Saturday, September 15, 2012

AOV | Haunted Mansion

One of my favorite sets all year has been Academy of Villain's "Haunted Mansion" performance, which debuted at Body Rock. Crew leader Pharside has just released a concept video for this set with the rest of the Villains, produced by Kanauru Productions (the same people who make Movement Lifestyle videos). Enjoy! And if you're interested in joining Academy of Villains, be sure to check out the audition information we posted a while back.

Video recap of IBE 2012

OCKEFilms posted a short video of highlights from IBE 2012, the Dutch hiphop festival. Thanks for the link, Angela!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Last chance to enter our SYTYCD contest and win prizes!

Last Chance to reenter our So You Think You Can Dance  Winners contest. If you think you know the boy and girl who are going to win, then prove it!  Submit the names of the 2 dancers - one male and one female -- who you think will win this season's competition.  The prize goes to the first person to get it right, based on the week they submit the answer. If more than one person submits the right answer in that same week, we'll employ a tiebreaker rule to be determined. The prize for each will be a Tshirt of your size and choice, value up to $35 or an iTunes gift certificate worth $30..

To enter: Each week, we'll publish a new post for this contest. When the weekly post is up, add a comment with the names of the 2 winners. Subsequent weeks' entries will be accepted from Thursdays/Fridays (once I put up the new contest post) until the show begins airing on the East Coast.   You can enter this week's contest now -- deadline for the entry: September 18, 2012.   Good luck!

  • 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).
  • MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE THE WORDS SYTYCD Winners' in the comment (so I can search for them easily)
  • You can also submit by email at 

Video: Freestyle for Poreotics' Dumbo and Can - "Frequency"

Matt 'Dumbo' Nguyen and Can Nguyen go blank screen to highlight their hiphop pas de deux to a song by Can called "Frequency" on PoreoticsHD Youtube. Afterwards, they have a message on how to follow them and how to find out more about Can's music.  Thanks for the link Greg!

Exclusive interviews with SYTYCD judges Nigel, Mary, Rob Marshall after Performance Finale

Chris Trondsen interviewed all three So You Think You Can Dance judge after the Performance Finale. They talk about their impressions of the four finalists and what it might take for them to win. Click here to watch Mary Murphy and here for Rob Marshall

As you might expect, Nigel Lythgoe gets very vocal explaining why he would vote for Chehon and Eliana but that everyone MUST vote their own preference.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Exclusive interviews w/ SYTYCD all-stars at Performance finale: tWitch (getting personal), Allison, Alex, Will

Chris Trondsen talked to 4 of the all-stars who performed in the So You Think You Can Dance Performance Finale -- tWitch, Allison Holker, Alex Wong, and Will Wingfield. They each talk about what it was like to work with their partners of the week (Chehon, Cyrus, Eliana, Tiffany),  why they believe that their partners deserve to win and their other projects . Click here to watch the interviews with Allison, Alex, and Will.

tWitch also answered some personal questions: what he'd want to take to a desert island, what food he most hates, and the one thing of his he won't let anyone else touch.

Alex Wong's new Music Video with amazing dancing (of course) - "Crave"

So You Think You Can Dance All-star Alex Wong released a new music video, choreographed by Lauren Gottlieb and featuring MANY amazing dancers and styles. Watch it here and buy the song on iTunes:

Exclusive interview with hiphop dancer Jean Sok at SYTYCD: "Michael Jackson is my idol"

Chris Trondsen interviewed French hip hop dancer Jean Sok backstage after the finale of So You Think You Can Dance Top 4 show. Jean talks about blinging out his crutches in honor of Michael Jackson,  his feelings performing on SYTYCD, his motto of "believe your dream and never give up", and his involvement in Cirque du Soleil.

Video: ReQuest Crew on What Now TV

ReQuest Crew (America's Best Dance Crew Season 6) recently performed live on What Now TV in New Zealand with some new material.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Exclusive interviews after SYTYCD Top 4 show: Chehon, Cyrus, Eliana, Tiffany

Chris Trondsen interviewed all four finalists -- Cyrus 'Glitch' Spencer, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Eliana Girard, and Tiffany Maher after the taping of the So You Think You Can Dance Top 4 show. They joke with Chris about their reputations with the choreographers and the fans and talk about their unique strengths that earn them the right to win the title of "America's Favorite Dancer"

SYTYCD Performance Finale - 2 must see hiphop routines: # 2 Jean Sok

This is one of the most incredible hiphop dances I have ever seen. Kudos to So You Think You Can Dance for bringing Jean Sok to their stage.

SYTYCD Performance Finale - 2 must see hiphop routines: #1 - Cyrus & tWitch

Cyrus 'Glitch' Spencer surprised many by making it to the Final 4 over hundreds of trained dancers on this season's So You Think You Can Dance. If you have doubts about Cyrus -- this final performance will dissolve them. His talent is obvious in this incredible dance on the SYTYCD Performance Finale, danced with all-star tWitch and choreographed by Christopher Scott

Video: Pacman (IaMmE) sunset dubstep by Sicilian coast

Phillip 'Pacman' Chbeeb (from ABDC's IaMmE) performs a dubstep by the Strait of Messina in Sicily. Cool use of the landscape, where the waves and the crags are complementary to his movements. From PacInMotion Youtube.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Survey: What were your favorite performances on the So You Think You Can Dance Performance Finale?

Please vote for your favorite solo and favorite duo/group performance:

Vote now for your favorite SYTYCD dancers - here's the online, phone and text info

The online voting is now open, for at least 2 hours after the show ends in the Pacific Time Zone. If you want to protect your favorite dancers, act now! Remember -- your votes determine who is safe from elimination. Click here to vote online at . Performance videos are up now on the website to aid in your choices. 

If you want to text, send the dancer's name to 83676.

If you want to phone instead, the numbers are: 
 Cyrus     1-855-GOHIM 01
 Chehon  1-855-GOHIM 02

 Eliana    1-855-GOHER 01
 Tiffany    1-855-GOHER 02


Join us NOW for SYTYCD Top 4 show live play-by-play

The Play-Play for tonight's So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 episode  is now open! Tonight, it's the Top 4. This is the last time to watch the top 4 and decide which boy and which girl should win the titles of "America's Favorite Dancers".   Join me for play-by-play, if you can't watch live or just want some other opinions. The Play-by-Play will be in the comments section of this post.

And, let us know what you think about the show.  Do you think this was the right top 4? How will you choose who to vote for?  How would you compare this to other seasons?  This is your party -- humor,  conspiracy theory, nostalgia and almost everything else (except obscenity and abject disrespect) are expected and welcome!  

Must-see Video: IBE 2012 All-Styles Battle - Redbull BCOne All-stars vs. Young Gunz

Here's the best of the best in Bboy all-stayles battles, from IBE 2012: IBE 2012. Representing Red Bull BC One All Stars : Roxrite (USA) - Taisuke (Japan) - Ronnie (from America's Best Dance Crew Season 2's Super Cr3w)(USA) - Pelezinho (Brasil) - Hong 10 (Korea) - Neguin (Brasil) - Lil G (Venezuela) - Cico (Italy). Representing Young Gunz : Prada G (USA) - Justen (Holland) - Fleau (Canada) - Thayson (Brasil) - Issei (Japan) - Jeremy (USA) - Kid Colombia (Holland) - Sunni (UK) - Pocket (Korea) - Vicious Victor (USA). Thanks for the tip Greg!

Note from reader BSG: dance team auditions at Rutgers (with video) - 9/11 and 9/13

Due to loads of commitments, we can't cover announcements of most dance events, but I make exceptions for long-time readers. BSG sent this notice: "We are Team Technique, affiliated with our school's Taiwanese American Student Association. (TASA) Our auditions will be at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, at the Livingston classroom buildings - this Tuesday (9/11) and this Thursday (9/13) from 9P - midnight." Here's a video of their performance at an Involvement Fair last week, to see what the group's about:

Join us tonight & tomorrow for SYTYCD play-by-play, polls, contests, interviews!

Join us tonight to watch and react to the So You Think You Can Dance Top 4 show -- this one will determine the winners for the season!.

- Starting just before 8M ET, we'll have Play-by-play, in case you want to find out what happens as it happens.  Feel free to comment along with me!
- Tomorrow we'll have surveys on the favorite and least favorite performances of the night.
- We'll have the next round of our contest with prizes -- Predict the two winners.
- We're planning to interview the eliminated dancers and the choreographers at tonight's taping and will have interviews posted in the next few days 

So, please join us!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Video: Ryan Feng (Quest) and Funkdation - "Maybe"

WorldofDanceTour presents a studio dance from Ryan Feng (member of America's Best Dance Crew Season 3's Quest Crew), featuring members of Funkdation (ABDC Season 7).

Exclusive interviews after SYTYCD Top 6 show with choreographers Chris Scott, Tyce Diorio, Spencer Liff, Jean-Marc Genereux

Chris Trondsen spoke to So You Think You Can Dance Choreographers Chris Scott, Tyce Diorio, Spencer Liff, and Jean-Marc Genereux after the SYTYCD Top 6 show. They talk about their routines for the week and their impressions of the top 4. Click here to watch the talk with Spencer and Jean-Marc.

Tyce Diorio also talks about his creative process and how he pushes himself to top his earlier SYTYCD work.

Chris Scott also talks about the need to show a fuller range of "the worlds of hiphop dance" to the American viewing public, showcasing all-stars like Comfort and Twitch.

Exclusive interview with SYTYCD all-star Kathryn: I couldn't have asked for a better partner than Chehon

Chris Trondsen interviewed all-star Kathryn McCormick after the So You Think You Can Dance Top 6 Show. She talks about dancing with Chehon on a Tyce Diorio routine, why she thinks he should be the winner on SYTYCD, and how she loves being an all-star for SYTYCD.

787 Crew's last video before their Cirque du Soleil stint!

We received this message from 787 Crew: This is our last month in Puerto Rico because we already signed the contract to go to Cirque Du Soleil, from October 2012 till Sept 2014 for a totally new show at The Hotel Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV . It is going to be exciting and we will be sharing the stage with Request Crew." 

Before they leave, they have a few more workshops, including this one taught by their choreographer Pedro "Mr. P" Aviles. From GOPdance Youtube.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Video: 8 Flavahz Rock the Crop video ad

8 Flavahz (America's Best Dance Crew Season 7) have an ad video promoting Ivivva's Dance Everywhere Crop that is reportedly doing quite well for the girls and the brand. Here's the ad, in case you haven't yet seen it.

Exclusive interviews w/ SYTYCD judges Nigel Lythgoe & Mary Murphy on the top 4

Chris Trondsen interviewed SYTYCD judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy after the So You Think You Can Dance Top 6 show. Nigel talks about how they create the Top 20 with dancers they love, what he loves about each of the top 4, and how each of the finalists grew over the season, and why the winners aren't easy to predict

Mary talks about each of the final 4's chances for winning based on their styles, attitudes, skill, training, and attitudes