America's Best Dance Crew (season 4)

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America's Best Dance Crew
Season 4
Broadcast from August 9, 2009 – September 27, 2009
Judges JC Chasez
Lil Mama
Shane Sparks
Host(s) Mario Lopez
Broadcaster MTV
Venue United States
We Are Heroes

The fourth season of America's Best Dance Crew premiered on August 9, 2009 and concluded on September 27, 2009.[1] All three judges and host Mario Lopez and backstage correspondent Layla Kayleigh from the previous seasons signed on for season 4. However, for the first time since the beginning of ABDC, DJ Rashida was not present as the show's DJ, as she was touring with Lady Gaga and JabbaWockeeZ. Preceding the first broadcast, MTV announced in a broadcast trailer that the show would be moving to its new Sunday night slot at 9pm ET/PT for the duration of the season. In Canada, MuchMusic aired this season at the same time as its MTV broadcast. In previous seasons, it was aired 3 days after MTV aired it. Unlike previous seasons, there was no live audition special. In the live season finale, We Are Heroes was declared the winner of Season 4 and received the $100,000 (USD) prize.

On August 2, 2009, as a prologue for the season, the show premiered a special hosted by Randy Jackson called "The Top 10 Performances of All Time", where Randy showed his top 10 routines from the first three seasons.

This was also the last season to feature Shane Sparks as a judge.


Like Season 3, nine crews were selected in this season of America's Best Dance Crew. Also, like the previous season, there was no live audition special. The nine crews were not officially divided by regions, but each crew's banner still listed where each crew was from. This was also the first season to showcase crews from three regions instead of the usual four. Continuing the show's crossover with So You Think You Can Dance, among the competitors this season were Donyelle Jones from Artistry in Motion, a finalist from the second season of So You Think You Can Dance.

MTV began casting for Season 4 on June 6, 2009 in Los Angeles. The crews were chosen from across America from the four audition cities: New York, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Orlando, Florida, and Los Angeles, California.

Dance Crew Hometown Region
AfroBoriké Las Vegas, Nevada West
Artistry in Motion North Hollywood, California West
Beat Ya Feet Kings Washington, D.C. East
Fr3sh Matawan, New Jersey East
Massive Monkees Seattle, Washington West
Rhythm City Bronx, New York East
Southern Movement Nashville, Tennessee South
Vogue Evolution New York, New York East
We Are Heroes Los Angeles, California West


Eliminated Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Runner-up Winner
Week: 8/91 8/16 8/23 8/30 9/6 9/13 9/20 9/27
Rank Dance Crews Result
1 We Are Heroes BTM2 BTM2 BTM2 WINNER
2 AfroBoriké BTM2 RUNNER-UP
3 Massive Monkees BTM2 ELIM
4 Rhythm City BTM2 ELIM
5 Vogue Evolution ELIM
6 Beat Ya Feet Kings BTM3 ELIM
7 Southern Movement BTM3 ELIM
8 Artistry in Motion ELIM
9 Fr3sh ELIM
^Note 1 : This was the season premiere instead of the Live Auditions.


  • Starting from the Final 5, when a crew gets eliminated, they take a look back at the eliminated crew's journey on the show while playing "If Tonight is My Last" by Laura Izibor.

Week 1: Crew's Choice Challenge (August 9, 2009)[edit]

The nine new crews vying for the title of America's Best Dance Crew chose a song that best showcased their talent in the season premiere.[2] After the bottom three were chosen by the judges, the crews had to face each other in a dance battle to "Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas.[3]

Crew Song[3]
Beat Ya Feet Kings "Skillet" by Backyard Band
We Are Heroes "Waters of Nazareth" by Justice
AfroBoriké "Aguanile" by Marc Anthony
Massive Monkees "Kill Joy" by N.E.R.D.
Artistry in Motion "SFM" by Basement Jaxx
Southern Movement "Sideways" by Dierks Bentley
Rhythm City "Life of a Star" by Mims
Fr3sh "Ante Up" by M.O.P.
Vogue Evolution "Took the Night" by Chelley
  • Safe: We Are Heroes, AfroBoriké, Massive Monkees, Artistry in Motion, Rhythm City, Vogue Evolution
  • Bottom 3: Beat Ya Feet Kings, Southern Movement, Fr3sh
  • Eliminated: Fr3sh

Week 2: Beyoncé Challenge (August 16, 2009)[edit]

Beyoncé stopped by to hand out the challenges for the crews, who had to use her music videos and tour performances as inspiration for their routines.[4]

Crew Song[5] Challenge
We Are Heroes "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Take the section of the video known as "The Grind" and create strobe effects.
Rhythm City "Sweet Dreams" Update "The Charleston" which is featured in the video.
Massive Monkees "Work It Out" Dance with hula hoops without accidentally dropping them.
Beat Ya Feet Kings "Crazy In Love" Booty-pop with never before seen flare.
Southern Movement "Jumpin' Jumpin'" by Destiny's Child Bust out all of the moves from the video with new creativity.
Vogue Evolution "Déjà Vu" Perform African-style dancing within their routine.
Artistry in Motion "Diva" Perform with chains incorporating the entire crew.
AfroBoriké "Beautiful Liar" by Beyoncé and Shakira Work exotic Shakira-like moves into the routine.
  • Safe: We Are Heroes, Rhythm City, Massive Monkees, Beat Ya Feet Kings, Southern Movement, Vogue Evolution
  • Bottom 2: Artistry in Motion, AfroBoriké
  • Eliminated: Artistry in Motion

Week 3: Martial Arts Challenge (August 23, 2009)[edit]

The crews had to incorporate martial-arts moves into their routines. Quest Crew's Steve Terada appeared as a guest instructor.[6]

Crew Song[7] Martial Art Challenge
AfroBoriké "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" by Pitbull Capoeira Cartwheel
We Are Heroes "Starstrukk" by 3OH!3 Karate The Flying Fist
Vogue Evolution "Work" by Ciara featuring Missy Elliott Shaolin Kung Fu Tiger-Style move
Massive Monkees "Bounce" by MSTRKRFT featuring NORE Extreme Martial Arts The 540 kick
Beat Ya Feet Kings "Chillin'" by Wale featuring Lady Gaga Taekwondo Foot Fake
Rhythm City "La La La" by LMFAO Muay Thai Killer Elbow
Southern Movement "Ugly" by Bubba Sparxxx Kali Knee Slide
  • Safe: AfroBoriké, We Are Heroes, Vogue Evolution, Massive Monkees, Beat Ya Feet Kings
  • Bottom 2: Rhythm City, Southern Movement
  • Eliminated: Southern Movement

Week 4: Bollywood Challenge (August 30, 2009)[edit]

The six remaining crews were challenged to infuse the flavor of the popular Bollywood culture into their routines.[8] In order to learn the complex Indian-themed dance style, the crews met with renowned Bollywood choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan.[9]

Crew Song[10] Challenge
Massive Monkees "Bang" by Rye Rye featuring M.I.A. Bhangra
Vogue Evolution "Calabria 2008" by Enur Rajasthani
Rhythm City "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" by A.R. Rahman and Pussycat Dolls Bharatanatyam
AfroBoriké "Dance Bailalo" by Kat DeLuna Kathak
We Are Heroes "Arab Money" by Busta Rhymes and Ron Browz Giddha
Beat Ya Feet Kings "So Fine" by Sean Paul Garba
  • Safe: Massive Monkees, Vogue Evolution, Rhythm City, AfroBoriké
  • Bottom 2: We Are Heroes, Beat Ya Feet Kings
  • Eliminated: Beat Ya Feet Kings

Week 5: Dance Craze Challenge (September 6, 2009)[edit]

The five remaining crews put their own spins on the hottest dance crazes sweeping the nation.[11] In addition to the challenge, the crews also had use the trampoline built into the stage sometime during their routines.

Crew Song[12] Challenge
AfroBoriké "Swag Surfin'" by Fast Life Yungstaz Swag Surfin'
Massive Monkees "Do the Ricky Bobby" by B-Hamp Ricky Bobby
Rhythm City "You're a Jerk" by New Boyz Jerkin'
We Are Heroes "Stanky Legg" by GS Boyz Stanky Legg
Vogue Evolution "Halle Berry" by Hurricane Chris Halle Berry
  • Safe: AfroBoriké, Massive Monkees, Rhythm City
  • Bottom 2: We Are Heroes, Vogue Evolution
  • Eliminated: Vogue Evolution

Week 6: VMA Challenge (September 13, 2009)[edit]

The final four crews paid tribute to the most memorable Video Music Award performances of all time.[13] The crews performed together in an opening number to "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson.[14]

Crew Song[15] Challenge
We Are Heroes "Vogue" by Madonna Incorporate the routine by using vogue and hand-fans from the performance
AfroBoriké "I'm a Slave 4 U" by Britney Spears Include the partner section and the snake in the routine
Massive Monkees "Tearin' Up My Heart" by *NSYNC Work the popping section from the performance into the routine
Rhythm City "Wall To Wall" by Chris Brown Incorporate the Charlie Chaplin section from the performance
  • Safe: We Are Heroes, AfroBoriké
  • Bottom 2: Massive Monkees, Rhythm City
  • Eliminated: Rhythm City

Week 7: Decades of Dance Challenge (September 20, 2009)[edit]

This week on ABDC, the crews competed against each other in two challenges: the Decade of Dance challenge, in which the crews danced to a master mix of five songs from the past five decades, and the Last Chance Challenge.[16]

Challenge #1: Decades of Dance Challenge[edit]

The remaining three crews had to master dance styles from the last five decades. One crew was given the boot halfway through the show.

Decade Song[17]
1960s "Sex Machine" by James Brown
1970s "Uprock" by Rock Steady Crew
1980s "Cold Hearted" by Paula Abdul
1990s "You Make Me Wanna" by Usher
2000s "LoveGame" by Lady Gaga
  • Safe: AfroBoriké
  • Bottom 2: Massive Monkees, We Are Heroes
  • Eliminated: Massive Monkees

Challenge #2: Last Chance Challenge[edit]

The crews created original beats to dance to during their routine for the Last Chance Challenge. The remaining two crews then performed their prepared routines before the lines opened for the final voting session of the season.

Crew Performance Title
AfroBoriké Raíces
We Are Heroes Ichiban

Week 8: The Live Finale (September 27, 2009)[edit]

All nine crews returned for a group performance in the season finale. The judges each picked three crews that complemented each other and their dance styles. Then, America's Best Dance Crew was crowned.[18]

Crews Song
Lil Mama: We Are Heroes, Vogue Evolution and Artistry in Motion "Girls On The Dance Floor" by Far East Movement
JC Chasez: AfroBoriké, Rhythm City and Fr3sh "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston
Shane Sparks: Massive Monkees, Beat Ya Feet Kings and Southern Movement "I Do" by Lil Jon featuring Swizz Beatz & Snoop Dogg
We Are Heroes and AfroBoriké "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
We Are Heroes "I'm The Ish" by DJ Class featuring Lil Jon
  • Winner: We Are Heroes
  • Runner-up: AfroBoriké


  1. ^ "America’s Best Dance Crew Season 4 – premier August 9th at 9:00 pm on MTV". 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Episode Detail: Crews Choice Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Inside Info: 'Crew's Choice Challenge' Song List Revealed!". MTV. 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Episode Detail: Beyoncé Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  5. ^ "ABDC Ep. 2 Challenge: Bring On Da Beyonce!". MTV. 2009-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Episode Detail: Martial Arts Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  7. ^ "ABDC's Ep. 3 Challenge: Karate Chop To The Face!". MTV. 2009-08-18. 
  8. ^ "Episode Detail: Bollywood Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-08-30. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  9. ^ "Can The ABDCrews Learn Bollywood In A Week?". MTV. 2009-08-26. 
  10. ^ "ABDC Ep. 4 Challenge: Hollywood Goes Bollywood!". MTV. 2009-08-25. 
  11. ^ "Episode Detail: Dance Craze Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  12. ^ "ABDC Ep. 5 Challenge: It's About To Get Craze-y!". MTV. 2009-09-01. 
  13. ^ "Episode Detail: VMA Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  14. ^ "ABDCrews Honor Michael Jackson With A 'Smooth' Opening Numba!". MTV. 2009-09-09. 
  15. ^ "Final Four VMA Challenge: From Madonna To Britney!". MTV. 2009-09-09. 
  16. ^ "Episode Detail: Decades of Dance Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  17. ^ "ABDC Celebrates Decades Of Dance In Its Final Challenge!". MTV. 2009-09-15. 
  18. ^ "Episode Detail: The Live Finale - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
Preceded by
Season 3
America's Best Dance Crew
Season 4
Succeeded by
Season 5

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