If you’ve been obsessed with MTV’s reality dance-competition show “America’s Best Dance Crew” then you know that one of the top two crews this season was the all-female Beat Freaks. The LA ladies came hard with a badass B-girl style and wowed ABDC judges Lil’ Mama, Shane Sparks and JC Chasez with their athleticism and creative choreography.
The female tag became a big thing and there was a lot of hype around the Beat Freaks but there was still the little matter of dancing it out against the other finalist, Quest Crew, in the live March 5th finale.
A hip-hop dance dream team, the Beat Freaks have won loads of awards and have been featured on numerous television shows, as well as in music videos and tours with such talent as Pink, Avril Lavigne, Miley Cyrus and Madonna, as well as in movies like You Got Served and Step Up 2.
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We are an all styles crew, so we teach each other” says Out There. Adds Lockn’Key, “This is a well-rounded group of women. We have B- girling, freestyle, hip-hop, popping, locking, house salsa, jazz, ballet, you name it.” Plus, says Rino, “We love to laugh and to have fun.”
With such wide ranging credits and styles, it’s not surprising to see a range of music fueling the crew. The girls go for everything from Hot Chip, M.I.A., Santogold and CSS to OutKast, T.I., Aaliyah and Missy Elliottt to Prince, Zapp and James Brown.
So which crew was voted “America’s Best”? A battle as old as time played out last week as the “guys vs. girls” challenge was enacted. Guys have won the first two seasons, with women getting as far as second and third in mixed crews (So Real Cru, Kaba Modern, Fanny Pak), and all-girl crews not even close to the top three.
When it came time for the moment of truth, host Mario Lopez milked it for as much drama as he could. The all-girl-finalists, who had never even been in the bottom two, faced a crew that was facing elimination only a week before.
In the end only one group could win, and show producer Randy Jackson awarded the Quest Crew the grand prize of $100,000. A lot of us were surprised (and a little angry), but anyone who watched the show knew that it would be a tight race.
What do you think? Did the best crew win?