Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ninjaboi's detailed review of ABDC8 Premiere - who rates this week? #abdc

In three years, a lot of things can change. Crew break up and reform, People start school and graduate and find new jobs.  But even after all this time, some things still stay the same. And that is that if there is a new episode of America’s Best Dance Crew, Ninjaboi will return with this rankings.  

For those of you who don’t know, I’m Ninjaboi, a long time community member of the BBDC crew. I helped moderate the site for a while, and contributed weekly reviews of each episode using a numerical ranking system.  For those of you who do know, welcome back, good to see you again. Hope you’ve been doing well.  

Before we jump in, just a disclaimer that these opinions reflect my personal subjective opinion of the routines and should not be reviewed as gospel truth. Facts are, I’m just some guy who likes trying to frame things in a numerical manner to make sense of the world.  While I do have some dance experience, mostly at the college bboy crew level (though I’ve been exposed to and at least dabbled in many styles), I would by no means dare to presume that I am a more skilled dancer than any of the dancers of this crew, and admire all they do with regard to dance. 

Click here to read how Ninjaboi rates each of the six crews on Choreography/Foundation/technique, Blow ups/moments, Transitions/composition, and Dynamics/Execution. Spoiler alert: Ninjaboi's ratings agree with the ABDC judges on the Top 3 crews and the bottom crew this week; but read this to better understand WHY. Thanks Ninjaboi!

More recaps of ABDC's Episode 1: fun with dancing and the English language! #abdc

Two more recaps of ABDC:
  • Little Blog of Dance reviews the moves. Enjoys many of the crews, but down on the 'nicey-nice' judges. BTW -- check out his sidebar with his personal list of best dance crews worldwide
  • Observer Chronicle. strange write-up. English is probably not the native language of the author. He/she also gets creative with names (Tremendous Cr3w? Kaba Trendy?)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Video: ABDC Confessionals-Ben

The latest ABDC Confessional is from Ben of Elektrolytes. In it he discusses how awkward he is.

Video: ABDC 360 Ne-Yo Performace #ABDC #ABDC8

Have you ever wished that they would give us interactive videos of the dance routines? You know the type where YOU get to move the camera around and see different angles that you want to? Well now we (mostly) get that! Hopefully this is the first of many such videos to come!

Recaps of ABDC8's Premiere: judges' comments, gifs, + some dance commentary! #abdc

Not too many recaps yet, but here's the word so far:
  • LA Times splits their report between dance descriptions and the odd judge comments about panties, 'vagimonds', and other trenchant commentary
  • MTV keeps it all all sunshine and lollipops but compensates by including some great gifs
  • Entertainment Weekly gets nostagic and highlights each crew's clothing style and standout moves

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Let us know if you're attending tonight's ABDC8 taping! #abdc #abdc8

Episode 2 of America's Best Dance Crew Season 8 tapes tonight, July 30. If you're going, we'd love to hear about it (without the spoiler of who gets eliminated)! Just leave a comment or email us at   Thanks and we're jealous.

More ABDC8 Crew Interviews (from WOD's BGirl Shorty): Super Cr3w, Kinjaz, I.aM.mE #abdc

World of Dance went backstage before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew Season 8's premiere episode and talked to Super Cr3w, IaMmE, and Kinjaz. The interviewer: Beat Freak's BGirl Shorty!
The videos' focus is on introductions of members and their strategies for the season

Click here for the Super Cr3w interview
Click here for the I.aM.mE interview

District78 Master mixes for ABDC8 Episode 1 now online #abdc

District78 is creating the master mixes for the latest season of America's Best Dance Crew. Click here for their renditions of the playlist: Ne-yo mastermix, "Big Bad Wolf", "Diamonds", "Latch", "Runaway Baby", "Fine China", and "Work"

Survey: Which was your favorite crew for ABDC 8 Ep. 1? #abdc

Survey: What was your least favorite crew for ABDC 8 Ep. 1? #ABDC #ABDC8

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Party Room/Critics Corner: What do you think about tonight's ABDC show? #abdc

 The Party Room/Critics Corner for ABDC 8's Episode 1  Challenge is now open! Join lots of other readers, fans (or not) as they vent on what they love and what they hate. 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.  JUST BELOW THIS POST IS OUR LIVE BLOG -- Join us there during the show taping!

What did you think about the new format? What do you miss the most? How about those judges? What should they change in the ensuing weeks? Let us know what you think!


Join us NOW for live-blogging of ABDC's Episode 1! #abdc #abdc8

 This is live play-by-play for tonight's America's Best Dance Crew Season 8 Episode 1.    Follow along or keep up with the show if you can't watch it immediately. It's not easy to simultaneously watch the show, write about it, AND monitor the comments, so please leave most of your longer comments at the Party Room/Critics Corner post above this post! You should be able to sign in on the platform the first time you try to leave a comment -- this is a different platform for us, so please be patient and kind.

Let's watch!

Video: Mike from Kinjaz

First in what I hope is a new series, Mike from Kinjaz gives us a confessional.

Video: We are Heroes Rehearsal

Marie Poppins and Ebonee tell us what motivates the crew and what they plan on bringing to the stage.

Video: Super Cr3w lets us know how they have changed.

Today's first rehearsal video has Do-Knock and mike Murda talk about how things have changed in their crew.

ABDC choreographers Nappytabs name their all-time favorite ABDC routines #abdc

Napoleon and Tabitha D'umo (long-time supervising choreographers for America's Best Dance Crew) announced their all-time favorite ABDC routine in a Yahoo article. Their list:
- Beat Freaks Illusion Challenge (Season 3)

- Poreotics "Love Story" (Season 5) 
- All-star group performance with Jabbawockeez, Super Cr3w, Quest Crew, We are Heroes and Poreotics (Season 5)

- Group performance for Illusion Challenge (mostly notable to me for featuring Lil Mama!)
- I.aM.mE Rihanna Challenge (Season 6) 
- Quest Crew Season 3 Finals
- Super Cr3w Bring the Beat Challenge (Season 2)  
- JabbaWockeeZ Robot Remains (Season  6)

What would YOU pick?

Join us tonight for ABDC 8 Ep. 1! Live blogging, polls, party room ++ and more! #abdc

Tonight is the premiere of America's Best Dance Crew's Road to the VMAs. We'll be watching (11pm ET/PT, 10pm other timezones) and will open our live-blogging post about 15 minutes before showtime. We won't have live surveys and other features this time around (too expensive) but welcome the comments, observations, and clean snark of the community. 

Afterwards, we'll have a Party Room/Critics Corner post for you to comment on what you've seen, as well as a few surveys. And, let us know if you feel inspired enough to write a recap in the next days.

Hope to hear from you tonight!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Video: Kinjaz discuss what motivates them

Anthony and Vinh Nguyen from Kinjaz tells us a bit of their crew's history and what helps to motivate them on the show.

Video: Elektrolytes gets star struck and focused during rehearsals.

Kyle P. & Nico talk about how starstruck they are and how they plan to wow us this season. Watch and enjoy. Love your stage outfits guys!

Video: Jaja Vankova (ex-I.aM.mE) on So You Think You Can Dance

Jaja Vankova will not appear on America's Best Dance Crew because she's in the top 16 of this season's So You Think You Can Dance. She's winning major admiration for her ability to adapt to non-street styles and her expressiveness. Here's her performance on the July 27 show.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Video Promo #6 for ABDC Season 8: Elektrolytes #ABDC #ABDC8

After five FABULOUS!!! promos we close with the most recent winner, Elektrolytes!
This one shows us why they are champs and that they are not resting. Don't count these guys out!

Video: Quest Crew kid around and talk about rehearsals.

Continuing the stepping their game up play MTV has released another behinds the scenes video. This one has Hok and D-Trix messing around and talking about how things have been.

Video: I.aM.mE talk about the new ABDC Season and rehearse a little #ABDC

MTV has stepped up its promo game. Not content with teasers, they've started releasing rehearsal videos with the crews. The first shows Philip 'Pacman' Chbeeb and Emilio Dosal talking about their earlier  America's Best Dance Crew season and how they intend to step it up for Season 8.

What other crews should America's Best Dance Crew bring back? -- Let MTV know! #abdc

MTV made a point of picking past America's Best Dance Crew winners (with one exception) for the upcoming season. Many amazing crews did NOT win, and probably deserve more attention. So, please let a comment: if there was another season of ABDC composed of former competitors, who do you think they should bring back?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Video Promo #5 for ABDC Season 8: Super Cr3w! #abdc #abdc8

MTV is working to build up excitement for the new season of America's Best Dance Crew with their staggered release of video promos for each of the crews. The latest release shows Season 2 winners Super Cr3w! In this short video they bring the moves but this time with more power!

Chachi (ex-I.aM.mE member) sues her mom over Chachimomma pants profits! #abdc

I know many old-time America's Best Dance Crew fans are sad that Chachi is not returning to dance with I.aM.mE for the new season.  Good news (sort of) -- you can still read all about her! TMZ reports today about Chachi's lawsuit against her mother to claim part of the profits from Chachimomma pants sales.

Video Promo #4 for ABDC Season 8: We are Heroes #abdc #abdc8

MTV is working to build up excitement for the new season of America's Best Dance Crew with their staggered release of video promos for each of the crews. The latest release shows Season 4 winners We are Heroes, with a few new members including Marie Bonnevay (aka Marie Poppins). Thanks for the links, Mike!