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The Jabbawockeez have developed a one-of-a-kind style that has positioned the group as the most influential dance crew in the world, effectively changing the way people view dance entertainment. Known for their creativity, choreography, athleticism and intricate synchronization, each member of the dance crew brings a different technique and perspective to form the original style that makes the Jabbawockeez so distinct.
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The Jabbawockeez are a world-famous dance crew who first gained fame in their national television appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2006, before winning the MTV hip hop reality series, Randy Jackson Presents American’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC) in March 2008. The most notable group to come out of the MTV reality series, the Jabbawockeez are synonymous with the show and universally recognized as America’s true best dance crew. The crew uses their signature plain white masks and gloves to guide the audience’s attention away from individual identities and towards a unified group. Known for their creativity, one-of-a-kind choreography, athleticism and intricate synchronization, each member brings a different technique and perspective to form the original style that makes the Jabbawockeez so distinct.
The name Jabbawockeez is derived from Lewis Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky, in which the titular character is a dragon that roamed the “tulgey wood” in the children’s story Through the Looking-Glass.
Established in 2003, the idea of the Jabbawockeez is the brainchild of Joe Larot, Kevin Brewer and Phil Tayag, who wanted to showcase freestyle dance. Originally working with different dance groups, the crew wanted to strike a balance between “dancing to music” and “dancing as artistic expression,” in a time when the “garage crew” no longer existed and the hip hop scene was flooded with “dance troupes” that seemed to be “clone” dancers. Coming from a variety of backgrounds in both dance and life, each member brings different styles and perspectives to the collective and collaborates to create the unique style of the Jabbawockeez.
After their MTV America’s Best Dance Crew victory, the Jabbawockeez quickly rose to fame appearing on various television shows including So You Think You Can Dance, The Bachelorette, The Ellen DeGeneres show, Live with Regis and Kelly, The TODAY show, Dancing With the Stars, 106 & Park, America’s Next Top Model and The Jimmy Fallon Show. They have performed at major events such as the 2008 BET Awards with Ne-Yo, the MTV Movie Awards, the 2009 NBA All-Star Game with Shaq, the 2013 Billboard Music Awards with Taylor Swift, NBA Finals Half-time shows in 2016 and 2017, I Can Do That and World of Dance on NBC, and more.
In 2010 the Jabbawockeez opened their first show in Las Vegas. Initially set as a twenty-day run in May 2010, “Jabbawockeez Present M.Ű.S.I.C. (Muse-I-See) was a 90-minute show directed by Emmy-nominated choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha. With an overwhelmingly positive response, the show became a sold-out success, making its debut at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in October 2010 and was extended multiple times. In 2013, the Jabbawockeez premiered their show PRISM at a, custom-built theater at Luxor Resort and Casino. Again this show was routinely sold-out and In Vegas Magazine named the production “Best Family Show” two years in a row. In September of 2015, the Jabbawockeez premiered a 30 minute show for Universal Studios that ran throughout Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. In 2015, the Jabbawockeez returned to MGM Grand with their new show, JREAMZ, Journey Within, at an all new, custom-built theater. This production features, in addition to the Jabbawockeez signature choreography, a variety of special effects including video projection mapping, interactive lasers, and holographic features. In the fall of 2016, Jabbawockeez returned to Universal for a second year of Halloween Horror Nights, and they returned again in 2017. Also in the fall of 2017, Jabbawockeez completed a Chinese tour, performing shows in Bejing and in Shanghai.
The Jabbawockeez have accomplished more than any dance crew before, effectively transforming the way people view dance and paving the way for new methods of musical expression. In August of 2012, the Jabbawockeez were honored for their contribution to the dance community with Hip Hop International’s “Living Legend of Hip Hop Award.” As the first dance crew to ever receive the award, the Jabbawockeez have made a lasting mark on the history of hip hop and dance.