Street Dance, Body Popping, Break Dance, Electric Boogaloo, Freestyle - behold the spectacle as crews of 5 or more bust the most incredible moves you will ever have seen. If Jacko’s moonwalk raised a smile, then you are in for a treat if you catch one of these episodes.
Season 1 kicked off on March 27th 2008 with sensational JabbaWockeeZ winning the final some three months later. Each episode sees 10 crews compete against each other with themed coreography based on musical theatre, movies and pop videos by a dance-music legend.
The series is hosted by Mario Lopez and Layla Kayleigh, and sees hip-hop artist Lil Mama, postar JC Chasez and hip-hop choreographer Shane Sparks on the judging panel, alongside featured celebrities. Each episode is a coreography challenge - where the crews have to adapt a specific style, showcasing signature moves, as well as stamping there own identity onto the dance. Performers are rated on imagination, style, difficulty and synchronicity. In Season 1, JabbaWockeez were deserving winners, as their imagination, choreography and synchronisation went just that bit further than the other competitors. In every dance, the crew is pretty much faultless in the routine - the moves are precise and tightly co-ordinated.
Season 2 saw more of a competition, as at some times there were 3 crews performing out of their skins; Fanny Pak were amazing during Missy Elliott week, but it was the consistency of Super Cr3w that saw them overcome SoReal Cru in the final.
Season 3 has almost drawn to a close with all girl troupe - Beat Freaks vying with all male - Quest Crew for the final - set to take place tonight (5th March).
Great choreography is all about subtle interpretation of the music, using the rhythm and cadences, frills and vocal snatches to puntuate different movements. The choreography at times is simply stunning, and the fact that so many complex sequences are carried off flawlessly - time after time is even more amazing.
I am dance music and dance fan through and through, and this show really expresses for me what great dance is all about. Highly recommended.