It’s no secret to anyone that Filipinos have moves… and being part of a dance crew or performing some sort of choreographed routine is a distinct part of the Filipino “growing up” experience. For every young Filipino that wants to pursue a career in dance, that’s one less Filipino doctor in the world. Even worse, that’s one less Filipino doctor in the immediate family. ACK! SoReal Cru member Ailyn Isidro talks about this almost every week in the produced segments of the show.
Philippine All-Stars: The World's Best
The Philippine Allstars was started in 2005 by twelve friends who came from different backgrounds, but wanted to collectively represent their country in the World Hip-Hop Championships held in the US. That year after taking first in the Maximum Groovity II, National Hip-Hop Open, they proudly placed 6th in the World. In 2006, Allstars put the Philippines on the map of Hip-hop dance in becoming the first Asian country to win back-to-back World Gold titles in the International Hip-hop Open d’Ítalia in Turin, Italy and in the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships in Los Angeles, California. The next year, the group took Bronze in the same competition and also won Team of the Year from V.Ent’s First Annual Dance Awards. Now in 2008, they came back strong again and took Gold in the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
JabbaWockeeZ is a mainstream dance group, established in 2003 by Joe Larot, Kevin Brewer and Phil Tayag. The group first gained mainstream fame by appearing on America's Got Talent before going on to being the first winners of the MTV Hip Hip dance reality serios America's Best Dance Crew on March 27, 2008, which earned the crew $100,000 and a touring contract. They are known for their intricate, synchronization and precise dances, mime and kabuki-styled theatrics, and for wearing masks and gloves during most of their performances. Their name is derived from the Lewis Carroll poem Through the Looking Glass.
Super CR3W (pronounced "Super Crew") is an all-male assemblage of b-boys originating from Las Vegas, Nevada. The group won the 2nd season of America's Best Dance Crew. Contrary to popular belief, Super CR3W was formed long before their appearance on America's Best Dance Crew, specifically in 2000.
MTVs Americas Best Dance Crew(in collaboration with Randy Jackson) is exactly like American Idol but for hip hop street dance groups from around the country. Surprisingly enough, 2 Asian groups made it to the top 3, but one was eliminated the other night. The eliminated group was named "Kaba Modern" and they hailed from UC Irvine,Ca. What is interesting about this group, even though it did not consist of any Filipinos, it was started by Filipino dancers in the early 90s from UC Irvine for Filipino festivals..."Kaba" is short for Kababayans. Through the years the group has evolved and now it consists of other asian ethnic groups from the school.
The members of Houston's SoReal Cru are more to the public eye than just another dance crew. Andrew “Goodfoot” Baterina, Jackie Lautchang, Brian “Burna” Puspos, Ailyn Isidro, Brian Fucanan, Pat Lam, and Mark Fucanan have all looked up to the Original Soreal Cru started by Andrew’s brother Christopher Baterina in Houston 10 years ago.