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Called Out Update:

Since the last time I blogged about this, the teams have been announced, flyers have been produced/spammed, and a trailer has been posted on youtube. It’s so on. Comments follow the listing.

TEAM 1
BIONIC (MACHINE GONE FOWNK | ROCKFORCE | SOUL SECTOR)
ODIE (FLO-OLOGY)
CHAZ (GROOVMEKANEX)
MAPPY (PHOENIX DANCE CO.)
SLIM (FUNKANOMETRY SF)
JUDEE (SICKS | SICKSYDE)
SHANNA (GEN TWO)

TEAM 2
JARDY (SOUL SECTOR)
JAYPEE (GROOVMEKANEX | ROCKFORCE)
LEE LEE (KHAMAI)
MILES (5150)
CHONG (UNKNOWN)
DANCER 6 (NAME NOT YET RELEASED)
WILDCARD (NAME NOT YET RELEASED)

The greatest single comment I have to make:

I’m surprised this Shanna is on Team 1. I don’t know enough about her individually, so to me, its a sudden shift in the ranks, as if I’m totally sleeping on the scene. And admittedly, I have been. Lets not try to big up her relationship to Bionic or anything, though, lest this become a tabloid. I just hope it will prove a testament to his influence. Or is it her influence on him?

In the end, there is an immense amount of talent in many of the dancers in the Bay, but what separates the CO competitors is their established presence, longevity, creativity, and discipline to the forms, with talent being merely a prerequisite. So its not a big deal about whether certain people got picked up for it. They just better prove they were worth my intrigue and therefore recognition. She’s really that dope? And I sat next to her and didn’t say anything.

Regarding distribution of members, in theory, I’d say its pretty effing even. Here’s how:
Team 1:
Bionic represents funkstyles and popping at the highest level, with Chaz probably being a stronger locker, while Odie solidly represents house/bboying as one of the best in the Bay. These three are prime examples and active practitioners of the foundation styles, whereas the rest utilize these styles as foundations with application in nuskool, with nuskool breaking down into hip hop freestyle and “studio.”

Slim reps bboy, Judee seems to rep bgirl, but both have solid choreography experience, each distinct, as shown by their crews; I think Slim has more pop influence, if we can call it that, while I don’t really know Judee enough to comment. But while they are on the bboy hip hop tip, Mappy and Shanna are on the studio hip hop tip. Personally, I think Mappy is the most well rounded of the group, with popping and house foundation leading to smoothed hip hop choreo. I have to assume that Shanna’s freestyle/foundations are developed (hooked with Bionic, come on).

Overall, there is plenty of foundation to root all of them together. Plus, these heads have danced together in some form already — Slim, Odie, Mappy, Bionic, Chaz — whether in circles, clubs, or in crews (Slim & Mappy, that I know of, and Bionic, Shanna, and Gen2 by association).

A group like this is a testament to the evolution of street dance. And I’m being real and sincere about that statement. The freestyle is going to be insane, that’s all I know. Straight EFFED up. It will truly be a pleasure to see all of them battle.

to be honest, because its so comprehensive. I can tell that Jardy and Jaypee are there to battle Bionic and Odie. Lee Lee and the secret heads MUST comprise the choreographed side (meaning the secret heads must be strong choreographers), or else Mappy, Shanna, and Judee have the edge.

I’m interested to see the GroovMekanex go head to head.

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