By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
Some of the more underrated groups in dance are the single gender groups. Audience members tend to look for interaction and dynamic between guys and girls, which usually comes naturally. And it is entertaining to watch because while guys and girls may do the same dance, their technique is quite often different from each other. That dynamic is lost in a single-gender group performance.
I decided this week to focus on all-male dance teams. Specifically, Mos Wanted Crew (not a typo). The crew, based in Los Angeles, is a group of all male dancers founded in 2010 by Myron Marten, who is also the co-founder of World of Dance Tour. Made up of different dancers and choreographers, the group has competed in competitions including America’s Best Dance Crew, a popular dance competition show on MTV.
In this particular video, they were competing at World of Dance: New York in 2013. I find it telling that they chose to start out with a song by a female artist. In reality, they’re proving that they need females to show concepts like sensuality. In this segment, while hard hitting, the choreography is more fluid. With moves like the ones they pull off at 1:21, it’s easy to tell that they are all comfortable with each other, and as a result, their dancing is even better.
They then contrast the light song with a more hard-hitting, “manly” song to showcase both their control and power.
In the second segment, they don’t hold back energy or power. They hit every move with precision with moves not as fluid as the first segment, but just as strong. In the next songs, they go on to demonstrate both fluidity and power within their moves and expressions.
With so few dancers on stage, their cleanliness is imperative. I think one of the best things about this crew is that while they all have individual personalities while dancing, they come together and function as one cohesive unit, which makes watching them all the more enjoyable.