We bid farewell to "America's Best Dance Crew" back in 2012, when MTV canceled the show after just seven glorious seasons. But this Saturday, the network announced that "ABDC" will rise from the ashes for an eighth season this summer. Hip-hop #nerdz rejoice!
...We Are Heroes...
...I aM Me...
They haven't released too many details yet, but here's what we know: There will be at least six episodes, and the judges panel will feature all-new experts. But the best part? MTV promises to bring back some of our fave crews from past seasons. Which alumni crews would you like to see? Let us know in the comments, then check out this #throwback video of Season 7 winners, the Elektrolytes.
Courtney Galiano at the 2013 BEAT MS Dance Walk
(photo via The Beat MS)
L.A. friends: Mark your calendars for the second annual BEAT MS Dance Walk, happening September 13th. Spend a day movin’ and groovin’ alongside some of your favorite dancers, all while raising awareness about multiple sclerosis. But even if you’re not on the West Coast, this event is something we can all get behind.
In 2011, “So You Think You Can Dance” All-Star Courtney Galiano was diagnosed with MS—a debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system. Despite the challenge she faces, Galiano hasn’t let MS bring her down. She and her brother, Philip Byron, established the foundation BEAT MS (the name is a play on her family’s dance convention, The BEAT Dance Tour), and last year hosted the first BEAT MS Dance Walk to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2013, the BEAT MS Dance Walk in L.A. raised over $62,000 for MS research.
We caught up with Galiano about this year's walk.
Dance Spirit: The first BEAT MS walk welcomed so many dance celebs—Adam Shankman, Mark Kanemura, Comfort Fedoke, Kathryn McCormick, Jeanine Mason and dancers from “Americans Best Dance Crew” and “Glee.” Are you expecting more star participants this time around?
Courtney Galiano: Last year we had over 600 people walk, and we want to continue to get as many people involved as possible. There will be lots of dancers from “SYTYCD” (including season 7 winner Lauren Froderman), dancers from VH1's “Hit the Floor” and cast members from the musical Hair—including Kristen Bell—which I just performed in at the Hollywood Bowl.
DS: So far, what have been the most rewarding aspects of the BEAT MS?
CG: Being surrounded by so much love and support, and meeting people who share my passions and challenges. I’ve been amazed at the number of young people fighting MS. It often seems like there’s a stigma associated with the disease—people are scared to say they have it. Through BEAT MS, I’m hoping to break that stigma, because there's nothing to be ashamed or afraid of. I think the lack of discussion about MS stems from a lack of knowledge, so I hope the walk helps raise awareness and educate people.
DS: Since your diagnosis with MS in 2011, have your career goals changed?
CG: Not at all. I have good days and bad days, but sometimes I forget I even have MS. Fatigue is the biggest symptom I have to fight. I’m thankful every day for the determination that dance has instilled in me. Plus, dance really helps fight the disease: Medical professionals have started prescribing dance classes for people with MS and similar diseases that affect mobility. It just goes to show you how powerful dance really is!
DS: Is there a way for those who can't attend the walk in L.A. to get involved?
CG: Of course! You can make donations on our website, or even start your own team and recruit other people to join on social media. Anything that spreads awareness about this event and the disease helps.
If you’re in Georgia, Texas, New Jersey or Florida and want to get involved, you can also check out The BEAT Dance Tour convention—a portion of every registration is donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
At Dance Spirit, we’re super sad that one of our favorite dance shows has been cancelled after seven seasons. “America’s Best Dance Crew” not only showed off amazing dancers of all ages, but it introduced the audience to the challenges of coming up with unique and interesting choreography week after week. To celebrate the awesome accomplishments of the “ABDC” competitors, here’s a look back at our favorite moments from the winners of each season:
Season 1: The Jabbawockeez
On week one, this masked crew set the bar incredibly high. Every one of their performances was great, but their very first one blows me away to this day.
Season 2: Super Cr3w
When the Season 2 champs performed at “ABDC Champions for Charity”, they added an extra member to their crew—the cutest little member ever! Nothing makes me happier than seeing little kids steal the spotlight from the grown ups. This boy is amazing!
Season 3: Quest Crew
I love seeing props used in creative ways. On week 7, one dancer spins on his head on top of a piano, slowing down and speeding up in perfect time to the music, and it was pure awesome.
Season 4: We Are Heroes
OK, so this dance was actually performed on Season 6, when the ladies returned to perform. But you’ve gotta love how they prove that girls truly do run the world. Could any male hip hopper pull off back flips in heels? I don’t think so.
Season 5: I am Me
This crew is just non-stop with the energy, especially in their week 8 routine to Kanye West music. They give a whole new meaning to the "Dougie"! We especially love spunky Chachi—click here to read why.
Season 7: Elektrolytes
The newest “ABDC” winners truly mastered the art of “gloving” in this performance. Too cool!
"ABDC," you will be missed. Help us say goodbye by sharing some of your favorite routines in the comments!