The Jabbawockeez is an eight-member, all male, hip-hop dance crew best known for being the winners of the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew. They were initially formed by members Kevin “KB” Brewer, Phil “Swagger Boy” Tayag, & Joe “Punkee” Larot under the name “3 Muskee”. By 2004, their members included Ben “B-Tek” Chung, Chris “Cristyle” Gatdula, Rynan “Kid Rainen” Paguio, and Jeff “Phi” Nguyen. Tony “Transformer” Tran joined the crew in 2013. The Jabbawockeez do not have a leader of the group; choreography for their performances as well as music and design choices are made as a collective unit
Established in 2003 in San Diego, California, Jabbawockeez is the brainchild of the “Three Musky” who wanted to showcase freestyle dance. The name Jabbawockeez, coined by Joe Larot, was inspired by the fantastical monster from the Lewis Carroll nonsense poem Jabberwocky.The white masks and gloves from Phil, Kevin, and Joe’s performances as Three Musky were adopted as the visual signature of the group. In San Diego, through Gary’s connections, the Jabbawockeez added b-boys Rynan “Kid Rainen” Paguio and Chris “Cristyle” Gatdula to the group. The original seven member iteration of the Jabbawockeez began performing as a group in 2004. This lineup consisted of Gary, Randy, Phil, Kevin, Joe, Rynan, and Chris.
Stylistically, the Jabbawockeez style of dance features an eclectic mix of various urban styles, primarily popping & b-boying, along with a careful synchronicity to self-created instrumentals which one member dubs “Beat-Kune-Do”. In 2007, the JabbaWockeeZ appeared on the second season of America’s Got Talent. Performing with nine members, the group was eliminated in the Las Vegas callbacks episode. In 2008, they auditioned and were accepted onto the first season of America’s Best Dance Crew.
On May 7, 2010, the Jabbawockeez debuted their own live stage show called MÜS.I.C at the MGM Grand Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas. They are the first dance crew to headline a show in Las Vegas. The show included members from Super Cr3w, the winners of season two of America’s Best Dance Crew. Music for the show was produced by DJ collective The Bangerz and their costumes were designed by Kara Saun.Although scheduled to end in June, the show was later extended through August. Since its initial run at the MGM Grand, the show moved to the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and the Jupiters Hotel and Casino in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. They moved to the Luxor Hotel and Casino for their new show PRiSM in May 2013. PRiSM is housed in a brand new 850-seat theater and a mural of the crew is painted in the lobby by performance artist David Garibaldi.When they moved to the Luxor, Tony “Transformer” Tran became a member of the crew.
In the 2008 AXA (Asian Excellence Awards), the JabbaWockeez has been voted as the Favorite Reality TV Star, where they also performed with Kaba Modern on stage.On August 5, 2012, they were the first dance crew to be awarded the Living Legend of Hip Hop Award from Hip Hop International. They were also the recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Set It Off Competition 2013, where the wockeez received the award via video and presented BabyWockee for her number.