While Robin Leach takes his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, many of our Strip and Las Vegas personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. Our thanks to them all. We continue with dancer Ben Chung of Monte Carlo headliners the Jabbawockeez, who on Aug. 5 at Orleans Arena will receive the Living Legend of Hip Hop Award — the first time in Hip Hop International’s 11-year history that a dance crew has been honored.
Hello, esteemed readers! It’s your friendly, local masked crusader Ben “B-TEK” Chung of the Jabbawockeez standing in for “Mr. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” Robin Leach. I’m no news columnist. I’m just your average guy who appreciates a good heart-to-heart with a friend every now and again, so I hope you have a minute.
Right now, I’m looking out my window, and I see the glow of the illustrious Strip, and it dawns on me: “We have a headlining show on the Las Vegas Strip!” Having a show like “MUS.I.C.” at the Monte Carlo was only but a dream to a group of guys trying to make a name for themselves in the L.A. dance industry a few years ago. Now for a trip down memory lane (cue flashback squiggly lines).
From the crew’s inception in 2003, we, as Jabbawockeez, have always been a band of brothers. We were a bunch of friends who all shared a mutual passion for dance, so we decided to form a crew; it was as simple as that.
Source: Las Vegas Sun
MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 1 winners Jabbawockeez have achieved headliner status on The Strip, with their MUS.I.C. (pronounced “muse, I see”) at the Monte Carlo in a theater shared with comedy impressionist Frank Caliendo and formerly the home of magician Lance Burton.
The eight-member dance crew celebrated a grand and VIP opening Friday night, which drew Caliendo, Jabbawockeez and award-winning choreographers Nappytabs (husband-and-wife Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo), local media, cast members from Fantasy at the Luxor, Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian, Jersey Boys at the Palazzo and Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.
Thanks to contributing photographer Erik Kabik for his red carpet photos. Ben “B-Tek” Chung of Jabbawockeez, who had a successful run at MGM Grand over the summer, chatted with Vegas DeLuxe ahead of the soiree.
Don Chareunsy: Congratulations on Jabbawockeez’s first headliner show on The Strip. How does it feel to be a Strip headliner?
Ben Chung: It’s truly a dream come true! From the very beginning of the Jabbawockeez, we have always had a huge vision for what we would like to accomplish. We just have so much we want to share with the world, so being blessed with the opportunity to put on a big production like this — we definitely will not let our fans down!
Hollywood TV caught up with Ben, Phi and Rynan at the lunch of Xbox 360′s “Halo: Reach” in Los Angeles. In the video, they just promote MUS.I.C. Skip to 6:21 to see them.
Jabbawockeez.org has put together a page full of love from all the fans for Ben’s 29th birthday. Thanks to everyone who participated!