They are the all-male, seven-member dance group who won the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew. They are recognized for their white masks and white gloves as well as impressive break-dancing skills.
Give up? It’s the Jabbawockeez, and they mixed it up with the ASU and Boise State football teams this week.
Players from both teams enjoyed a performance by the Jabbawockeez on Tuesday night at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. But it was after the show when the real fun began.
Four players from each team went back stage and learned a choreographed routine from the members of the Jabbawockeez. Then both teams took front and center stage for the white-mask dance off. Boise State came out strong with precise timing, but ASU’s Alden Darby led ASU to an impressive finish.
Darby said he followed the Jabbawockeez all through their journey, so to perform with them was a great experience he will never forget it. Running back Cameron Marshall also was one of the players chosen to represent ASU in the dance competition. He said he was pretty proud of his team and thought they could win the dance-off.
Marshall wasn’t the only one who was proud of his team. Phi Nguyen of the Jabbawockeez was so impressed with the Devils performance that he gave them the nod over the team from Boisew State. “They came in and killed it,” Nguyen said. “Their swag alone killed it. They don’t even need the dance moves.”
I was able to sit in the audience for both the Jabbawockeez and football team’s performances. I was very impressed with ASU and Boise, but the Jabbawockeez performance blew me away. You can’t help but respect them for all their hard work and great personalities.
Nguyen ended with this message: “We are living our dream, and we get to do it every single night to a sold-out crowd. It is a very humbling experience.”