Saturday, April 2, 2011

World of Dance LA will probably be Ustreamed live tonight!

World of Dance Los Angeles is scheduled to be streamed live today, barring any last minute issues. If all goes well, the Ustream will begin at 6pm East Coast Time. So, if you're away from California but want to watch Mos Wanted Crew, Quest, Hype 5-0, and many more stellar dancers, click here. Thanks for the tip, Koopa!

MTV will use GroupMe to reach ABDC6 fans

This season MTV and Warner Horizon Television have partnered with GroupMe. Fans who create an ABDC group will begin receiving timely behind-the-scenes video clips and interviews with the dance crews, as well as episodic photo galleries, insider blog posts from MTV’s Remote Control blog, tune-in reminders and more. 

Also, fans will be able to engage directly with the dance crews each week throughout the course of the season. To reward fans who create an ABDC group and use it to talk with their friends during each weeks’ premiere, a few lucky groups will receive a special guest “visit” each week from one of the crew members. Crew members will chat and answer users’ questions via text, as well as use the GroupMe instant conference call functionality to initiate a voice call to connect fans with the crews even more directly.

Let me know if any of you take advantage of this. I'll try to coordinate it with our coverage here to maximize everyone's access and enjoyment.

Video: FootworKINGz' Highlights reel and ABDC6 promo

Here's more video of Chicago's FootworKINGz, to get you ready for ABDC6 which premieres later this week. Their highlights reel:

Their promo for America's Best Dance Crew Season 6:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Video: "Mobbed" episode -- Nappytabs choreograph flash mob dance using hundreds of dancers including ABDC alums

The first episode of "Mobbed" on Fox focused on planning a flash mob wedding proposal. Howie Mandel works with Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo, over a thousand dancers (including members of Strikers All-Stars, Glenda from Fanny Pak, and other past ABDC competitors) to make an over-the-top dance to "Everlasting Love". Click here to watch the preview that features Strikers All-Stars. Here's the full episode (the dance routine starts around 28:21). Thanks for the tip, Roberteus!

BABDC Collab the Third Trailer

Exactly 5 months ago, BABDC readers and guest dancers came together in the second BABDC Dance Collab.
Three days from now... well, let the video below speak for itself.

What do you think?  Elaborate April Fools Day Trick?  The Real Deal?  The only way to be sure is to be here, on, to see how it turns out.  After all, you never know who's gonna be in it.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

You Got Served 2011 Trailer

Here's the official trailer for You Got Served 2011. Thanks for the link LMFAO.

D-trix as ABDC Judge -- "a dream and a complete honor"

MTV released a press statement about Dominic Sandoval (aka D-trix) becoming the third judge for America's Best Dance Crew Season 6. Interesting parts of the release:
  • “I am so happy that D-Trix is joining the panel having been a part of one of the greatest dance crews ever. He’s going to be one of the best people to give the crews advice because he’s been there; we couldn’t have anyone better qualified” says executive producer Randy Jackson.
  • D-Trix says, “To think I started off dancing on cardboard in my parent’s garage to now being a judge on “America’s Best Dance Crew” is a dream and a complete honor. As someone who has competed on the ABDC stage, I hope to bring another perspective to the judges’ table and I look forward to helping each dance crew recognize their potential on the show this season.”

787 Crew videos: new dance performance, introduction, and 'secret weapon'

787 Crew will be competing on America's Best Dance Crew Season 6. They have new contact information on Twitter and Facebook.  To help you get to know them better, here are 3 very different videos:
  • Their 'secret weapon':

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quest's Dtrix: the third judge for ABDC6

According to MANY tweets, Quest Crew's Dominic 'Dtrix' Sandoval  (a veteran of both ABDC and So You Think You Can Dance) announced on the Ellen Degeneres Show today that he will be the third judge on America's Best Dance Crew this season, joining Lil Mama and JC Chasez. I have seen no confirmation from MTV yet. What do you think of this news -- how well do you think Dtrix will perform as a judge and as a member of the panel?

What questions do you want us to ask the ABDC6 crews?

Chris Trondsen and Brian Puspos will be interviewing crews backstage at both tapings of America's Best Dance Crew this weekend. Leave a comment on some questions you'd like to have answered, either in general or by specific crews. If we use your question, we'll give you credit of course! And, this will be part of a master list; even if we don't use your question this week, it might get asked at the next taping.

Video: World of Dance 2011 promo, with their LA event on April 2

World of Dance created this trailer to remind everyone that they are kicking off their 2011 season with a Los Angeles show this Saturday, March 2. Other stops this year: Dallas, New York, Vancouver, Winipeg, San Francisco, Toronto, San Diego, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and Hawaii. Click here for all the details and tickets!

Help EPIC Motion Put on its First Performance Showcase

Ben Fallon of EPIK Motion sent the following note describing their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help stage a dance event in New York. If you can, please contribute!

E.P.I.C. Motion Dance Company (Energy and Passion Inspiring Collaborative Motion) has been performing hip-hop sets on the competitive East Coast circuit for 3 years now. After 3 years of growth we've become a company that's much larger then just the hip-hop we've done in the past. Our dancers' backgrounds range from hip-hop, house, jazz, contemporary, classical ballet, waacking to name a few. And now we'd like to show the world what else we're capable of and give our members a chance to create pieces for themselves in a wide variety of styles.

THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP! On April 23rd, we'd like to have our first ever performance showcase featuring works not only from the company's artistic directors, but from company members as well at Peri Dance Center in New York City. Because we're a totally self-funded team, all our current money goes to renting rehearsal space. We need your help to pay for the large cost of renting Theater Space. By donating you'll help us continue to do what we love and help members express their energy and passion and hopefully inspire others to do the same. In addition there are great rewards for donors such as free company classes, DVDs, and EPIC Motion T-Shirts.

Please click here if you would like to make a donation. You can learn more about EPIC Motion at our Facebook and Twitter pages. THANK YOU!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Video: Eclectic Gentlemen's ABDC promo

Eclectic Gentlemen are getting ready for America's Best Dance Crew Season 6. They've posted a video with individual member free-styles. On the video, they say to watch on April 14; that may be the date that their crew is first featured, but Season 6  premieres on April 7. From iDejANCE Youtube.  Thanks for the link, Zekeish.

Video: Ian Eastwood "Cat Daddy"

Ian Eastwood choreographed this routine to "Cat Daddy", pulling in Jun Quemado and Brian Puspos. From DJIcon Youtube. Thanks for the tip, Dancer-J!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Video: Daniel Cloud Campos "The Music Box"

"The Music Box" -- a video by Daniel Cloud Campos from "Welcome Home" -- contains some amazing choreography. From Floorstatik Youtube Channel. Thanks for the link Koopa!

Hometown press coverage of ABDC6 crews: ReQuest -- "judges were crying after our audition"

Auckland Stuff talks about New Zealand crew ReQuest and their upcoming appearances on America's Best Dance Crew. Some interesting bits:
  • About their audition: "The judges were crying after we finished and one of the judges said: `That's what dance means to me'." 
  • The group is different than the one that performed at Hip Hip International 2010: "Parris says three of the girls left to do their own thing and were replaced with "three girls who really wanted to join Request and they were the best dancers ever". 
  • There is a Facebook petition on Facebook to get New Zealand station TV2 to skip airing ABDC Season Five and air next month's season six in support of the New Zealand girls. 
Photo credit: Kendal Collins, Auckland Stuff

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Announcing the ABDC6 Elimination Challenge contest!

We will run two contests during America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 which will extend from through the finale. Contest #2: The Elimination Challenge: Which crews will be in the bottom 2 each week? Who will be eliminated? Enter each week and the person with the highest cumulative score for Season 6 will win an ABDC crew shirt of their choice and size (up to $35 retail).

To enter: Each week, we'll publish a new post for this contest. When the weekly post is up, leave a comment with the name of the bottom 2, specifying which one is eliminated. For example, in Season 3, a winning entry for Week 7 would have read: "BOTTOM 2 WEEK 7 - Quest, Fly Khicks. Eliminated: Fly Khicks." For weeks where there is audience voting (probably from Week 3 onward), you will be awarded 1 point for each crew you name in the bottom 2 that week, and an extra point for identifying the eliminated crew, for a total of 3 possible points per week.   

NOTE: For the first entry, please name the two crews that you think will be eliminated during the first TWO episodes. Because we're not sure of the shows' format, we will only count the crews that are eliminated those 2 weeks, not the ones in the bottom that make it to another week. Each correct answer will count for 2 points, for a possible total of 4 points. If the eliminations run differently, I reserve the right to change the judging criteria for that 2-week period. Deadline for this first entry: midnight April 2, 2011. UPDATE: THE FIRST WEEK CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED AND NO MORE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

 Once we get past the Episode 2 airing on April 14 and in all future weeks, entries will be accepted from Friday (after the episode airs and I put up a new post for the contest) until Midnight (Pacific Time) the Monday afterwards, so that nobody can use insider info from the Tuesday tapings. **IMPORTANT**:

  • Create a user name you will use every week for the entire contest, and make it memorable (not just a common first name or word). I can't track email addresses, and if it's difficult for me to track votes, they won't be counted.
  • MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE THE WORDS 'BOTTOM 2' in the comment (so I can search for them easily).
Only 1 entry per person per week, please.  Good luck!

April 2: Prelude New England and World of Dance LA -- both featuring major competitors and exhibitors

April 2 is a stellar day for dance on either Coast:
  • Prelude New England will be held in Lynn, MA. The exhibition crews are Phunk Phenomenon and Ridonkulous. Among the competitors: Chaos Theory, NIA, and Thee Slap Bracelets. Click here for more information and for tickets
  • World of Dance Los Angeles has Mos Wanted Crew, Quest, Hype 5-0, Heavy Impact, Jalen, and Future Funk, and many more groups and individuals in exhibition, as well as dozens of competitors including GRV, The Company, The Hype, Pac Modern and Team Millennia.  Info and tickets here. If you buy your ticket online by April 1, use the discount code WODLA to save $5.00