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On the same day that TMZ posted a photo taken of Rihanna’s battered face after she was allegedly assaulted by Chris Brown, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew aired their “Battle of the Sexes” episode, wherein the four remaining teams competed, two all-male and two all-female. In what can only be described as exquisitely poor timing (not to mention taste), the all-male Quest Crew was assigned to dance to Chris Brown’s “Forever,” while the all-female Fly Khicks crew was asked to perform a routine to Rihanna’s “Pon de Replay.” I physically cringed when one of the members of Quest Crew (whom I adore)–in reference to Chris Brown’s MJ-esque footwork–said, quite innocently, “No one does it like Chris Brown.”
Watch the full episode here.
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Hey, did ya hear the good news? One of the Harajuku Slaves is free. She can be seen Thursday nights on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew with her fly b-girl group, Beat Freaks. As Lil’ Mama would say, they dance harrrd. As Shane Sparks would say, they rip it. As vest-wearing blowhard JC Chasez would say…oh, who cares what vest-wearing blowhard JC Chasez would say?!
You may know this Harajuku Slave as “Music.” Or that tall Harajuku Girl. Maybe you, like most people, never bothered to distinguish among the four of them and really look at their individual faces, bodies, dance styles, or personalities, because the Harajuku Slaves have always been dolled up in matching outfits and geisha makeup and forced to trail their blonde big-boned owner in silence and that was the point, really, that they were all supposed to look alike and be stripped of their individual identities and be referred to en masse as “The Harajuku Girls,” riiiiiiight?
Anyhoo, true to freed slave tradition, “Music” now has a real full name: Rino Nakasone-Razalan. And homegirl is hawt, even without geisha makeup, if you can imagine. And she’s got really dope moves. And she’s part of a female hip-hop dance group who’s inspiring girls all over the country that they can do anything boys can do, backwards and in heels.
Never mind that Rino was part of a hideous cultural phenomenon on par with “Love You Long Time” that will have Asian chicks for the next generasian fighting to be seen as real people with real names and real voices and distinct personalities and not just “Harajuku Girls.” Oh well, whatever, nevermind. Why nitpick on such a historic occasion? The point is, she’s free! Free at last, free at last, God Almighty, Rino Nakasone-Razalan is free at last!!!
Hails from: Detroit
Occupation: Hip-hop dancer and former contestant on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew (with the group A.S.I.I.D., aka “And So It Is Done”)
Known for: Being called the “hardest boy” in his group by ABDC judge Lil Mama; being known as”the deaf guy” and “the Asian guy” of the A.S.I.I.D. dance crew (who was sadly voted off last week) until people saw his moves, the pure joy with which he dances, and that smile, which transcended the competition, his ethnicity, and even his disability; rocking a FilipiFro (Filipino ‘fro).
Click here to see the A.S.I.I.D. performance that earned Joey props from Lil Mama.
Congrats to JabbaWockeeZ for steppin’ up, stomping the yard, saving the last dance, breakin’ and all that jazz to win America’s Best Dance Crew!!!
Today, everyone wants to be a dopeass dancing fool who can dance in a creepy mime mask and make it look cool, not least of all this guy:
Click here to see all of JabbaWockeeZ’s performances.
Last night on America’s Best Dance Crew, Amazians of the Week Kaba Modern were voted off the show, putting Status Quo and JabbaWockeeZ through to the final. (sniff).
What I wouldn’t give to watch the Harajuku Girls get served by Cindy, Yuri, and Jia of Kaba Modern. Dance-off, anyone?
The sickest move from episode 7, however, was performed by JabbaWockeeZ’s Filipino Fenom Rainen Paguio, who did a no-handed headspin at the end of their routine that lasted for days:
Check out JabbWockeeZ’s biggest fans, Josh and Jeremiah, try to copy those moves in their living room (mind the TV!). It’s the cutest thing ever.
Name: Kaba Modern
Occupation: Dance Crew
Known for: Giving the dopest performance last week on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” (yes, we watch the show and it rules) to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” doing cool stuff with their hands in routines, “Tut-in’,” emerging as the ones to beat.
Learn more about Kaba Modern, which formed in 1992 at UC Irvine, here. Catch them on Randy Jackson Presents…America’s Best Dance Crew on Thursdays, 10 ET/7 PT. Warning: Kaba Modern is as addictive as J.C. Chasez, one of the judges, is a windbag.