Though UC Irvine hip-hop dance team Kaba Modern has been making a name for themselves in underground circles and national and global competitions for some years now—including winning first place at the USA World Hip-Hop Championship and taking second at the International World Finals—it looks like they'll finally be getting the mainstream attention they deserve.
Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew is MTV's latest foray at the bizarrely popular reality dance competition phenom. The show's scoured America for the best street and studio dance crews and they've narrowed it down to just 12—including Kaba Modern.
Though the team is usually much larger in size, Kaba has chosen to represent their 15-year, award-ridden legacy with six members: Tony Tran, Mike Song, Yuri Tang, Lawrence Kao, Cindy Minowa and Jia Huang, all UC Irvine students.
Kaba's made it past the tough audition phase of the show—see the YouTube clip here—facing a panel of judges that includes JC Chasez and Shane Sparks and uh, host Mario Lopez, but now they've got to go up against some of America's best… but that's nothing they're not already used to.
Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew premieres Thursday, February 7 at 10 p.m.