Meet The Six All-Star Crews Vying To Be 'America's Best Dance Crew'
It's one thing to be named champion, but wouldn't it be even sweeter to win the crown twice? On the upcoming "America's Best Dance Crew" installment -- formally known as "America's Best Dance Crew All Stars: Road to the VMAs" -- contestants vying for the top prize will have the opportunity to cement their place in the show's lasting legacy and nab a very unique double. Four words: They better bring it.
When the hit series returns to MTV on Wednesday, July 29, six all-star dance crews -- including five previous #1 finishers -- will bring their talents to the stage to battle for dance supremacy. That's right: Dream match-ups will unfold as representatives from different seasons clash and teams compete in the ultimate showdown to see who is the best of the best. Who's ready to see some unparalleled moves and routines?
Six (it's the lucky number!) all-new “Video Music Award”–themed episodes will air, with the crews creating routines inspired by “VMA”-related elements and challenges. Judges T-Pain, Teyana Taylor and Frankie Grande will cast their verdicts on the alums' performances, while Jason Dundas will serve as the host. When all of the originality has been put on display and the ladies/gents put their hard work out on the floor, the winners will be crowned in a LIVE EPISODE that leads into the VMAs’ Pre-Show.
And now, FOR THE CREWS! Drumroll, please...
The Season 2 crew hails from Sin City and is comprised of three well-known b-boy crews: Battle Monkees, Full Force and Knucklehead Zoo. Following its 2008 “ABDC” appearance, Super Cr3W has opened three dance studios, including one in Las Vegas. In addition, members have appeared in numerous movies such as “Battle of the Year,” “Planet Bboy” and "Honey 2" -- plus commercials for "Pepsi Smash." Following a personal invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama, Super Cr3w became the only hip-hop crew to showcase at the White House (very impressive!). They have also appeared in music videos and toured with Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Paul McCartney, Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera and J.LO. The crew also recently headlined as the principal cast alongside their brothers the Jabbawockeez to open their Las Vegas shows “MUS.I.C” and “Prism.”
The Season 3 top seed -- known for displaying high-flying, eye-popping tricks -- is a group of Los Angeles-based close friends with a common love for dance and the arts. From b-boying to tutting to martial arts, each member brings their own specialty and style to the stage with a mix of humor, musicality and innovative choreography. Since their win, Quest Crew rose to international fame as they wowed audiences in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and performed with artists such as Usher, LMFAO, Snoop Dogg, and Far East Movement.
We Are Heroes
The first and only female crew to win the “ABDC" title, We Are Heroes prides itself on its diversity (the seven gals come from all different parts of the world). After nabbing the Season 4 title, the girls embarked on a whirlwind trip of appearances and performances around the globe. They appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres” show three times, were featured on “Oprah” and performed alongside artists such as Justin Bieber and Rihanna. In the past couple of years, the group went their separate ways to pursue solo opportunities in different facets. But once the girls heard about the show making a comeback, they were ecstatic to get the crew back together -- with new members and new tricks.
I.aM.mE refers to its unique dance style as “brain banging,” a series of connections and large-scale visuals that create shapes and puzzles with the human body. This innovative style not only won over the judges and viewers in season six, but it opened doors for the Houston-based crew to spread their style and knowledge of dance with fans across the globe. Since we last saw 'em on this network, the crew has gone of to have individual careers as dancers and choreographers -- even appearing alongside artists such as Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. Fans will also recognize some familiar faces this time around as members from past crews 8 Flavahz and Phunk Phenomenon have joined up once again take on the competition.
The desert boys from Arizona (and reigning champs) are ready to prove themselves once again. Since walking away as the gold medalists, these eight friends toured coast to coast as well as internationally, thrilling admirers with their dynamic stunts, intricate choreography and trademark high energy. The gang has also performed at the Latin Grammys and continues to be the driving force of the thriving Arizona hip-hop community. They call themselves Elektrolytes because dance fuels their body, and they are ready to take America by storm once again!
Making their “ABDC” debut, the Kinjaz are comprised of former team leaders who used to compete against each other. Members hail from many reputable California dance companies including top “ABDC” crews such as the Jabbawockeez (season one champions) and Kaba Modern (season one contenders). With their intricate choreography and creative storytelling, the Kinjaz plan to show what it takes to compete against some of the top crews in “ABDC” history.
+ Which crews are you most excited to see make their return, and who are you rooting for to take home the victory? Sound off in the comments, and be sure to catch the premiere of "America's Best Dance Crew All Stars: Road to the VMAs" on Wednesday, July 29 at 11/10c!