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Don’t expect Mr. Jackson on camera much. He’s busy lending his laid-back dawgedness to American Idol. His name is in the title here because he’s executive producer—and he’s done a nice job. Dance Crew, hosted by Mario Lopez and with a sympathetic panel of judges that includes J.C. Chasez, is a competition for dance teams who blend all sorts of styles, hip-hop included. The choreography is loose yet intricate, with the performers massing and breaking up with fluid speed. (I attempted to duplicate these steps at home with my cats—the dancers’ ease is deceptive.) On the premiere, the most impressive group was Boston-based Status Quo doing a riff on Michael Jackson Thriller zombies. Excellent music, too.

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