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Everett’s Phunk Phenomenon Advances on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew

Photo Credit: MTV and Ewan Burns

If you’re a fan of reality dance competitions, you’re probably familiar with Randy Jackson Presents… America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV. Hopefully you’ve been watching the sixth season  as a company of local dancers from Everett’s the Phunk Phenomenon compete for a $100,000 grand prize every Thursday night.

This past week, the Phunk Phenomenon came close to elimination for the first time, landing in on of the bottom two slots, requiring their participation in a dance-off with competitors the 787 Crew of Puerto Rico.

Dancing to a superstar mastermix of Rhianna’s Please Don’t Stop the Music, the crew was also required to incorporate the dance hall style of Rhianna with the help of her personal choreographer, Tanisha Scott. The company was clearly comfortable, and easily incorporated their required step, the Chaplin, in a number of ways. The fresh routine kept in line with the Phenomenon’s style as well, and was praised by all three judges.

Following a performance by the 787 Crew to Rhianna’s What’s My Name featuring Drake, the judges declared the Phunk Phenomenon would continue on in the competition after what judge D-Trix called “the hardest decision of the season so far”.

The Phunk Phenomenon company is composed of “New England’s finest male and female dancers… who create an intriguing blend of modern and traditional dance styles”.The seven members, Christopher DiNicola, Devin Woolridge, Dominic Rich, Ja Ja “X-clusive” Leviner, Jean “Bboy Bebo” Lloret, Kassandra Rateau, and Trey Rich, have been together for more than five years.

Not only is it their mission to bring the title of America’s Best Dance Crew to the east coast, the group is also dancing to help raise awareness for Sanfilippo syndrome, fighting on behalf of the crew’s founder’s son. Sanfilippo syndrome is a rare inherited disease of the metabolism that makes the body unable to properly break down long chains of sugar molecules, eventually resulting in delayed development followed by deteriorating mental status.

On the show’s official website, MTV describes the group as a collection of “unique multi-ethnic and multi-cultural urban artists…  with a unique synthesis of style and appearance”.

The seven members have been together for over five years and have made it their mission to bring the title of America’s Best Dance Crew to the east coast. Phunk Phenomenon is also fighting to raise awareness for Sanfilippo syndrome, a rare disease that is afflicting the son of the crew’s founder back home in Boston.

To watch the crew’s latest performance, visit mtv.com. To learn more about the Phunk Phenomenon, visit their website. To learn how you can help fight to cure Sanfilippo syndrome, visit JaredsFight.org.

Photo Credit: MTV and Ewan Burns

 

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