Saturday, December 20, 2008

SoReal Cru on Blog TV tonight

According to Honey with Sole, SoReal Cru will be on live on Blog TV tonight (Saturday, December 20) at 8 pm Central. The crew will answer fan questions. So sign up for BlogTV , then click here to join this live e-vent.

Last Chance to vote for Best America's Best Dance Crew Performance in 2008

Vote here. The polls close noon Eastern time on Sunday December 21, so get your vote in today. Starting December 22, we'll post videos of the top dance performances as voted by our readers. We'll start with the most popular, and add one per day. So, vote now, then come back all next week for your favorites.

Update: The poll is now closed, with 398 voters registered. Tune in on Monday for the first posts of the most popular performances.

MTV India's Dance Crew -- instruction, not competition

It turns out that MTV India's Dance Crew show is a daily program to teach viewers how to dance. Personally, I'm disappointed. That said, it's fun to watch, in a multi-culti way. And, the online ad is strange.

Click here to watch the introductory clip, starring Anusha (that's her in an old photo, dancing with Indian actor/heartthrob Salman Khan).
Next, watch the lessons on hip hop from Uma and Gaiti: Lesson Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Canadian fans ask: Why did SoReal Cru drop out of the tour?

Access Winnipeg reported that SoReal Cru was a no-show when America's Best Dance Crew Live Tour hit Winnipeg. They also have an amusing writeup on the show, with full good photo and video coverage.

Any information on why SoReal Cru didn't appear? Did they perform in the other Canadian cities? Inquiring (and concerned) minds want to know!

Greyscale -- a talented & unique crew you won't see on Season 3

Dancingkhai sent a video of a crew called Greyscale, rehearsing for the auditions for America's Best Dance Crew Season 3. Greyscale made it pretty far into the selection process, but unfortunately didn't make the final cut. Luckily for us, they taped their audition routine to share with other fans of ABDC and hip hop.

I think their dance is unusual in its lovely dreaminess -- quite the change from classical street hip hop. What do you think?

SoReal Cru: The Re-up

SoReal Cru TV just posted a slick new rehearsal video featuring music from Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Mims, Usher, and Gorilla Zoe.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

ABDC Season 3 will probably premiere around January 15; Get your tickets now!

It appears that the first show in America's Best Dance Crew Season 3 will probably air on or around January 15, 2009. This news is NOT based on information from MTV (which has not yet released an official start date for the show), but on the fact that now has free tickets available for tapings on January 12 and 20, 2009. In Seasons 1 and 2, the shows taped on the Mondays or Tuesdays before they aired on Thursdays.

If you want to attend a taping of ABDC, go to Thanks for the tip, Fannypackedgood!!

ABDC in Canada -- Supreme Soul

Access Winnipeg just released another America's Best Dance Crew Live Tour in Canada video that we had to share. Here's Supreme Soul at their best:

We love the new shirts that the crew sports in the video. They're made by No Rival and will be available for sale at in January 2009. Here's a close-up of one of the shirts. Click here to see more styles. We'll let you know when you can buy your own.

Seeking Crews who self-posted their Audition Routines

Several crews requested that I post their audition videos here on Blogging America's Best Dance Crew. For several good reasons that will remain unstated here, I cannot post more of the ones that BABDC taped in NY or LA. But, I'm open to sharing YOUR videos of your audition routines, if you (or someone else) taped and posted them on-line. Obviously, these would not be the actual audition performances, but a restaging of the same routines.

So, if you want to share, please email me with the name of your crew and where I can find your video. The email address is DON'T put the information in the comments; we delete all URLs from comments due to internet safety issues.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dance Crews: Sign up for The Main Event!

The East Coast is finally going to get its own dance competition. On February 28 2009, Fr3sh Dance Company (with support from the Hip Hop Dance Association) is hosting the Main Event. It will be held at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ. The Main Event promises to bring together both raw and professional talent, complete with workshops, exhibitions, and full concert-format competition.

Crews: if you want to compete or participate in the exhibition, e-mail with your team name, contact info, and YouTube video link to a recent performance. SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR ALL TEAMS IS DECEMBER 27, 2008. Click here for more information.

Information for attending and buying tickets is still being developed, but visit the Main Event website in the meantime.

Quest Dance Crew at LA Best

Quest Dance Crew auditioned for America's Best Dance Crew for Season 3, and are rumored to be one of finalists to get on the show. Here's Lilchibi's video of a recent performance at LA Best, featuring some slick solos. Thanks for the tip, Kendrick!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cincinnati's Fully Loaded -- A Crew that Almost made it to ABDC Seaon 3

We got a comment from a member of Fully Loaded from Cincinnati: Hey Barbie here from Fully Loaded Crew in Cincinnati,Ohio.-home of our boi Shane Sparks!!! We auditioned in St. Louis, we made it to the last 12 crews that they were going to pick from- but didnt get chosen... Everyone at MTV was so wonderful. We had a great experience, just wasn't our time to shine... peace outta!!!"

Here's two views of Fully Loaded. First, My Fox in St. Louis covered the America's Best Dance Crew auditions; the best part is Fully Loaded's interview and audition. Catch it here. Next, meet the crew and watch the rehearsal on Brightcove TV.

I'm impressed with the crew's style and smooth moves, and sorry they didn't make it through. What about you: Given what you've seen so far, would you have voted for Fully Loaded?

Videos from the Canada Tour - Fanny Pak, Super Cr3w

Canadian America's Best Dance Crew fans have started posting videos from the Canada tour. Here are my favorites:
Ionezo3 got close-up with Fanny Pak in Toronto:

Here's LetRyGuyIn's video of the SuperCr3w Finale. The channel also has freestyle videos -- somewhat obstructed but worth watching:

Monday, December 15, 2008

Preview: Upcoming Ad for ABDC Season 3

Melee, the owner of SuperCr3w and Friends fansite shares information and pictures for a new America's Best Dance Crew ad that will air next week (reportedly December 22). The ad, called "Factory Perfection", was filmed at FANUC, a robotics company in Orange County California. It features dancing from Super Cr3w and swaying from the robots. Here's a blog entry from one of the ad's creators, with a little info and photos.
Click here to see more photos from Thanks for the tip and photos, Melee!

Mailbox: Fanny Pak and SoReal Cru in Hawaii, new SoReal Shirts

Fanny Pak and SoReal Cru will perform together in Hawaii:
- January 2: Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Click here for details and tickets or visit the MACC box office.
- January 3: Blaisdell Arena in Oahu. Click here to buy tickets.

Speaking of SoReal Cru, we love their new Tshirt, available only on-line at

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Auditioning crews: What songs did you use?

If you auditioned for America's Best Dance Crew this season: we'd like to know what songs you chose. Please tell us your crew name, songs, and recording artists.

And, if you're a reader and good at identifying songs, we'd be most appreciative if you checked out our audition videos to name the music. Extra credit for the Urban X mix.

Survey: What was the best dance on America's Best Dance Crew in 2008?

I've taken all the suggestions to date on the best dances on Seasons 1 and 2 of America's Best Dance Crew. Now, please vote in this poll to choose the top 10. Feel free to vote for as many as you want. I've limited the choices to the top 3 mentioned for each crew, so I apologize if I left off one of your favorites. Then, starting later this week, I'll post videos for the highest vote getters (provided I find a legal source of the videos!). So, vote right now, and vote right!

Two New SoReal Cru Videos

  • Myx TV interviewed SoReal Cru about their choreographic vision and goals, interspersing it with apt clips from America's Best Dance Crew Season 2. Watch it here.
  • SoReal Cru TV Channel on Youtube has it all from their recent performances and appearances in Houston, including backstage chatter and dance moves, onstage performance at Jingle Jam, fan interaction (including some trouble with a security guard) and a meet-and-greet at Shiekh Shoes complete with dancing toddler. While visiting the SoReal Channel, be sure to also watch their new video about the visit to Philadelphia, complete with a quick shot of Phresh Select.