of Brothers - Australia

 
Brotherhood (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Adult
1) 8.47 Brotherhood - Canada
2) 8.41 ZBoyz - Australia
3) 8.38 9-1 Pact - France
4) 8.30 Rockwell Family - Canada
5) 8.19 Romancon - Philippiines
6) 8.12 Very Bad Team - France
7) 8.07 Identity - New Zealand
8) 7.96 158 - Russia
 
 


Congrats and good luck at Finals! 

Friday, August 8, 2014

HHI '14: World Prelim Results: Megacrew

A-Team (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)
 Here are the results from last night's Preliminaries:

1) 8.90 A-Team - Philippines
2) 8.45 ID Company - New Zealand
3) 8.42 Chapkis Dance Family - USA
4) 8.42 Praise Team - Canada
5) 8.39 Academy of Brothers - Australia
6) 8.34 Flyographer Dance - Russia
7) 8.20 TwoFourSeven - Canada
8) 8.08 Zipang - Japan
9) 8.06 Maker Empire - USA
10) 7.85 Fresh Nation - New Zealand
11) 7.79 UPeepz - Philippines
12) 7.77 Addlib - Philippines
13) 7.73 NXG Compnay - Canada
14) 7.69 The Company NZ - New Zealand
15) 7.69 Fun T Mass - Russia
16) 7.59 JS Company - Brazil
17) 7.55 The Society - Australia
18) 7.48 JB Star - Japan
19) 7.47 No Escape XXL - Netherlands
20) 7.46 Bad Boys - Italy
21) 7.45 The Pioneer - Australia
22) 7.42 D Maniac - Thailand
23) 7.42 Raze The Roof - Spain


Congrats and good luck!  It's going to be a quite a long day today as the Semi-Finals for all divisions begin early with the Junior Division.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

HHI '14: World Prelim Results: Varsity

Brotherhood Varsity (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)

48 Varsity crews performed today with half moving on to the Semi's.  Here are the results:

1) 8.49  Brotherhood Varsity - Canada
2) 8.43  J.B. Star Varsity - Japan
3) 8.37  Duchesses - New Zealand
4) 8.16  Sol-T-Shine - Japan
5) 8.10  Style & Grace - Canada
6) 8.08  Flip - Canada
7) 8.06  Prophecy - USA
8) 7.92  Legit Status - Philippines
9) 7.91  Kana-Boon! - Japan10
10) 7.83  A-Team - Philippines
11) 7.43  Season 5 - Guam
12) 7.43  Krash - New Zealand
13) 7.39  Sorority - New Zealand
14) 7.25  Alliance - Philippines
15) 7.16  Brobots - USA
16) 7.03  Evolution - Mad Spain
17) 6.96  Superblack - Spain
18) 6.86  Awesome - Thailand
19) 6.81  Illagroovers - Australia
20) 6.81  OK OK Good Good - Thailand
21) 6.73  Spirit Dance - Mexico
22) 6.73  TZ Crew - Thailand
23) 6.68  3-23 Area Kidz - USA
24) 6.59  iMD Legion - United Kingdom

I really want to see videos. Megacrew results coming soon!

HHI '14: World Prelim Results: Juniors & Adults

Today, the World Championships started and crews from over 40 countries  began their quest for the Gold.  Early in the day, 31 Junior Crews performed with 16 going on to the Semi-finals.  Here are the results:

1) 7.63  TAO - Japan
2) 7.62  Freshh 2.0 - Canada
3) 7.47  Lil Saintz - New Zealand
4) 7.40  Bubblegum - New Zealand
5) 7.31  Next Jr. - Japan
6) 7.19  Pancakes - Canada
7) 7.05  Chapkidz - USA
8) 6.87  Krankyd - Canada
9) 6.85  JB Star Junior - Japan
10 )6.75  Little Monsters - Mexico
11) 6.73  CKC - New Zealand
12) 6.51  Sharks - Russia
13) 6.44  Classic - USA
14) 6.40  Little Miss - Australia
15) 6.35  Good Dance Good Mind - Thailand
16) 6.34  Picasso - Ireland

TAO (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)

In the Adult Division, 74 crews competed with 20 moving on - defending champions, Rockwell Family from Canada automatically go to the Semi-Finals.  Here are the results:

1) 8.57 Brotherhood Adult - Canada 
2) 8.35 ZBoyz - Australia 
3) 8.16 Romancon - Philippines 
4) 8.09 9-1 Impact - France 
5) 8.03 Zero - Japan
6) 7.96 Very Bad Team - France 
7) 7.88 Identity - New Zealand 
8) 7.79 Elecoldxhot - Malaysia 
9) 7.73 Keraamika - Germany 
10) 7.73 158 - Russia
11) 7.62 Illmatik Phlow - USA
12) 7.58 Renegade Master Crew - Italy
13) 7.58 jukebox Crew - Portugal
14) 7.51 The House of Pose - Spain
15) 7.41 Gimmick Force - Thailand
16) 7.40 Katoon Network - Malaysia
17) 7.39 Los 8 Supernenas -Spain
18) 7.39 ABC - Colombia 
19) 7.38 Militia - New Zealand
20) 7.38 Dogma Union - Italy

Congrats and good luck to all the crews! Tomorrow, the Varsity and Megacrews compete.  Be sure to follow HipHopInternational on Facebook for more updates!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

HHI '14: Videos and Updates | Philip Chbeeb, Parris Goebel, The Royal Family

I definitely slept in today!  Last night's livestream ended at 3:00am EST!  Congrats to all the medalists and good luck at Worlds.  Later tonight is the Opening Ceremonies and starting tomorrow morning, the World Championships begin.  Here's the schedule for the rest of the week:

World Preliminaries
Junior Division – Wednesday, August 6 at 10:30am – 2:30pm

Adult Division – Wednesday, August 6 at 3:30pm – 11:00pm
Varsity Division – Thursday, August 7 at 9:00am – 3:00pm
MegaCrew Division – Thursday, August 7 at 4:30pm – 11:00pm

World Semifinals
Junior Division – Friday, August 8 at 9:00am – 10:00am
Varsity Division – Friday, August 8 at 10:30am – 2:30pm
MegaCrew Division – Friday, August 8 at 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Adult Division – Friday, August 8 at 7:30pm – 11:00pm


Urban Moves Dance Workshops
Poppin' Pete - Saturday, August 9 at 9:00am
Ian Eastwood - Saturday, August 9 at 10:45am
Brian Puspos - Sunday, August 10 at 9:00am
Bryan Tanaka - Sunday, August 10 at 10:45am
Shaun Evaristo - Sunday, August 10 at 12:00pm

World Battles
Popping (1 vs. 1) - Saturday, August 9 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Locking (1 vs. 1) - Saturday, August 9 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Breaking (1 vs. 1) - Saturday, August 9 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
All Styles (2 vs. 2) - Saturday, August 9 at 6:30 - 8:30pm
*all times are Pacific Standard Times

Also, after the World Battles, on Saturday, August 9, Parris Goebel Presents Skulls and Crowns: A Royal Invasion.  I am very jealous that I won't be able to attend this.  This looks like it's going to be an AMAZING event to go to.



And of course, the World Championship Finals will be on Sunday, August 10 at 9:30pm EST which will be available on LiveStream for FREE at HipHopInternational.com

As for me, I'm leaving the country for vacation after today (the reason I didn't go to HHI), so I'm not sure how much coverage I can provide while I'm gone.  I'm keeping my fingers cross I can catch the World Finals when I get back.

And as a parting gift, here are two interviews from PacificRimVideoPress of Philip Pacman Chbeeb and Parris Goebel from their Urban Moves Workshops.

HHI '14: USA Championship Results

It has been a long day - and even longer night! - at Hip-Hop International.  Without further ado, here are the results.  Congrats to all these crews and good luck in the World Championships.

Junior Division:
Bronze - 7.87 Classic West Covina, CA
Silver - 8.37 3Tiny3 Area Kidz Los Angeles, CA
Gold - 8.39 Chapkidz Suisun, CA

Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador
Varsity Division:
Bronze - 8.73 Brobots Torrance, CA
Silver - 8.76 3-23 Area Kidz Los Angeles, CA
Gold - 8.99 Prophecy Suisun, CA

Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador

Megacrew Division:
Bronze - 9.08 Studio One Orlando, FL
Silver - 9.16 Maker Empire Los Angeles, CA
Gold - 9.29 Chapkis Dance Family Suisun, CA


Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador
Adult Divison:
Bronze 8.79 Illmatik Phlow Miami, FL
Silver 8.83 Elektrolytes Gilbert, AZ
Gold 9.17 The Ecsntrcs Covina, CA

Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador

Monday, August 4, 2014

WATCH: Hip-Hop International 2014 USA Championships

We are just minutes away from the Livestream broadcast of the USA Championships. Go to HipHopInternational.com right now and watch it for FREE!  I'll leave comments on their Facebook page, as I assume they'll be doing live commentary throughout the show.  So what are you waiting for? Go now!  Show starts at 9:30pm EST.

http://hiphopinternational.com/watch-the-championships-live/

HHI '14: Videos and Updates | Elektrolytes, Urban Moves Workshops, & HHI '15

To say that I'm experiencing 'HHI withdrawal' is a huge understatement.  Man, I wish I was there.  But luckily, Hip-Hop International on Facebook keeps everyone constantly updated.  According to them, some of the international crews are starting to pour in while Parris Goebel, Philip Pacman Chbeeb, & NappyTabs teach their Urban Moves Workshops.  In other news, it was announced several days ago that the Hip-Hop International event will be moving from the Red Rocks Resort, New Orleans Arena and Las Vegas altogether to their NEW home in Southern California in 2015.  That's major!

Pacman & Parris (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Check out these 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place performances from the USA Championship Prelims in the Adult Division.  And be sure to check out HipHopInternational.com later tonite at 9:30pm EST to see the LiveStream of the USA Championship Finals.  From OfficialHHI YouTube.


HHI '14: Video Updates | Chapkis Dance Fam (1st Place) & The Royal Family

The OfficialHHI YouTube channel posted videos of some of the high ranked performances from last night's preliminary rounds.  The USA Championship finals will air tonite via LiveStream at 9:30pm EST.  Check out HipHopInternational.com for more info.



And also, The Royal Family continues to work hard at Hip-Hop International as they get ready for the World Competition and their full length production, Skulls & Crowns. In this episode we get introduced to each of the members of Bubblegum, Duchesses, & Sorority. From
ThepalacedancestudioYouTube.

HHI '14: USA Championship Prelim Results - Adult

Elektrolytes (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)
1) 8.83 The Ecsntrcs Covina, CA 
2) 8.73 Illmatik Phlow Miami, Fl 
3) 8.72 Elektrolytes Gilbert, AZ 
4) 8.39 United Dance Crew Coolidge, AZ 
5) 8.34 Rogue Makers Los Angeles, CA 
6) 8.29 Kaba Modern Irvine, CA 
7) 8.20 1Up Crew Oakland, CA 
8) 8.13 Common Ground Irvine, CA 
9) 8.05 The Goodfellas Sacramento, CA 
10) 7.97 Collective Gilbert, AZ 
11) 7.75 Mandroidz Torrance, CA 
12) 7.42 CADC Irvine, CA

WOW! Congrats to all the crews! The Ecsntrcs were a personal favorite crew of mine last year, so I cannot wait to see their full routine that got them to 1st place in the Prelims.  From a few days ago, here's a sneak peek of that routine courtesy of PacificRimVideoPress YouTube.

HHI '14: USA Championship Prelim Results - Megacrew

Chapkis (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)

1) 9.36 Chapkis Dance Family Suisun, CA 
2) 9.34 Maker Empire Los Angeles, CA 
3) 9.07 Ill Habits San Diego, CA 
4) 8.61 The Drop Fam Tucson, AZ 
5) 8.60 Phunk Phenomenon Boston, MA 
6) 8.26 Studio One Orlando, FL 
7) 8.04 High Profile Las Vegas, NV 
8) 8.02 3-23 Main Army Los Angeles, CA

Congrats!  There must be something in the water in Suisun - they came to win.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

HHI '14: USA Championship Prelim Results - Junior & Varsity

Chapkidz (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Junior Division:
1) 7.73 Chapkidz Suisin,CA
2) 7.68 3Tiny3 Area Kidz Los Angeles, CA
3) 7.48 Classic West Covina, CA
4) 7.11 First Class West Covina, CA
5) 6.96 Mini Thrilla Bellaz Gilbert, AZ
6) 6.78 The Prodigy Las Vegas, NV


Prophecy (Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Varsity Division:
1) 9.13 Prophecy Suisin, CA
2) 8.94 3-23 Area Kidz Los Angeles, CA
3) 8.83 Ground Zero Las Vegas, NV
4) 8.69 Brobots Torrance, CA
5) 8.67 Underground DT Irvine, CA
6) 8.49 Miniotics Anaheim, CA
7) 8.45 Kaba Kids Irvine, CA
8) 8.29 Ill Habits San Diego, CA
9) 8.26 Elektro-Elite Gilbert, AZ
10) 8.06 RNG Seattle, WA
11) 7.95 Vibe Pleasant Grove, UT
12) 7.93 Premiere West Covina, CA
13) 7.92 Reblz Seattle, WA
14) 7.82 Beatkillaz Gilbert, AZ
15) 7.82 Revelles Irvine, CA


Congrats!

HHI '14: Hip-Hop International Begins!

The biggest dance event of the year begins this week in Las Vegas and dancers from all over the world are starting to gather for Hip-Hop International.  Sadly, I will not be attending this year.  But we can all stay updated by following Hip-Hop International on Facebook.  The team at Pacific Rim Press are providing up to minute updates on what's going on.  Check out this montage covering the USA Orientation.  From PacificRimVideoPress YouTube.
And of course, HHI Legends, The Royal Family, are preparing for their week.  They have Bubblegum preparing for the Junior division and TWO crews competing in the Varsity Division - Sorority and Duchesses.  The team is also getting ready for their Skulls and Crowns show which will be happening at the Red Rocks Resort this weekend.  Good luck and CROWNS UP!  From Thepalacedancestudio YouTube.
For more information and how to check out the LIVE STREAMS (for FREE!), be sure to go to HipHopInternational.com for more info! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Video: SYTYCD Highlight #3: Emilio (IaMmE) and Bridget dance jazz

Emilio Dosal (member of ABDC's IaMmE) and Bridget Whitman danced a jazz routine choreographed by Ray Leeper. Emilio is certainly following the example of Phillip Chbeeb (fellow IaMmE member who made it to SYTYCD Top 10 several seasons ago) in picking up disparate dance styles and making them his own.

Video: SYTYCD Highlight #2 - Academy of Villains perform on Top 14 show

Academy of Villains was one of the 4 top vote getting crews during the So You Think You Can Dance auditions. They appeared on the August 30 show and easily matched the intensity and style of most of the top 14. It was choreographed by Chris Pharside Jennings and Krystal Meraz, who also did the choreography for a dance for Ricky Ubeda and Valerie Rockey

Video: SYTYCD Highlight #1 - Pharside & Krystal hiphop choreo for Valerie and Ricky

Chris Pharside Jennings (member of ABDC's Supreme Soul and founder of Academy of Villains) and fellow AOV founder Krystal Meraz choreographed an intense dance for Ricky Ubeda and Valerie Rockey. Hope the pair continue to choreograph for the show!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Video: Jeremy Lin Goes Hollywood

The city of Los Angeles is about to go Lin-SANE as NBA Superstar, Jeremy Lin gets traded to the L.A. Lakers.  Check out this brilliant production featuring Harry Shum Jr. (choreographer), AJ Rafael, Phil Wang, an entire cast of great dancers, and of course - Jeremy Lin.  Now THIS is how you make an entrance!  From jlin7 YouTube.
 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Video: Jabbawockeez - Simple Session

In honor of National Dance Day, The Wockeez gave us this "Simple Session" to the Bangerz track, "Beam" shot from their JBWKZ Headquarters.  From OFFICIAL JABBAWOCKEEZ YOUTUBE.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Videos: Parris Goebel & The Royal Family - GOLDMYND

Check out the recent uploads from New Zealand's Parris Goebel and The Royal Family.  From their GOLDMYND production, here's the Green and Orange Scenes.  From BGPOPA YouTube.

Also, for those lucky to attend WoD: Bay Area on August 16, you can see the Royal Family perform live along with other great guests.  Check out WorldofDance.com for more info.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Video: Brian Puspos - "Foreign"

Coming off from a mini-hiatus, Mos Wanted's Brian Puspos brings us this production to Trey Songz' "Foreign".  Shot in Italy with his friends - Bru Vidal, Vinh Nguyen, Pau Arnal, & Bam Martin, Brian gives a shoutout to all the 'foreign ladies'.  From Brian Puspos YouTube.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Video: Academy of Hype - "Break It (Go)"

Brand new video from Skool District's, Academy of Hype.  Watch 'em get buck at this skate park to Danny Brown's "Break It (Go)"... So far, the crew hasn't been listed for this year's Hip-Hop International... I wonder if they're going?  From AcademyOfHype YouTube.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Video: Jabbawockeez give in Ted Talk at Ironwood State Prison - "you can take over the world"

Jabbawockeez members Joe, Ben and Phil (winners of America's Best Dance Crew Season 1) gave a Ted talk at for the inmates at Ironwood State Prison, talking about how hiphop inspired them, how they formed, and their inspirations

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Video: Jaja Vankova - "7 Deadly Sins"

Despite her amazing efforts, I.aM.mE and Street Kingdom's Jaja Vankova did not make it to the SYTYCD Top 20. But she ain't done, yet!.... HECK NO!  In fact, check out her latest (and greatest) production entitled "7 Deadly Sins".  It's a wonderful concept and execution of production.  And, of course, the great dancing!  From JAJAvankova YouTube.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Video: JUSTFENG - "Jealous"

Check out this fun video from Quest Crew star, Feng, to Chromeo's "Jealous".  Joining him are Aris Paracuelles (Quest Crew), Rudy Reynon, Shorty Rocc yo Mama (Beat Freaks), Courtney Yeh, and a small cameo from D-Trix.  Seeing D-Trix cuddled up to Shorty is enough to make me jealous!  From JUSTFENG YouTube.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Vlado SHOWDOWN - Online Dance Competition | Elektrolytes Entry

Famous sneaker brand, Vlado, is taking their annual dance competition global by allowing anyone (including you!) to submit dance entries at the chance to win cash money prizes!  For more information and to find out how YOU can enter, be sure to check out vladoshowdown.com or check out the video lowdown featuring D-Trix (one of the judges).  And also check out the video entry by ABDC champions, The Elektrolytes.  We'll be sure to keep you updated on the submitted entries throughout the month.  From VladoFootwear.com.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Video: Philip Chbeeb & Finger Circus - SHAPE ADDICTS

The first step in dealing with an addiction is to admit that you have an addiction.  I.aM.mE co-founder, Philip "Pacman" Chbeeb and his friends at Finger Circus took that first step when they agreed to go to Shape Addicts Anonymous.  But what happens when you put a bunch of Shape Addicts together in one room?... You get a BRAIN BANG!  Enjoy!  From pacman YouTube.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Videos: The Latest from Poreotics

Unfortunately, we won't be seeing the tic-tic-tic-ing robots on the SYTYCD stage, but they ain't going nowhere!  Check out the latest from the ABDC champs, Poreotics.  First is a piece from Charles to Warm Water's "Banks (Snakehip Remix)" - it's a feel-good, summertime piece.  We haven't been seeing too much of Dumbo lately, but that's because he's puttin' in hours in the sound studio.  Check out this track produced by Dumbo himself entitled "REACTIVATE".  *And as a bonus video, check out what the boys are up to right before they hit the stage.  Maybe they should go for the Sing-Off next... Haha!  From Charles V Nguyen, DUMBO POREOTICS, and PoreoticsHD YouTubes.



Friday, June 27, 2014

Video: Jawn Ha - "Warning Shot"

Check out the latest production from Mos Wanted's Jawn Ha to Machine Gun Kelly's "Warning Shot".  Along with Sorah Yang & Jasmine Querubin, Jawn always brings the intensity.  From Jawn Ha YouTube.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Video: Jabbawockeez Perform at Benefit Concert: "Rebuild Philippines"

On June 8th, The Jabbawockeez performed at a benefit concert event- "Rebuild Philippines" in Los Angeles, CA.  Whenever the masked men are on stage, everybody watches!  From OFFICIAL JABBAWOCKEEZ YOUTUBE.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Today's must-watch video: Dtrix gets both the comedy & dancing right in "Now add a Dancer"

Dominic 'Dtrix' Sandoval (member of ABDC Season 3's Quest) is a Youtube megastar, usually with emphasis more on his personal style of humor. This time, Phillip 'Pacman' Chbeeb (ABDC Season 6's IaMmE) took the lead on the choreography (with help from many friends) and the results are wonderful, particularly IMO for the table setting, and pool party.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Video: SYTYCD Atlanta audition hiphop highlights - Dynamic and Mr. Strange

This season's So You Think You Can Dance Atlanta auditions yielded great dancers in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hiphop. My two favorite hiphop auditioners from the episode were Christopher 'Mr. Strange' Griffin (the founder of Dragon House) and Taveous 'Dynamic' Woods. Both made it to the next round, though it's unclear whether each can meet the multi-style challenges of the competition.


Video: Vote for this week's favorite crew - Jungle Boogie vs. Control Freakz

The final crew vote-off  for SYTYCD will be between Jungle Boogie (ABDC Season 5) vs. Control Freakz, two very capable and engaging crews with very different styles. Watch below and vote for your favorite, either by tweeting @SYTYCDboogie or @SYTYCDfreakz, or by going to the So You Think You Can Dance website.  Last week's winner was Wanted Ashiqz.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tonight on So You Think You Can Dance: Jungle Boogie

So You Think You Can Dance auditions wrap up tonight, so this is the last night for crew dance demos. The show is in Atlanta, so Jungle Boogie (ABDC Season 5) are one of the two crews to watch and vote for. Here's the trailer:

Must see video of the day: Ian Eastwood X2 takes on Jame Brown

Ian Eastwood (member of ABDC Season 7's Mos Wanted Crew) goes 'concept' and clones himself to dance to James Brown's "Get On Up."  One of the best pair dances I've seen in a while.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Another video highlight from Body Rock 2014: Kinjaz

Kinjaz (including Mike Song from ABDC's Kaba Modern) were one of the highlights of the 2014 Body Rock. Thanks again Greg!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Video: Choreo Cookies win Body Rock 2014

Choreo Cookies continue to win in major West Coast competitions. The latest: a stellar performance at Body Rock 2014. Thanks for the link, Greg!

Video: 8 Flavahz | Practice and Interview

Since the show, the girls of 8 Flavahz are reunited [...and it feels so good!] in this practice and interview short film.  Shot before their WoD:Los Angeles  performance, they talk about what they miss most about ABDC and give thanks to their supporters. From FLAVAHZ Crew YouTube.
 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Latest dance video from BABDC regular Greg: "Sweatpants"

Longtime Blogging Best Dance Crew contributor Greg S. has returned with his latest video: a duo concept video created by him and Katya Soloviova, danced to Childish Gambino's "Sweatpants". Love seeing the progression in his dance and video techniques!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance: video of Mix'd Elements and Wanted Ashiqz - VOTE!

The crew competition on the third So You Think You Can Dance audition show was between Mix'd Elements (ABDC Season 7) and Wanted Ashiqz. To vote for your favorite between now and Tuesday June 17, either click here or tweet #SYTYCDwanted or #SYTYCDmixd

Wanted Ashiqz

Mix'd Elements

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Video: Tonight on So You Think You Can Dance: Mixed Elements, Wanted Ashiqz & a bunch of solo dancers

Tonight is the third installment of the So You Think You Can Dance auditions, including a competition for tweets between two dance crews. The faceoff tonight is between Mixed Elements (ABDC Season 7) and Wanted Ashiqz, a Bollywood fusion dance group that has done well at World of Dance and other competitions. Here's a preview some group dance teasers:

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Must-see Video: QuicKingz Perform in Tokyo | S**T Kingz x Quick Crew

Not much info on how this came about, but check out this ultimate fantasy collaboration come true when Quick Crew and the S**T Kingz dance together in the Palette Theater in Tokyo Japan.  Too much fire!  From TheQuickStyle YouTube.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Andrew Baterina - 1998: The Choreography Album

It's here!  SoReal choreographer, Andrew Baterina, (along with some friends) bring to us this new concept of a 'choreography album' entitled, 1998.  From the description, that was the year SoReal was founded in a little garage by Andrew's brother....  Now, it's amazing to see how far the company has come along since.  Enjoy!  From Andrew Baterina YouTube.

Friday, June 6, 2014

SYTYCD hiphop video highlight: allstars Fik-shun, Cyrus & Legacy battle auditioner Kyle

Kyle Taylor auditioned on the June 4 So You Think You Can Dance. After his solo, Nigel Lithgoe suggested that he should be doing some hiphop battling. This set up a fun battle between SYTYCD all-stars Fik-shun , Cyrus, and Legacy. Unfortunately, Kyle will not be going through to the next round.

SYTYCD Hiphop highlight: Marie 'Poppins' audition with Fik-shun

In the So You Think You Can Dance auditions show on June 4, there were 2 instances of the hiphop auditioners working with SYTYCD Allstars. Marie 'Poppins' Bonnevay started out solo, but Fik-shun (winner in last season's SYTYCD) hopped onstage to dance with her. Mary won dance awards at Hiphop International, and was supposed to be a member of We Are Heroes (winner of ABDC Season 4) but had to drop out because of some logistical and timing issues. TV viewers will get to see more of Mary, as she easily made it to the next round on SYTYCD.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance video highlight #2: Jaja Vankova

Will a third member of IaMmE (winners of ABDC Season 6) make it to the top 20 of So You Think You Can Dance? Phillip 'Pacman' Chbeeb made it before he was on ABDC, Emilio Dosal made it last season (but dropped out because of an injury). Is it Jaja Vankova's turn? Her audition in Los Angeles was so powerful that she scored an almost-unheard of standing ovation from the judges and made it directly to the next round.

Tomorrow, we'll post two more hiphop highlights from this week's SYTYCD so stay tuned!

So You Think You Can Dance hiphop video highlight #1: Academy of Villains v. Breaksk8

The two crews facing off against each other this week are Breaksk8 (ABDC Season 1) vs. Academy of Villains (founded by Chris 'Pharside' Jennings of ABDC Season 2' Supreme Soul). You can still vote for your favorite by tweeting #SYTYCDsk8 or #SYTYCDvillains until 8pm EDT on Tuesday June 10.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

So You Think You Can Dance Match-up: Breaksk8 vs. Academy of Villains

Tonight on So You Think You Can Dance, there are two crew contenders that should have appeal to America's Best Dance Crew fans: Breaksk8 (ABDC Season 1) vs. Academy of Villains (formed by ABDC Season 2's Supreme Soul member Pharside Jennings, as well as Krystal Meraz). Watch the show, then vote for your favorite either on the SYTYCD website or by texting #sytycdsk8 or #sytycdvillains.

We'll have the video tomorrow when available (as well as a post and video of Jaja Vankova (member of ABDC's IaMmE) who had an amazing krump audition and got a standing ovation from the judges AND a video of a popping battle with SYTYCD allstars Fikshun, Legacy, Cyrus and an auditioner from Wichita.

Unfortunately, Poreotics did not win the popularity battle last week and will not be appearing on the show. 

Tonight on So You Think You Can Dance: watch & support Academy of Villains!

Academy of Villains will be one of the two dance crews featured on the June 4 So You Think You Can Dance audition episode. If you want great hiphop crews to advance, you've got to support them with tweets and on-line votes.  As a reminder of why AoV deserves your support, here's their 1st place performance at the 2014 VIBE XIX competition:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Videos: Elektrolytes - "Not A Bad Thing" & "Drink You Away"

It's been several months since we've seen anything from the championship crew, The Elektrolytes... but it was worth the wait!  Here are the Banuelo Boys - Nico and Sal - with these fun productions to Justin Timberlake's "Not A Bad Thing" and "Drink You Away".  From Elektrolytes Dance crew Youtube.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Must-see Video: ReQuest Crew - "New Kings"

ReQuest Crew (ABDC Season 6) is back and super-intense, dancing to Nicki Minaj's "New Kings". Thanks for the link Tafari!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Video: 8 Flavahz & Brian Friedman Blend In The Good

Jamba Juice and DanceOn are partnering together and want to you see YOUR dance moves.  Here is the famous choreographer, Brian Friedman, and the girls of 8 Flavahz showing us how they "blend in the good" to Bobby Newberry's "The Weekend".  Watch this video and then upload a dance video of you showing off your skills with the hashtags #BlendintheGoodContest AND #JambaJuice and you can win a free trip to LA, New York, or San Francisco.  Check out http://www.danceon.com/music/blend-in-the-good for more details.  From DanceOn YouTube.