Dance-Performance

America's Best Dance Crew Live

When: Sat., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. 2008

American Bandstand-style TV shows are enjoying a resurgence, partly thanks to the evolution of new electrifying choreography, and partly thanks to juggernauts like American Idol and Dancing with the Stars -- which helped convince television producers that, even in the rarefied world of reality shows, nothing beats the drama of a good old-fashioned talent competition. The genre's newest iteration, America's Best Dance Crew, pits the best B-boys from around the country against each other in a dizzying gladiatorial battle. The brainchild of Idol judge Randy Jackson, America's Best Dance Crew allows a panel of unpitying judges -- including rapper Lil' Mama, singer JC Chasez, and choreographer Shane Sparks -- to endorse or condemn the nation's most promising breakdancers. The show comes to the Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway, Oakland) on Saturday, Oct. 11. 7:30 p.m., $36.50-$46.50. ParamountTheatre.com


Rachel Swan

Price: $36.50-$46.50

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