Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teldon's ABDC Rewatch - Season 1, Finale!

Here's Teldon's Rewatch review of America's Best Dance Crew Season 1's Finale. Thanks Teldon!


THE WEST: JabbaWockeeZ, Kaba Modern, and Fysh N Chicks dancing to "Tell Me When To Go" by E-40 featuring Keak Da Sneak
How did they do? All three crews showed why they were the top crews with this performance.  You could never really tell that this was three different crews dancing together.  They managed to make it look like they had all been dancing together for years.  They were able to take a low key remix and make it pop and have energy.

THE SOUTH: Live In Color and Enigma Dance Kru dancing to "Get Low" by Lil Jon and The Eastside Boys
How did they do?  Another great performance.  Plenty of high energy dance moves that had a wonderful raw vibe.  Unlike the previous performance it did feel like these were two different crews
dancing together but it did not feel awkward in the least and gave a nice contrast.  The stunts added in the beginning and at the end were framed well and felt like they belonged.

THE EAST:Status Quo and ICONic dancing to "Phenomenon" by LL Cool J
How did they do?  They told the best story all night and had the best remix.  Crew solos were a bit longer then the other two performances but the fact the other crew that was not dancing but
doing their part to act as window dressing to the story in the background was a stroke of genius.

THE MIDWEST: Breaksk8 and Femme 5 dancing to "Pop, Lock & Drop It" by Huey
How did they do? I wasn't sure what to expect about this mash up but they killed it.  For two different crews to do so well together is always a treat.  This was the only piece that had the same number of men and women and they played that to their best advantage with the interactions between each other.

Overall, these performances still outshine most of the other finales from my memory.  While some seasons had one performance that was better over all then these, the skill level shown tonight from these nine will be hard to top as a collective.  Also I found it great that there were truly no really bad crews this season.  Sure some may have stumbled at times but they all showed tonight why they were picked for the show in the first place.

JabbaWockeeZ and Status Quo performing Stomp the Yard
How did they do? I honestly did not like this.  It is one thing to give a challenge to blend a different style in with your moves.  It is another to make you dance a completely different style then what you normally do. The master mix they were using just highlighted each time they where out of step and seemed to throw them off.  Both crews were sloppy throughout the entire performance.  Hopefully in other finales they will not repeat this mistake...

Did America get it right? Thank god yes.  While I know we all would have preferred a Kaba vs Jaba finale I am glad the Wockeez won it.

Victory Dance: JabbaWockeeZ dancing to "Stronger" by Kanye West
Great set that really showed how excited they were.  The fact they (and SQ) had about an hour to come up with is, is amazing.  In addition loved the fact they danced without the masks.

Feelings of the season so far:Honestly, this season still holds up well to newer and more exciting seasons.  Like I said before there were no truly bad crews this season.  The fog of memory and emotions I felt at the time of the first airing of this season clouded my judgement on them all. Like most reality talent competitions some crews did last longer then they should have and I think some crews cut earlier truly could have shined if they stayed.  Overall it sets the bar the other seasons that come after it.  With that said please come back and I will see you all for Season Two!

Click here to return to the first page and to leave comments. Thanks again Teldon -- we're looking forward to looking back at Season 2 and beyond with you!