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Category: America’s Best Dance Crew

Leiomy on the Girls

Her name is Leiomy Maldonado, but most know her as Leiomy Mizrahi. She is voguing. More specifically we call it vogue femme. She is LEGENDARY! Get into her and her movement. Do you see the dollars raining from the crowd? That’s not apart of the show. When we say pay homage, we’re not talking about just verbally… we like to see those little green pieces of paper.

You all were gagging over the performances of Vogue Evolution on America’s Best Dance Crew and I only shook my head. Do you see why?? There’s only one thing you can give to the Legendary Mother: TENS ACROSS THE BOARD. Well of course and a cameo in what is one of the hottest music videos to come out this year, Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.”

VOGUE-a highly stylized modern dance characterized by photo model-like poses integrated with angular, linear and rigid arm, leg, and body movements. There are three major ways of voguing: Old Way, New Way, and Vogue Femme

Vogue Femme– fluidity at its most extreme; exaggerated feminine movements, influenced by ballet, modern dance, and breakdancing. There are Five Elements of Vogue Femme:

  1. Hand Performance
  2. Dramatics(Spins and Dips)
  3. Catwalk
  4. Duckwalk
  5. Floor Performance

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Richgirl’s He Aint With Me Now Though

This is like the third time I’ve heard of the group but I will confess both of the other times I wasn’t really being serious about music. I was either going through my blog roll, or I was playing around with friends. One part stuck in my head though, so I walked around saying “Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle!” Today though, I was introduced to a video that changed all of that.

The video, as you can see is not very choreography intensive, but I still think they sound like Beyonce. The freaking group has potential to be number one best selling in the world, I think. Oh and by the way, they were on Beyonce’s I AM… tour.

A mess is picked over art? Come on ABDC!

So I arrive at the library for my first computer session here on campus and I realize, I can catch up on my ABDC! So I immediately go to YouTube and begin researching. Through a series of videos and other webpages I find that Artistry in Motion, the team with Donyelle Jones, an AMAZING dancer and SYTYCD participant, went home. I, of course rushed to see what they’d done wrong.

I was HORRIFIED! Beat Ya Feet Kings was CHILD’S PLAY compared to Artistry in Motion. It was so messy, and frankly the moves were outdated and done so lazily! I couldn’t believe that they let it fly. It really was an embarassment in my opinion!

BOTTOM LINE: AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW NEEDS TO BRING ARTISTRY IN MOTION BACK AND KICK BEAT YA FEET KINGS, ALONG WITH JAYCEE, SHANE SPARKS, AND LIL’ MAMA OUT!

ABDC: Remember Where You Came From

So I’m finally ready for it. I’ve stopped procrastinating and I’m finally ready to create my post about ABDC(I think I’m slowly becoming like the dance writer…). For a few years now I”ve been putting it off but, now that they have basically booted one of my favorite teams of all time, I’m ready to write. As in true 803 style, I’m not going to be entirely mean and negative, but will continue to hold my tongue a bit, as I have in the past but I’m just oging to give my opinion on the matter. Let’s get to it shall we?

When America’s Best Dance Crew first started let me tell you what brought in the majority of the hype: the battle component. Take a trip down memory lane with me. Back in season one we had hip hop and pop groups. They were hard hitters, or they were sassy movers, or maybe even a combination of the two. The big thing was though, on the second episode, there was an actual battle onstage. They took Wild out Wednesdays from 106 and Park and put it on steroids(frankly I’m not a fan of WOW anymore). The battle had an energy that we LOVE! If you don’t believe me think about all the success of You Got Served…. what was that??? Yeah exactly!

Basically this needs to be brought back! This actually needs to be the basis of the entire show. An actual dance battle onstage, live. That would be AMAZING! It would set the show apart, and it would challenge the groups. Doing choreographed battles is hard, trust me I’ve done it, but when it pops off just right, it is AMAZING! Like I said, think back to season one.

Also, ABDC does not need to be afraid to stick to their roots. What’s this I hear about hip hop line dancers? And if I remember correctly I rememeber a season with cloggers and tappers? They are trying to generalize the show’s audience a tad to much for my taste. Maybe it’s just me but I think America is known for our hip hop, our jazz funk, and our pop. Really out of hip hop and pop I think you’ll find your winners.

Anyways I’m working on writing more condensed posts so let’s move on to the bottom line!

BOTTOM LINE: AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW NEEDS TO BRING ON A COMPONENT THAT CAN BE INTEGRATED INTO EACH SHOW THAT WILL SET IT APART FROM OTHER DANCING SHOWS AND EVENTS, LIKE THE BATTLE, AND ALSO THE SHOW NEEDS TO STAY TRUE TO WHAT IT STARTED AS, A HIP-HOP SHOW.

ABDC SEASON 4 PROMISES TO BE FR3SH!!

So, flipping through my Google Reader a few hours ago to find a post that made me scream!!! After the scream I IMMEDIATELY called Simone, the bestie to discuss my find while hitting up YouTube to see an audition vid!!!

Let’s give you some background. America’s Best Dance Crew IS THE ONLY SHOW OF IT’S KIND! Albeit it did kind of fall off and I really would like them to do the show in a different manner, that’s another post entirely, let’s just say for the record that for the first… maybe two seasons I liked the show. Anyways, fast forward to now…

Here’s me, with no cable but full access to the internet. Because of this I’ve been keeping track of other dance crews outside of ABDC by way of YouTube(you can find a few up on the sidebar) and their blogs. I’ve even subscribed to a blog that keeps me up to date on East Coast Dance Crews and what’s happening. (Really it’s North East Coast but they won’t admit it!) Now to why I screamed.

PD_Style posted on their blog about the EC(East Coast) crews being represented in the upcoming ABDC.. I’m like scan scan scan FR3SH scan scan scan… wait what FR3SH!!!!!! This is what I read:

FR3SH (Matawan, NJ) – With a unique blend of jazz and funk, Fr3sh infuses a sense of humor into their choreography and compare themselves to the movie “The Breakfast Club,” priding themselves on being rowdy and rebellious. Their mix of sarcasm, humor, cockiness and raw talent could take them all the way to the top.

This has been FR3SH’s third time to audition for ABDC, and as third time’s the charm, they’ve made it! Of all the NJ teams that have auditioned in the past seasons, there is no doubt that majority appeal has always wished FR3SH to represent their homestate on the show. All they’ve accomplished since the beginning has lead to their biggest break yet. Lets hope they rep NJ to the fullest, NJ ALL DAY

I am in love with the FR3SH FAM and The Main Event, a competition they put on. They inspire me to dance, and actually they are one of the two companies I am considering auditioning for if they are still around… when I get the chance to audition. Anyways, so yeah, STOKED about that info, and I’m like next team…. RYTHM CITY!! Mental Rolodex says The Main Event first place winner. I have that video on my laptop and have watched it MULTIPLE TIMES!! Here’s the bio:

RHYTHM CITY (Bronx, NY) – Struggling on the streets of the Bronx with little to no familial support gave Rhythm City no other option than to stick together, and they intend to use their original style from the Bronx – “the birthplace of hip-hop” – as a secret weapon. The crew has placed highly in an array of dance competitions including Invasion, Blazin’ the Stage, The Main Event, Switzerland’s Dance 2 Dance and, most recently, they won first place at Culture Shock EDC. From living in foster homes to surviving abuse, exposure to life on the streets has taken its toll on each member. As a result, crew leader Alonzo Williams created Rhythm City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting kids off the streets and involved in dance.

Rhythm City has been in existance for awhile in the NYC area, but it is only this year that they’ve blown up in the NJ and D.C. scene with their first place wins from the Fr3sh Dance Company’s MAIN EVENT, Team Millennia’s PRELUDE EC, and Culture Shock D.C.’s East Coast Dance Competition (previously known as bustagroove). This has been their 2nd time (or third time?) auditioning for ABDC. Their raw and energetic appeal has made us think twice about what dance really is and what performing is all about. Everyone on the East Coast has your support Rhythm City, so do it big!

The last team up I’d never heard of but I read one thing and I’m pretty sure I screamed VOGUE!! Then I scrolled down to see Leiyomi and was OVA HUNNEY OVA!! Whereas I was NOT aware that Leiyomi had changed from Mizrahi to McQueen I was still ready to watch them WEEEEERRRRRKKKKK the floor! I was… dissapointed. I wanted to see 10’s across the board and I saw… like 5’s maybe!
Here’s the bio.

VOGUE EVOLUTION (New York, NY) –
Vogue evolution, as the name suggests will be the first vogue styled crew to make it onto ABDC season 4. Of course what better crew to represent the house dance style of vogue than an east coast crew that helped establish the underground vogue scene. The Group members are Malachi Allure, DaShaun Evisu, Pony Zion, the Amazing Prince Milan, and the Spectacular and Marvellous Leyomi McQueen (Former Mizrahi). If any of you are real dancers, then you know that this dance and culture is serious business and is only appreciated by the truest of dancers. “Vogue Evolution will be all kindsa drama that America will love. By the end of season 4, the word ‘Woooorrrk’ will mean much more than that part time job.” — Annonymous

So yes.. that’s what I’ve found I’m looking forward to it. Let’s do a quick bottom line on everybody

FR3SH is my team!! I love them and all but I’m not sure if their work will transfer to mass audience.. as in for people who aren’t dance lovers, but people who love entertainment!

RYTHM CITY I think they’ll do well! They are alot of entertainment, and dance,and while I’m not sure if they’ll win, I think they’ll do decently.

VOGUE EVOLUTION while I am ecstatic that there are voguers being represented… this is not the team to do it. Yeah I think they got legends in there but just take a gander at the audition, they aren’t together. It looks like they threw voguers in a group and was like NOW GAG!

BOTTOM LINE: I LOOK FORWARD TO ABDC’S RESULTS AND THE EXPOSURE IT’LL HAVE FOR THE EAST COAST AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF DANCE IN GENERAL!

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