On Saturday, October 22, the San Diego Asian Film Festival hosted a panel celebrating Asian American youth dance culture: the ABCs of ABDC (America's Best Dance Crew). Phil Yu (Angryasianman.com) and Julie Zhan (TheOtherAsians), were the moderators of the event, which featured Di "Moon" Zhang from the I.aM.mE crew (champions of the 6th season of America's Best Dance Crew); Rob, Geo and Chuck from Instant Noodles (top 5 on the 6th season of America's Best Dance Crew); Shelby Rabara (the Dark Nurse from the LXD); and Justin Rimon (Bboy Justroc, founder of the Claws Out dance competiton).
While the rest of the guests at SDAFF might not be able to demonstrate tutting or do bourres like the professionals, Asia Pacific Arts asked them to show us their own signature dance moves. No hotel furniture was permanently harmed during the making of this video. --Ada Tseng
Appearances by Kimberly-Rose Wolter (Knots), David Huynh (Bang Bang), Di "Moon" Zhang (I.aM.mE), Tyler MacNiven, Kenny Meehan and Omi Vaidya (Big in Bollywood), Ivan Shaw (Almost Perfect), Chris Kwak and Travis Graham (New Heights), Chad Stoops (Surrogate Valentine), James Bak (Bang Bang), Patrick Wang (In the Family), Instant Noodles Crew, Patrick Quinlan and Caroline Pho (Take a Mulligan), Emily Yoshida (Salad Days), Shelby Rabara (LXD), Goh Nakamura and Dave Boyle (Surrogate Valentine), Pranidhi Varshney and Geeta Malik (Troublemaker), James Bak (Bang Bang), Vince Duque (Take a Mulligan), Byron Q (Bang Bang)
Interviews by Ada Tseng, Rowena Aquino, and Mai Nguyen
Camera by Henry Chen and Brian Lam
Edited by Brian Lam
Thanks to the San Diego Asian Film Festival
APA video: SDAFF guests on their Go-To Karaoke Songs
APA video: SDAFF guests on their Dream Asian On-Screen Couple
Stay tuned for individual interviews with all of the above and more!