Ready, Set, Dance!

In the U.S. these days, the question "Shall we dance?" is both an invitation and a challenge. Hip-hop dance battles—much like the M.C. face-offs in the film 8 Mile—are becoming mainstream. The dance-battle scene has inspired a TV show (MTV's Wade Robson Project) and a film (You Got Served), and it even popped up at the Vatican (the Pope recently blessed an acrobatic, b-boy performance). "It's funny that it's being recognized on this level now, because it's been around, dominating in the urban centers for 30 years," says Crazy Legs, 38, a choreographer and ringleader of New York City's Rock Steady...

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