Beat Ya Feet Kings Move On in Randy Jackson's ‘America's Best Dance Crew' Show

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By Kate Kilpatrick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The D.C. go-go dancers Beat Ya Feet Kings made it through the first elimination round on "Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew" -- but just barely. They landed in the bottom three after their first performance.

Season 4 of the MTV dance competition show debuted Sunday night, and the Kings kicked it off by beating their feet to a remix of "Skillet," a 2002 song by D.C. go-go group Backyard Band.

While praising their energy, judge Shane Sparks criticized the Kings' performance as "a little sloppy."

Southern Movement, a hip-hop line-dance group from Nashville, and Fr3sh, a New Jersey hip-hop/club dance crew that went a little overboard with their hairspray props, kept the Kings company in the bottom three.

"Battling is what we do, so it's at our heart," Beat Ya Feet Kings dancer Porche Anthony, 26, said of the elimination round -- a three-way battle set to the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" that Beat Ya Feet Kings won. Southern Movement also stayed on, but Fr3sh went home.

In a video interview after the show, Anthony was upbeat about the judges' assessment of her "sloppy" dance crew. "We love the criticism because that's what keeps you on top," she said.

According to a survey on "ABDC" fan blog (, only 2 percent of 490 voters said their favorite crew is Beat Ya Feet Kings -- who received only slightly more votes than AfroBoriké and Artistry in Motion. Front-running Bronx, N.Y., natives Rhythm City captured 44 percent of the informal vote.

Beat Ya Feet Kings' next chance to make a go(-go) of it is Sunday at 9 p.m.

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