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Shane Sparks on Miley Cyrus vs. ACDC Youtube dance battles

June 19, 2008 | 11:22 am

Why are stars such as Ryan Seacrest, Mileymandy Lindsay Lohan, Diana Ross, Chris Brown, Adam Sandler, Brittany Snow, Amanda Bynes and Pedro from "Napoleon Dynamite" making special appearances in 30-second clips on YouTube?

It all began on the Miley Cyrus YouTube channel, on which Miley and her choreographer friend Mandy started posting videos of themselves vamping around hotel rooms, back-flipping off beds and giggling into pillows. Dubbed the M&M Crew, they soon found themselves challenged by another outfit, ACDC, formed by Jon Chu (director of "Step Up 2: The Streets") and dancer Adam Sevani (Moose in "Step Up 2.")

Leaning on friends in the business, Chu and company choreographed a massive mise en scene, challenging Miley and Mandy to "the biggest online dance battle in YouTube history." The musical number featured guest appearances from many of the stars mentioned above, in addition to some of the best dancers in the industry, such as last season's "America's Best Dance Crew" winners, JabbaWockeez.

Last week, the M&M Crew fought back, emerging in a video clip from a helicopter, then proceeding to an enormous stage filled with dance crews and stars.

We caught up with choreographer Shane Sparks, a judge on "America's Best Dance Crew," backstage at Monday night's taping of the second season premiere, to weigh in on the hottest, craziest dance battle online.

-- Sheigh Crabtree

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