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America's Best Dance Crew (season 4)

The fourth season of America's Best Dance Crew premiered on August 9, 2009.[1] All three regular judges, host Mario Lopez, and backstage correspondent Layla Kayleigh returned. This was the last season to feature Shane Sparks as a judge. In the live finale, which aired on September 27, 2009, We Are Heroes was declared the winner.

America's Best Dance Crew
Season 4
Broadcast fromAugust 9 –
September 27, 2009
JudgesJC Chasez
Lil Mama
Shane Sparks
Host(s)Mario Lopez
VenueUnited States
We Are Heroes

On August 2, 2009, as a prologue for the season, the show premiered a special episode hosted by Randy Jackson called "The Top 10 Performances of All Time", where Randy showed his favorite routines from the first three seasons.



Nine dance crews were selected to compete on America's Best Dance Crew. The contestants auditioned in four cities: New York City, Chicago, Orlando, and Los Angeles. Similar to the previous season, the crews were not officially divided by region; however, the regions were still listed on each crew's banner. This was also the first season to showcase crews from three regions, instead of the usual four. The group Vogue Evolution featured the "Wonder Woman of Vogue," Leiomy Maldonado.

Dance Crew Hometown Region
AfroBoriké Las Vegas, Nevada West
Artistry in Motion North Hollywood, California West
Beat Ya Feet Kings Washington, D.C. East
Fr3sh Matawan, New Jersey East
Massive Monkees Seattle, Washington West
Rhythm City Bronx, New York East
Southern Movement Nashville, Tennessee South
Vogue Evolution New York, New York East
We Are Heroes Los Angeles, California West


Rank Dance Crew Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
3 Massive Monkees IN IN IN IN IN RISK OUT
4 Rhythm City IN IN RISK IN IN OUT
5 Vogue Evolution IN IN IN IN OUT
6 Beat Ya Feet Kings RISK IN IN OUT
7 Southern Movement RISK IN OUT
8 Artistry in Motion IN OUT
9 Fr3sh OUT
     (WINNER) The dance crew won the competition and was crowned "America's Best Dance Crew".
     (RUNNER-UP) The dance crew was the runner-up in the competition.
     (IN) The dance crew was safe from elimination.
     (RISK) The dance crew was at risk for elimination.
     (OUT) The dance crew was eliminated from the competition.


Episode 1: Crew's Choice ChallengeEdit

  • Original Airdate: August 9, 2009

The nine new crews chose songs that best showcased their talent in the season premiere.[2] After the bottom three was chosen by the judges, the crews had to face each other in a dance battle to "Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas.[3]

Dance Crew Song[3]
Beat Ya Feet Kings "Skillet" by Backyard Band
We Are Heroes "Waters of Nazareth" by Justice
AfroBoriké "Aguanile" by Marc Anthony
Massive Monkees "Kill Joy" by N.E.R.D.
Artistry in Motion "SFM" by Basement Jaxx
Southern Movement "Sideways" by Dierks Bentley
Rhythm City "Life of a Star" by Mims
Fr3sh "Ante Up" by M.O.P.
Vogue Evolution "Took the Night" by Chelley
  • Safe: We Are Heroes, AfroBoriké, Massive Monkees, Artistry in Motion, Rhythm City, Vogue Evolution
  • Bottom 3: Beat Ya Feet Kings, Southern Movement, Fr3sh
  • Eliminated: Fr3sh

Episode 2: Beyoncé ChallengeEdit

  • Original Airdate: August 16, 2009

Beyoncé stopped by to hand out the challenges for the crews, who had to use her music videos and tour performances as inspiration for their routines.[4]

Dance Crew Song[5] Challenge
We Are Heroes "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Take the section of the video known as "The Grind" and create strobe effects.
Rhythm City "Sweet Dreams" Update "The Charleston" which is featured in the video.
Massive Monkees "Work It Out" Dance with hula hoops without accidentally dropping them.
Beat Ya Feet Kings "Crazy In Love" Booty-pop with never before seen flare.
Southern Movement "Jumpin' Jumpin'" by Destiny's Child Bust out all of the moves from the video with new creativity.
Vogue Evolution "Déjà Vu" Perform African-style dancing within their routine.
Artistry in Motion "Diva" Perform with chains incorporating the entire crew.
AfroBoriké "Beautiful Liar" by Beyoncé and Shakira Work exotic Shakira-like moves into the routine.
  • Safe: We Are Heroes, Rhythm City, Massive Monkees, Beat Ya Feet Kings, Southern Movement, Vogue Evolution
  • Bottom 2: Artistry in Motion, AfroBoriké
  • Eliminated: Artistry in Motion

Episode 3: Martial Arts ChallengeEdit

  • Original Airdate: August 23, 2009

The crews had to incorporate martial arts moves into their routines. Quest Crew's Steve Terada appeared as a guest instructor.[6]

Dance Crew Song[7] Challenge
AfroBoriké "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" by Pitbull Capoeira
We Are Heroes "Starstrukk" by 3OH!3 Karate
Vogue Evolution "Work" by Ciara feat. Missy Elliott Shaolin Kung Fu
Massive Monkees "Bounce" by MSTRKRFT feat. NORE Extreme Martial Arts
Beat Ya Feet Kings "Chillin'" by Wale feat. Lady Gaga Taekwondo
Rhythm City "La La La" by LMFAO Muay Thai
Southern Movement "Ugly" by Bubba Sparxxx Kali
  • Safe: AfroBoriké, We Are Heroes, Vogue Evolution, Massive Monkees, Beat Ya Feet Kings
  • Bottom 2: Rhythm City, Southern Movement
  • Eliminated: Southern Movement

Episode 4: Bollywood ChallengeEdit

  • Original Airdate: August 30, 2009

The six remaining crews were challenged to infuse the flavor of Bollywood culture into their routines.[8] In order to learn the complex Indian-themed dance style, the crews met with Bollywood choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan.[9]

Dance Crew Song[10] Challenge
Massive Monkees "Bang" by Rye Rye feat. M.I.A. Bhangra
Vogue Evolution "Calabria 2008" by Enur Rajasthani
Rhythm City "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" by A.R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls Bharatanatyam
AfroBoriké "Dance Bailalo" by Kat DeLuna Kathak
We Are Heroes "Arab Money" by Busta Rhymes and Ron Browz Giddha
Beat Ya Feet Kings "So Fine" by Sean Paul Garba
  • Safe: Massive Monkees, Vogue Evolution, Rhythm City, AfroBoriké
  • Bottom 2: We Are Heroes, Beat Ya Feet Kings
  • Eliminated: Beat Ya Feet Kings

Episode 5: Dance Craze ChallengeEdit

  • Original Airdate: September 6, 2009

The five remaining crews put their own spins on popular dance crazes.[11] In addition to the challenge, the crews also had use the trampoline built into the stage sometime during their routines.

Dance Crew Song[12] Challenge
AfroBoriké "Swag Surfin'" by Fast Life Yungstaz Swag Surfin'
Massive Monkees "Do the Ricky Bobby" by B-Hamp Ricky Bobby
Rhythm City "You're a Jerk" by New Boyz Jerkin'
We Are Heroes "Stanky Legg" by GS Boyz Stanky Legg
Vogue Evolution "Halle Berry" by Hurricane Chris Halle Berry
  • Safe: AfroBoriké, Massive Monkees, Rhythm City
  • Bottom 2: We Are Heroes, Vogue Evolution
  • Eliminated: Vogue Evolution

Episode 6: VMA ChallengeEdit

  • Original Airdate: September 13, 2009

The final four crews paid tribute to memorable performances from the MTV Video Music Awards.[13] The crews performed together in an opening number to "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson.[14]

Dance Crew Song[15]
We Are Heroes "Vogue" by Madonna
AfroBoriké "I'm a Slave 4 U" by Britney Spears
Massive Monkees "Tearin' Up My Heart" by *NSYNC
Rhythm City "Wall To Wall" by Chris Brown
  • Safe: We Are Heroes, AfroBoriké
  • Bottom 2: Massive Monkees, Rhythm City
  • Eliminated: Rhythm City

Episode 7: Decades of Dance ChallengeEdit

  • Original Airdate: September 20, 2009

The crews competed against each other in two challenges: the Decade of Dance Challenge, in which the crews danced to a mix of five songs from the past five decades, and the Last Chance Challenge.[16]

Challenge #1: Decades of Dance ChallengeEdit

The remaining three crews had to master dance styles from the last five decades. One crew was eliminated halfway through the show.

Decade Song[17]
1960s "Sex Machine" by James Brown
1970s "Uprock" by Rock Steady Crew
1980s "Cold Hearted" by Paula Abdul
1990s "You Make Me Wanna" by Usher
2000s "LoveGame" by Lady Gaga
  • Safe: AfroBoriké
  • Bottom 2: Massive Monkees, We Are Heroes
  • Eliminated: Massive Monkees

Challenge #2: Last Chance ChallengeEdit

The two finalists were given one last chance to perform before the lines opened for the final voting session of the season.

Dance Crew Performance Title
AfroBoriké Raíces
We Are Heroes Ichiban

Episode 8: The Live FinaleEdit

  • Original Airdate: September 27, 2009

All nine crews returned for a group performance in the season finale. The judges each picked three crews that complemented each other and their dance styles. Then, the winner was crowned.[18]

Crews Song
Lil Mama: We Are Heroes, Vogue Evolution and Artistry in Motion "Girls On The Dance Floor" by Far East Movement feat. The Stereotypes
JC Chasez: AfroBoriké, Rhythm City and Fr3sh "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston
Shane Sparks: Massive Monkees, Beat Ya Feet Kings and Southern Movement "I Do" by Lil Jon feat. Swizz Beatz and Snoop Dogg
We Are Heroes and AfroBoriké "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
We Are Heroes "I'm The Ish" by DJ Class feat. Lil Jon
  • Winner: We Are Heroes
  • Runner-up: AfroBoriké


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  7. ^ "ABDC's Ep. 3 Challenge: Karate Chop To The Face!". MTV. 2009-08-18.
  8. ^ "Episode Detail: Bollywood Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-08-30. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  9. ^ "Can The ABDCrews Learn Bollywood In A Week?". MTV. 2009-08-26.
  10. ^ "ABDC Ep. 4 Challenge: Hollywood Goes Bollywood!". MTV. 2009-08-25.
  11. ^ "Episode Detail: Dance Craze Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  12. ^ "ABDC Ep. 5 Challenge: It's About To Get Craze-y!". MTV. 2009-09-01.
  13. ^ "Episode Detail: VMA Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-09-13.
  14. ^ "ABDCrews Honor Michael Jackson With A 'Smooth' Opening Numba!". MTV. 2009-09-09.
  15. ^ "Final Four VMA Challenge: From Madonna To Britney!". MTV. 2009-09-09.
  16. ^ "Episode Detail: Decades of Dance Challenge - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-09-20. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
  17. ^ "ABDC Celebrates Decades Of Dance In Its Final Challenge!". MTV. 2009-09-15.
  18. ^ "Episode Detail: The Live Finale - Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew". TV Guide Network. 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-27.

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