(Music) (Applause) I’m Jon M. Chu. And I’m not a dancer, I’m not a choreographer — I’m actually a filmmaker, a storyteller. I directed a movie two years ago called “Step Up 2: The Streets.” Anybody? Anybody? Yeah! During that movie I got to meet a ton of hip-hop dancers — amazing, the best in the world — and they brought me into a society, the sort of underground street culture that blew my mind. I mean, this is literally human beings with super-human strength and abilities. They could fly in the air. They could bend their elbow all the way back. They could spin on their heads for 80 times in a row. I’d never seen anything like that. When I was growing up, my heroes were people like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Michael Jackson. I grew up in a musical family. (Laughter) And those guys, those were like, ultimate heroes. Being a shy, little, skinny Asian kid growing up in the Silicon Valley with low self-esteem, those guys made me believe in something bigger. Those guys made me want to, like, “I’m going to do that moonwalk at that bar mitzvah tonight for that girl.” (Applause) And it seems like those dance heroes have disappeared, sort of relegated to the background of pop stars and music videos. But after seeing what I’ve seen, the truth is, they have not disappeared at all. They’re here, getting better and better every day. And dance has progressed. It is insane what dance is right now. Dance has never had a better friend than technology. Online videos and social networking … dancers have created a whole global laboratory online for dance, where kids in Japan are taking moves from a YouTube video created in Detroit, building on it within days and releasing a new video, while teenagers in California are taking the Japanese video and remixing it with a Philly flair to create a whole new dance style in itself. And this is happening every day. And from these bedrooms and living rooms and garages, with cheap webcams, lies the world’s great dancers of tomorrow. Our Fred Astaires, our Gene Kellys our Michael Jacksons are right at our fingertips, and may not have that opportunity, except for us. So, we created the LXD, sort of a — the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, a justice league of dancers that believe that dance can have a transformative effect on the world. A living, breathing comic book series, but unlike Spiderman and Iron Man, these guys can actually do it. And we’re going to show you some today. So, let me introduce to you, some of our heroes right now. We got Madd Chadd, Lil’ C, Kid David and J Smooth. Please be excited, have fun, yell, scream. Ladies and gentlemen: The LXD. (Applause) (Video): Madd Chadd: When people first see me, I get a lot of different reactions actually. Sometimes you would think that maybe kids would enjoy it, but sometimes they get a little freaked out. And, I don’t know, I kind of get a kick out of that a little bit. (Music) (Applause) J Smooth: When I’m in the zone — I’m dancing and free styling it — I actually visually kind of picture lines, and moving them. I think of like, Transformers, like how panels open and then they fold, they fold in, and then you close that panel. And then another thing opens, you close that. (Music) (Applause) Kid David: It’s kind of like, honestly a lot of times I don’t really know what’s going on when I’m dancing. Because at that point it’s just really like, it’s my body and the music. It’s not really a conscious decision, “I’m going to do this next, I’m going to do this.” It’s kind of like this other level where you can’t make choices anymore, and it’s just your body reacting to certain sounds in the music. I got my name just because I was so young. I was young when I started. I was younger than a lot of the people I was dancing with. So, it was always like, they called me Kid David, because I was the kid. (Music) (Applause) L’il C: I tell them to create a ball, and then you just use that ball of energy. And instead of throwing it out, people would think that’s a krump move, that’s a krump move. That’s not a krump move. You’re going to throw it out, you throw it out, and you hold it. And you let it go, and then right when you see the tail, you grab it by the tail, then you bring it back in. And you just got this piece of energy and you just, you’re manipulating it. You know, you create power, then you tame it. (Music) (Applause) (Music) (Applause)

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100 thoughts on “In the Internet age, dance evolves … | The LXD

  • February 23, 2013 at 3:46 am
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    I hate it when they move the camera during robot dances – they're meant to be viewed straight on to better create the illusion of stiffness, fluidness, and detachment. Like when Madd Chadd was doing the thing where his head goes down, then his shoulders, then his head, etc, no one wants to see that from the side!!!

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  • February 26, 2013 at 5:46 am
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    Cool

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  • March 4, 2013 at 2:15 am
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    i want the name of the first performance please

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  • March 6, 2013 at 2:23 am
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    unfortunately mate i dont think so im a dancer . i know

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  • March 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm
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    yes it's Nathan Lanier – Humanity in Motion

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  • March 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm
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    Nathan Lanier – Humanity in Motion

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  • March 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm
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    That movie sucked

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  • March 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm
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    sorry but lil c its krumping

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  • March 30, 2013 at 11:08 am
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    this is so hypnotizing

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  • April 4, 2013 at 12:49 am
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    Crazy stuff

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  • April 16, 2013 at 10:17 am
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    After years of searching, I have found that song by Nathan Lanier, "Humanity in Motion." SO HAPPY!

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  • April 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm
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    Why classic music for popping, breakdancing and krumping?

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  • April 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm
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    this shit sucks, dont see no evolution

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  • April 23, 2013 at 1:50 am
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    INPLECIONANTEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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  • April 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm
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    Why did they choose Lil C to krump?!?!?! Why not Tight Eyez, creator and godfather of krump? Lil c will get his ass whooped by Tight Eyez, matter of fact, any krumper will. And Lil C is definetely not king of krump, Tight Eyez is.

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  • April 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm
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    Where was TakeSomeCrime?

    Can't have an internet dancing video without that dude. He IS internet dancing.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 6:58 am
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    Wht song is this?

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  • May 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm
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    thank you so much, i've been looking for this song for the longest time but no one seemed to know, much love goes out to you 🙂

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  • May 28, 2013 at 10:59 am
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    the music!!

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  • June 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm
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    Awesome!! More than awesome I'm speechless !!!

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  • June 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm
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    TRRRRIIICKINGGGGGGGGGG

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  • June 30, 2013 at 6:35 am
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    you're an idiot.

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  • June 30, 2013 at 6:36 am
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    Because of the audience they are catering to, unfortunately.

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  • June 30, 2013 at 7:11 am
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    All of dancing is an "expression" and all of it is used as a tool TO "impress".

    There was nothing more "expressive" about this performance than any other b-boy video you will find randomly on youtube.

    You, and others, simply liked this one more because it involved classical music– therefore you deemed it as "something else" better, more classy and more "tasteful" than something that would involve modern pop or hip hop associations.

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  • June 30, 2013 at 7:16 am
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    Because Tight Eyez probably would not compromise and dance to the classical music seen here.

    Lil C is a much more articulate, presentable, affable and personable character to this –predominantly much much older white– audience than Tight Eyez would be.

    Tight Eyez is a very independent spirit that would comes off as very threatening and would not fit into such an institution

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  • June 30, 2013 at 9:28 am
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    sorry bro but there was always two types of dancers for me and it has nothing to do with what music was playing in the background. there were those who danced to something (music or whatever it may be) and then there were those who were just good at doing the moves. it doesn't mean one is better than the other but there is a difference. i know you'll disagree but not all of dancing is art or expression to me, so i'll just leave it at that

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  • June 30, 2013 at 9:29 am
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    and besides, if it were any other type of music playing i'm sure everyone would of still enjoyed it.

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  • June 30, 2013 at 11:37 am
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    You are very incoherent in your explanation.

    Your initial statement disparaged bboys as "trying to impress" and failing to "express" much to the contrary of this performance in your opinion, which, ironically enough, was chock-FULL of .. bboying!

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  • July 8, 2013 at 12:32 am
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    LEGACY PEREZ

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  • July 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm
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    Anyone know the song that plays when they're dancing at the beginning? Thanks in advance.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 10:26 am
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    You're my hero.

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  • July 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm
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    I like how Madd Chadd walks casually into the stage, not doing his robot walk. . .yet 🙂

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  • July 29, 2013 at 11:33 pm
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    ron u have to watch this

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  • July 29, 2013 at 11:39 pm
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    watch the whole thing
    please

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  • July 31, 2013 at 10:03 pm
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    cirque de solei type ish harry potter school attire.

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  • August 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm
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    straight chills from the art these guys always produce! frantic much love! mzk

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  • August 20, 2013 at 12:28 am
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    I love the way the other dancers are studying the other dancers in awe. The look on their faces during each other's performances just shows you how much respect they have for each other

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  • August 22, 2013 at 7:07 pm
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    Who the hell says that? "Dancers are the athletes of God." The homeless guy on the corner?!

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  • August 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm
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    Who are you again?

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  • August 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm
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    you're a smart-ass

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  • August 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm
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    must be some freaking weird place you go to if you think that attire could pass as something for school

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  • August 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm
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    Uh.. my name is right there. Next to the comment. Any other questions?

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  • August 29, 2013 at 7:45 am
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    albert einstein

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  • August 29, 2013 at 7:54 am
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    wow… you are stupid. "Dancing" couldn't be called "DANCE" unless it WERE being DONE to music! There isn't anything more "musical" about this dance performance than you would find in the "typical bboy videos" that you disparaged.

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  • September 7, 2013 at 11:52 am
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    oh right. nothing important with you then.

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  • October 5, 2013 at 9:07 am
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    I'm a die hard ballerina but this made me cry!

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  • October 8, 2013 at 3:13 am
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    why am I a bitch?

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  • October 8, 2013 at 7:43 am
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    Oh, well I'm sorry to hear that you found it necessary to call me a bitch for such a trivial matter, but I'm going to enjoy this however I please thanks for the story

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  • October 24, 2013 at 5:30 am
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    GOD

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  • October 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm
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    When I saw this, I automatically clicked "Open in a New Tab" -and then became super confused when the TED music started playing. When I clicked on the tab, I was like, YES! Two of some of my favorite Internet phenomenons, combined. =O

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  • November 16, 2013 at 4:15 am
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    this is not hip-hop anymore… and i can hardly call it dance due to lack of synchronization between movement and music

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  • December 4, 2013 at 3:56 am
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    This People the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers are one who can show what you don't understand. TNX Legion of Extraordinary Dancers for this. I feel you will be only one who can save this world with what are they doing.

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  • December 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm
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    They have some really awesome tunes… Love the background music!

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  • March 23, 2014 at 2:15 am
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    Dope love it very inspiring

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  • June 3, 2014 at 7:17 am
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    Humanity in Motion by Nathan Lanier. Man, that final choreography is just beautiful :')

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  • June 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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    The dancers are fantastic and so are the musicians!

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  • June 21, 2014 at 10:14 am
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    the best of the present 

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  • June 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    im not a big fan of krump but damn lil c was amazing

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  • July 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm
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    yep video cool angola ve com calma

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  • August 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm
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    Scientists, engineers and physicians extend the boundaries of human knowledge, shape our world and dedicate themselves to the people. These clowns spend their time with moving awkwardly… They could at least do something productive like cleaning toilets or what not.

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  • August 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm
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    LOVE it!

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  • October 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm
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    Best of TED , Incredible xD

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  • November 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm
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    I can do dis cuz I am me extraordinarie!

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  • November 7, 2014 at 3:28 am
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    Fantastic dancers

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  • December 23, 2014 at 6:03 am
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    Legacy <3

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  • January 19, 2015 at 3:58 am
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    For those saying "this isnt hip-hop, these clowns arent dancing, they could be productive doing other things", let me tell you WHY we do THIS instead of doing other things. Some of us have ADHD, some have social problems, some TRIED to find work and KEPT being rejected. So, what we do, is take all that negative feeling, turn it into our bodies, transform our bodies to move how we feel, and we dance. Whether we wanted it or not, this GREAT THING called DANCE became our lives. This great thing people call DANCE can change lives, even if it is seen for all of 5 seconds. Some poor child who rummages through garbage cans to find food would see breakdancers for 5 seconds, thats enough to immediately turn his life around. Maybe he'll practice all day on the streets. One day he'll even enter a bboy jam and come out 1st place, and after that he'll be getting calls and letters about being part of movies that focus on hip-hop and dance! You cant say to us "go clean toilets and be productive". We ARE being productive, by keeping the lot of YOU HATERS entertained and changing lives, teaching kids keeping kids out of gangs and violence.

    Dance is Freedom.

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  • May 14, 2015 at 2:19 am
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    I really appreciate this video but I feel that this is mis-titled.  This WAS an evolution; I am seeing the same moves that have been around since the 80s and 90s.  This would have been better displayed if more styles of dance were executed (though the greats were mentioned in the speech).  I am not too fond of the LXD show because it is pigeon-holed into hip hop styles that are not of this generation but only becoming popular due to the surge of the internet.  I would call this "LXD: Recycled Hip Hop and Street styles forged by the Internet Revolution".

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  • August 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm
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    I never knew Oliver Queen is a robot.

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  • September 27, 2015 at 11:49 pm
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    did Christopher Scott appear? i didnt see him at all. OMG

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  • December 12, 2015 at 11:07 pm
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    dance goals

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  • December 13, 2015 at 7:16 am
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    Wow great moves TED, keep it up, proud of you

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  • December 31, 2015 at 2:02 pm
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    what's the song at the end? the last dance performance they did

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  • January 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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    11:05 My old internet connection.
    11:26 things get worst.

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  • February 20, 2016 at 7:33 am
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    Maddy Chadd is hott! Hehehehe. They are dope and the music to back up is amazing.

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  • March 4, 2016 at 8:23 am
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    Who is watching in 2016?

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  • March 21, 2016 at 3:33 pm
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    in prison I saw these ironically now I'm out doin good it's good to come and watch this

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  • May 24, 2016 at 10:18 pm
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    once Again.. .pull up your Pants. ..ugh

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  • June 12, 2016 at 7:52 pm
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    Unbelievable they are so good at what they do.

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  • June 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm
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    Shame the stage is so badly lit.

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  • July 13, 2016 at 8:55 pm
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    The dance and music are so great!

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  • September 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm
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    Thank You I Loved It….. Such great talent would love to see more of them in the future.

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  • November 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    MAD CHADD MY FAV SINCE STEP UP 3D

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  • November 17, 2016 at 10:22 pm
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    #Extraordinary!
    LXD Forever♥

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  • March 23, 2017 at 1:34 pm
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    damn this was emotional. I had no idea Frantic was part of this group as well….. They make it look so easy

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  • March 30, 2017 at 5:09 pm
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    what happened to this show i remember loving it and then the channel they used to upload it on youtube (DS2UDIO i believe) stop being used, does anyone know?

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  • August 3, 2017 at 1:27 pm
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    It's great seeing the passion in this. Honestly, I just wish LXD had worked out. There are episodes I'd happily go back to over and over, but the writing just wasn't there. The plot wasn't defined enough, and it always bothered me that despite the fact that these dancers had such unique styles, the powers granted to their characters were all nigh identical.

    I hope someone tries something like this again, because I do believe it's worth the effort. When they do, though, I sincerely hope they spend either more time on the writing.

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  • October 4, 2017 at 2:55 am
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    I love the music so much, it adds intensity to the dance!

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  • October 4, 2017 at 2:55 am
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    I love the music so much, it adds intensity to the dance!

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  • May 11, 2018 at 8:45 am
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    Whats the first song with Madd Chadd?

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  • June 9, 2018 at 1:32 am
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    Still Watching This 2018 Man, Savage.

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  • June 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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    Do you know the song name that comes from about 11minutes? Anyone who knows please tell me:))

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  • August 6, 2018 at 5:24 am
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    Slop.

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  • August 18, 2018 at 7:06 am
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    This is a live performance of dance + music -i believe nathan is performing too. John Chu should create A broadway musical version of lxd much like once but so much better with live musicians (nathan must be there) + dancers (lxd of course). I will be the first one to buy front tickets here in la. I'm partial to PANTAGES of course😬.and obtw, dragon fireworks of ph has a must have pyrotechnics firework rendition of humanity in motion u folks can perform in synch with. They performed during 2015 Hannover world competition and won. IT WAS AWESOME and would be a sight to see u all perform. The best of all artist live – via dance, orchestra + fireworks 💥. HUMANITY IN MOTION 😍

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  • December 12, 2018 at 1:51 am
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    2018?

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  • May 19, 2019 at 9:12 am
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    I was held captive from beginning to end. Thank you. This is social evolution in front of us.

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  • May 26, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    It's already 2019 but this is still amazing. I watched this in 2010 on our television.

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  • June 14, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Awsomeeee

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  • September 11, 2019 at 9:50 am
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    Dang! I've watched this in 2011 and again after 8 years!
    Anyone in 2019?

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  • September 12, 2019 at 6:53 am
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    I had to watch this at my school for podcasting.

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