The LXD: Seasons 1 & 2
The LXD, aka The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, began life as a web series which became’s Hulu’s most viewed original series and is now available on DVD. The LXD is directed by Jon Chu, who is not a dancer though he has worked very successfully with dancers in such movies as Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3 (including a 3D version) and the highest grossing concert documentary to date, Never Say Never, starring Justin Bieber.
In a recent interview, Jon Chu addressed the doubters who’ve questioned him over the years as he prepares to direct his first action movie, G.I. Joe 2:
“Throughout my whole life it’s been, ‘Oh, how can this guy who’s not a dancer do a dance movie? How can this guy who has never done a movie do a movie? How can this guy who has never done 3D do a 3D dance movie?…How can this guy who has never done a documentary do a documentary? How can a Justin Bieber concert movie not be a concert movie? And how can it actually be successful when Jonas and all of those others have fallen?’ Every step of the way, it’s always been that. But even the message in Never Say Never is [how] we like to be the underdog. It gives us something to work for.”
The LXD: In the Internet Age, Dance Evolves
I was only vaguely aware of what The LXD was all about until my exposure to this video from last year’s TED conference in which The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers performed in between talks by the organizer and director Jon M. Chu along with profiles of the dancers.
Definitely a formidable group of dancers who are exploring hip hop dance far beyond the now firmly established rules of traditional breakdancing.
The LXD: Seasons 1 & 2 was released on Tuesday and now all the folks like me who missed it online can get caught up.
Official Site: The LXD