(From left) Sean Lew, Zack Venegas and Richard "Swagg" Curtis in Brian Friedman's combo to Haiku Hands' "Not About You" (via YouTube)
What happens when legend Brian Friedman teaches at WilldaBeast and Janelle Ginestra's fabulous IMMA SPACE? A merging of the B Free and ImmaBEAST tribes that includes a mind-boggling number of A-list Hollywood dancers. Ryan Parma was there to capture the whole thing on film, and the result is basically the class video to end all class videos.
It's hard to believe 11-year-old Bailey Sok considers herself a shy person, because her dancing is anything but. “When I perform, I love becoming the character. The acting aspect is what I enjoy most," she says. Bailey's sassy and fierce dancing gained the attention of choreographer Matt Steffanina, who has featured her in dozens of his high-energy, insanely popular videos on YouTube. She also participated in “America's Got Talent" as a member of the dance group Buns & Roses. When she's not busy training at Millennium Dance Complex and International Dance Academy in Hollywood, CA, where can you find her? “On the golf course! I've been playing since I was 5. It's challenging, but I love everything about it."
There's always some new #challenge happening on the Internet, and it's 10 times more fun when it's a dance #challenge! The latest craze is #HitTheQuanChallenge, to the iHeart Memphis track, "Hit the Quan." Choreo-genius Matt Steffanina created a high-energy piece and got some of our favorite big-time littles to perform: Gabe de Guzman, Bailey Sok, Sean Lew, Tati McQuay, and Kenneth San Jose. Is it the most dynamite dance, group and video combo ever? Probably. All we can do is watch and #bowdown. Check it out below:
It's getting kind of absurd how frequently talented hip-hop littles are popping up on our radar recently. That's why we just had to take a closer look at the kids dominating the scene in our brand-new hip-hop issue. (PSA: Turn to p. 47 of your April issue to learn more about littles like Taylor Hatala, then obsess over the gloriousness that is the Brooklyn Nets Kids on p. 42.)
Of course, we have Will "WilldaBeast" Adams to thank for discovering and nurturing many of these tiny talents. But he's not the only one: Choreographer Alexander Chung of NXG Crew is getting the under 12 crowd to rock some pretty challenging hip-hop choreo, too.
Recently, he released a video featuring a few familiar faces—Taylor Hatala, Bailey Sok and Kenneth San Jose—and some fresh ones—11-year-old Kesh Kesh and 12-year-old Ryan Phuong. OMG, you guys—so. good. The choreo is gritty and rough, while still being relatively kid-appropriate, and the tweenage dancers definitely do it justice.
Go ahead and revel in the awesomeness. (And be on the lookout for a cameo by Taylor's 8-year-old sister Reese, aka the cutest bouncer ever.)
At the risk of sounding like my mom, I have to ask: Seriously, what are they feeding kids these days? And, more importantly, where can I get some?
Now that we're done collectively freaking out about the questionable pointework in Ciara's new video (YEEPS), let's celebrate two dancers who are absolute masters of their craft, shall we?
Meet Bailey and Kenneth!
I'm talking about Bailey Sok and Kenneth San Jose. The California-based young'uns—Kenneth is 12, and Bailey is just 11—have kind of unbelievable hip-hop skills. But you don't have to take my word for it. Watch this new video of them taking down a routine to Meek Mill's "Monster," choreographed by Matt Steffanina:
Bailey and Kenneth are part of a growing group of littles—including Charlize Glass, Sean Lew, Soni Bringas, Gabe De Guzman and Taylor Hatala, to name just a few—who seem to be taking over the hip-hop industry, thanks in part to their appearances in videos like this one. They are insanely good, you guys. And they have some impressive grown-up mentors, too. Steffania, the genius responsible for the choreography above, is the same guy who brought Taylor Hatala viral fame, for example, and nearly all the kids listed above are members of Will "WilldaBeast" Adams' fantastic LilBeasts crew.
Let's just say we're definitely not complaining about the trend. More on that in our April issue!