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doublin down on new style hip hop with Les Twins
October 17, 2010 5:13 PM   Subscribe

Les Twins at 2010 World of Dance - identical twins Laurent & Larry Bourgeois of Paris (aka Ca’ Blaze and Lil’ Beast of the Criminalz Crew) are turning heads among the b-boys and poppers for their creative "new style" dance moves and freestyle hiphop.
2010 dance battles: vs Bones+Pee Fly VS Laura+Boubou Flexing New Style Dance; vs Old Future Crew; vs MEENR and Russell aka Ironman, pt.1; Part 2
2009: Phone Home and Just Debout pre-selection Paris; 2007: twins criminlaz
At World of Dance, Ruffian posts more background and more clips on Les Twins.
posted by madamjujujive (15 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

 
Blink for just a second and you miss something amazing.
posted by bwg at 5:25 PM on October 17, 2010


They're hella good.
posted by empath at 5:35 PM on October 17, 2010


I'm going to have to take the time to go through these. Clearly I'm not educated enough on turfin because I'm seeing their slow drops being damn nice, I'm not seeing the "new" thing going on here. (either that, or, being in Oakland, I'm just used to seeing a lot of turfin...)
posted by yeloson at 5:37 PM on October 17, 2010


This one is in the more background link but should be highlighted (and it's got a whole lot more then turfin in there)
posted by cyphill at 5:40 PM on October 17, 2010


Popping and Locking has been around a lot longer than turfing.
posted by empath at 5:48 PM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm not seeing the "new" thing going on here

I am taking that from commentary ... I would love it if anyone who sees more/knows more about turf dancing or various hiphop styles commented ... I love it all but I am not very schooled.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:50 PM on October 17, 2010


I watched the second link first. At first I thought "wait, but how am I going to know which group is Les Twins?" And then they started and I'm like "oh yeah okay nevermind."

Although I would be interested in seeing some more of that third guy too. He was on some whole different stuff.
posted by penduluum at 5:56 PM on October 17, 2010


Popping and Locking has been around a lot longer than turfing.

Yeah, turfing likes to add some voguing and a lot of drops on top of popping and locking, so I'm walling to accept it as being it's own thing as an outgrowth of that. Especially since they have their own version of power moves without having to go into flairs or spins.
posted by yeloson at 6:52 PM on October 17, 2010


So what you're telling me is that I was an amazing avant-garde hip-hop dancer after a liter of Mountain Dew in seventh grade?
posted by cmoj at 6:54 PM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


OK I came across this one in which they're doing some pretty cool stuff. In the "Old Future Crew" link they appear to be spazzing out randomly. Or, more accurately, in ways I don't get at all.
posted by cmoj at 6:59 PM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


In the "Old Future Crew" link they appear to be spazzing out randomly. Or, more accurately, in ways I don't get at all.

cmoj, I laughed out loud at them in that one. I think they are being silly and exaggerating the macho posturing of the challenge ... and trying to psych out their opponents by amusing them ... kind of like a maori haka ... except silly instead of threatening. Maybe I am wrong but see if it makes sense to you from that perspective.
posted by madamjujujive at 8:02 PM on October 17, 2010


These are great but also I find my inner old lady wanting to buy those nice young men some new pants.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:43 PM on October 17, 2010


Just think how much better they could be if their pants fit.

tl;dr My lawn.
posted by The Tensor at 10:23 PM on October 17, 2010


Just think how much better they could be if their pants fit.

"When Johnny Lloyd, one of the world's great Lindy Hoppers, was asked the secret to looking good on the dance floor, he reportedly said, "Baggy pants." Baggy pants give a great leg line by concealing all the major bends and angles. This is especially true in savoy-style Lindy Hop, with its characteristically deeply bent leg action, and you'll see that the really great Lindy Hop gents wear very baggy pants. It is also good advice for the other dances. Narrow-cut or slim-cut pants will show every awkward bend, sometimes even emphasizing them in the way they catch the light. Blue jeans are especially bad for showing every bend and ugly angle."

http://www.gottadance.org/menswear_advice.shtml
posted by surenoproblem at 10:43 PM on October 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


I'm just waiting for the first menswear advice page with boxer shorts visibility guidelines. (The BSVG?)
posted by JaredSeth at 4:20 AM on October 18, 2010


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