TEDx in Prisons
TEDx in Prisons

The Jabbawockeez perform at Ironwood State Prison

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.

just because we're from these urban areas doesn't necessarily mean that it's all bad. We just, for some reason, became more creative with what we had. We became artists.

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. Check them out at Ironwood State Prison back in May, 2014: