RECAP: ABDC S05E02: Now North America’s Best Dance Crew
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ABDC S05E02: Now North America’s Best Dance Crew
And we’re back. In case you missed it:
3 regional competitions lead to 15 dance crews. The East, the South and the West. Apparently all of y’all in the middle don’t matter anymore. We always knew this but ABDC was the last standing bastion for the MidWest and now it has shunned you. Be ashamed. You are now no man’s land.
Mario reminds us that many, many crews tried out this year to be the best of the best. Last week we said joyfultearful goodbyes to X-treme Motion and Ghost. READ OUR LIPS; NO MORE BUCKING! Or horrendously boring and slow routines. YAY! Someone from X-treme Motion may have thrown up after they got cut. I will withhold my comments.
This means that representing for the South we have: Jungle Boogie, Swagger Crew and Royal Flush!!! I am still not biased.
Mario reminds us that the East brought us Biggie (RIP), Jay-Z, b-boys and breakers. That is all the East ever had to offer apparently.
I’m still trying to figure out why a good 4 seconds of the intro is just a ferris wheel. Perhaps it’s a metaphor for the ups and downs of fame that keep people in a constant loop of tension and bewilderment. Nationals (still) start on February 18th!
By the way, hip-hop was born and raised on the streets of New York. I think I have a cousin named hip-hop. . .
While the East is packed with talent and tradition we, like the South, have never won a season of ABDC (or as Mario put it, ‘has never locked down the ABDC title). Is anyone else seeing this trend? I THINK THE SHOW IS BIASED! WEST COAST AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON EAST COAST! ‘Empire State of Mind’ isn’t just a song!
East Regional Battle
Legendary Seven – Boston, MA – Has 2 former members of Status Quo and therefore this is their ‘second’ chance. Let’s not think too hard about that. More about how doing this has affected their lives. They’re striving to be better than they are.
JC is suspiciously absent and I fear that this will make watching the auditions an even more sleep inducing activity.
They’re aiming for first place now. Their unison is admirable and their last stunt was pretty cool. The audition vids still suck.
Kevin – Loved it. The veterans have definitely improved. He has no words of wisdom for anyone else. I feel like this is going to be a theme if they make it through.
Lil’ Mama – They focus and work well together and their transitions have changed which I guess means something really good.
Let us all forget that there are 5 other people in this crew that have never been on the show.
Performance: We should all know how much I love flips and I really loved the flips for this crew. I don’t know if I totally missed this last week but they did the same routine as they did for auditions and it was very awesome to see it in full and not cut up all to hell. Also, the transformer/helicopter move was precious and their energy is intense. And then the one guy winked at me and I may or may not have had a flutter of butterflies. (They are so freaking cute!)
Omarion – WWOOOWWW! WOW! That is why this is ABDC. That’s how you supposed to do. Was explosive and energetic. E-Knock did the backflip and landed on his knees and then showed us all that he landed on his knees. (See? TOTALLY PRECIOUS!) That was swag!
Lil’ Mama – Nothing better than seeing a crew come back and switching things up (I wonder how long it’s going to be before the other 5 members point out that this isn’t a comeback for them.) Not the wild Status Quo anymore, they’ve gone technical and let them know ‘We gets busy’. And the helicopter was smooth it happened, it was no gonna happen it happened and she respects that. More choreography please! Translation: Welcome back (you two). Way to bring back the technical aspect of dance and for committing to your tricks. Remember to mix in some choreography with your tricks so we get a whole routine and not just bits and pieces. You have got it.
JC - LULZ You guys dance to the background noise. Nice to see your enthusiasm and you came here to prove something and you proved something. We got a little bit of Status Quo’s energy and you threw in some choreo and you made this whole new thing with new people (THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP FINALLY!). JC also thought it was awesome that Kevin (of JabbaWockeeZ) who faced off with Status Quo is the judge that let them through. Sportsmanship lives! (What that has to do with the routine, I’m still not sure.)
Draztik – Providence, RI – Now this is just another pet peeve of mine, BUT SPELLING YOUR NAME HORRIBLY INCORRECTLY DOES NOT ENDEAR ME TO YOU. Just throwing that out there. Christine decides to play Captain Obvious by informing us that Rhode Island’s dance scene is overlooked because Rhode Island is small and there isn’t much going on. That is nothing that I could not have found out from Wikipedia. Genesis (with red streaks in her hair!) tells us they’ve been dancing for 7 years and are here to finally get noticed. Something tells me she’s a middle child, I should know. Genesis also informs us that she put the group together with serious people only because she didn’t want to be held back. They don’t just do it, they live it.
Lil’ Mama – Dope (ahem!) and passionate.
Kevin – Clearer images. Don’t just boom, BOOM! Let people see that. Translation: BOOM!
Jared has a prophetic dream that Draztik won the trophy and now that’s what they’re going to do. I’m loving their outfits for their quirky, yet obviously uniquely catered, style. ALSO, THEY ARE DANCING TO BRITNEY FING SPEARS!!!! *swoons*
Performance: HEHEHEHE I don’t even know what to say to this. I think I’m still hung up on Britney. I need to go rewatch it. *rewinds* Alright, so, I think they’re working on their BOOM! factor. What I noticed was that they each have their own style in dance (like in wardrobe) and it is very interesting to watch them all together moving as one and yet just a little bit different. Probably best highlighted at the end when the camera pans across their faces. I really enjoyed how they worked together but there wasn’t anything really wow worthy in the entire thing.
Lil’ Mama – She’s proud. She liked how they worked together and their pacing and togetherness and cleaness. Also, how they highlighted each other. She thinks maybe they need to be a little more wild and crazy. A little more something. Come back to her in a minute.
JC – He knows *EXACTLY* what Lil’ Mama means. So many years sitting next to her has equipped JC with Lil’ Mama translation technology, now if only we could get some JC translation technology. But anyway, he agreed with Lil’ Mama, nothing bad to say, tight and clean but no unique moment. Nothing jumped out there was nothing memorable. Execution was ace and it was tight but also very obvious. Finds something alternative in the music to dance too. Is anyone else surprised that this is week two and there have been no JC boos yet? I agree with his critique but I am suprised at the crowd’s lack of JC hate.
Omarion – You guys stayed in the center too long. It’s a big stage, utilize it! I totally grinned like a craycray person when he said utilize. And then I frowned because I caught sight of his hair. *sigh* This relationship is going to be such love/hate. Be more dynamic. The pirouette (that is a really hard word to spell, by the way) was cool but too ‘cute’ even though the one girl is too adorable for words. She needs to be more like ‘YES I LOVE THIS!’ and ‘OH MY GOD I HIT THE SPLIT’. Translation: I have no freaking clue. Energy needs to be more UH! But he enjoyed it.
Blue Print Cru – Montreal, Canada – Alright, try to stay with me here. This show is called ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’. Yes? Right. Canada is a country that is not the United State of America. Correct. Was I wrong in assuming that America’s Best Dance Crew, like American Idol and America’s Got Talent and America’s Funniest Home Videos, was supposed to be for people who, oh, I don’t know, actually lived in the United States of America? Did I miss the part where this became North America’s Best Dance Crew? Where is my Mexican crew at? Where’s my crew from Barbados? Apparently I’m supposed to sympathize with them because some ignorant people think that Canadians live in igloos and skate to school. I feel my sympathy has been tapped if that’s the biggest stereotype they’ve had to overcome.
Lots of tutting and high energy. I’m not going to hate on their dancing because, despite this being the cut to hell version of their routine it’s actually very good.
Lil’ Mama – Is doing a replay of last week except that this time not having anything to say is good because it means you’ve shut people up.
Kevin – No deliberation necessary.
Their striving to create the ‘perfect blue print’ hence their name. I think I’d probably be less annoyed with them if they just talked less and danced more.
Performance: See? Now I’m so much happier. They have danced. It was awesome. Their master mix was very cool. I love me some Canucks. There’s nothing that I can even complain about. I loved their ‘old school’ moment too, that was a nice throw back. In conclusion, these kids can dance and the only thing that makes me sad is that they’re Canadian.
JC – Was feeling it. He needs a moment to pull his random thoughts together and lock them away in the back room so that he can attempt to make some sense. They seem to have summed up what was missing from the last crew. That little bit of extra pop! (I didn’t just go down memory lane and replay the entire video for ‘Pop’ in my head, except for how I totally did.) I’m loving how they’re using their words this episode. The pop! the boom! the cghcghah! Back handspring into a coin drop was cool and was a nice combination. All the experimenting with the combos and the music shows they’re thinking.
Omarion – The girls where giving him everything and he forgot their were guys in the group. The energy wasn’t matching. I have a feeling that he may have been distracted.
Lil’ Mama – They had the top performance the day they auditioned. They gave what they gave at auditions times 10 and that is major. The word she was looking for earlier was dimension which they have. There weren’t many stunts but she’s looking forward to seeing them explore stunts in the future. Is she hinting towards things we don’t know yet?
Did anyone else catch how it said ABDC The Regionals SOUTH right before the commercial? Awesome guys!
Static Noyze – Cambridge, MA – See note above re: SPELLING. Stay in school, kids! They’re hoping to impress the judges which is typically what you should aim to do. They’re all so little and cute and smiley I’m having Hok flashbacks. Some of them are classically trained in ballet and jazz others in cultural dance. I am very intrigued. I’m not touching the Christmas sweaters.
I don’t even know.
Kevin - Was totally impressed.
Lil’ Mama – Dope. (I’ve stopped counting.) They look quiet but have so much attitude and passion when it comes to dancing.
They want to stay true to themselves and not rock the same moves. They have different backgrounds and styles and pride themselves on story telling and theatrics. Thank you, Suzette.
Performance: Holy crap! Hi, how so awesome? You can definitely see their training coming out in the choreo and it is an asset. The theatrics make for some very eye catching moves. Did anyone else see when Suzette got yanked all the way to the back? That was awesome. And the girls end in my favorite, the reclining hero and I just. Hearts in my eyes.
Lil’ Mama – One of the most well rounded crews she’s seen on the show. They remind her of Fanny Pak because of all the different backgrounds but they preform together and it reads as one. That is possibly one of the deepest things I’ve ever heard Lil’ Mama say. Their transitions were on. (She also loved the leg pulling and the style changes).
Omarion – He thinks the different styles could hurt them and we get the first boos of the season. And it wasn’t JC! He feels the dancing was emotionless and didn’t enjoy it like he thought he would.
JC – And then the heavens crashed down upon Earth as the crowd exalted over JC’s words, ‘With all due respect, I completely disagree with you.’ This is not the ABDC I know. It is the NABDC I am learning to love. JC delves into the GED prep book to bring us such gems as ‘cerebral’ which he then clarifies as meaning thoughtful. They have an ‘intellectuality’ that is evident in the way they do their steps their way. Omarion tries to backpedal and say he likes training but that they had no edge. JC continues on to inform us that sloppy does not equal raw. If you’re not lost by this point, I commend you. JC continues to disagree and believes they did this from the heart. I guess the acting just wasn’t up to Omarion’s superb standards.
Saltare – Raleigh, NC – They dance and jump rope. The Spanish teacher in me wants to make them pronounce their name as Saltaré (I will jump) but they went for the Latin word instead and I guess that’s ok. Apparently they do the same thing as any of the other crews but they do it with rope. Lil’ Mama is feeling their swag. I can’t imagine that is true as there is no bling, large excess fabric or any other extra’s on their work out suits.
I am trying to not laugh at their conflict of trying to get jump rope seen on a national level but having to incorporate dance into it. Um. . .
The little bit that we did see actually looked cool but I have a feeling that watching people jump rope, even with some tricks thrown in, is going to get old very quickly.
Lil’ Mama – Y’all gangsta. (LOL the one guy who says ‘I’m not so sure about gangster.’)
Kevin – Is concerned about how much more dancing we’ll be seeing.
The jumpsuits are not appealing. Mario is impressed because jump roping is hard. Tyler is a cocky mofo.
Performance: The novelty has not worn off just yet. They have some very impressive skills. It takes a whole lot of practice to get things that well timed. There were a few moments when I felt like they didn’t know what to do with one or two members and that was obvious but other than that they were very interesting. (Was that Rino??) They look so darn happy that they did it and I can’t blame them because, yeah, wow.
Mario is gonna whip himself if he doesn’t stop.
Omarion – Now he’s speechless and trying to compose his thoughts. Timing is crazy good and that’s a lot of pressure. The 540 through the swinging ropes is what did him in. TIMING.
JC – You guys handled your prop flawlessly and you even let go of it and had faith that it would come back. JC can’t do that while keeping rhythm. One guy jumped through three people and just non stop stunts. But keep in mind you have to do more choreo on this show. Man splits leave JC a little flustered. He was entertained.
Lil’ Mama – You guys are still gangsta (which she then explains to us means that they made it even when they had that different element that isn’t typical but you make people take it in and break free of the typical elements of hip hop or b-boy. . .or something). They do what they do and they do it well. She respects what they do and they are impressive.
My guesses are Legendary 7 and Saltare
1 for 1 Saltare
1 for 2 Blue Print Cru
Wow. We’re one step closer to North America’s Best Dance Crew.
Sudden Death Showdown
Draztik Are not playing games. They are out to prove that they can be tough. Nothing cute about them this time around.
Legendary 7 I felt like there were a lot of tricks and not much actual dancing.
Static Noyze Still awesome. Still interesting.
Draztik Lil’ Mama said you were on point but JC said you weren’t memorable. Static Noyze Lil’ Mama and JC liked your originality but Omarion said it lacked heart. Legendary 7 2 of you almost won 1st season, this was your second chance. JC said it was humble to try again, Omarion loved your energy but Lil’ Mama said the choreo lacked difficulty. I would be ok with any of them.
My guess is Static Noyze
1 for 1 Static Noyze
Hugs all around. People are obviously disappointed. I’m still a little bit bitter about the whole Canada thing.
West Coast Regionals home of the last 4 ABDC winners. Funtimes!