Last month the Jabbawockeez, an American hip-hop crew famously known for being the masked first-season winners of America’s Best New Dance Crew, celebrated an impressive 2,000 shows performed at their own theater at the MGM Grand.
This year marks another big feat for them, with it being a decade since the group has been performing on the Las Vegas Strip. Within the span of a high-performance decade for the dance crew, they’ve played between different casinos, all while continuing to improve and evolve their show and the unique choreography that goes along with it.
Jabbawockeez finished out their most recent production, “Jreamz,” last month. Jreamz featured a “dynamic mix of awe-inspiring choreography, pulse-pounding music, and stunning special effects.”
“It’s been a decade since we’ve been here and it just makes sense. Why not celebrate with a brand-new show and give people new content and new music to bob their heads to?” says Phi Nguyen, one of the group’s original founding members.
Known for their signature white masks, precise and intricate dance moves, and identical hip-hop uniforms, the Jabbawockeez catapulted into the international spotlight after winning the first season of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and they’ve been on a whirlwind ever since.
The crew, who originally hails from San Diego, quickly positioned themselves as the world’s most influential dance crew. The unique “Jabbawockeez” crew name was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem, “Jabberwocky.”
“A Jabberwocky is a mystical, dragon-like creature who roams the king’s forest, and that’s what the Jabbawockeez are, mystical and free,” saud Rynan Paguio, one of the crew’s founding members.
The crew also utilize their signature white mask to create unity on the stage.
“The idea of the mask is to remove all ethnic and social barriers when we perform” expressed Eddie Gutierrez, another crew member.
In total, there are 11 original members on the Jabbawockeez: Phil Tayag, Gary Kendell, Rynan Paguio, Randy Bernal, Eddie Gutierrez, Saso Jimenez, Ben Chung, Chris Gatdula and Jeff Nguyen.
Kendall, the crew’s oldest member, passed away from meningitis in 2007. And while the crew has never had a designated team leader, the credit Kendall for nurturing the overall success and style of the crew.
“The Jabbawockeez are 10 members, and one is spiritual,” Paguio said. “He was the glue that really held us together in the beginning, making sure we didn’t lose sight of this unique thing we were creating.”
Voted “Best Family Show” and “Best All Ages Show” for three years in a row, Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand is a laugh-out-loud, dance spectacle that has something for everyone to enjoy.
Other Upcoming MGM Resorts Shows
- Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament at Mandalay Bay, March 6 – 8
- UFC 248 at T-Mobile Arena, March 7
- KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand Las Vegas, Multiple dates
- Bruno Mars at Park MGM, Multiple dates
Have you seen the Jabbawockeez perform live at the MGM Grand? Let us know what you thought and if it left you dancing out of the theater!