America's Best Dance Crew (season 1)

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America's Best Dance Crew
Season 1
Broadcast fromFebruary 7 –
March 27, 2008
JudgesJC Chasez
Lil Mama
Shane Sparks
Host(s)Mario Lopez
VenueUnited States

The first season of America's Best Dance Crew premiered on February 7, 2008. The season, hosted by Mario Lopez, featured a judging panel consisting of Lil Mama, JC Chasez, and Shane Sparks.[1][2] In the live finale, which aired on March 27, 2008, JabbaWockeeZ was declared the winner.[3]


For the first season of America's Best Dance Crew, the competitors auditioned in four cities: New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles. A total of twelve dance crews were selected from the four cities and then categorized into four regions: Midwest, South, East Coast, and West Coast. Following the live casting special on January 26, 2008, the initial pool of dance crews was narrowed down to nine.

Dance Crew Hometown Region
Automatic Response Phoenix, Arizona West
Breaksk8 Kokomo, Indiana Midwest
Enigma Dance Kru Tampa, Florida South
Femme 5 Chicago, Illinois Midwest
Full Out West Palm Beach, Florida South
Fysh n Chicks Los Angeles, California West
ICONic Englishtown, New Jersey East
JabbaWockeeZ San Diego, California West
Kaba Modern Orange County, California West
Live in Color Miami, Florida South
Status Quo Boston, Massachusetts East
The Movement New York, New York East


Rank Dance Crew Episode
01 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
5 Fysh n Chicks IN IN RISK IN RISK OUT
6 Live in Color IN IN IN IN OUT
8 Femme 5 IN IN OUT
9 Enigma Dance Kru IN OUT
N/A Automatic Response OUT
N/A Full Out OUT
N/A The Movement OUT

^Note 1 : The live auditions special determined the nine spots for the season premiere.

     (WINNER) The dance crew won the competition and was crowned "America's Best Dance Crew".
     (RUNNER-UP) The dance crew was the runner-up in the competition.
     (IN) The dance crew was safe from elimination.
     (RISK) The dance crew was at risk for elimination.
     (OUT) The dance crew was eliminated from the competition.


Episode 0: The Search Begins[edit]

  • Original Airdate: January 26, 2008

Twelve dance crews competed in a live casting special for America's Best Dance Crew.

Episode 1: The Battle Begins[edit]

  • Original Airdate: February 7, 2008

Each crew performed to a mix of their favorite dance track. The crews were broken up into groups of three. The judges selected one crew from each group (italicized) to be safe from elimination and move on to the next week. Afterwards, the judges picked the bottom two crews to compete in a sudden death dance-off to guest performer Flo Rida's song "Low".

Round Dance Crew Song
Round 1 Live in Color "Watch Them Roll" by Sean Paul
JabbaWockeeZ "Apologize" by Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
Fysh n Chicks "Whine Up" by Kat DeLuna feat. Elephant Man
Round 2 Status Quo "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark
Femme 5 "Do It Well" by Jennifer Lopez
Enigma Dance Kru "I'm So Hood" by DJ Khaled, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, T-Pain and Plies
Round 3 ICONic "Cyclone" by Baby Bash feat. T-Pain
Breaksk8 "Get It Shawty" by Lloyd
Kaba Modern "Technologic" by Daft Punk
  • Safe: Live in Color, Status Quo, Kaba Modern, JabbaWockeeZ, Breaksk8, Fysh n Chicks, Femme 5
  • Bottom 2: Enigma Dance Kru, ICONic
  • Eliminated: Enigma Dance Kru

Episode 2: Music Video Moves[edit]

  • Original Airdate: February 14, 2008

Each crew was given a different music video containing a dance sequence, which they had to perform while maintaining their own style.

Dance Crew Song
Kaba Modern "Wall to Wall" by Chris Brown
Live in Color "Hey Mama" by The Black Eyed Peas
JabbaWockeeZ "Ice Box" by Omarion
Breaksk8 "Get Up" by Ciara feat. Chamillionaire
ICONic "Kiss Kiss" by Chris Brown feat. T-Pain
Status Quo "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
Fysh n Chicks "Freakum Dress" by Beyoncé
Femme 5 "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani
  • Safe: Kaba Modern, Live in Color, JabbaWockeeZ, Breaksk8, ICONic, Status Quo
  • Bottom 2: Fysh n Chicks, Femme 5
  • Eliminated: Femme 5

Episode 3: Dance Craze Challenge[edit]

  • Original Airdate: February 21, 2008

Each crew performed a popular dance, also known as a "dance craze", while preserving their own style. Since some of the dance crazes were very simple to execute, each team had to complete an additional challenge while performing.

Dance Crew Song Challenge
Live in Color "2 Step" by Unk Exchange clothes during their routine.
JabbaWockeeZ "Lean wit It, Rock wit It" by Dem Franchize Boyz Create an illusion that defies gravity.
Breaksk8 "Cupid Shuffle" by Cupid Stay physically connected in a section of the Cupid Shuffle.
Kaba Modern "G-Slide (Tour Bus)" by Lil Mama Partner up and perform a lift.
Fysh n Chicks "It's Goin Down" by Yung Joc Perform some of the steps in reverse.
Status Quo "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy Perform a portion of the dance upside down.
ICONic "Chicken Noodle Soup" by DJ Webstar Perform a portion of the dance on their backs.
  • Safe: Live in Color, JabbaWockeeZ, Breaksk8, Kaba Modern, Fysh n Chicks
  • Bottom 2: Status Quo, ICONic
  • Eliminated: ICONic

Episode 4: Movie Characters[edit]

  • Original Airdate: February 28, 2008

The crews portrayed movie characters through dance.

Dance Crew Song Character
JabbaWockeeZ "Ayo Technology" by 50 Cent feat. Justin Timberlake Thieves
Kaba Modern "Sensual Seduction" by Snoop Dogg Geeky boys and popular girls
Status Quo "Hey Baby (Jump Off)" by Bow Wow and Omarion Tuners
Breaksk8 "What Is It" by Baby Bash feat. Sean Kingston Basketball players
Fysh 'n Chicks "Maneater" by Nelly Furtado Business women letting loose
Live in Color "B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)" by Outkast Vampires and damsels in distress
  • Safe: JabbaWockeeZ, Kaba Modern, Status Quo, Breaksk8
  • Bottom 2: Fysh n Chicks, Live in Color
  • Eliminated: Live in Color

Episode 5: Thriller[edit]

  • Original Airdate: March 6, 2008

Each crew performed to a track from Michael Jackson's Thriller album, in honor of its 25th anniversary, and incorporated Jackson's signature moves into their routine.

Dance Crew Song
Status Quo "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
JabbaWockeeZ "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
Kaba Modern "Thriller"
Fysh n Chicks "Billie Jean"
Breaksk8 "Beat It"
  • Safe: Status Quo, JabbaWockeeZ, Kaba Modern
  • Bottom 2: Fysh n Chicks, Breaksk8
  • Eliminated: Fysh n Chicks

Episode 6: Broadway Remixed[edit]

  • Original Airdate: March 13, 2008

At the beginning of the show, the crews teamed up to perform a routine to a hip hop remix of Annie's "It's the Hard Knock Life". Then, each crew had to transform a traditional Broadway number into a hip hop routine.

Dance Crew Musical Song
Status Quo Hairspray "You Can't Stop the Beat"
JabbaWockeeZ Chicago "All That Jazz"
Kaba Modern Grease "You're the One That I Want"
Breaksk8 Dreamgirls "One Night Only"
  • Safe: Status Quo, JabbaWockeeZ
  • Bottom 2: Kaba Modern, Breaksk8
  • Eliminated: Breaksk8

Episode 7: Evolution of Street Dance[edit]

  • Original Airdate: March 20, 2008

All three crews performed to a same remix highlighting the evolution of street dancing over the past 30 years.

Song Dance
"Funkytown" by Lipps Inc Locking
"It's Like That" by Run DMC vs. Jason Nevins Popping
"It's Just Begun" by Jimmy Castor Breaking
"Push It" by Salt-n-Pepa New jack swing
"Bye Bye Bye" by 'N Sync Pop
"Get Buck in Here" by DJ Felli Fel New school/Krumping
  • Safe: Status Quo
  • Bottom 2: JabbaWockeeZ, Kaba Modern
  • Eliminated: Kaba Modern

The two finalists compete in an encore "do or die" round.

Dance Crew Performance Title
Status Quo Jack in the Box
JabbaWockeeZ The Red Pill

Episode 8: The Live Finale[edit]

  • Original Airdate: March 27, 2008

The eliminated crews returned and performed with the finalists for a regional collaboration. Instead of going head-to-head, JabbaWockeeZ and Status Quo teamed up for their last performance.

Dance Crew(s) Song
West: JabbaWockeeZ, Kaba Modern, and Fysh n Chicks "Tell Me When To Go" by E-40 feat. Keak Da Sneak
South: Live in Color and Enigma Dance Kru "Get Low" by Lil Jon and The Eastside Boys
East: Status Quo and ICONic "Phenomenon" by LL Cool J
Midwest: Breaksk8 and Femme 5 "Pop, Lock & Drop It" by Huey
JabbaWockeeZ and Status Quo Stomp the Yard
JabbaWockeeZ "Stronger" by Kanye West
  • Winner: JabbaWockeeZ
  • Runner-up: Status Quo


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Behind the Mask: The Jabbawockeez, America’s best dance crew" Archived 2008-08-22 at the Wayback Machine. AsianWeek. Retrieved on 2008-08-22.

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Preceded by
America's Best Dance Crew
Season 1
Succeeded by
Season 2