It is almost unimaginable for dancers to perform without a specific kind of costume in mind during their performances. No matter what kind of genre, costumes help define and solidify the meaning behind each performance. Let’s take the hip-hop dance group Jabbawockeez for example.
The Jabbawockeez redefined the hip-hop dance community, as they became the Season 1 Champions of the popular TV series, “America’s Best Dance Crew”. With the help of their signature white masks, the Jabbawockeez are always able perform in unison and grace like no other. With everyone in the group looking the same, preconceived opinions on appearance are immediately removed off the table and the focus of the audience shifts to one thing and one thing only: their dance skills.
Now, let’s try imagining the Jabbawockeez during a live performance without their masks on and with ordinary day-to-day clothes worn. Would the impact on the audience still be the same? Will they still be as original and as unique compared to when they had their masks and outfits on? It seems difficult to comprehend. Their identical costumes have become a part of them; you can even say that it is their identity.
As arguably one of the best hip-hop dance groups to exist, these masked men continue to inspire aspiring dance groups around the globe to pursue and chase their dreams. They have officially made their mark on the dance community when they became champions; they have become legends.