Saturday, April 28, 2012

Videos: Interviews with District 78 on the master mix process and their upcoming album

Chris Trondsen interviewed the staff of District 78 (the group that creates ABDC's master mixes) backstage at the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna Challenge. In the first video, they introduce themselves,then talk about the process for creating the master mixes that caters to the crews (with an explanation of Stepboys' Madonna mix), fan reactions to the mixes, personal favorite artists, and information their other projects including a dubstep record including the ABDC theme "Wanna Get Hype".In the second video, they talk about the thinking and creative process for their new album "Thanks for the Falcon" that will be released on May 16, 2012.

Let us know if you attend tonight's taping!

America's Best Dance Crew Season 7 (aka the Superstar Season) will be taped tonight, with the 7 remaining crews dancing to Drake hit songs. If you attend the taping, leave a comment and let us know what it was like -- the dances, the judges, the songs, the crowd, the crews, the costumes, celebrities in the audience, oddities and funny moments, etc.

ABDC7 Crew news & video: Fanny Pak contest; love from Perez Hilton; 8 Flavahz members in "Girl Gone Wild"

- Fanny Pak is running a contest. To commemorate Preston getting kicked in the face at rehearsals, they ask you to send them your most gruesome battle photo. Prize is an autographed photo from the crew (preferably with their faces intact)
- Perez Hilton has become a fan of America's Best Dance Crew, with 3 video clips from the Madonna Challenge
- 8 Flavahz fans are finding work by some of the girls on Youtube. Joshua noted that the girls are featured in several videos on iDejAnce Youtube Channel. And, RiffRaffDC found the video of choreography from Dejan Tubic and Janelle Ginestra to "Girl Gone Wild" at 1:50 and 2:42

Great news: Steelo will be dancing with Groovaloos on Dancing with the Stars May 1! AND watch this documentary trailer

It was just about a year ago that Steelo suffered the brain aneurysm that could have sidelined his career. But aided with prodigious amounts of physical therapy, love, and support (including donations from fans), he is recovered enough to appear with Groovaloos on the May 1 Dancing with the Stars  results show, airing on ABC at 9pm ET/PT.

More Steelo news: there is now a website for the documentary about his life and recovery: Here's the trailer for the documentary. Thanks for the tips, Greg!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Video: Layla Kayleigh at Madonna Challenge on double elimination, crew moods & attitudes, love for 8 Flavahz

Chris Trondsen is on the couch with Layla Kayleigh backstage at the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna Challenge. In Part 1, she talks about how everyone was shocked (including her) at the announcement of the double elimination, how the judges will pick who is eliminated, the mood of the crews at the taping (especially after the double elimination announcement), the optimal crew attitude for doing well, fan bases and forecasts, Layla's hygiene practices, and some personal questions from Layla to Chris. In  Part 2 . Layla talks about  love for 8 Flavahz performance and swagger (though she does love all the crews of course!), how Season 7 returns to the ABDC formula of extremely strong crews, and Chris & Layla's plans to dance together with lessons from Beat Freaks.

Video: IaMElectricity

While members of IaMmE created the music and act in this latest video, it's Jaja's choreography and dancing that will captivate you. From IaMmECrew Youtube. Thanks for the tip, Greg and MercerMZ!

Mr. Wiggles at Rutgers University

Hey guys,  this is a bit of a last minute announcement, but Mr.Wiggles, one of the pioneers of the hip hop culture, will be teaching at Rutgers University tonight. A member of hip hop giants Rock Steady Crew, the Electric Boogaloos, and the Zulu Nation, he will be teaching two workshops, with a cypher, for the low low price of $10. It truly is a great chance to learn from one of the pioneers of hip hop (as Funkdation crew mentioned in their crew bio), and so if you're in the area, please try and come out and support hip hop. Click here for the Facebook event.

Byenyn's Review of ABDC's Madonna Challenge

Last week, five crews danced to Flo Rida’s club hits. I think most of us will agree that the Flo Rida group performance was one of the worst group performances in ABDC history. Not necessarily because of the dancing, but mostly because the cameras felt needlessly compelled to follow Flo Rida, the least mobile person on stage. Imagine if the Ke$ha group performance last season focused mainly on the poles.

After a tough dance battle, the judges saved Funkdation over Mix’d Elements. This week, the nine crews are going to tackle the music of pop icon Madonna, one of the most successful recording artists of all time and also the woman who once kissed Britney Spears at the VMAs. Mario Lopez gives the shocking (but also heavily leaked) announcement that two crews will be eliminated tonight from the three crews with the fewest votes. So soon?!

Click here to read the rest of the review. Thanks Byenyn!

Recaps for ABDC's Madonna Challenge

- Daily Princetonian pithily summarizes the performances, describes the highs and lows, and notes that we've returned to US's Best Dance Crew.
- AV Club gives the episode a B+ and got goosebumps from Funkdation's isolations
- AllVoices summarizes the show and has lots of links to old Madonna videos and some random images that don't seem to have much to do with the show. So confused!
- Ology gives highest grades to Elektrolytes and 8 Flavahz
- Screen Invasion thinks Collizion Crew was the right choice to stay and that they should get the best song during the Drake Challenge.
 - We'll Fix it In just posted their Flo Rida Challenge review, but hey, better late than never for Howard and LeKeith's patter. Bam.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Exclusive video interview with Myron Marten: all about Mos Wanted Crew and ABDC7

 Chris Trondsen interviewed Myron Marten (World of Dance, founder of Mos Wanted Crew) backstage at the America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna Challenge. Myron talks about how the MWC dancers were chosen, how fans are reacting to MWC, how they are dealing with the high expectations and pressure on the crew, how they view the competition on ABDC Season 7, what it's like when the crew works together on ABDC, how to reach the crew, and some personal info about the members (who's the most tired, smelliest, etc.).

Enter Week 2 of ABDC Elimination Challenge contest now!

Time for Week 2 of the ABDC Season 7 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 7 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 6, a winning entry for the Rihanna Week Challenge would have read: "BOTTOM 2 WEEK 5 -  Phunk Phenomenon, 787 Crew. Eliminated: 787 Crew."  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. The person with the highest cumulative score wins, and we'll figure out something if we need a tie-breaker. 

This week's entries will be accepted from now until noon (East Coast time) on Saturday April 28, so that nobody can use insider info from the 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). NO EMAIL ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED
  • 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!  

What questions would YOU like us to ask the ABDC crews at the tapings?

Chris Trondsen and various ABDC alums will be interviewing crews backstage at tapings of America's Best Dance Crew this season.  Now that you've seen all the crews perform, what else would you like to learn about them?  Chris wants some new and fresh questions that will interest/amuse/intrigue the crews and the audience alike!

Leave a comment on some questions you'd like to have answered or some challenges you'd like to issue the crews and the judges, either in general or for specific crews/people.  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. Thanks!

Week 3 of our ABDC Top 4 contest - enter now!

Thanks to all of you who submitted entries on which ABDC crews will be in the top 4 at the end of this season, in the order of their elimination. If you want to change your vote, here's your weekly chance. Note: there's no penalty for entering each week. If you get it right early, that's the vote that counts!The prize goes to the first person to submit the correct answer, based on which week they submit it. If more than one person gets it right that week, we'll employ a tie-breaker rule.  Click here for contest rules and prizes. ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL NOON (East Coast Time) on SATURDAY APRIL 28. THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE WEEK AND NO MORE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED

The double elimination onstage at ABDC resulted in the elimination of 24% of the valid entries to date. So, many of you may want to reconsider your entries and try again this week. After all, who knows what twists might be thrown in next week?

Send some love to Irratik

I was so psyched when I heard that Irratik was picked for America's Best Dance Crew Season 7. The girls had all the creativity and technique of ABDC5's Blueprint Cru (another crew in the 8  Count family), with an added sexy fierceness that made them compelling to watch. Their performances at Hip Hop International and ABDC make it clear that they have potential to be major players in the dance world, individually and as a group.

This post is only for positive comments about Irratik. If you have something else to say, please comment in the Party Room/Critics Corner.
Photocredit: MTV

Send some love to Funkdation!

Last night's elimination also eliminated a rare chance for TV audiences to see a crew adept in the foundations of street hip hop dance. Funkdation brought strong technique and choreo surprises to the ABDC stage. I hope they appear again at Hip Hop International and other dance events so that we can continue enjoying their clean old-school style and talent.

This post is ONLY for positive comments about Funkdation. If you've got beefs or want to talk about something else, please take it to the Critics Corner post here.

What was your favorite performance during ABDC's Madonna Challenge?

What was your least favorite performance during ABDC's Madonna Challenge?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vote NOW to save your favorite ABDC crews - here's the MTV voting info

The online voting is now open from now until 6:00am Eastern time. If you want to protect your favorite crew, act now! Click here to vote online at Performance videos will probably be online after 11:00pm West Coast time, to aid in your choices. If you want to phone or text instead, the numbers are: Phone: 1-855-4CREW + (0 +number): OR Text: 22444 then (number):
* Fanny Pak - 1 (so you would dial 855-4CREW01)
*Elektrolytes -  2 (so you would dial 855-4CREW02)
* Mos Wanted Crew- 3 (so you would dial 855-4CREW03)
* 8 Flavahz- 4 ((so you would dial 855-4CREW04)
* RNG - 5 ((so you would dial 855-4CREW05)
* Stepboys- 6 ((so you would dial 855-4CREW06)
* Collizion Crew- 7 ((so you would dial 855-4CREW07)

After you vote, join us back at the party room! It's a lot more fun than pushing vote buttons all night long. VOTING IS NOW CLOSED

The ABDC Madonna Challenge Party Room is now open -- join us!

The Party Room/Critics Corner for ABDC 7's Episode 3 -- the Madonna Challenge -- is now open! Join lots of other readers and fans as they reflect on the dance battle arena and who makes it out alive. IMPORTANT: If you want to write a long comment, write in in NotePad or Word and then paste it into the comments field. Otherwise, all your work may disappear if someone posts something new while you're in the middle of writing. 

After the show is over: The party has just started, so stick around for more action, reaction, and interaction. Was the double elimination a good idea? Was it fair? Are you tired of Madonna and want some different superstars?  Which crews have changed since their first week -- for better or worse? This is your party -- snark, humor, recriminations, nostalgia and almost everything else (except obscenity and abject disrespect) are expected and welcome! 

Photo credit: Prefix Magazine.

Join us now for live play-by-play - ABDC's Madonna Challenge

Del, TBone, Ninjaboi, NamesAreOverrated, Mike, and Nancy will be co-hosts of this live play-by-play of America's Best Dance Crew Season 7's Episode 3 -- the Madonna Challenge. Feel free to follow along (particularly if you cannot watch it until later). Please be aware that your comments might not be posted immediately (or at all) as we have to moderate them, watch the show, and type at the same time. If you want to leave longer comments and be sure they're used, go to the Party Room (the post above this one).

Video: RNG dancing in the halls of their hotel, between rehearsals!

Rated Next Generation (RNG) finds time between rehearsals, lessons, and other commitments to show their fans why they deserve votes on America's Best Dance Crew.  This video is a good way to see the dancers' many skills -- skills that might otherwise be missed in ABDC's short performances, odd camera angles, and other distractions. From RNGDancers Youtube.

Exclusive Interview with Jet Li (Poreotics): impressions of the ABDC tapings and crews

Chris Trondsen talks with Poreotics' Jet Li at the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Flo Rida Challenge, after Jet Li co-hosted backstage interviews for BABDC. Jet Li talks about the vibe at the tapings, how Hip Hop International and other TV dance shows give crews an advantage, which crew he gets along with the best, Step Up Revolution and its use of ABDC alumni, and what's next for Poreotics.

Video: Mixd Elements | Over 9000

Even if Mix'd Elements were eliminated one week ago, they haven't let that hold them back. They were a crew before ABDC and they're sticking around after that. To accentuate that point, they're going Super Saiyan in this concept video of theirs. Apparently they had made this before they went on ABDC, but sat on it so that they could use some of the moves from this video on the show. Now that they're off the show, they're going to share it with the world, with the promise of more to come. 

Big props and mad respect for this crew - we all look forward to see them grow and continue to get sicker with time.

Join us tonight for the ABDC Madonna Challenge Party Room & Live Play-by-Play!

Double elimination tonight -- oh no! Watch America's Best Dance Crew Madonna Challenge with us tonight. The Party Room/Critics Corner opens at 9:45 ET and stays open as long as you want, so that everyone can comment on anything remotely related to ABDC. Did the judges and the voting public make the right calls? Who tore it up tonight and who just showed up?

At 10pm ET, I will be doing live play-by-play while watching the show along with  Del, NamesAreOverrated, Michael, and TBone, so feel free to tune in. Later that night, please vote in our polls on the best and worst performances. Tomorrow we hope to have reviews, a new round of the Top 4 Challenge and Elimination Challenge contests, and other coverage.   Join us!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Randy Jackson on The Talk

Randy Jackson's rocking the daytime TV talk shows. While most of this interview on "The Talk" is about American Idol, at the 28:43 mark, they do start talking about ABDC, featuring clips of the Flo Rida group performance, Mos Wanted Crew's performance, and a performance by the daytime hosts crew the JabbaTALKeez, with some surprising power moves from these ladies. Or at least supposedly by these ladies.

Video Inbox | IamMe, Crewz Control, WOD, Poreotics, Mixd Elements, Step Boys

Even with the excitement of ABDC7 going on, crews from past seasons have been keeping busy as well, dancing and performing, competing and teaching. Here's just a quick listing of videos from the past week we want to highlight
-I.aM.mE crew (ABDC6 champions) has footage from their "Shake Up the World" Tour in the Philippines.
-Hype 5-0 (ABDC5), with members of Hypersquad Studios performed at Crewz Control in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Apparently I.aM.mE, Kaba Modern, and BreakEFX all performed as well. Here's a cypher that took place after the event on stage.
-World of Dance Tour dropped a video featuring Les Twins, Smart Mark (ABDC2 Phresh Select), and Chachi, filmed right after WOD LA.
-World of Dance Tour also dropped a video featuring Mos Wanted Crew (ABDC7)'s Ricky Cole, and his protege Harlie Ramirez from Soul Fresh Fam
-Chad Mayate (ABDC5 Champs Poreotics) taught at Quest Learning Center recently: Here's his choreography
-Mix'd Elements (ABDC7) may be gone from the competition, but they're not out of the dance scene. They have this video letting you guys know how to get connected with them, and promising us some video footage showcasing what they were hoping to show America on the show.
-Step Boys (ABDC7) takes you behind the scenes to see what the accommodations are like for crews in the ABDC hotel, featuring Funkdation and Fanny Pak. Of course they do it MTV Cribs style.
If you have any videos you want posted, leave a comment below, or email us at

Video: Collizion Crew - "House Party"

The work of Collizion Crew is less well-known than many of the West Coast crews on ABDC Season 7. To rectify that knowledge gap, here's a new video from them called "House Party" on  CollizionTV Youtube. Thanks for the tip, Carlos!

Sneak peak #2: Mos Wanted Crew dance to "4 Minutes"

MTV posted a sneak peak of the ABDC Madonna Challenge: Mos Wanted dancing to "4 Minutes". Thanks for the tip, JabbaJake!

Sneak preview video: 8 Flavahz "Vogue" clip has a sneak preview from America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna Challenge -- a clip of 8 Flavahz dancing to "Vogue".  Thanks for the tip, Michael! Click here to watch.

Double elimination at ABDC's Madonna Challenge!

KIIS-FM has revealed that the big shocker in America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna Challenge is a double elimination -- a first for ABDC! Thanks for the tip, YES!YES!YES! and I.Am.A.Wanted.Step.Lyte.  Listen to it here.

EDIT: Here's the commercial that reveals this from MTV's site 

Exclusive interview with Howard Schwartz & Jet Li: How Hip Hop International prepares dancers for ABDC

 Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interviewed America's Best Dance Crew Executive and co-creator Howard Schwartz at the ABDC Flo Rida Challenge Taping. Howard talks about how much he likes this season's crews,  how Hip Hop International prepares crews for ABDC by giving feedback and confidence, and the info for 2012 HHI. Jet Li talks about Poreotics' experience at HHI and how it prepared them for everything since, including opening for Justin Bieber.

More recaps of Flo Rida challenge & more precaps for Madonna Challenge

More recaps of the action in America's Best Dance Crew's Flo Rida Challenge:
- MuchMusic has a summary and lots of pictures
- Screen Invasion thought the group number was the worst in ABDC history and predicts hard times for the non-US crews
- Little Blog of Dance semi-analyzes the groups' steps in a stream of consciousness. Interesting.
- We'll Fix it In is a late poster this season, but always on-target with the snark. Here's the Britney Spears recap 
And, more backstage interviews from the taping of ABDC's Madonna Challenge:
- Pacific Rim has in-depth interviews with Fanny Pak, Stepboys, Elektrolytes, 8 Flavahz, and Funkdation. Click here for links to this Episode 3 interview playlist
- DanceOn has mini-interviews with all the crews

Kickstarter Campaign for Jag6ed documentary - please support!

JAG6ED (America's Best Dance Crew Season 6) has a documentary being made about them! This crew did not get a chance on ABDC to show their dance range; this is the opportunity to rectify that problem.  Over the last 2 years, film makers Matt and Katie Celia have been following JAGGED. They discovered the dancers during their first full length show back in 2010 and followed them through America's Best Dance Crew, the performance of their show "When The Curtain Falls",  the creation of their second full length show "Catalyst", America's Got Talent auditions (both last year and this year), and the creation of their sister company JAGGED South.

All the necessary footage has been shot. Now it's time to edit and finalize the film... But first, they need some help raising the necessary funds to finish it. Click here to see the Kickstarter campaign; here's a clip from the film "Off The Floor: The Rise of Contemporary Pole Dance". Please give today-- I have!

Survey results for ABDC Flo Rida Challenge: Mos Wanted Crew is Mos Popular Crew

Here are our results for the favorite and least favorite performances during the ABDC Flo Rida Challenge:
  • Favorite performance: 1,322 votes were cast. Mos Wanted Crew dominated with 49%, followed by Funkdation (16%) and RNG (15%).  Click here for the full results
  • Least favorite performance: 789 votes were cast.  The group performance was the least popular of the night with 26% of the vote, followed by Funkdation (18%). Click here for the full results.

Monday, April 23, 2012

RNG interview before ABDC Madonna Challenge: all about Bailey + prepping for ABDC

Jet Li of Poreotics and Chris Trondsen interview RNG before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna Challenge.  The crew talks about what they plan to bring to the challenge, what it's like in Seattle, how they feel about the attention given to Bailey, and Bailey tells about age, girlfriends, height, and why he doesn't have Twitter. 

Exclusive interview with Stepboys before ABDC Madonna Challenge - Jet Li gets initiated!

Jet Li of Poreotics and Chris Trondsen interview Stepboys before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna Challenge. The crew models their propeller beanies, make Jet Li go through the Stepboys initiation ceremony, and talk about why people have to vote for Stepboys. And, Jet Li professes his love for Stepboys as they caress him. Hmm -- I've never written that phrase anywhere before now.

Elektrolytes interview before taping ABDC Madonna Challenge: breakout & why you should vote for us!

Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interviewed Elektrolytes before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna Challenge. They talk about their motivation this week after last week's judging, how their name would be great for a Gatorade sponsorship, how they are going to try to build a fanbase beyond Arizona, and their Elektro breakout.

Exclusive interview with Irratik before ABDC Madonna Challenge - a workout demo, "making dancing hard look sexy"

Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interviewed Irratik before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna Challenge. The members introduce themselves, and then  talk about how they're approaching this week's challenge, their affiliation with Blueprint Cru and their presence in the Canadian dance scene, balancing being sexy vs. being hard, and how they get ready for battle

Exclusive preview: Chaz Robinson (Saltare) - debut EP

Chaz Robinson from ABDC's Season 5 jump roping crew Saltare is releasing his debut EP this Summer!  Not only a talented dancer, Chaz is also a very talented musician.  He has been singing since the age of 5, has won various competitions and has been considered, after completing all the audition phases, to compete on The Glee Project and The Voice.  Click here for an exclusive preview!

Playlist for ABDC's Madonna Challenge

Based on field reports from the taping, here's the playlist for America's Best Dance Crew's Episode 3 -- The Madonna Challenge:
  • 8 Flavahz - "Vogue"
  • Collizion Crew - "Don't Tell Me
  • Elektrolytes - "Hung Up"
  • Fanny Pak - "Girl Gone Wild"
  • Funkdation - "Give me all your Luvin'"
  • Irratik - "Express Yourself"
  • Mos Wanted Crew - "4 Minutes"
  • RNG - "Human Nature"
  • Stepboys - "Ray of Light"

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Video: ABDC Soundtrack Behind the scenes

Here's a video from the only crew to take part in all seven seasons of ABDC - District78.  In what could be a weekly internet show, this week the guys show us the process of creating the awesome mixes for Flo Rida week.  Be sure to check out to hear all your favorite ABDC master mixes.

Exclusive pre-taping interview with 8 Flavahz, including a vogueing battle

Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interview 8 Flavahz before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna challenge. They talk about why they're called 8 Flavahz, how they're honored to be supported by ICONic Boyz, how they're preparing for the show, and Battlefield America. At the end of the interview the twins have a vogue battle. And, they assign flavors to Jet Li and Chris; you'll never guess.

Check our our ABDC Season 7 banner - thanks Shahin!

Reader Shahin is back with a new banner for our website. As ever, you can track the progress of the crews on the show. If their logo is grayed out, they have been eliminated. This season, he's featured the logos that MTV designed for each group. Great work as usual Shahin!

Exclusive interview: Mos Wanted Crew talks before Madonna taping about pressure and crew secrets

Jet Li (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interviewed Mos Wanted Crew before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna episode. They talk about the pressure on the crew because of the judges' praise last week, members' Facebook presence, and little known facts about the members.

Yoo's Non-Spoiler report from the ABDC Madonna taping

 Yoo was in the audience for the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Madonna taping. Here's his report on the evening which contains NO SPOILERS:
So we got Madonna week! Songs that are used are a lot of her songs back in her career.
 - There is a Special Announcement that Mario made or let me say "GAME-CHANGER".
- Because there are 9 crews, only 1 judge will speak for each crew.
 - Chachi (IaMmE, SoReal Home Team),Law and Jet li (Poreotics),Cornell (SK, kombative), members from Blueprint, Baby Boogaloo (Miniotics, Future Funk) , Chestersee (YTF), Myron Martin (World of Dance) were all in the house tonight
Click here to read the rest of Yoo's report, including descriptions of the crews, as well as some judges' comments (not attributed to the performance in question). Thanks Yoo! 

REMEMBER -- NO SPOILER COMMENTS. If you leave a spoiler comment, we WILL ban you from leaving future comments. You are warned. 
 Photocredit: Mario Lopez Extra's Yfrog account. This picture was taken BEFORE the show aired.Thanks MSERanMan for the link!