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.
The Jabbawockeez started as an underground garage crew in San Diego in 2003. They wowed mainstream audiences in 2008 on America’s Best Dance Crew, and since have made numerous appearances and have performed with some of the most well known artists in the world. Today, the Jabbawockeez are in Vegas, headlining their own show at the MGM. It may be a far cry from their local roots, but the crew remains humble and in touch with what matters most – inspiring others through dance.
The crew’s journey to Las Vegas started when organizers at the MGM approached them because some of their kids were fans of the crew. The folks at MGM wanted a preview of what they could offer, so after a short 20 minute performance the Jabbawokeez were offered a test run of twenty dates for their very own 90 minute show. Crew member Rainen explains that putting together a cohesive show is difficult for a dance crew, but “we’re glad we were able to make the impossible possible, and it ended up becoming great. So that’s why they brought us back for these dates in June.”
In order to put together the show, the Jabbawokeez collaborated with some other well-known names in the dance industry. They called upon long time friends and fellow ABDC champions, SuperCr3w to hone their moves and bring the show together. In addition, Tabitha and Napolean (known for their choreography on So You Think You Can Dance and ABDC) help direct the show from behind the scenes, ensuring the audience gets the best experience possible from the Jabbawockeez.
Their Vegas show in May was tremendously successful, prompting an extended performance schedule. Performances have been added through June 17-23. The crew’s goal is to “keep pushing it, and hopefully we can stick around and take up a permanent residence.”
The “Jabbawockeez Present MUS.I.C.” show is one-of-a-kind, just like the crew that inspires it. The show, called “Mus.i.c” (muse-I-see), is billed as a visualization of sound as experienced by the troupe. “You’ll see 90 minutes of pure Jabbawockeez art. It’s not like ABDC; there are no challenges. We’re not dancing behind artists, we are the artists,” says Rainen.
Whether or not you’ve seen the crew on TV or at one of their shows, Mus.i.c. offers something for everyone. “We wanted to make sure that it’s not just for the hop hop audience. We wanted it to reflect all genres of music as far as rock, alternative, and even something for the older crowd, not just for the kids. It pretty much reaches everybody. People expect to see what they saw on ABDC, but they get something different. There’s a story line to it and there’s a lot of stuff people are going to be wowed by.”
I’ve added 42 more photos from the premiere of MUS.I.C to the gallery and 25 of the photos are high quality. Enjoy the photos Also, I’ll be adding more photos in the next few days.
- 2010 Appearances: MUS.I.C Premiere
Visitors were surprised with a Jabbawockeez dance routine in the lobby this weekend at MGM Grand. Check it out!