The night kicked off with a couple homegrown crews, PAC Modern of Cal State Long Beach, which unleashed a strong routine that integrated both tribal and futuristic elements, and Team Millennia of Cal State Fullerton, which did a revved-up version of the Broadway musical Rent. Austin Fernandez of Fullerton-based IV League was mesmerizing as he danced atop platform with hair-whipping flair, while Barkada Modern brought out cool tricks like bouncing splits (owww!). UCI's CADC wowed with its wave kicks, while Kaba Modern, who we profiled in a recent cover story, performed a mashup of dance styles to remixed music from films such as Zoolander, Titanic, Scream and 300 (complete with bare chests and red capes for the guys).
Bay Area crew Academy of Villains brought the crowd to its feet with its powerful performance featuring the dancers as mimes in white face paint and white gloves. Their bodies moved with astonishing precision as they popped and locked to cracking sounds. Super Galactic Beat Manipulators from San Diego were clean as they danced to favorites such as Blackstreet's “No Diggity,” while Irvine-based Common Ground pulled out a theatrical performance based on the daily work grind.