The Crew from the Philippines won the World Hip Hop Dance Championship 2012 besting seven hip hop dance groups in the finals that was held August 5, 2012 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Aside from their synch, perhaps the highlight of their performance was the “floating” moonwalk while Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal (one of the songs in the medley) was being played.
The Crew, made up of University of the Philippines’ StreetDance Club alumni, emerged victorious after battling teams from 43 other countries.
The Crew got a total score of 752. Mexico’s Neutral Zone was announced second with 737 and USA’s Academy of Villains was third with 735.
Another team from the Philippines, The Philippine Allstars, won the same competition in 2008.
The dance group Jabbawockeez, which is composed mostly of Filipino-Americans, received the World Hip Hop Living Legend Award in this year’s competition.
The CREW is an elite group of dancers, handpicked by Professor Jerome Dimalanta from the UP Street Dance Club roster. With each member bringing their own style and flavour to the table, The CREW is one of the most versatile professional dance groups in the Philippines.
Founded in 1997, the CREW is the elite front-line dance group, handpicked by Professor Jerome Dimalanta, from the UP StreetDance Club. The CREW represents the very best in a long line of performing groups in the country and holds a distinct place in the annals of Philippine hip hop history.
The group has represented the country thrice, in 2005, 2006 and 2011 (6th Place), for the World Hiphop Championships. Members have also won various competitions in country llike the Skechers Street Dance Battle and Dancelebration.
The best and the brightest champion street dance performers and choreographers in the country gather under one name: The CREW.