America's Best Dance Crew

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America's Best Dance Crew
Genre Competitive dance
Directed by Michael Simon
Presented by Mario Lopez
Layla Kayleigh
Judges JC Chasez
Lil Mama
D-Trix (season 6-7)[1]
Omarion (season 5)
Shane Sparks (seasons 1–4)[2]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
Executive producer(s) Joel Gallen
Josh Greenberg
Abe Hoch
Randy Jackson
Rob Lee
Howard Schwartz
Karen Schwartz
Harriet Sternberg
Austin Wagner
Cinematography Scott Hylton
Running time 60-90 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Horizon Television
Distributor MTV
Original channel MTV
Original run February 7, 2008 (2008-02-07)[3] – June 13, 2012 (2012-06-13)
External links

Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew, often abbreviated as ABDC, is an American competitive dance reality television series that features dance crews from the United States and around the world. It was produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson and aired on MTV.[4] The series was originally developed for NBC as World Moves.[5] After seven seasons, ABDC was cancelled due to declining ratings.[6]

The show was hosted by Mario Lopez, and featured television personality Layla Kayleigh as the backstage correspondent. The judging panel for the final seasons of the show included entertainers Lil Mama, JC Chasez, and Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval.[1] Former judges included hip-hop choreographer Shane Sparks and R&B singer Omarion.[7][8]


America's Best Dance Crew is a reality show where dance crews showcase their talent, and compete for a $100,000 (USD) grand prize and the Golden ABDC Trophy made by New York firm, Society Awards (a golden statue of a B-Boy doing a freeze, with the legs moving like a bobblehead). Each week, the crews are given a challenge. The challenge is different for each crew, but has the same general concept or shares a specific theme. To begin each episode, Mario Lopez reveals, in no particular order, which crews are safe and which crews are at risk for elimination. After the crews in the bottom perform their routines, the judges decide which crew will advance to the next round.

Another unique aspect of ABDC is the crew banner. Each banner's logo represents its respective crew, appearing during interviews, performances, and on various merchandise. It is also used as a transition effect. When a crew is eliminated, their banner falls from the top of the stadium, where the banners of the crews still in the running stand. The contestants get to dance one final time on the stage as they "walk it out" to the song of the same name. If a crew is eliminated from the sixth place mark (fifth in Season 4, 5, and 7), the show will play a compilation video of their journey on ABDC.

The Top 10 Performances of All Time[edit]

On August 2, 2009, a prologue for Season 4 premiered titled "The Top 10 Performances of All Time," and was hosted by Randy Jackson. The episode aired Jackson's top 10 favorite performances of the first three seasons:

# Season Dance Crew Challenge Song
1 Season 1 JabbaWockeeZ Michael Jackson Challenge "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" by Michael Jackson
2 Season 3 Quest Crew Last Chance Challenge "orQUESTra" by Quest Crew and District 78
3 Season 1 Top 4 Crews Broadway Remixed Challenge "It's the Hard Knock Life" from Annie
4 Season 3 Strikers All-Stars Britney Spears Challenge "Gimme More" by Britney Spears
5 Season 1 Kaba Modern Crew's Choice Challenge "Technologic" by Daft Punk
6 Season 3 Beat Freaks Illusion Challenge "Freeze" by T-Pain featuring Chris Brown
7 Season 3 Dynamic Edition Sudden Death Challenge "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas
8 Season 1 Breaksk8 Dance Craze Challenge "Cupid Shuffle" by Cupid
9 Season 2 Fanny Pak Missy Elliott Challenge "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliott
10 Season 2 Super Cr3w Crew's Choice Challenge "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown

Season summary[edit]

Season Winner Other Crews (in order of placement) Judges
1 JabbaWockeeZ Status Quo, Kaba Modern, Breaksk8, Fysh n Chicks,
Live in Color, ICONic, Femme 5, Enigma Dance Kru
JC Chasez
Lil Mama
Shane Sparks
2 Super Cr3w SoReal Cru, Fanny Pak, Boogie Bots, Supreme Soul, A.S.I.I.D.,
Phresh Select, Xtreme Dance Force, Sass x7, Distorted X
3 Quest Crew Beat Freaks, Fly Khicks, Strikers All-Stars, Dynamic Edition,
Ringmasters, Team Millennia, Boxcuttuhz, G.O.P. Dance
4 We Are Heroes AfroBoriké, Massive Monkees, Rhythm City, Vogue Evolution,
Beat Ya Feet Kings, Southern Movement, Artistry in Motion, Fr3sh
5 Poreotix Blueprint Cru, Hype 5-0, Jungle Boogie, Saltare,
Static Noyze, Heavy Impact, Royal Flush, Swagger Crew
JC Chasez
Lil Mama
6 I aM mE ICONic Boyz, Phunk Phenomenon, Street Kingdom, Instant Noodles,
787 Crew, ReQuest Dance Crew, FootworKINGz, Jag6ed, Eclectic Gentlemen
JC Chasez
Lil Mama
7 Elektrolytes 8 Flavahz, Mos Wanted Crew, Rated Next Generation, Fanny Pak,
Collizion Crew, Stepboys, Funkdation, Irratik, Mix'd Elements


MTV and Randy Jackson were sued by entertainer and activist Dwight McGhee, publicly known as rapper Citizen Charlie Kane, in 2010. Kane had pitched the show concept to MTV in 2004 and MTV "passed" on the concept. When Charlie Kane saw a commercial that depicted the 1970s Warriors' movie that looked exactly like his pitch demo DVD, he filed the suit. Many production elements between the show and Kane's 2003 copyright registration of a "break-dancing league" were identical. TMZ and NYPost were a couple among the many major media organizations to run the story. Viacom/MTV and Charlie Kane came to a mutual settlement in 2011.[9][10]

International distribution[edit]

ABDC airs on the MTV channel for the Caribbean, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Russia (by the alias of "Короли Танцпола", lit. "Kings of the Dancefloor"),[11] Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine (by the alias of "Танцювальні бої", lit. "Dance Battles"),[12] and Romania. Season 6 is currently[when?] airing on Viva in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]

In Canada, the show airs on both MuchMusic and Musique Plus(the episodes on MP are 2 years late) and in Latin America, the show airs on Warner Channel and now airs on Boomerang. The show also airs on AB1 and MTV France, where it is called Dance Crew USA in France,[13] Solar TV, Jack TV, and The Game Channel in the Philippines, Fiji One in Fiji, and YAN TV in Vietnam.

Additional Notes[edit]

  • The opening title sequence created by Framework Studio won a Telly Award in 2009.[14]


  1. ^ a b c Gorman, Bill (2011-03-31). "Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval, Season Three Winner Of MTV’s "Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew," Returns As The New Judge When Season Six Premieres April 7". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  2. ^ Ghosh, Korbi (2010-01-11). "'America's Best Dance Crew' exclusive: Is Shane Sparks being replaced?". TV. Archived from the original on 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  3. ^ The Live Auditions Special (aired on January 26, 2008) was not the season premiere of America's Best Dance Crew.
  4. ^ "Randy Jackson is executive producer of ‘America’s Best Dance Crew.’". Associated Press. Boston Herald. 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  5. ^ Rocchio, Christopher (2007-11-15). "MTV begins production on former NBC Randy Jackson reality series". Reality TV World. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  6. ^ Marechal, AJ (2012-11-11). "Music stops for 'Best Dance Crew'". Variety. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  7. ^ Rocchio, Christopher (2008-01-16). "MTV to debut Randy Jackson's 'America's Best Dance Crew' on Feb. 7". Reality TV World. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  8. ^ Rocchio, Christopher (2008-01-24). "Rapper Lil Mama to serve as 'America's Best Dance Crew's third judge". Reality TV World. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  9. ^ "Randy fitted for a suit". New York Post. 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  10. ^ Hughes, Mike (2010-02-15). "Bridgeport native files suit". TimesLeaderOnline. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  11. ^ "Короли танцпола/Программы/Эфир" (in Russian). MTV Russia. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  12. ^ " TV/MTV Шоу/Танцювальні бої" (in Ukrainian). MTV Ukraine. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  13. ^ "Dance Crew USA" (in French). MTV France. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  14. ^ "TELLY Awards - Winners". Telly Awards. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 

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