America's Best Dance Crew
Auditions are currently taking place for Season 3 of America's Best Dance Crew, but before you take your group out in search of street dancing glory, make sure you have one key element, or person, rather, in place.
"I want to make sure everyone understands that if you are a choreographer and you're choreographing a crew, try your best to be in the crew," show judge Shane Sparks told TVGuide.com. "What happens is the dancers get out there and they're left alone. Third episode comes around and they're doing their own choreography, so the level they came in with dropped."
In-team and original choreography are what brought JabbaWockeeZ and Super Cr3w the coveted title on the first two seasons of the Mario Lopez-hosted MTV hit, Sparks believes, and he expects the same to hold true for the third.
Speaking of expectations, the famed choreographer, who frequently pops up on So You Think You Can Dance, is bracing himself for some "off-the-hook" routines as the cream of the dancing crop are preparing to bust a move for him and fellow judges J.C. Chasez and Lil Mama.
"I think we proved our point [as a serious show], so now everywhere I go, people are like, 'We're going out! We're auditioning!' he said. "People I really respect in the business are coming out, so that's great."
One person not at the auditions: Sparks himself.
"As humans, we pre-judge. If they have a bad audition and make it on the show, we automatically put them in a category," he said. "I like it when I see them for the very first time on the very first episode … with clean eyes."
But it's not like he has time to go anyway. Coming off an Emmy nomination for his "Transformers" routine on So You Think You Can Dance, the Cincinnati native is in high demand at the moment, nabbing choreographing gigs, from primetime TV (an upcoming episode of Kath & Kim) to commercials (a Gap Christmas ad) to movies (next summer's dance action-romance Boogie Town) and even to Broadway (reviving Dreamgirls first for Korea, in 2009, and then the U.S. in 2010).
That's not even taking into account more appearances on So You Think You Can Dance next summer.
But first, he's got to take care of business on Dance Crew, which returns to airwaves in January after a five-month break.
"I'm really excited," he said. "The thing that makes the show beautiful is the talent … and I just want them to come out and dance from the heart and do it like it's your last shot."