Ready, Set, Dance!

Inspired by hip-hop traditions, dance battles are catching on at nightclubs

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 bboy 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 Crew, a hip-hop...

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