Asian American Hip Hop Dancers on America’s Best Dance Crew: Jabbawockeez
Jabbawockeez is Bay Area based Urban dance group formed initially by members Kevin ” KB” Brewer, Phil “Swagger Boy” Tayag, & Joe “Punkee” Larot under the name “3 Muskee”. They were the winners of season 1 of the showAmerica’s Best Dance Crew. Other members include Ben “B-Tek” Chung, Chris Gatdula & Phi Nugyen. Wikipedia
Twenty-six-year-old Jeff “Phi” Nguyen was born in Phoenix, Arizona but moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his dance profession. He started dancing when he was 15-years-old. He makes a living by being a dancer and a hip-hop instructor. He also coaches in two dance conventions which travel around US cities during weekend. Aside from dancing, he is also talented in playing the guitar. His dancing idols are people from his personal life like his best friend Ryan and his own crew members . God, family and friends are his sources of inspiration. This guy is fun to be with. He often goes around joking: “I like Vietnamese Pho! I’m a Virgo and like long walks on the beach! I’m single and ready to mingle! If you’d like, you can call me at 1-800-Vietnamese tease!”
Rynan Shawn Paguio
Rynan Shawn Paguio is a twenty-six-year-old from San Diego, California. This professional dancer started break-dancing with his brothers and friends at the age of 11. He was living in Murrieta then. Aside from dancing, he also takes pleasure in singing and playing the guitar. He names a number of dancing idols including Ken Swift, Crazy Legs, Stormy Mauritzo, Swif Rock, Flo-Master, Poe-One, Poppin Pete, Mr. Wiggles, Poppin Taco, Sugar Pop, Skeeter Rabbit and Gee-One. But his sources of inspiration are down to 4: God, his family, Gary Kendell and his crew, Jabbawockeez. Paguio is of Filipino descent and was married November 24, 2007.
Twenty-six-year-old Ben “B-Tek” Chung hails from Mission Hills, California. He started dancing when he was about to graduate from high school. Chung is also an aficionado of Fight Night Round 3 on Xbox. He pays his bills by teaching dance classes and by working as a performer in the industry. For him, his dancing idols are his very own crew. His source of inspiration is music. The mixture of beats, lyrics and rhymes create special feelings and stir him to move. This born-again Christian is proud to announce that in everything he does, the reason and motivation behind them is to glorify the One up above.
Kevin Brewer is a thirty-one-year-old dancer from Sacramento, California. He earns a living as an expert on MAC computers as he is an Apple Certified Technician. Aside from being on the dance floor, he also enjoys producing music and being an emcee. Brewer’s sources of inspiration are God, his family, Bruce Lee and his crew. He also has a thing for Mexican food. Brewer likes to inspire and be inspired. Considering that life is fleeting, he takes pleasure in connecting with people and enjoying moments with individuals in his life. He says he entered Dance Crew with an open mind and is excited to see how God will move him through the experience.
Phil Tayag grew up as a garage dancer in Sacramento, California. Aside from dancing, this twenty-three-year-old father of two is also talented in creating music. He looks up to Gary Kendall, Michael Jackson and his crew as his dancing idols. On the other hand, God, his family and life itself are the sources of encouragement and motivation for him. In joining Dance Crew, he hopes that his crew Jabbawockeez would get an honest exposure that they deserve. Asked on whom his favorite fellow crew member is, Tayag answers that he prefers no one because he sees everyone equally and treats them all as favorites.
Chris Gatdula hails from Las Vegas, San Diego. This 26-year-old Taurus graduated with a degree in New Media Emphasis, majoring in film and video production. He regularly works as a dance instructor to pay for his daily financial needs. Aside from dancing, he is also gifted in video editing and graphic designing. His favorite sport is snowboarding. To get inspired, he constantly reminds himself not to fall behind his crew and he always strives to keep up with them. It is also important for him to stay on top of his game. His dancing idols are his crew and Full Force. He also admires the dancing skills of Gary Kendall.
Jabbawockeez is a finalist for MTV’s 2008 reality talent search Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew; where hip-hop dance groups from all over US compete for the prize money and for the opportunity to be given a touring contract.