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'America’s Best Dance Crew': Flo Rida brings his brand of dance

April 18, 2012 |  6:59 pm

Flo Rida will perform live tonight on MTV's "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" with the competing crews (see a sneak preview of it above), something that hasn't been done on the show since the second season.

Back then, it was Missy Elliot who lit up (literally) the stage with her "Shake It Like a Pom Pom" song alongside the final crews: Boogie Bots, So Real Cru, eventual Season 2 champ Super Cr3w, and Fanny Pak, who happens to be back for Season 7.

This week, each crew will also be required to do a routine to one of Flo Rida’s popular songs. With hits like "Wild Ones," "Good Feeling" and "In the Ayer," his music is tailor-made for a hip-hop competition dance show, and the rapper knows how much the culture of dance actually influences his musicality.

"Most definitely. It's one thing to make music, but to see people actually dance shows the soulful part of it. When [what you do] makes people go out there and want to dance, that's another voice for the music and definitely inspires me," he says.

The multi-platinum artist has seen the progression of hip-hop and hip-hip dance grow from the streets to the classroom to being "piped in over the loudspeakers when I go to the gym or see people in exercise classes doing the moves." The recent passing of Dick Clark underscores how the public has always gravitated toward musical entertainment that features dancers showing the world new steps. The mainstreaming of hip-hop dance is due in no small part to current shows like "America's Best Dance Crew" and movies like the "Step Up" franchise popularizing the style.

"Watching movies like 'Krush Groove' back in the day, B2K getting out there, ‘ABDC,’ 'Step Up 2: The Streets' that I was involved in ... it's just a joy to watch people get out there and dance to music. People like Big Daddy Kane used to rap and dance to music, and to me, helped show the relationship that [rap, hip-hop and dance] have together."


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