Beat Freaks

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The Beat Freaks
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Hip-hop, B-girls
Years active 2003–present
Website theBeatFreaks.com
Members Alison “Al*Star” Faulk
Teresa "Ragdoll" Espinosa
Lindsey "LindseyB OUTTHERE” Blaufarb
Jules "Lady Jules" Urich
Keeley “LockN’ Key” Kaukimoce
Rino Nakasone Razalan
Marie "Maryss from Paris" Courchinoux
Alex "Shorty (BGirl Shorty)" Welch
Bonita "Bgirl Bonita" Lovett

Beat Freaks is an all-female breaking dance crew from Los Angeles, California. Each of its nine members had achieved individual success dancing before the creation of the group in 2003. The Beat Freaks were featured on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew (Season 3) and finished the show as runners-up.[1]

Overview[edit]

In 2003, the seven original members came together. five of which had previously worked together in another group called the "Groovaloos." The crew now consists of nine women: Alison "Al*Star" Faulk, Teresa Espinosa, LindseyB "OUTTHERE", Julie "Lady Jules" Urich, Keeley "LockN' Key", Rino Nakasone, Maryss from Paris, BGirl Shorty, and BGirl Bonita, with Bonita being the newest addition. With the exception of Rino and Maryss they were all born and raised in the United States; Rino was born in Okinawa, Japan and Maryss was born in Paris. Each of the crew members have appeared in music videos , films, and tours with world-renowned artists that include: Pink, Britney Spears, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, The Jonas Brothers and Avril Lavigne. As individual dancers, they have made appearances on: "You Got Served", "Step Up 2: The Streets", "Stick It", "Prom Night", "Go For It!", "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam", "Shake It Up" and "B-Girl", which stars Lady Jules as the main character. In 2008, the crew was featured in the highly publicized dance battle YouTube videos with Miley Cyrus, dancing beside Miley. They also had an appearance in Justin Bieber's music video for "Somebody To Love". In 2010 they were voted Best Female Dance Crew at the World of Dance Awards.

Members[edit]

Alison "Al*Star" Faulk[edit]

Alison Faulk, commonly known as Al*Star, hails from southern Florida. She was unable to participate in America's Best Dance Crew, because she was on tour with Pink at the time. She does not specialize in one particular dance style, and claims that she is an "all styles" dancer. She is one of the original members of Groovaloos and a part of the stage show is based on her life.

Teresa "Ragdoll" Espinosa[edit]

Teresa Espinosa was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) she toured the world with Janet Jackson on The Velvet Rope World Tour, and got nominated for an Emmy in additional choreography that year. She specializes in freestyle and is inspired by Michael Jackson among countless others. She has worked as a choreographer on the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert and has toured with Britney Spears, on her 2004's world tour Onyx Hotel Tour. Teresa is a faculty member at the hip-hop dance convention Monsters of Hip-Hop. She is one of the original members of Groovaloos and a part of the stage show is based on her life.[2]

Lindsey "LindseyB Outthere" Blaufarb[edit]

Lindsey Blaufarb was raised in San Antonio, Texas. Lindsey started off in musical theater and athletics, then later started hip hop dancing at the age of 17. She was an Air force brat and was constantly moving around.

She is inspired by her own members, having admired them before joining the group. She has been on tour with Pink and Avril Lavigne. She is one of the original members of Groovaloos and a part of the stage show is based on her life.

Jules "Lady Jules" Urich[edit]

She has many years experience doing commercials, music videos, and much more. Some commercials she has been featured in include Wal-Mart, GAP, Nike and Jolly Rancher. B-Girl Jules starred as the main character whose dreams of being a break dancer are put on hold when she is stabbed. Jules is also an animal rights activist. She works closely with a charity called The Cat House on the Kings and is a strong supporter of PETA. She is one of the original members of Groovaloos and a part of the stage show is based on her life. [3] Jules is the one who made the first headspin ever from a lady in the fourth episode of America's Best Dance Crew which is considered the Wack Track challenge.

Keeley "LockN' Key" Kaukimoce[edit]

Keeley was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Keeley specializes in locking. Some of her accomplishments include being in My Wife and Kids, Legally Blonde, Run DMC video, and You Got Served. She is one of the original members of Groovaloos and a part of the stage show is based on her life. Keeley is the oldest member of The Beat Freaks and is married with two children.

Rino Nakasone "RinOkinawa"[edit]

Main article: Rino Nakasone Razalan

Marie Courchinoux "Maryss from Paris"[edit]

Born in 1980, Courchinoux was born and raised in Paris, France. She said she grew a love for dance after seeing Michael Jackson dance on television when she was younger. It drove her to travel the world and want to dance with the most greatest dancers. Her moniker "Maryss" was formed from Mary (English version of Marie) and "super star". She has an extensive resume in commercials, doing much advertisement with Sprite, Pepsi, Old Navy, J. C. Penney, and iPod. She has performed with numerous artists including Missy Elliott, Common, Kovas, and The Black Eyed Peas. She has toured with Billy Crawford, Chris Brown, and Justin Timberlake. She and Rino teach at Debbie Reynolds dance studio in Los Angeles, CA under the stage duo name The Geminiz. She and Rino were also back-up dancers for Chris Brown's music video, "Forever" .

Alex "Shorty (BGirl Shorty)" Welch[edit]

Alex Welch, commonly referred to as BGirl Shorty now known as Shorty, was born October 21, 1989 in Orlando, Florida, but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the youngest of the crew members, but said to be the most hyper and energetic of them all. Both her parents are professional ballet dancers, but she claims that when she was younger she hated dancing and strongly disliked going to the studio with her parents and seeing tutus. However, when she was 11 years old she saw a headspin during a Christina Aguilera music video and was fascinated by it. She quickly began to learn breaking and grew to love dance, learning as much different styles as she could.[4] She said prior to joining Beat Freaks, she looked up to them and dreamed of being in the crew; however, she knew they were not recruiting. That quickly changed when she found out the crew was in fact looking for an additional member that could step in for Alison during the third season of America's Best Dance Crew. When she joined, she said it was like a dream come true.[4][5] Welch appeared in the films, such as Stick It, Date Movie, Step Up 2: The Streets, Bring It On: All or Nothing, Prom Night and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. She has worked with Pink and Miley Cyrus. Welch make appearances in the TeenNick show, The Nightlife and Disney's, Shake It Up. As an individual dancer, Welch has appeared in six music videos: Toni Braxton's "Make My Heart", Justin Bieber's "Baby", Jonas Brothers's "Bounce", Jennifer Lopez's "Live It Up", Ariana Grande's "Baby I" and "It's On" by the cast of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Welch was a backup dancer of Britney Spears' Femme Fatate World Tour and she was part of the Jonas Brothers Live in Concert tour with the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and the cast of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam for promoting the film, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Welch was considering taking legal action lawsuit against Demi Lovato, after having a confrontation from each other while on tour.[6] In late December 2010, Welch won her settlement and walked away with an undisclosed amount of money. After two years since the incident, Welch apologized to Lovato and accepted on November 22, 2012.

Bonita "Bgirl Bonita" Lovett[edit]

Coming from a classically trained background in Phoenix, Arizona, Lovett began her professional dance career performing with and choreographing for the Phoenix Mercury Hip-Hop Squad and the Phoenix Suns Dance Team. She has danced for artists P. Diddy, The Black Eyed Peas, Sean Kingston, Fergie, Jamiroquai, Wyclef Jean, Redman, The Beach Boys, Q-Tip, Eric Sermon, Rob Base, KRS-ONE and Doug E. Fresh. Not only has she had the opportunity to perform with such artists, she has also been featured in Disney's Shake It Up, Nickolodeon's Fresh Beat Band and has worked on RIO. She's been featured in commercials and also worked with Nike, Adidas, Sketchers and many more.

Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her career, Lovett co-founded and directed Automatic Response, a non-profit dance company. After moving to LA, she became a member of the Groovaloo’s, an LA based Hip-Hop Company, where she continues to perform in their theater production of Groovaloo.

Bonita has been teaching, judging and choreographing professionally for 10 years nationally and internationally. She has bridged her classic studio training with the culture of hip-hop to produce her unique and dynamic style. She is a member of The Legendary Rock Steady Crew and was seen performing with them on “Dancing with the Stars” as well as battling with them all over the world. Crazy Legs president of RSC, is one of her biggest mentors.

America's Best Dance Crew[edit]

Beat Freaks are runner-ups for the third season of America's Best Dance Crew; losing to Quest Crew. Beat Freaks were the first all-female crew to make it to the finals of the competition and received much praise from judges JC Chasez, Lil Mama, and [[Shane Sparks]]. During the season they were recognized by their large banner with the logo of a bright-yellow boombox.[1] Their signature is considered to be the V hand signal, which in the U.S. means "peace". During World War II the sign was used by Winston Churchill as a sign for "Victory."

Dance in ABDC[edit]

Performances[edit]

Week Challenge Music Result
1: Sudden Death Challenge None Din Daa Daa - George Kranz Safe
2: Fit Test Challenge Side Plank Independent - Webbie featuring Lil' Boosie
3: Britney Spears Challenge Perform the masculine and feminine sides of Britney from the video. Womanizer - Britney Spears
4: Whack Track Challenge Perform while doing the Carlton dance. Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) - The Offspring
5: Illusion Challenge Perform while making something levitate. Freeze - T-Pain ft. Chris Brown
6: Battle of The Sexes Challenge Incorporate the Louisville Slugger within the routine. Hot n Cold - Katy Perry
7: Hip-Hop Decathlon Challenge Incorporate hip-hops most difficult styles of dancing in their routine Threading: Poker Face - Lady Gaga
Tutting: Love Lockdown - Kanye West
Waving: I'm in Miami Bitch (Trick) - LMFAO
Housing: Closer - Ne-Yo
Krumping: Get Up - 50 Cent
Last Chance to hook the voters using an original performance "Freak The Dreams"
8: The Live Finale Partners:
Boxcuttuhz
Team Millennia
Just Dance - Lady Gaga Runner-Ups
Partner:
Quest Crew
Beggin' - Madcon

Appearances[edit]

The Beat Freaks spent much of their on-air time encouraging young girls to dance and follow their dreams. Coming on to the show they came up with a campaign called "Freak the Vote."[1] Knowing that Freak the Vote would only apply on ABDC they decided to come up with something that would carry on even after the show. After discussing and collaborating as a group, they came up with "Freak the Dream."

The Beat Freaks' Illusion Challenge performance placed 6th on the Top 10 America's Best Dance Crew Performances of All Time.

Music Videos[edit]

Beat Freaks have appeared in three music videos: Diddy's "Love Come Down" in 2009, Justin Bieber's "Somebody to Love" in 2010, and Australian dance crew/rappers and singers Justice Crew's Dance With Me fFt Flo Rida in 2011. Maryss, Bonita & Shorty appeared in the video for Minus the Bear's "My Time" in 2010. Shorty appeared in Toni Braxton's Make My Heart music video in 2010.

Movies[edit]

As a crew, Beat Freaks will be making appearances in the movie Honey 2 and Go For It.

Other[edit]

In early 2010, Beat Freaks collaborated with Nike Women and have been heavily featured in the Nike Women website.

On June 17, 2010, they performed at the NBA finals halftime show in Game 7 of Lakers vs. Celtics.

Lindsey Blaufarb appeared as a co-choreographer on the finale of Syfy's Face Off, which aired March 14, 2012.

Fans[edit]

A graphic novel titled "8 Valkyries," is currently being written by fan Gregory Michel, and is said to be inspired by the crew itself. Each member of the Beat Freaks is portrayed as a different Valkyrie that shows similar physical characteristics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Beat Freaks Crew Bio". MTV Net. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Teresa Espinosa". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2/4/09. 
  3. ^ Lady Jules Official Site
  4. ^ a b "B-Girl Shorty of the Beat Freaks". 
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HNjKjycgJE
  6. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20447402,00.html

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