Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Brihan and his Youtube: Soreal Cru

I cut the cable and sold my tv a while ago so a lot of you know that I don't know what's going on in the television world anymore.

Didn't care so much for television, I think the only things I've missed out on are CBC content - news, documentaries and The Hour.

But this week was huge, not only did Glee come back to the air (I'm a gleek...but I'll save that for another post) but if I don't find someone with a tv - I'm gonna miss this all-star special on ABDC!

I've been waiting for this to happen since season 3 ended - then the show wasn't so good...not worth the time to look for generous people on certain sites to watch season 4 and 5.

Quest Crew and Jabbawockeez will be amazing to see how they stack up against each other on the abdc stage, but it's going to be a shame that stand-outs like Kaba Modern and Soreal Cru won't be there.

Lately, I've been watching a lot of Soreal and if you check out their youtube channel, I always felt like, 'Whoa! Why didn't I see THIS when they were on ABDC?'

I ain't no professional dancer or anything, but it's hard not to highlight the similarities between Soreal Cru and Kaba Modern. Both crews are really precise and detailed with their movements. But stylistically, there's a huge difference in their dancing. I think a lot of it can be attributed to where these two crews come from and the music that they use is evidence of that. Soreal Cru is from Houston and (not to generalize people from the South) but they've got more love for the slower, smoother hip-hop/r&b music. Those songs mixed with an array of heavy bass, 808 tick-tackin' hip-hop beats, the music they use represents where they come from a lot - and that's awesome. The dancing they produce is sexier without having to be raunchy or half-naked. It actually takes a lot of skill to keep up with the choreography they produce.

But other than looking at the group as a whole, check out some of the members on their own - particularly Andrew Baterina, Brian Puspos and Jackie Lautchang - search 'em up and you'll find a lot of choreographed pieces that they teach in workshops and whatnot.

Here are some of their choreographed pieces that I like (almost all the videos here are from their channel Soreal Cru TV):

BRIAN PUSPOS









JACKIE LAUTCHANG







ANDREW BATERINA



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