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!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer