“Dancers work and live from the inside. They drive themselves constantly producing a glow that lights not only themselves but audience after audience.” Murray Louis
The saying goes, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” this news is just too good to keep in Vegas and you’re gonna wanna see it for yourself and share your JabbaWockeeZ “ MUS.I.C (Muse-I-See) experience with all of your friends, family, and associates with a “you must see” recommendation.
The world premier dance gurus JabbaWockeeZ, the first dance crew to ever headline their own show in Las Vegas, continue their meteoric rise pleasing the audiences at the MGM Grand. If you have not had opportunity to see their unique style of dance and athleticism directed by Emmy nominated Napoleon and Tabitha, now is your chance to partake in the JabbaWockeeZ experience. The group has just announced their third Las Vegas show extension. The group has performed to sold-out crowds since their star-studded premier on May 07, 2010 for what was originally a planned 20 day event. The audience’s applause and attendance says it best. They will continue their performance at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater for a one week engagement, August 19 – 25 with 90 minute performances.
Since their triumphant victory on MTV’s Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew in March 2008, they have catapulted onto the world stage appearing on such shows as The Ellen Degeneres, Live with Regis and Kelly, Dancing with the Stars, 106 & Park, America’s Next Top Model, and the Jimmy Fallon show; performing at major events such as the 2008 BET Awards with Ne-Yo and the 2009 NBA all Star Game with Shaq. They were recently featured in a Gatorade campaign that included such great names in their field like Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning. It comes as no surprise that they would have an extension of their Las Vegas show dates.
They bring a vibrant and unique style of dance to the stage wearing their signature white mask and gloves that conceals their identity that gives the audience not only a curiosity of the performers but leads them to focus on the dance. Each individual bringing a varied host of dance skills and knowledge to the group, their eclectic dance is as unique as the background of the group members. The mere magnitude of the groups rise to fame is demonstrated by their commitment to their craft as artists versus performers.
I had opportunity to speak with one of the members, Jeff “Phi” Nguyen to ask him a few questions about the group and their start.
Terence L Taylor: Starting out did you ever imagine that you’d be performing in Vegas?
Phi: We started out as just a bunch of kids dancing in our garage. Though we worked for success and to be the best, I can’t say that I saw Vegas in the future. But our leader, “Gee,” (Gary Kendall), talked of national venues from the beginning. He believed in what we could do and now it’s happening.”
Terence Taylor: How does it feel.
Phi: It’s very surreal. Great.
Terence Taylor: Why the mask, whose idea were the masks?
Phi: When we are on stage people don’t know who we are, they just know the dance. The decision to wear the mask was a collective idea, but I guess you can say it started with Gary, he wore the mask when he performed with the group MindTricks. They (the masks), also allow us to mingle with the crowds as just average guys.
Unfortunately Gary Kendall died December 14, 2007, shortly before the group was to begin auditions for the first season of America's Best Dance Crew. As the mentor figure of the group, Kendall had advocated for the JabbaWockeeZ to seek national exposure by auditioning for reality dance competition shows like America's Got Talent and America's Best Dance Crew. The group has gone on to not only live Gary’s dream but to take the show to new heights going not only to national fame but to global prominence.
The group is not just limiting themselves to performances they’ve launch a clothing line as well as recorded a record “Robot Remains.” You can download the record by visiting JBWkZ.com and see their clothing line.
Who knows, maybe the JabbaWockeeZ message will get out and the new Vegas saying will be “Those who perform well in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” In Vegas, you just never know.
You can purchase tickets at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater or phone 1-866-799-7711, show times 9:30 PM nightly, with two shows taking place on Saturday, August 21st, 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM (Must be at least 5 yrs old to attend show).