JABBAWOCKEEZ in Abreeza Mall Davao, January 20, 2013
© Jojie Alcantara 2013
JABBAWOCKEEZ is an all-male, hip-hop dance crew who once auditioned and was eliminated in America’s Got Talent, but later emerged as America’s Best Dance Crew first season champion, bringing the underground dance culture mainstream, and to a new level of respect. This unusual but familiar name was coined by Joe Larot from the 1871 novel of Lewis Caroll’s poem Jabberwocky, a nonsense verse in English. The group is currently composed of Ben “B-Tek” Chung, Joe “Punkee” Larot, Chris “Cristyle” Gatdula, Kevin “KB” Brewer, Rynan “Kid Rainen” Paguio, Jeff “Phi” Nguyen, Phil “Swagger Boy” Tayag and Tony “Transformer” Tran. In their concerts, other dance crew teams up with them as support, like the Super Cr3w in the Philippine tour.
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Hiding mysterious uniformed identities behind white masks, this high energy dance group struck a musical chord around the world with their class act theatrical mime performances with a heart. Not only are they the only Asian-American group to have a performance in the Las Vegas scene, but they have also received a Living Legend Award in the Hip Hop International Awards 2012.
The impeccable popping, breakdancing in synchronized precision are Jabbawockeez’ signature style, in collaboration with the Bangerz who are producing the infectious music exclusively for them.
JABBAWOCKEEZ performed to a full pack standing room audience in Abreeza Mall here in our city last January 20, in the last leg of their tour (and the only city outside of Metro Manila) for Ayala Malls. In the finale, they kept giving a shoutout to the Filipinos, acknowledging the roots of most of the members.
And yes, I am a die hard fan. Call me a Jojiewockeez. (I was a ballet dancer at 6 and a choreographer since 6th grade until after college)