The Power of Synchronization

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VIBE XIX 2014, a hip-hop competition in So. Cal., took place on January 12 of this year. Academy of Villains, a San Francisco-based crew, took home first place with a hard-hitting routine packed with stunts, props, and Michael Jackson.

Fast-forward four months, and the internet explodes...over the runner-up. A YouTube video of second-place-winners The Company, taken from the front row of the audience, now has over a million views. Combine that with the official VIBE video, which has half a million views, and you've got...a lot of views!

What sparked this surge? It could have something to do with the fact that Reddit posted the video about a week ago. Regardless, we're happy it happened—these dancers deserve to go viral!

It's no secret we're suckers for a squeaky clean performance with lots and lots of dancers sharing the stage. And The Company does synchronization sooo right. It's not robotic or stiff—each dancer still expresses his or her personality. All of them just happen to fit together oh. so. perfectly. Plus, we're lovin' the prep school vibe. It's like the Dalton Academy Warblers got a swag-tastic makeover.

We'll stop blabbing about it now and let you see for yourself!

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