America's Best Dance Crew (season 6)

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America's Best Dance Crew
Season 6
Broadcast from April 7, 2011 – June 5, 2011
Judges JC Chasez
Lil Mama
Host(s) Mario Lopez
Broadcaster MTV
Venue United States
I aM mE

The sixth season of America's Best Dance Crew, also known as America's Best Dance Crew: Season of the Superstars, premiered on April 7, 2011 and concluded on June 5, 2011.[2] Auditions were held in four cities from January 21 through February 5: Chicago, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles. This season takes a different route from past seasons. The crews must perform to the music of one specific artist each week, including Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and other popular stars. This season also features special guest appearances by various music celebrities including Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Kesha, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West.[3] Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval, a former member of Quest Crew, the winner of the third season of America's Best Dance Crew, joins returning judges Lil Mama and JC Chasez as the newest judge.[1]

In the season finale, I aM mE was declared the winner of Season 6 and received the $100,000 (USD) prize.


The specific location for the ABDC Season 6 casting auditions were revealed via the show's casting site during the second week of December 2010. This is the first season of ABDC to allow dancers of all ages to audition. In promotion of Season 6, District 78 released the master mixes of the songs used for the callbacks at each of the four audition cities on their official website. The audition dates and locations are as follows:

Venue City Date Callback Song
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Illinois January 21, 2011 "Power" by Kanye West featuring Dwele
SoReal Dance Studio Houston, Texas January 23, 2011 "6 Foot 7 Foot" by Lil Wayne featuring Cory Gunz
S.I.R. Studios New York, New York January 29, 2011 "Massive Attack" by Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett
Alley Kat Studios Los Angeles, California February 5, 2011 "We R Who We R" by Kesha


Ten dance crews were selected to compete for the title of America's Best Dance Crew.

Dance Crew Hometown Region
787 Crew San Juan, Puerto Rico Caribbean
Eclectic Gentlemen North Hollywood, California West
FootworKINGz Chicago, Illinois Midwest
I aM mE Houston, Texas South
ICONic Boyz Englishtown, New Jersey East
Instant Noodles Orange County, California West
Jag6ed Crenshaw, California West
Phunk Phenomenon Boston, Massachusetts East
ReQuest Dance Crew Auckland, New Zealand Pacific
Street Kingdom Los Angeles, California West


Eliminated Bottom 2 Runner-up Winner
Week: 4/7 4/14 4/21 4/28 5/5 5/12 5/19 5/26 6/21 6/5
Rank Dance Crews Result
3 Phunk Phenomenon BTM2 BTM2 ELIM
4 Street Kingdom BTM2 BTM2 ELIM
5 Instant Noodles ELIM
6 787 Crew ELIM
7 ReQuest Dance Crew BTM2 ELIM
8 FootworKINGz ELIM
10 Jag6ed ELIM
Eclectic Gentlemen ELIM
^Note 1 : A non-elimination episode meant to showcase the top two crews.


  • "Written in the Stars" by Tinie Tempah is played in each episode.
  • When a crew is eliminated, starting with the last six remaining crews, the show looks back at the eliminated crew's journey on America's Best Dance Crew while playing "Fly" by Nicki Minaj featuring Rihanna.

Week 1: Lil Wayne Challenge (April 7, 2011)[edit]

The first five crews auditioned for a chance to continue on in the dance competition during the season premiere, beginning with a group performance to "6 Foot 7 Foot" featuring Cory Gunz.[4][5]

Crew Song[5]
I aM mE "Right Above It" featuring Drake
Phunk Phenomenon "A Milli"
ReQuest Dance Crew "Knockout" featuring Nicki Minaj
Eclectic Gentlemen "Fireman"
Street Kingdom "I Am Not a Human Being"
  • Safe: Street Kingdom, Phunk Phenomenon, I aM mE, ReQuest Dance Crew
  • Eliminated: Eclectic Gentlemen

Week 2: Kesha Challenge (April 14, 2011)[edit]

The next five crews performed to Kesha hits to compete for a chance to move on to the next round, starting with a dance number to "We R Who We R".[6][7]

Crew Song[7]
FootworKINGz "Tik Tok"
787 Crew "Blow"
ICONic Boyz "Your Love Is My Drug"
Jag6ed "Sleazy"
Instant Noodles "Dirty Picture" featuring Taio Cruz
  • Safe: FootworKINGz, ICONic Boyz, 787 Crew, Instant Noodles
  • Eliminated: Jag6ed

Week 3: The Black Eyed Peas Challenge (April 21, 2011)[edit]

The Black Eyed Peas assigned each crew a different song and challenge to incorporate into their routines.[8]

Crew Song[9] Challenge
ICONic Boyz "Just Can't Get Enough" All members must stay connected for part of the routine.
Phunk Phenomenon "Don't Stop the Party" Must include a "slo-mo" section in their routine.
I aM mE "Meet Me Halfway" Must come together and create a machine.
Street Kingdom "Imma Be Incorporate light sabers in their routine.
787 Crew "Boom Boom Pow" Create an illusion that they are teleporting.
Instant Noodles "My Humps" Create video game-like visuals on stage.
FootworKINGz "I Gotta Feeling" Create the illusion that someone is floating.
ReQuest Dance Crew "The Time (Dirty Bit)" Create the illusion that they are cloning.
  • Safe: ICONic Boyz, Phunk Phenomenon, I aM mE, Street Kingdom, 787 Crew, Instant Noodles
  • Bottom 2: FootworKINGz, ReQuest Dance Crew
  • Eliminated: FootworKINGz

Week 4: Katy Perry Challenge (April 28, 2011)[edit]

Katy Perry handed out dance challenges to the seven remaining crews.[10]

Crew Song[11] Challenge
Phunk Phenomenon "Waking Up in Vegas" Make a roulette wheel.
I aM mE "Peacock" Fan out like a peacock.
787 Crew "Hot n Cold" Make a roller coaster.
ICONic Boyz "Teenage Dream" Make a wall, then break it down.
Instant Noodles "Firework" Make a chain reaction and explode.
Street Kingdom "E.T." featuring Kanye West Make a space ship.
ReQuest Dance Crew "California Gurls" featuring Snoop Dogg Ride a wave.
  • Safe: Phunk Phenomenon, I aM mE, 787 Crew, ICONic Boyz, Instant Noodles
  • Bottom 2: Street Kingdom, ReQuest Dance Crew
  • Eliminated: ReQuest Dance Crew

Week 5: Rihanna Challenge (May 5, 2011)[edit]

The six remaining crews choreographed routines inspired by Rihanna.[12] Rihanna's choreographer, Tanisha Scott, gave each crew a dance hall move to be incorporated.

Crew Song[13] Dancehall Move
Instant Noodles "Hard" featuring Young Jeezy The Head Top
ICONic Boyz "Only Girl (In the World)" Give It A Run
I aM mE "S&M" The Spiderman
Street Kingdom "Rude Boy" The Dutty Wine
Phunk Phenomenon "Don't Stop the Music" The Chaplin
787 Crew "What's My Name?" featuring Drake Gallis Step
  • Safe: Instant Noodles, ICONic Boyz, I aM mE, Street Kingdom
  • Bottom 2: 787 Crew, Phunk Phenomenon
  • Eliminated: 787 Crew

Week 6: Justin Bieber Challenge (May 12, 2011)[edit]

Justin Bieber handed out dance challenges to the five remaining crews.[14] All the challenges were based on moments from Bieber's documentary Never Say Never.

Crew Song[15] Challenge
ICONic Boyz "Baby" featuring Ludacris Incorporate basketball-inspired choreography.
I aM mE "Somebody to Love" featuring Usher Perform Usher's famous glide.
Phunk Phenomenon "Eenie Meenie" featuring Sean Kingston Include steppin' in the routine.
Instant Noodles "Runaway Love" featuring Kanye West & Raekwon Incorporate chairs in the routine.
Street Kingdom "Never Say Never" featuring Jaden Smith Incorporate martial arts and high kicks.
  • Safe: ICONic Boyz, I aM mE, Phunk Phenomenon
  • Bottom 2: Instant Noodles, Street Kingdom
  • Eliminated: Instant Noodles

Week 7: Nicki Minaj Challenge (May 19, 2011)[edit]

The final four crews kicked off the show with a group number to "Massive Attack" featuring Sean Garrett.[16] Then, Nicki Minaj dropped by and challenged the four remaining crews to choreograph routines inspired by one of her alter egos.[17]

Crew Song[16] Challenge
I aM mE "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake Incorporate childhood games in the routine.
ICONic Boyz "Check It Out" featuring Create a marionette onstage.
Phunk Phenomenon "My Chick Bad" by Ludacris Incorporate belly dancing in their routine.
Street Kingdom "Did It On'em" Incorporate military drills in their routine.
  • Safe: I aM mE, ICONic Boyz
  • Bottom 2: Street Kingdom, Phunk Phenomenon
  • Eliminated: Street Kingdom

Week 8: Kanye West Challenge (May 26, 2011)[edit]

The episode began with the three remaining crews performing a group number to "All of the Lights" featuring Rihanna.[18] Season 5 winner Poreotix delivered the challenges to the crews. After the mid-show elimination, the final two crews performed their prepared routines to make their one last plea for votes.[19]

Challenge #1[edit]

The crews had to demonstrate their versatility by creating a routine that incorporated three different styles of dance. All crews were given the same styles and songs.

Song[18] Style
"Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx Dougie
"Touch the Sky" featuring Lupe Fiasco Boogaloo
"Love Lockdown" Isolations
  • Safe: ICONic Boyz
  • Bottom 2: Phunk Phenomenon, I aM mE
  • Eliminated: Phunk Phenomenon

Challenge #2[edit]

The final two crews debuted their Last Stand performances before the lines opened for the final voting session of the season.

Crew Performance Title
ICONic Boyz The ICONic Dream
I aM mE Ill-emental

Week 9: Battle of the Final Two (June 2, 2011)[edit]

The final two crews faced off in the penultimate episode of Season 6, which also featured a look back at their accomplishments so far.[20]

Challenge #1[edit]

For the first challenge, the judges chose one routine from the past weeks in which the crews must improve upon and perform again. The judges selected I aM mE's Week 5 Rihanna performance and ICONic Boyz' Week 6 Justin Bieber routine.

Challenge #2[edit]

The two crews then performed in a three-round dance battle. Swizz Beatz returned to provide the music for the battle.

Round Song[21]
"Everyday (Coolin')" by Swizz Beatz featuring Eve
"On to the Next One" by Jay-Z featuring Swizz Beatz
"I Can Transform Ya" by Chris Brown featuring Swizz Beatz

Week 10: The Finale (June 5, 2011)[edit]

America's Best Dance Crew was crowned in the Season 6 finale, which also featured performances by the past winners.[2] In contrast to previous seasons of America's Best Dance Crew, the finale was pre-recorded; each crew taped a faux winning and losing reaction, as well as their victory performance, and were unaware of the results until the final cut of the episode was aired prior to the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.

Crews Song[22]
I aM mE and ICONic Boyz "Raise Your Glass" by Pink
Poreotix "Friday" by Rebecca Black
We Are Heroes "Run the World (Girls)" by Beyoncé
Quest Crew "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO
Super Cr3w "Power" by Kanye West featuring Dwele
JabbaWockeeZ "We Just Made It" and "Devastating Stereo" by The Bangerz
ICONic Boyz "Yeah 3x" by Chris Brown
I aM mE "Rocketeer" by Far East Movement featuring Ryan Tedder
I aM mE "Written in the Stars" by Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner
  • Winner: I aM mE
  • Runner-up: ICONic Boyz


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Preceded by
Season 5
America's Best Dance Crew
Season 6
Succeeded by
Season 7

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