Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 BBDC Readers' Choice Awards: Favorite Video

Here it is! The final poll of this year's BBDC Readers' Choice Awards. You guys voted, and here are your top four nominees for Favorite Video of 2011:

The poll will be open for 24 hours. Results from each poll will be posted tomorrow.

Video: J Blaze (feat. Brian Puspos & Ian Eastwood) - "Swag"

It looks like Johnny "J Blaze" Erasme decided to close out the year with a bang. Straight from his official Youtube Channel, here is his latest video featuring his fellow Kub Skouts, Ian Eastwood & Brian Puspos, as well as Katie Kabili & Amanda Grind:

Vote in DanceOn's Best Dance Video of 2011 poll -- some intriguing choices!

DanceOn is running a poll for best dance video of 2011. The choices are eclectic and the videos' links are a good way to catch any of these highly-viewed/viral videos you missed:  The Muppets - "I've Got Everything That I Need", Big Freedia - "Y'all Get Back Now", Nathan Barnatt - "No Bones" -- an odd instructional video, Sean Bankhead - "Who Run the World", Something Borrowed - "Push It", Non Stop - "Pumped Up Kicks", Footloose Line Dance - "Fake ID",Todrick Hall - "The Bieber",Lady Gaga - HBO Presents "The Monster Ball Tour", - "Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem". Voting ends January 10, 2012

Video: Alien and the Ghetto -- a must watch

Here's some incredible dancing from MOTIONPICTURERHYTHM Youtube: Alien and the Ghetto@ETHEREALSTORY. Found this at Hip Hop International's Facebook page -- do yourself and them a favor and like them today!

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 BBDC Readers' Choice Awards-Favorite Battle

Your nominations for Favorite Battle are now in. Here are your top 4 battles from 2011:

Now, in the comments below, I am reopening nominations for Favorite Video. The rules are the same as yesterday, with the added rule that once a video has qualified, none of the dancers in that video may appear in any of the other top 4 nominations for Favorite Video.

So far, only one video has qualified, and that is ReQuest Dance Crew-ReLax.
Nominations close once 3 more videos have qualified or at 1 PM EST.

(World Order-2012-qualified 9:44 PM)
(Unleash Your Fingers-qualified 11:54 PM)
(Pumped Up Kicks|Dubstep-qualified 1:50 AM)

EDIT: The nominations process is officially closed.

NAOTV Episode 8: A Look Back at 2011

With 2012 right around the corner, I decided to use this episode to take a look back at 2011. Let's start with what was probably the most viral dance video of 2011, if not ever: Pumped Up Kicks|Dubstep by Remote Kontrol's Marquese "Nonstop" Scott.

Nonstop is a very talented dancer and the amount of attention this video received was well deserved.

Now let's move onto what I thought were the best things in the hip hop dance community from the past year.

Best Choreographer: Shaun Evaristo-Shaun has had an amazing 2011, which included choreographing a performance for So You Think You Can Dance and the grand opening of the ML Studio.

Best Crew/Company: Choreo Cookies-Once again, the Cookies dominated the competition scene, winning the majority of the competitions they entered.

Best Competition: Body Rock 2011-The level of talent at this competition gets higher and higher every year. 2011 was no exception.The top 3 performances were among my favorite performances from this year.

Best Battler: El Nino-This kid tore up the place, notching big wins at WBC and the US qualifier for Red Bull BC One.

Queens of Swag: Parris Goebel & Rie Hata-Just watch the video. Ridiculous.

Best Choreography Video: Vinh Nguyen "Break Ya Neck"-The crazy closer to SGBM's Body Rock performance combined with a look into the mind of a choreographer makes an amazing video.

Best Choreography: Lyle Beniga "Bait"-I seriously can't stop watching

Best Commercial: Unleash Your Fingers-Amazing finger tuts and amazing graphics. I want that phone. Big ups to JayFunky.

Best YouTube Channel: YAKfilms-From their dance tutorials, to their coverage of major dance events, to their web series Yak Like Ya Know, to their well produced dance videos, Yak Films offers nearly everything a dance fan would ever want all in one channel.

Best ABDC Performance: Jabbawockeez "Devastating Stereo"-Since this IS a blog about ABDC, I felt compelled to include this category. This performance showcased Jabba at their finest.

Video: Chachi teaches workshop --and ICONic Boyz participate -- at ICON Dance Complex

Chachi Gonzales (member of America's Best Dance Crew 6 champions IaMmE) taught a workshop at ICON Dance Complex on December 29, 2011. This video from RhythmAddictsTV Youtube shows a brief interview with her, her demo of the steps for "Should Have Kissed You", and participants including ABDC6's ICONic Boyz.

Video: Instant Noodles in Jennifer Chung's "Your Year and Happiness"

Instant Noodles (ABDC Season 6) dance in Jennifer Chung's new mixtape video of "Your Year" and "Happiness", two songs on her latest CD. An appropriate mix for the beginning of 2012!  From JenniferJChung Youtube.

Freestyle Culture TV: Go-to site for innovative dance videos

 Freestyle Culture is a company "committed to showcasing the talent and lifestyle in niche cultures." I recently started watching their FreestyleCultureTV Youtube Channel and am impressed at the many featured dancers and choreographers. Here's one of the latest -- "The Motto".

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 BBDC Readers' Choice Awards-Favorite Performance

Your votes from the preliminary round are in, and here are your top four nominees for Favorite Performance (admittedly, I had to use some creative license when interpreting your votes):

Jinjo Crew Showcase-R16 Korea 2011

Now, in the comments below, I am reopening nominations for tomorrow's poll, which will be Favorite Battle of 2011. The two battles that have made it to tomorrow's poll are:

You can now submit up to three new nominations for favorite battle. Once a battle has been nominated three times, it automatically receives a spot on tomorrow's poll. Nominations close whenever two more new battles qualify or at noon EST tomorrow.

Video: Unmasked JabbaWockeeZ dance on "Ima Get It"

Phil 'SB' Tayag (member of America's Best Dance Crew's  JabbaWockeeeZ and a member of KNGDM) issued the music video “I’ma Get It” off the KNGDM’s Goodbye mixtape, assisted by the Bangerz Nick Ngo. JabbaWockeeZ - unmasked -- are the dancers on the video. From thewockeez Youtube, via ChannelAPA.  Thanks for the tip, PerezOverride!

Video: Next Level Squad flexing in New York Subways

Yak Films has a powerful video of Next Level Squad dancing in the New York subways. It's gone viral, probably because the mainstream has a queasy fascination for this dance style.

TiVo Alert: IaMmE on MTV's New Years's Eve show

America's Best Dance Crew Season 6 winners IaMmE have been added to the line-up for MTV's "NYE in NYC" show to air on December 31 (of course). They'll join Demi Lovato, Tyler Posey and the 'house' DJ team of Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Video: Lando Wilkins (Boxcuttuhz) choreo w/ ABDC alums, Ian Eastwood, Jun Quemado & more

Lando Wilkins (Boxcuttuhz, Mos Wanted Crew, Movement Lifestyle) choreographed and dances with "random talented dancers" including Ian Eastwood, Jun Quemado, Joesar Alva (ABDC's Boogie Bots), Pharside Jennings (ABDC2's Supreme Soul, Academy of Villains), Mami Kanemitsu (ABDC's We are Heroes), Aye Hasegawa (Boxcuttuhz), Amanda Grind, Krystal Meraz (Academy of Villains), Knicole Haggins, Terence Dickson (The LXD, and Jonathan Rabon. 

This is the first in a series of videos where dancers will create performances within a day -- rehearsing one day/night and filming the next day to see what can be accomplished in "the heat of the moment". From LandoWilkins Youtube.

Video: Roxy vs. Macca at Outbreak 7 - bgirl battle

Bgirl battles don't often get the attention they deserve. This battle between Roxy vs. Macca was recommended by reader Dance: "Bgirl Roxy is the new bgirl that everyone is talking about. She is setting a new standard for bgirls with her strength... Macca is great also and is definitely a rising star in the breaking world. Macca has won many competitions in the past few years. This video is from Outbreak 7 in Orlando Florida December 10-11...At the end Alieness from Zulu Kings comes out and mops the floor due to all of that sweat and dopeness that Roxy left on the floor haha." Thanks Dance!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Casting Promo video for ABDC7

The promotional casting video for America's Best Dance Crew is striking, even though it focuses on visual arts as much as dancing.  I can't wait to see the ABDC promo from IaMmE! Thanks for the tip, PerezOverride!

Video: DJ Earworm's United State of Pop 2011 - World Go Boom

DJ Earworm just released his 2011 mashup with audios and videos from Adele, Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Cee Lo Green,  Enrique Eglesias, Foster the People, Jennifer Lopez, Jeremih, Katy Perry (more KP than I would have expected!), Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Lupe Fiasco, Maroon 5, One Republic, Pink, Pit Bull and Rihanna. As ever, a masterful work that captured many of the better dance moves from hit videos of the year.

ABDC mailbox; Nappytabs pregnancy!, update on Steve Terada (Quest's) injury

- 2012 is shaping up to be a major year for Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo (choreographers for America's Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance). They are busy as choreographers for Fox's MOBBED -- here's a preview clip for the January 4 episode that includes Nappytabs and ABDC alums including Glenda Morales (Fanny Pak). And, they've announced that Tabitha is pregnant. Congratulations to both of you!
- Steve Terada of Quest Crew (ABDC3 winners) was injured while working on the movie "Planet Bboy". In this video, he talks about his accident and recovery. We hope it goes smoothly and that you'll be 100% better soon!

Video: Homegrown (from SoReal Studio): "The Glory"

Andrew Baterina and Jackie Lautchang (two members of ABDC2's SoReal Cru) along with Rian Beriones and Trenton Tabak (other members of SoReal Studio) choreographed "The Glory" for Homegrown, the adult team from SoReal Studio. I hope this group plans to audition for the ABDC7! From SorealStudioTV Youtube.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The 2011 BBDC Readers' Choice Awards: Nominate your favorite videos from 2011!

Hi there BBDC readers! With 2011 winding to a close, it's time to announce the first annual BloggingBestDanceCrew Readers' Choice Awards!

How this works:
1. Nominations-Nominate your favorite dance videos from 2011. There are three different categories that videos can be a part of: favorite performance, favorite battle, and favorite video. These categories will be explained in more detail below. You can nominate one video for each category per IP address. You have until midnight on Thursday, December 29 to nominate your favorite videos. The videos can feature any kind of dancing from any crew or solo performer. The dancers do not need to have appeared on ABDC. The 4 most nominated videos for each category will be included in each poll.
2. Voting-Starting at 6 PM on Thursday, December 29, a poll will be posted daily. Each poll will have the top 4 nominees for each category. Each poll will be open for 24 hours.
3. Results-Results from each poll will be posted at 6 PM on Sunday, January 1, 2011.

Favorite Performance: Any performance by a crew or soloist at any dance event or on any television show. The performance can be competition or exhibition.
Favorite Battle: Any battle between two or more crews or solo dancers.
Favorite Video: Any dance video recorded outside of a show or competition. Can be a music video, choreography video, class video, concept video, etc.

There you have it! Let's begin the nomination process below. Remember, you have until 12:00 AM this Thursday to nominate your favorite videos.
WARNING: Any user who attempts to make multiple nominations from the same IP address while changing their username will have all his/her nominations removed. Repeat offenders may be banned.

Locations for America's Best Dance Crew Season 7 auditions revealed the audition locations for the next season of America's Best Dance Crew:
-Chicago: January 13, 2012 - Superior Stret, 2744 W.Superior Street
-Houston: January 15, 2012 - SoReal Dance Studios, 6108 S. Rice, Suite 104
-New York: January 21, 2012 - SIR Studios, 520 W, 25th St. 
- Los Angeles: January 28, 2012 - CenterStaging, 3407 Winona Ave, Burbank

Chachi (IaMmE) video promoting Just Dance 3

Chachi Gonzales from IaMmE created a video for the Just Dance 3 game from Ubisoft. The company should put this in TV -- Chachi makes it look so fun and easy that it would be a best seller! From chachi0123 Youtube.

Concept video from Mami (We Are Heroes) - "Promise"

Mami Kanemitsu (member of ABDC4 champions We are Heroes) co-choreographs and co-stars in a new concept video with G Madison called "Promise". I particularly like the split screened choreo. From mamikworld Youtube.

Video: Brandon '747' Harrell (IaMmE) - "Thinking about You"

Even more work this week from members of IaMmE (ABDC6 winners): Brandon '747' Harrell  choreographs and solos to JR Aquino's "Thinking about You". From showoff747 Youtube. Thanks for the tip Chris!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hype 5-0 TV Presents: Christmas Dubstep Freestyle

Aloha! Hype is undergoing some serious changes as they gear up for 2012, and one of them includes new member, AJ Pak aka Headache.

The Hype has been placing and winning at WOD Hawaii and LA, but they don't plan on stopping there. Check out this amazing freestyle from Headache, in this short Christmas themed sample:

Video: Keone Madrid - Compilation

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Today we have a special present from Keone Madrid (Choreo Cookies). He posted a video to his official Youtube Channel of FIVE pieces he's taught recently. Enjoy!

Video: Dumbo (Poreotics) and IaMmE member collaboration - "Say My Name"

Though we haven't seen many recent videos from the full IaMmE crew, subsets of the ABDC6 champions have been busy performing with other dancers. The latest: Dumbo (from ABDC5 champion crew Poreotics) dances with IaMmE's Pacman, Emilio, and Brandon (with a Chachi cameo!) From PoreoticsHD Youtube. Thanks for the tip, Greg!

Video: How Poreotics celebrate Christmas

Continuing with our Christmas programming (we need a Yule log dance!): Poreotics show how they celebrate the holidays. Dumbo was missing -- probably because he was dancing with IaMmE (see today's video!)

Christmas dance video from Quick Crew

Quick Crew created a light and magical routine for the holidays. I think it's a classic. Be sure to click on the snowflake on the Youtube toolbar.  From TheQuickStyle Youtube.

Twelfth Day of Crewmas: Merry Christmas greetings from ICONic Boyz, ReQuest, Phunk Phenom, Ringmasters & more

For the last day of Crewmas, HouseofCrews assembled holiday wishes from all the crews that participated in their Days of Crewmas video series: ICONic Boyz, ReQuest Crew, Phunk Phenomenon, Ringmasters, Rhythm City, Elektrolytes, SGBM,  ICONic Girlz, PLAGUE, Ven15, In Da Clutch, 5 Crew Dynasty, and New Styles Krew. Happy Holidays to House of Crews for creating this series and to all our readers.