This is actually the first time I’m going to write about one of my favorite TV shows (rather one of the very few TV shows I actually watch) and of course, my other currently active fandom. J-entertainment will have to take the back seat for now.
So, for the first time since the debut of MTV’s Randy Jackson’s AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW, the (predominantly-Asian) B-Boy Rule ended today when the Massive Monkeys were eliminated from the competition. For the first time in ABDC’s history that the title will go to female dancers, whether if it’s Caribe-Latin style dancers Afroborike or the pop & lock tough girls We Are Heroes who may be bestowed the title. Not just that, it’s also the first time that a non-B-Boy (or B-Girl… remember Beat Freaks!) crew who is at the final two as well.
Okay, so some of my fellow ABDC fan friends are not very impressed with the dance crews we were presented for this 4th season. In fact, the regional representations were not as broad as it was for the past three seasons. Most of the crews are all from the West now. There isn’t even a Midwest or even the South representation (unless if I’m wrong… my memory is a little blurred right now).
On the other hand, at least we are seeing something new from this season. Despite that they may not be as impressive as the past dance crews from the first three seasons, at least we are seeing something fresh that we have not seen before. For one thing, this is about America’s Best Dance Crew, right? Where on the regulations say that the dance styles that these dance crews should present to the competition have to be Hip-hop-based dance styles? Sure, dance crews are primarily seen on the R&B/Hip-hop scene, but for professional dancers and choreographers out there, the only thing that they can do to create a brand-new, fresh, and innovative routine is to branch out from their usual styles and explore other types of dance from other cultures, countries, and even back in history. Without the old skool styles already written in history, there won’t even be any original sources to be used through choreographic innovation.
I’m a dance fan in general, though I’m more of a singer than a dancer. I like seeing all kinds of dance, although the B-Boy/Girl style scene is where I grew up in to. Back in middle school and high school, I had a few classmates and friends who used to do B-Boy/Girl styles in the gym and sometimes at the community center dance studio just for fun, plus more B-Boy/Girl-ing in school dances too, all the way until I graduated from high school. Somehow, the emergence of the pop scene in the late ’90s sorta eliminated the “local” B-Boy/Girl scene from the “limelight” and even on the music videos right until dance competitions such as So You Think You Can Dance began to air on TV. And then ABDC came about. Just seeing those B-Boy/Girl crews (as well as the poppers and the lockers and the tut-sters) perform their hearts out on stage really brought my “youth” back.
Lately among the fans, somehow the voting of the viewers had become more of a race card than actually voting based on the consistency, originality, technical and innovative aspects, and excitement levels of the routines. Rhythm City did a much better, more consistent routine than the Massive Monkeys last week during the VMA challenge— and they got eliminated? And now that we’ve got an equally diverse all-girl crew and a Latino co-ed crew as our finalists and I’m seeing a lot of these empty-minded people on MTV.com forums that Afroborike should win because they’re Latino and that many of the Latino viewers are only going to vote for them, simply because that they’re Latino.
I’m not too impressed with Afroborike in many of their routines. I just couldn’t find anything in their routines that would really get me off of my seat and cheer for them. It feels as if they’re only using their sex appeal to get the votes rather than looking at the consistency and the innovation of the routines. We Are Heroes claimed themselves (at least that’s the impression I’m getting) that they want to carry on what Beat Freaks brought for the all-girl crews in the competition and I admire them for doing so. At the moment they are at the same place as the Beat Freaks back in S3.
So…. sexy Latin-spiced Afroborike or streetwise popper-locker-tutter We Are Heroes? Take your pick. Head over to the ABDC website (already linked in the beginning of this entry) and make your vote. I already made my vote earlier today.
P.S. – Speaking of ABDC (and Quest Crew, most of all), Ryan (Ryanimay) Conferido recently opened his own blog filled with inspirational and creative writing. Don’t expect any personal stuff there as I’m aware that he is also a frequent writer. If you are a hardcore (wanna-be/aspiring) writer like myself or if you love original poetry, check out his writings and leave your comments and reviews. :)