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MAXT OUT XVI

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Pasadena City College
Please review all updated rules and regulations for ALL divisions (chor, crew, and showcase) regarding submissions to be part of this year’s Maxt Out Dance Competition.
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Get the Inside Tip: 2012 Maxt Out Dance Competition…

Wanna know what the judges are looking for in this year’s competition? We got all the juicy details from each of them, and we’re posting everything here for our competitors. Read on to learn about their diverse dance backgrounds, find out where they’re from, and get the inside tip on their judging styles.

Christopher Cuenza

Judging: Minor Crew & Major Chor Division

MO: Where are you from?

CC: Los Angeles, CA

MO: What’s your dance style background?

CC: Hip Hop

MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?

CC: WOR, Flyjinks, Sickstep, PACmodern, BREED, GRV, Academy of Swagg, CSLA

MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?

CC: Yes

MO: What’s your judging style?

CC: Focusing primarily on overall performance with a commitment to the routine and cleanliness.

 

MO: What are you looking for in the Maxt Out dance competitors?

CC: I am looking for dancers to bring something different to the table while at the same time bringing some of that old school flavor back. 

 

Check out Chris Cuenza’s dance routines, and follow him:

http://youtu.be/SEzPozflGwM

FB/christopher.cuenza

@chriscuenza

 

CJ Edwards

Judging: Major Crew Division

MO: Where are you from?

CJ: Born and raised in Victorville, California.

 

MO: What’s your dance style background?

CJ: Hip Hop, R & B, Soul, Groove, Intricate, and Modern.

MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?

CJ: Team Millenia, Mayvn, Boogiezone Breed, ExprreSSive DoUbt, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew “Heavy Impact,” Word in Motion. 

 

MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?

CJ: Yes.

 

MO: What’s your judging style?

CJ: I look for levels, passion, soul and heart, everyone can do cool moves, but do you represent something more than cool moves?

 

MO: What are you looking for in the Maxt Out dance competitors?

CJ: Purpose/intention, and passion for the love of dance.

Check out CJ’s dance routines, and follow him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjESD9rnM4c&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_M0ComFgaw&feature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNnHJrenBBw&feature=plcp

FB/IAMcjedwards

@IAMcjedwards

 

Devon Marlink

Judging: Minor Crew & Major Chor Division

MO: Where are you from?

DM: All over Northern California, but Sacramento originally.

MO: What’s your dance style background?

DM: Hip Hop, Bboy, Locking, House, Popping.

MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?

DM: Music videos and commercials for J-Lo, A-Teens, Heineken, Honda, Calvin Klein; and movies and TV shows such as Austin Powers, Kickin It Old School, Victorious, and America’s Got Talent.

MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?

DM: No, but I have been involved as a performer and/or judge at every Maxt Out (going back all the way since before Maxt Out was a competition)

MO: What’s your judging style?

DM: I do tend to be a harder judge than most (and my scores tend to be on the lower end), but I try to leave as many comments on score sheets as time permits. I also am more than willing to provide feedback to coaches and choreographers after events, because I want to help teams and crews improve. I spend most of my year judging events worldwide, so see crews and dancers of all levels from all sorts of backgrounds, and this impacts my viewpoint heavily.

MO: What are you looking for in the Maxt Out dance competitors?

DM: I look for dancers who know how to blend a strong technical foundation with a unique interpretation of the music — and an overall love for putting on a great show for the audience!

 

Check out Devon Marlink’s dance routines, and follow him:

FB/DEVONAIRtv

@devonair

 

G. Madison The IV

Judging: Major Crew Division

MO: Where are you from?

GM: From San Diego, living and working in Los Angeles.

MO: What’s your dance style background?

GM: Hip Hop, Jazz-Funk, Latin-Funk.

MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?

GM: Rihanna, J. Lo, Chaka Khan, Lady Gaga, Shakira, Che’Nelle, Rich Girls, Little Boots, The Voice, DWTS, SYTYCD, America’s Got Talent.

MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?

GM: No.

MO: What’s your judging style?

GM: Compassionate and specific.

MO: What are you looking for in the Maxt Out dance competitors?

GM: Im very keen and inspired by a dancer’s performance technique.  The dancers’ ability to connect with their audience and the music with every part of their body…including their heart.

 

Check out G Madison’s dance routines, and follow him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-P3I2Nb9o0

FB/Gmadison4

@GMadisonthe4th

Glenda Morales

Judging: Major Crew Division

MO: Where are you from?
GM: Grew up in Riverside County.
MO: What’s your dance style background?

GM: Studio trained: ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical.
MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?

GM: Ashley Tisdale, Raven Simone, Keke Palmer, Lil Mama, Toni Braxton, Missy Elliot
MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?

GM: No
MO: What’s your judging style?

GM: I look at cleanliness, energy/performance, dynamics, technique/execution, difficulty…

Check out Glenda Morales’ dance routines, and follow her:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6CzACChDZ-s
http://m.youtube.com/results?q=edify%20movement#/watch?v=ot1bJfQ2KJs

glendamorales.com

FB/glenda23fp

@Glenda23fp 

Leslie Scott

Judging:Minor Crew & Major Chor Division
MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?

LS: Beyoncé, Ee-De, Angel, Latin Froz, Audio Club and Remix.

Check out Leslie Scott’s dance routines, and follow her:

http://lesliescottdance.com/

edifymovement.org

FB/lesliescottdance

Are you the one? Show it. The 12th annual Maxt Out Dance Competition produced by Jayvee Empire, Inc. is challenging all dance crews and choreographers to bring their unique hip hop styles to the dance stage from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 18th. This year our ONE LOVE. ALL DANCE. street-cred competition will be at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. Our competitions are for anyone and everyone, and we nurture all street styles while celebrating the underdog.

Wanna learn more about Maxt Out Dance Competition? Stay up to date with the latest information on our blog, “Follow” us on Twitter @MaxtOutDance, and “Like” our Maxt Out Facebook Fan Page. We’ll see you at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse at 320 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776. The doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the competition begins at 12 p.m. sharp on Sunday, November 18th. Got questions, or want to compete? Talk to us at maxtoutdance@gmail.com.

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Q&A with Maxt Out Emcee Mookie Washington

Q & A with Maxt Out emcee Mookie Washington

The first time Maxt Out creator Joanna Vargas met Mookie Washington was at a Myspace party hosted at the Hollywood Athletic Club in 2003. At the time, they were both performing, and Mookie was in L.A. Breakers. After the party Joanna and Mookie stayed in touch and became friends. When Joanna added a b-boy element to Maxt Out in 2004 she thought Mookie would make a great emcee for the event. Mookie had never emceed before, but he gave it a whirl and shared the stage with emcee Fresh.

In 2005, Mookie Washington graduated to emceeing the Junior division at the Maxt Out Dance Competition, and by 2006 he was emceeing the entire event. Year after year he became the face of Maxt Out. As people in the dance competition industry began to notice him they would ask Joanna for his number, and when they asked where she found him she would say a Myspace party.

Since being discovered on the Maxt Out stage he quickly became a world-renowned emcee, and hosts some of the biggest hip hop events of the year. “Hosting Maxt Out has been one of the greatest eye openers for me,” said Mookie Washington. “I’m very grateful to be a part of the competition.”

Mookie thinks of himself as the party motivator, and he sets the tone for what will happen with undivided attention to the dancers, judges, and audience. He doesn’t play favorites and stays neutral, because he knows what it’s like to be the underdog.

He will be returning to the Maxt Out stage as emcee on November 18th for the 12th Annual Competition. We caught up with Mookie over the phone- he shared what’s hot this season in the dance world, who’s on his music playlist, and he had a message for all the competing Maxt Out dancers.

How did Mookie become your nickname?

My mom gave it to me, but I get all choked up when I tell the whole story- so I’m going to leave it at that.

What’s your favorite dance style?

I would have to say all of them. There’s a reason why each dancer is committed to and passionate about their style, and that’s what motivates them. They have an important story behind what they do.

What’s hot right now?

Maxt Out is known for hard-hitting choreo. Everyone that comes to the table has a way of adding their performance value. A lot of new school dances have taken our community by storm: crumping, house dancing, popping and tutting.

I would love to see more traditional and foundation choreo that incorporates b-boying, b-girling, and it tells the story with the emcee and DJ. Both the judges and the audience are looking for foundation. If you’re breakdancing or freezing it really comes down to musicality.

What has been some of the most significant changes you’ve seen during the Maxt Out competitions?

The new choreo coming out of it has evolved. There are new styles, crowd favorites keep changing, and the level of difficulty in choreo is always being raised as dancers are able to showcase their thoughts, passions, and dreams.

The dancers show their face and love, which broadens the community and togetherness. All the different groups are tough competitors, but they show their love.

If we stumbled upon your iPod what would be on it?

I’m into hip hop, beats, and the way a song sounds. I focus on the beat- so people can feel where the music comes from- and the old school comes first.

All of my shout outs go to underground DJ’s: DJ Abel, DJ Episode, DJ Khai Star, DJ Esco, DJ Soul Rain, DJ Element, DJ BZ Bates, DJ Albert. They all have a musical vibe, and they blend the music when they play R & B, Funk, and Old School. They never forget how the music feels, so that’s where I get my music from. It’s also my inspiration for teaching my dance teams and classes.

 What’s the next year look like for you?
I will be at the Hallowscream event for Downtown AlhambraMaxt Out Dance Competition is November 18th, and next summer I will be at Alhambra’s Hot Spot in August. The rest of the year I will be at Urban Street JamHip Hop International Championshipsin America, Ireland, and Canada. Then there’s the World Hip Hop ChampionshipsFreestyle SessionsB-Boy BattlesAll The Way LiveVibeUrban Street Jams, Prelude, BreakthoughCulture Shock Dance Showcase in San Diego, and SIO and Neon in Las Vegas. All of these events show me a lot of love, and they are close to my heart.

Where does a successful emcee like you go from here?

I really want to do something big with emceeing. I would also love to host my own dance event one day- while continuing to support everyone else’s events.

It’s the same thing with dancers at these competitions they share the music, love, and knowledge. Every time I host an event I bring that to the forefront. I want to inspire and be inspired by whoever is on the stage.

What’s the difference in expression between Maxt Out’s competition and others?

What stands out is that Maxt Out is a one day event. The minors and the majors of all levels compete in one day. The dancers risk it all to be at the competition, and they dance for the audience.

Every dancer stands out with their dedication and whole-hearted approach, which takes the competition to the next level. The event value goes up each year, and the dancers raise the bar. Each crew is family oriented. I go above and beyond to make sure everyone is happy, and they do the same back. It makes the event special.

Any success stories you can share from Maxt Out?

Maxt Out has made dancers incredibly known. After they are in the competition they launch their dance careers on TV shows. If you’re somebody in the dance community then you came from Maxt Out.

There are so many dancers that come from all over the place, and are respected: Jay Chris Moore, Choreo Cookies, Academy of Villains on America’s Got Talent, GRV from World Hip Hop Championships, Choreotics, Fanny Pack, Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mini Shock, Kaba Modern. I could keep going all day. They got their start at Maxt Out, and they bring it back to the stage, so you can be inspired by who inspired you.

Speaking of giving back.. Are there any community fundraisers you want to shout out?

Definitely Maxt Out’s Dance for Peace charity, SIO, World Hip Hop Championships, and all the events where money goes to the dancers to give them opportunities, placement, and interviews for their dance careers.

What message do you want to share with the Maxt Out dance community?

Two things: Never be afraid to be you, express you, and most importantly love you. No one can take that from you- and nobody can be you- better than you.

Don’t forget it’s not about being better than someone when you dance or compete against them. It’s about knowing that you’re dancing with your heart, mind, body, and soul. If you all do that then we all win!!!

You can find Mookie Washington on Facebook and Instagram, he teaches hip hop b-boying, locking, popping and house at Mission Viejo Dance. He also sends a shout out to his groups: Maxt Out, HHI, Fallen Kings, and MV Crew.

 

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Winner’s Circle: Maxt Out XII Competition

Winner’s Circle: Maxt Out XII Competition

Did you experience the extreme energy at Maxt Out XII? We have to start off by saying congratulations to all of the dancers for getting up on stage and sharing your creativity, love and passion for DANCE!

Right after the competition we got to talk with the winners, and they shared what it was like to dance their heart out on the Maxt Out stage. Read on to learn about their routine inspiration, and find out the inside tip on their choreography and music choices.

MAJOR CREW COMPETITION DIVISION-

OVERALL ALPHA AWARD / HIGHEST POINT SCORE OF ALL 40 TEAMS:

1ST PLACE: BARKADA MODERN

MO: Where are you from?

BM: We originate from Cal Poly Pomona College and we practice at Dance Styles Studio.

MO: What was your routine inspiration?

BM: Our team has thousands of talents, so we venture off to discover all the hidden talents in our crew. Each artists make a piece of their own. This set came together on its own and then we ran with a theme.

We have a choreo day where everyone comes together, and we share what we’ve been putting together. From there we choose the ones we think will be best on stage, and in the process we brought together this weird set that had a gothic feel. A lot of our songs are really out there, so we translated that theme into the costumes. We think that’s what gave us that extra edge.

MO: Who choreographed your routine?

BM: Opener- 3 artists on the team, Paul Naval, Dominic Yepez, Mark Ysaguirre, and Closer- Christian Sekhanan.

 

MO: How did you choose your music?

BM: Music selection was done by the choreographers. They choose what they feel would be best on stage, and then we remix and formulate it for the performance.

 

MO: Why did you compete in Maxt Out, and why does it stand out from other competitions?

BM: It’s a competition we’ve done for the past 3 years, and the crowd is amazing. We like to come here for the family aspect, and we always feel welcome. There’s amazing support from all the exhibition teams.

It’s a competition that really gives opportunities to a lot of hidden talents. Other competitions exclude, and give seniority to teams. So we like to come back and compete against the teams that we don’t always compete against as often as we like. We get to see different talents, and competing against new people makes it fun.

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MAJOR CHOR COMPETITION DIVISION:

1ST PLACE: MATT GUTIERREZ,  PAUL JUCABAN & KAYLA MALLARI

MO: Where are you from?

MPK: We are based in Orange County, but our dancers come from all over including Chino, Riverside, and L.A.

MO: What was your routine inspiration?

MPK: We’ve been competing since 2009, and every year we’ve always tried to place. This year we wanted to focus on our choreography, and showcase what we could do. This year we just wanted to come out and dance for the sole purpose of dancing and not try and place. After our 4th try we finally did it. 

MO: Who choreographed your routine?

MPK: Matt Guiterrez, Kayla Mallari, and Paul Jucaban.

MO: How did you choose your music?

MPK: Before we put the set together we started with our opener and closer. The hardest part about the set was mixing the songs together, because they were all very different songs. 

MO: Why did you compete in Maxt Out, and why does it stand out from other competitions?

MPK: We chose to compete to showcase what we could do as choreographers. Maxt Out is different, because of the divisions and categories. Also, the community vibe is a very different feeling from other competitions- everyone is out there to support each other.

MINOR CREW COMPETITION DIVISION: 

1ST PLACE: THE ORGANIZATION

MO: Where are you from?

TO: Garden Grove

MO: What was your routine inspiration?

TO: Mean Girls has been a very iconic movement, and we love watching it as a team. We just wanted to bring it to life and show the crowd the love for Mean Girls that we have.

 

MO: Who choreographed your routine?

TO: Opener – Austin Fernandez, Alvin Phan, Jerome Yabut, David Nguyen, Closer- David Lee

MO: How did you choose your music?

TO: We try to incorporate the theme in the music. At the end of the song the DJ goes, “Walk it off, walk it off.” And the closer goes, “Walk it Out.” So we try to incorporate the songs with the dance in a fun way.

MO: Why did you compete in Maxt Out, and why does it stand out from other competitions?

TO: We love coming back to Maxt Out, because it’s such a friendly environment. We’re just blessed to be a part of this show. Maxt Out is different because we all dance as one. We feel like everyone is so welcoming, so we really appreciate that.

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Maxt Out Dance Competition XII was produced by Jayvee Empire, Inc. Our competitions are for anyone and everyone, and we nurture all street styles while celebrating the underdog.

Wanna learn more about Maxt Out Dance Competition? Stay up to date with the latest information on our blog, “Follow” us on Twitter @MaxtOutDance, and “Like” our Maxt Out Facebook Fan Page. Got questions, or want to compete next year? Talk to us at maxtoutdance@gmail.com.

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Get To Know Your Judges | Maxt Out XIII…

Who are the 2013 Maxt Out Dance Competition Judges?

Wanna know more about the Maxt Out 13 judges, and find out what they are looking for in this year’s competition? We got all the juicy details from each of them, and we’re posting everything here for our competitors to get the inside tip.

Read on to learn about their diverse dance backgrounds, find out where they’re from, and learn about their judging styles.

Beau Fournier

Judging: Minor Crew + Chor

MO: Where are you from? 
BF: Chatsworth, CA

MO: What’s your dance style background?
BF: Hip hop/jazz funk/contemporary

MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?
BF: Americas Best Dance Crew season 2 and 7 with Fanny Pak, Mischief Makers and the Maker Empire, Jennifer Lopez, Mobbed, and Honey 2.
My journey in my dance career has been such a blessing. I would have never thought I would be where I am, directing, choreographing, and even dancing as my career. After dancing for 11 years, my new focus has been directing and choreographing and I love working with the hungry and passionate youth that possess dance in a new light. I hope to inspire others by staying true to self and embracing difference as a strength.

MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?
BF: Never been a compeititor, but I have danced on the Maxt Out stage four times before!

MO: What’s your judging style?
BF: I look for committed and strong talented dancers as well as a defined group balance. I take everything into account! From performance, choreography, execution and energy, but most importantly the flow, transitions and what makes a crew stand out from the rest. I am big with individuality.

Check out Beau Fornier’s dance routines and follow him:
www.youtube.com/beaufp
www.facebook.com/robertbeaufournier
www.twitter.com/beaufp

Cindy Minowa

Judging: Minor Crew + Chor

MO: Where are you from?
CM: Michigan

MO: What’s your dance style background?
CM: I grew up in the dance studio training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, etc. Soon after my studio days, I trained in all styles of fundamental hip hop and hip hop in general.

MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?
CM: Probably most commonly seen on ABDC: Season 1 as Kaba Modern. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to travel all around the world through my dancing.

MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?
CM: Yes! 2004 – 2006.

MO: What’s your judging style?
CM: I definitely look forward to variety of styles, execution, cleanliness, performance quality, and the originality/”wow factor”. It’s always a big plus for me when the chemistry within the team is strong (Yep, you can tell on stage). Something about it makes their performance shine even more.
I normally like to focus more on the dancing aspect rather than the story or the grand production/theme but when the story/theme is read-able and makes sense, it’s always a huge plus!

MO: What are you looking for in the Maxt Out dance competitors?
CM: Honestly, I just want them to experience what I experienced during my time – family, hard work ethic, good sportsmanship, new friendships (inside and outside the team), constant growth and lots of fun! Yes, it’s a competition but it’s not just about that. It’s these opportunities that we were all able to grow as a dancer, person, and as a family.

Check out Cindy Minowa’s dance routines and follow her:
https://www.facebook.com/cindyminowa825
https://twitter.com/CindyMinowa

Jeffrey Calimbas, “Big Jeff”

Judging: Major Crew

MO: Where are you from? 
JC: Originally from Chicago, I now live in Los Angeles.

MO: What’s your dance style background?
JC: Mainly choreo Hip Hop.

MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?
JC: I started out as one of the founders of Common Ground Dance Crew then trained under Breed OCLA, GRV, Academy of Swag, and School District. Currently I dance with Culture Shock LA and direct Diamond Bar All Male Dance Crew

MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?
JC: Yes I have! With GRV Dance team.

MO: What’s your judging style?
JC: I’m pretty fair, never harsh. Constructive criticism, never negativity!

MO: What are you looking for in the Maxt Out dance competitors?
JC: I look for originality, entertainment appeal and most of all CLEANLINESS.

Check out Jeffrey Calimbas’ dance routines and follow him:
https://www.facebook.com/jcalimbas1
twitter.com/jeffreycalimbas

Justin “Jet Li” Valles

Judging: Minor Crew + Chor

 MO: Where are you from?
JV: Grew up in the small towns of Matawan and Old Bridge, New Jersey but currently live in Los Angeles.

MO: What’s your dance style background?
JV: Started breaking when I was 7 years old and got into popping during my middle school years. From there I learned nearly every type of street dance style from Locking, Waackin, Krump, Robot and Jookin’.
My current style is a representation of the foundation, moves and grooves of what I’ve learned over the years.. I move through whatever feeling the music gives me.

MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?
JV: You may have seen me on MTV’s Season 5’s America’s Best Dance Crew with winning champs Poreotics. You can also catch me in the latest Step up movie, Step Up Revolution.
I’ve also done many work on Disney’ Shake it Up, featured on Puma’s Dance Dictionary website, featured as Blue Ranger on “Power Rangers Dubstep” and appeared in Justin Bieber and Usher’s “Somebody to Love” Music Video, and Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song”. I’ve recently shot a short scene with Poreotics in the upcoming Step Up 5 film as well.

MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?
JV: No, however my crew Poreotics has competed and won the competition years ago 🙂

MO: What’s your judging style?
JV: I have a very open style of judging. I look for foundation and technique of movements, especially if street styles are involved. Cleanliness, levels and formations and blow ups are important too.
Overall, I base my score on crowd reaction. When you put on a show the crowd is there to watch you, so understanding how a crowd reacts is important.

MO: What are you looking for in the Maxt Out dance competitors?
JV: Nowadays everybody seems to be doing what everybody else is doing, its hard to tell apart team from team. I understand Youtube’s a place for inspiration but nearly all teams have been executing such a formulaic way of dancing on stage that I haven’t seen much individuality. Therefore I would like to see and encourage dancers to grasp the idea of individuality and base what they put on stage on their own feeling of the music.

Check out Justin “Jet Li” Valles’ dance routines and follow him:
youtube.com/JustinJetLi
facebook.com/JustinJetLiValles
Twitter.com/Justinjetli

Ricky “Rick Rawk” Cole

Judging: Major Crew

MO: Where are you from? 
RC: Born in Mississippi, raised in Ventura County, CA.

MO: What’s your dance style background?
RC: Started as a Bboy/Popper/Freestyler and then got into Hip Hop.

MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?
RC: Credits: (ABDC7) Mos Wanted Crew, (Americas Got Talent) AGT Sick Step, World Of Dance, Mary J Blige, Nike, Reebok, Soul Fresh Clothing, and HHI Judge: Ireland and Mexico.

MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?
RC: I’ve coached Valencia high all male hip hop for six years and performed with numerous teams such as Sickstep and Pac Modern.

MO: What’s your judging style?
RC: All styles.

MO: What are you looking for in the Maxt Out dance competitors?
RC: Originality, passion, cleanliness, and entertainment.

Check out Ricky “Rick Rawk” Cole’s dance routines and follow him

http://m.youtube.com/user/bboyricrawk https://m.facebook.com/RickyColePage2?__user=549971594

https://mobile.twitter.com/rickycole_mwc

Ryan “Ryanimay” Conferido

Judging: Major Crew

MO: Where are you from?
RC: Grew up in Downey and San Gabriel Valley.

MO: What’s your dance style background?
RC: Mostly breaking, stunts, or pretty much whatever style the job calls for at the time.

MO: Where have we seen you? Where has your dance journey and career taken you?
RC: Started out as a Season 1 Top 10 cast member on So You Think You Can Dance then won first place on ABDC Season 3 with the Quest Crew. I’ve done lots of film, tv, and stage jobs all over the world.

MO: Have you ever been a Maxt Out competitor?
RC: Yes! Maxt Out 05′ I entered the 2 on 2 b-boy battles with Steve Terada as my partner. We battled Victor Kim who later joined Quest Crew, and his partner Geo Lee who later began Instant Noodles Crew. We ended up losing to Gyroe, who I’m friends with today, and Emjay, who was our fellow teammate on ‘Sickstep’ at the time.

MO: What’s your judging style?
RC: I hold a pretty high entertainment and presentation standard. I definitely enjoy seeing effort in overall production and detail, since those are extremely important from an industry standpoint.
I think every dancer has a professional potential, so I aim to judge them accordingly. I definitely can’t let unique, memorable moments go unrewarded, since that’s what keeps the audience still talking about the event weeks and even months later.

MO: What are you looking for in the Maxt Out dance competitors?
RC: Innovation. Something new. Something weird. and a LOT of RISK . not always physically, but you can always respect someone who took a chance on a wild idea, whether it’s concept or format. And it feels great to watch it pay off on the stage. Those are the moments that make you glad you were there to see it.

Are you the lucky one? Show it.

The 13th annual Maxt Out Dance Competition produced by Jayvee Empire, Inc. is challenging all dance crews and choreographers to bring their unique hip hop styles to the dance stage at 12 p.m. on Sunday, November 24th. This year our ONE LOVE. ALL DANCE. street-cred competition will be at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. Our competitions are for anyone and everyone, and we nurture all street styles while celebrating the creative.

Wanna learn more about Maxt Out Dance Competition? Stay up to date with the latest information on our blog, “Follow” us on Twitter @MaxtOutDance, and “Like” our Maxt Out Facebook Fan Page.

We’ll see you at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse at 320 South Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776. The doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the competition begins at 12 p.m. sharp on Sunday, November 24th. Got questions, or want to compete? Talk to us at maxtoutdance@gmail.com.

ONE LOVE. ALL DANCE.

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Winners Circle | Maxt Out XIII 2013

Champions Circle: Maxt Out XIII

Interviews with the winners! 

Did you experience the hard hitting moves that set the Maxt Out XIII stage ablaze? We have to start off by saying congratulations to all of the dancers for getting up on stage and sharing your creativity, love and passion for DANCE!

Right after the competition we got to talk with the winners, and they shared what it was like to dance their heart out on the Maxt Out stage. Read on to learn about their routine inspiration, and find out the inside tip on their choreography and music choices.

MINOR CHOR COMPETITION DIVISION-

& OVERALL ALPHA AWARD / HIGHEST POINT SCORE OF ALL 40 TEAMS:

1ST PLACE: Jeffrey Caluag + Dimitri Mendez

MO: Where are you from?

J & D: Long Beach.

MO: What was your routine inspiration?

J & D: The routine inspiration was our own style. It’s us doing what we like to do.

When we choreograph, we really like to get into a certain type of character to match the song. We think of how the song sounds and create a character to go with it. Or we think of the artist that sings the song and try to match our moves with how the song sounds. That’s what inspires us.

MO: How did you choose your music?

J & D:  We pick songs that intrigue us or catch our attention. It’s mostly songs that we really, really like.

MO: Why did you compete in Maxt Out, and why does it stand out from other competitions?

J & D: We had always heard about Maxt Out and how people did their own choreography for competitions.

We met at a party and we wanted to put something together. We’ve known each other for four years now. When we were in high school we used to be on a junior dance team called Underground and TM Juniors.

Maxt Out gives people a chance to show choreography, not just as a team with multiple choreographers, but as individuals too. People come out just to watch the choreographers’ division.

Thank you for the opportunity Maxt Out!

MINOR CREW COMPETITION DIVISION

1ST PLACE: Ill Habitz

MO: Where are you from? Ill Habits 2013

IH: We’re from San Diego.

 

MO: What was your routine inspiration?

IH: Our inspiration was futuristic.

MO: Who choreo’d your routine?

IH: Kiko Jamiz, Devin Pornel, Daniel Orena

MO: How did you choose your music?

IH: We spent a few days looking for music that would accommodate our futuristic theme. We chose songs that we liked.

MO: Why did you compete in Maxt Out, and why does it stand out from other dance competitions?

IH: I’ve always liked Maxt Out ever since it was in the bigger venue. I’ve been going to Maxt Out for about seven years. I really like the competition.

I like how many dancers are here. It’s inspiring to see so many different styles of dance and dancers.

https://www.facebook.com/IllHabitsSd

MAJOR CREW COMPETITION DIVISION

1ST PLACE: Aftermath Dance Company

MO: Where are you from? Aftermath 2013

ADC: We’re from the Bay area.

MO: What was your routine inspiration?

ADC: The inspiration for our routine was just straight hip hop. We wanted to give this routine to the hard working people that come from the bottom- we wanted to portray that out there on the stage.

MO: How did you choose your music?

ADC: We’d have an initial idea, and we thought about it in the sense of street life. We chose our music and showed it to each other and then decided together if the music fit the criteria. We decided on our set music as a crew.

MO: Who choreographed your routine?

ADC: Thomas Vallero, Alex Del Rosario, Solomon Egipt

MO: Why did you compete in Maxt Out, and why does it stand out from other competitions?

ADC: We wanted to show all of California where we come from and what we like to do. Our crew is a family and we wanted to show the dance community that it pays off to work hard. We wanted to show California who we are. Underdog power!

It was a very new competition for us. We competed at Maxt Out for the first time last year. I really enjoyed the experience of seeing other dance members in the community that we’ve never seen before. We can experience what it’s like in other areas, and not just be in our own box. I wanted our dancers to experience stepping out of the Bay.

We want to thank Maxt Out and Aftermath Dance Company for putting in the hard work. The crew never gave up on us, so I want to thank them for that. I also want to thank Maxt Out for giving us the opportunity to just get out here and dance.

https://www.facebook.com/aftermath.dancecrew

 

Maxt Out Dance Competition XII was produced by Jayvee Empire, Inc. Our competitions are for anyone and everyone, and we nurture all street styles while celebrating ALL forms of creativity.

Wanna learn more about Maxt Out Dance Competition? Stay up to date with the latest information on our blog, “Follow” us on Twitter @MaxtOutDance, and “Like” our Maxt Out Facebook Fan Page. Got questions, or want to compete next year? Talk to us at maxtoutdance@gmail.com.

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STEEZY: Performance Day Tips For Maxt Out Dance Competition

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Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by Kim Christina

If you haven’t been to Maxt Out, it’s basically like every other competition except it isn’t. Unlike other competitions, junior and major teams aren’t split up by different days and venues, you don’t have to be invited or selected, and you DON’T GET TECH TIME (ah!). Besides the technical differences, Maxt Out also has “two hearts” or two parties. Aside from the competition itself, there is a whole ‘nother party outside the theater, with a DJ, cyphers, vendors, and outdoor performances.

Whether this is your first Maxt Out performance or your 15th (that’s a trick question because it’s Maxt Out’s 14th competition this year, hah!), here are some tips for performance day that you may already know, may have forgotten, or may just be hearing for the first time!

THERE IS NO TECH TIME

So be prepared and bring your portable speaker/boom box/record player/live band/acapella group to practice around the venue.

COME EARLY

So you have enough to time to check in and get your tshirt. And also to find practice spots around the school/parking lot.

THEATER DOORS DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 11

So don’t think about getting in there any sooner.

THERE IS A PRE PERFORMANCE PHOTO AND A POST PERFORMANCE PHOTO

So make sure your make up and hair look gr8 and try to #werk and #live on stage but also try not to be drenched in sweat for the post-performance photo. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

YOU WILL BE INTERVIEWED BY MOOKIE AFTER YOUR PERFORMANCE

So like I said, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Plan accordingly – meaning already know who is going to talk and answer some questions, instead of scrambling around last minute when you’re sweaty and out of breath and throwing your hands up in the air and not caring about life.

* DIRECTORS’ MEETING *

Maxt Out started this new tradition last year within the directors’ meeting where each team brings a gift for another team, and they raffle them off to other directors. From gift cards to a team shirt to a dance survival kit, these gifts are something personal and unique from each team, and they open up the community feel towards all of the other teams. It really sets the tone for the rest of the day, showing the community of Maxt Out as well as supporting its motto: “One Love, All Dance.”

SO DON’T BE THAT DIRECTOR WHO FORGETS TO BRING SOMETHING. It’s like when you forget to bring something to the potluck but you’re hungry so you kind of feel bad eating all of the food because you didn’t contribute and you know that someone is judging you. Don’t be that person.

Maxt Out Dance Competition is ready for you. Are YOU ready to Max(t) Out?

Do you guys have any tips on making competition day at Maxt Out run as smoothly as possible for yourself? Share them with us by commenting below! 

You already know that Maxt Out is a great time to check out all the amazing project teams out there. And in case you missed it earlier today, check out our the ‘Part 1’ to this Maxt Out preparation package: the struggles unique to project teams!

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STEEZY: Things To Remember From Maxt Out Dance Competition

Posted on: November 26th, 2014 by Kim Christina

Maxt Out definitely maxt itself out with awesome vendors, great cyphers, and a whole day full of dancing. From minor crews to major crews and choreography, every team was going 140% on stage, and it didn’t just stop there. The outside area had vendors such as Rad is Rad, Contour Hooligans, and Releve Apparel, as well as the STEEZY booth and a circle that was perfect for cyphers.

In contrast to most competitions, the outside area made you more inclined to hang out with friends and dancers and meet new ones, giving a real sense of community at the competition. Inside the theater, the crowd was loud and supportive for all of the dancers on stage, and Mookie continued his streak of being the greatest MC and taking excellent selfies of each team on stage.

If you missed out on the results, here they are! Congratulations to our winners!

Overall Alpha Award Winner:
Jeffrey Caluag & Dimitri Mendez (Kings and Queens)

MAJOR CREW DIVISION:
1st Place: Meccamee
2nd Place: Theorists
3rd Place: 909

MAJOR CHOR DIVISION:
1st Place: Jeff Caluag & Dimitri Mendez (Kings and Queens)
2nd Place: Kayla Mallari & Sonali Samarasena (The Survey Corps)
3rd Place: Patrick Packing & Kevin Pascua (Demer Diemz)

MINOR CREW DIVISION:
1st Place: Q Minor
2nd Place: K-Mot10n
3rd Place: Theorem

Viewer’s Choice Winner (Sponsored by Releve Apparel):
Ascension UCSD

ALL STYLES BATTLE WINNERS: 
3PM: Quinton Winston
6PM: Lil’ Beatz & Erik Luciano

A big congratulations to all of the teams, and Jeff & Dimitri for defending their titles as 1st in Major Chor and as the Overall Alpha Winners! You can see their set here:

Please visit Steezy’s site for the full article:  http://www.thatsteezy.com/articles/page/3/

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STEEZY: Things To Remember From Maxt Out Dance Competition

Maxt Out definitely maxt itself out with awesome vendors, great cyphers, and a whole day full of dancing. From minor crews to major crews and choreography, every team was going 140% on stage, and it didn’t just stop there. The outside area had vendors such as Rad is Rad, Contour Hooligans, and Releve Apparel, as well as the STEEZY booth and a circle that was perfect for cyphers.

In contrast to most competitions, the outside area made you more inclined to hang out with friends and dancers and meet new ones, giving a real sense of community at the competition. Inside the theater, the crowd was loud and supportive for all of the dancers on stage, and Mookie continued his streak of being the greatest MC and taking excellent selfies of each team on stage.

If you missed out on the results, here they are! Congratulations to our winners!

Overall Alpha Award Winner:
Jeffrey Caluag & Dimitri Mendez (Kings and Queens)

MAJOR CREW DIVISION:
1st Place: Meccamee
2nd Place: Theorists
3rd Place: 909

MAJOR CHOR DIVISION:
1st Place: Jeff Caluag & Dimitri Mendez (Kings and Queens)
2nd Place: Kayla Mallari & Sonali Samarasena (The Survey Corps)
3rd Place: Patrick Packing & Kevin Pascua (Demer Diemz)

MINOR CREW DIVISION:
1st Place: Q Minor
2nd Place: K-Mot10n
3rd Place: Theorem

Viewer’s Choice Winner (Sponsored by Releve Apparel):
Ascension UCSD

ALL STYLES BATTLE WINNERS: 
3PM: Quinton Winston
6PM: Lil’ Beatz & Erik Luciano

A big congratulations to all of the teams, and Jeff & Dimitri for defending their titles as 1st in Major Chor and as the Overall Alpha Winners! You can see their set here:

Please visit Steezy’s site for the full article:  http://www.thatsteezy.com/articles/page/3/