Saturday, August 20, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Crave You"

Czesc! We're back to Poland! Today's KoopaTV episode catches the wrapping up of the XL Summer Dance Intensive, hosted by FNF. If you want to watch the rest of the videos, visit their Youtube channel, at [Blazee80] or their website, [Here].

However, this episode is about one showcase in particular, of instructors Sandy, Rado, and Maniek. I don't think I've ever seen a combination of Contemporary, Waacking, and Popping, quite like this. Check it out:

Flight Facilities - Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)

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Video: Battle between Massive Monkees and Battle Reflex

Jeromeskee and Junior of Massive Monkees (America's Best Dance Crew Season 4) won the final battle against Battle Reflex at The Wreck Room in Bellevue, WA on August 15, 2011.

Video: Summerwind Skippers (with Saltare) make it to America's Got Talent Semi-finals!

Summerwind Skippers (the jump-rope team that includes members of America's Best Dance Crew Season 5's Saltare) had been eliminated earlier this summer, but was picked to compete in the Wildcard round. They barely made it through, and are now in the top 24 that will compete in the semi-finals. Here's the routine that gave them a second life. Thanks for the tip, Brandon!

Blueprint Cru News: Kim in Nicole Scherzinger video:

Blueprint Cru member Kim Gingras has been dancing backup for singer Nicole Scherzinger this year, including touring and an appearance of So You Think You Can Dance. She's now in Nicole's latest music video "Wet". The crew also signed a sponsorship deal with Thomas Sabo jewelry; click here to see them modelling some of the merchandise.

Friday, August 19, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Lando Wilkins - Judge Showcase"

Ahoj! This episode of KoopaTV takes us to Czech Republic for coverage of the Street Dance Kemp (SDK)! Today we're focusing on the judge showcase of the SDK Dance Battles, featuring Joseph Go, Niki Tsappos, and Lando Wilkins (Mos Wanted), hosted by none other than MC Trix.

All the judges had great freestyles, but Lando Wilkins' freestyle (imo) takes the cake. His musicality and speed were amazing! Don't forget to subscribe to his official Youtube channel, [LandoWilkins]. Here's the clip:

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Instant Freestyle!

Hey guys, it's me again with another Instant Noodles update.  This time, here's a freestyle from the crew post HHI-performance.  OH MY!

Video Inbox Part 2: Jun Quemado and Swizz Beats

Here's part two of our video inbox!

-Jun Quemado. XL Summer Dance Intensive. What other reason do you need to watch this masterful choreography?

-Swizz Beats, long time ABDC fan (and appearing in Seasons 5 and 6), does a promotional video for Reebok.  Not only does it have excellent dancing, it features several familiar faces, including Nichelle Thrower (We Are Heroes ABDC4 champs), Ricky Cole (Mos Wanted Crew), and Haspop (America's Got Talent). Check out the behind the scenes footage here.

Video Inbox Part 1: Miniotics, Hypersquad

Lots of footage to share with you guys today, so we're splitting it up into multiple posts
-We finally found footage of Miniotics (Junior Crew of ABDC5 Champions Poreotics), from the Bridge Juniors dance competition held on June 18th. 

-While Hypersquad Studios is best known for their hard-hitting newstyle choreography such as with Hype 5-0 of ABDC5, they also have other great dancers as well, such as Matt Sunajo in this touching contemporary piece.

Check back in a little bit for part 2 of our video inbox!

Week 2 of Break it Down competition -- watch videos and vote now!

It's Chris Brown week at Break It Down, the video dance competition. Heart TriX Squad was sent home, so there are only 7 crews left. I've linked the new videos below, since there are currently problems accessing themon the BreakItDown website. Click here to vote for your favorite as often as you'd like!

Exclusive interview at HHI: ReQuest show us some steps and talk about crazy fans

ReQuest Crew talked to Chris Trondsen before they competed at Hip Hop International. They talked about the New Zealand presence at HHI, make fun of Chris' accent, fan love for ReQuest (including a baby named after a crew member) and crazy fans, and show some moves and hand signs. Sorry for the mediocre sound quality -- it was taped in a very busy lobby.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "An Abstrak Minute"

Hey! This episode of KoopaTV takes back to LA for a great look into the practice of one of the most innovative bboys of our time, Bboy Abstrak (Skill Methodz). This man has pioneered so many concepts and combos, as he quickly rose to fame within the breaking community.

This short project also served as a promotional video for The Scifen Company's clothing, which Abstrak is wearing in this video. If you like what you saw, just look at their official website, [Here].

Take notes:

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Video: Bam Martin - "Green Goblin"

Here is Bam Martin's (Mos Wanted) piece for the Summer Intensive 8, hosted by Team Millennia.

Check out more of his amazing choreography at his official Youtube channel, [brianBAMmartin]. For more information on TM's Summer Intensive, click [Here].

Watch Episode 3 of LXD Season 3 now !

The LXD Season 3 episode 3 is "Forbidden", about how the Extraordinary 7 tried to keep their powers secret and promise to use their powers for good, not evil. It features story-telling and flamenco dance.

Video: WoD Nightlife feat. Jawn Ha, D-trix, Lando Wilkins, Jun Quemado, and more

In anticipation for World of Dance: Bay Area (this Saturday, August 20th), here is a video from the official World Of Dance Tour Youtube channel, [WORLDOFDANCETOUR].

Featuring most of the members of Mos Wanted Crew, D-trix, and Alan Troung (ArchiTEKS), this clip shows just how World Of Dance parties, once the shows are over. Remember to get your tickets for World of Dance: Bay Area, right [Here]:

Video: Purple Elephant Society - More Than A Woman

It's always refreshing to find talent, and here's another example. Choreographed for, by Allan "Ajaye" Skeene Jr, the Purple Elephant Society demonstrates how dope an Aaliyah week would possibly be, on ABDC. Check them out!

If you want to follow more of their work or more from Bush Jumping Productions as a whole, subscribe to their official channel, [BushJumpingProds]. Support!

Video: Kaba Modern performing at ElecTRONica August 18-20

Kaba Modern (ABDC Season 1) have a repeat engagement at Disney California Adventure Park ElecTRONica from August 18-20 for two performances daily. Read about it here.

Legendary Hip Hop | Demons of the Mind/Medea Sirkas - 1984 Performance

After my last Legendary Hip Hop Post, Guest suggested I post up a video of this other legendary crew, Medea Sirkas. Whoever you are Guest, your wish has been granted.

Reppin the Bay Area, Medea Sirkas are pioneers of dance, helping found strutting and Filmore styles of dance.  While this video doesn't show it, they also used masks in their performances, and their particular style of dance has been very influential upon crews we know and love today, including Jabbawockeez and fellow Bay-Area dancers Supreme Soul and Academy of Villains.  They were creating illusions with their bodies long before I.aM.mE thought of Brain Banging, or were even born. Previously known as Demons of the Mind, they continue to stay relevant and perform together, such as in Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love" music video. Check them out at their website:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Shake That - Quick feat. Ian Eastwood"

Czesc! Today's episode of KoopaTV takes us all the way to Krakow, Poland! It was here at the Fairplay Dancecamp that Quick Crew filmed a new piece, with the help of Ian Eastwood, Lando Wilkins, and Brian Puspos.

It's always great to see a video with great natural humor and amazing dance skills. Remeber to subscribe to Quick's official Youtube channel, [TheQuickStyle]. Now check out this no-pants party:

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Video: Rie Hata @ The Vibe Concept Singapore

The "Queen of Swag", Rie Hata, does it again! This latest piece to Shawnna's "Big Booty Judy" has a crazy amount of groove. For more exclusive workshop videos, subscribe to Vibe's own [TheVibeBlog] Youtube channel.

If you want to skip past the select group footage, Rie's solo run starts at 2:11.

Interview: Shaun Evaristo (CEO) Movement Lifestyle - "Behind The Hustle"

This is a very interesting interview of Shaun Evaristo. He speaks about what Movement Lifestyle is, and how it functions. He also goes in depth about his rise to fame, working with YG Entertainment, and his perception of his own popularity. Check it out, here:

Video: Jungle Boogie - "No Music"

This video, posted by [HouseOfCrews] features Season 5's Jungle Boogie, performing a full piece with no music.

Now that's what I call "making something out of nothing". Check it out:

Update on Shane Sparks: pleads no contest on one count, will serve jail time

According to the LA Times,  choreographer and former ABDC judge Shane Sparks entered a plea of no contest on one felony charge of having sex with a minor. At his trial on August 16, 2011, 7 other felony charges were dismissed in exchange for the plea bargain. Shane was sentenced to 270 days in a Los Angeles County jail (to be served sometime in the next year), and five years probation. In addition, he must attend sex-offender counseling and not "go near any female minors without an adult present".

Video: JabbaWockeeZ in internet documentary on Bruce Lee

Lissa Dale created a Vimeo documentary about Bruce Lee's work and accomplishments. It includes interviews and footage of artists whose work was influenced by Lee. Among those artists: JabbaWockeeZ (America's Best Dance Crew Season 1 winners, currently performing in Las Vegas in MUS.I.C) who can be seen in interview and performance at 6:50 and 19:30. Thanks for the tip, JabbaJake!

Untitled from Lissa Dale on Vimeo.

Video: Strikers All-Stars give back -- workshops for kids during their tour

 While on tour in Arkansas, Strikers All-Stars (ABDC Season 3) taught workshops to kids 6-19 at Christie McNeil's dance studio in Jonesboro, according to  

Peterson Thelisma taught students The Strikers dance routine. According to him, one of the best parts of their tour is to get to interact with the kids.  "Especially with kids, if you can get their attention, you can teach them just about anything."One of the main things I stress is education. We all came from a different background and we all ended up in college. It gives them a different view on education. Because kids often don't think parents are cool, but if they hear it from us to go to school and stay in class, they'll listen. So, that's been my message throughout this whole thing."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Me, Myself and I - Marvin Gofin"

Bonjour! We're back to France. Today on KoopaTV, we're visiting Marvin Gofin in his latest video, titled "Me Myself and I". In this video, Marvin displays his different personas as a dancer, using split screen synchronized dancing and great editing effects. Visit the official Youtube channel of Woow Studio Productions, [WoowyourLife], to see more great work.

I owe my thanks to Yakfilms, for featuring this clip in their "Yak Like Ya Know" segment, or I would never have found this video:

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Upcoming Events: World Of Dance - Bay Area

It's finally that time! World Of Dance: Bay Area, this Saturday, August 20th! Get your tickets while you can, [Here].

Special guests include:
Chachi (I.aM.mE)
Jun Quemado & Ricky Cole (Mos Wanted)
Street Kingdom, Ian Eastwood (Young Lions)
Charles Nguyen (Poreotics)
Bboy Jalen
and more!

So hurry up and confirm while you still can. Check out the updated event line-up on the flyer, right [Here].

Video: I.aM.mE's Brandon "747" - Fall For Your Type

This is the newest piece uploaded by Brandon "747" Harrell (I.aM.mE), on his official Youtube channel, [Showoff747].

Unlike previous pieces we've seen of 747, this new piece captures a much smoother side of the man called Wind:

Video: Bailrok vs LittleVicious @ Rock Steady 34th Anniversary

Here is a friendly exhibition battle between Bailrok (Future Funk /Miniotics /The Prodigy) vs. Little Vicious, from the Rock Steady Anniversary in New York, a couple weeks ago. Thanks so much for the link, Dance!

Check out the new District 78 album with LXD & SYTYCD tunes: Radios at Reception

District 78, the force behind music on America's Best Dance Crew, as well as tunes heard on So You Think You Can Dance and The LXD, released a new album called "Radios at Reception." It opened strong last week, hovering in the Top 10 on the Electronic Music Charts. Click here to check it out and purchase.

Legendary Hip Hop | Expression Crew: Marionette

I'M BACK! After a hiatus in the real world, Ninjaboi returns to BABDC.  To mark this, here's another installment of Legendary Hip Hop.

Before anyone calls these people Jabba-biters, let me tell you that Expression crew has been rocking the masks and the atmosphere of this performance before Jabba.  Winning BOTY 2002 for the first time for Korea in what is in itself a legendary performance, [which you can see here], Jabbawockeez has said that they were inspired to perform in masks.
Since then, Expression crew still performs in Korea, most notably their "Marionette" show (originally choreographed in 2005, with various changes over the years), which is the topic of today's post

Monday, August 15, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Duy Nguyen - Country Sh*t"

Hey! Today's episode of KoopaTV takes us down to Houston, Texas! Here we visit SoundBox Studio, where Duy Nguyen (ArchiTEKS) filmed his newest piece to Ludacris - "Country Sh*t".

Click here, [SoundboxTX], to visit SoundBox's official Youtube channel. There's lots of dope footage to check out!

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Video: Instant Noodles @ Freestyle Session Taiwan

Here is a video of Instant Noodles' battle from the first day of Taiwan's Freestyle Session 2011. Stay tuned, and keep a look out for anymore footage from the rest of this jam!

Video: We Are Heroes, Victor Kim, & Pac Modern in "Crushin" Music Video

Here is the finished collaboration between artists, Traphik and Michelle Martinez. Aside from cameos from Kev Jumba, Rick Shucks, Just Kidding Films, & Andrew Garcia, there were quite a few talented dancers in the mix.

Watch the video here, to see short dancing appearances by We Are Heroes, Victor Kim, Pac Modern, and many more:

Video: Chachi (I.aM.mE) & Ryan on Planet Funk

Chachi (I.aM.mE) & Ryan, dubbed "Super Swag & Mini Swag" in this new freestyle video, are seen here, having fun after the Master Class at Planet Funk Academy taught by Chachi, herself.

Shawn Welling also hints at the fact that both Chachi and Ryan will be starring in the 5th episode of the Avengers of Xtreme Illusions (AXI), which we will see a trailer for, at the end of August. Subscribe to Shawn's official Youtube channel, [ShawnWellingDance], to be the first to see the newest AXI epsiodes and more exclusive content:

Update on Shane Sparks: recent dance videos, upcoming trial

Shane Sparks has a trial date of August 16, 2011 on charges of rape and child molestation. If convicted on all charges, Sparks could face 14 years and eight months in prison.  Click here to read more about the charges.

Shane has been free on bail for many months. A recent project was helping prepare The View co-host Sherri Shepards for her upcoming wedding. Shane and Donyelle Jones (a member of America's Best Dance Crew Season 4' Artistry in Motion and contestant on So You Think You Can Dance) taught dance steps to members of the wedding party.

Exclusive Instant Noodles Interviews at HHI on their HHI success and more personal topics

Chris Trondsen talked to Instant Noodles (ABDC Season 6) after the Hip Hop International US Finals and again after the crew came in third in the US Finals. They talk about ABDC, HHI, and joke around with Chris.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

KoopaTV | Dance Clip of the Day: "Michel Sian - Pay Me"

Hej! This episode of KoopaTV takes us back to The Hip Drop Dance Complex in Sweden. Here we find instructor, Michel Patric Sian, demonstrating his smooth style of choreography.

This video is also beautifully complimented by the aid of some great video effects, creating multiple images of himself, dancing side by side. Subscribe to The Hip Drop's official Youtube channel, [TheHipDrop], to watch more of the studio's exlusive videos:

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Video: Chachi Gonzales | I Should Have Kissed You

Fresh from her personal youtube channel, the young ABDC Champion (of IaMmE and ArchiTEKS fame) brings a new piece that she recently taught in her hometown of Houston, Texas to Chris Brown's 'Should've Kissed You'.

Video: Beat Freaks "Sound Clash"

Beat Freaks (America's Best Dance Crew Season 3) collaborated with  DJ Angie Vee and drummer Ashlee Nino on "Sound Clash", a mix of music, percussion, and dance.

Exclusive interview with ICONic Boyz' Spikey Mikey

Mike "Spikey Mikey" Fusco of ICONic Boyz talked to Chris Trondsen poolside at Hip Hop International in July2011. Mikey talks about being single,  his height,and grade, the types of girls he likes, where he got his nickname, his favorite America's Best Dance Crew routine, how people have treated him differently since ABDC, his favorite dances (cat daddy and dougie), how to reach his Facebook page, favorite pop stars, and how HHI has influenced them.