Almost famous

Almost famous

T.O.D. was robbed of a chance to perform, but is confident they'll get their break,

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T.O.D. members (from left) Hin, Ocean, Marco and Soya (front).
T.O.D. members (from left) Hin, Ocean, Marco and Soya (front).
Photo: Dale De La Rey
Hip hop culture spread from the streets of New York in the 1970s to all corners of the globe. Although Hong Kong is hardly a hotbed for hip hop dancers, the city is never short of people with an intense passion for the genre.

The newly formed hip hop crew T.O.D. danced their way to victory this month in a competition. The grand prize was to perform on stage with Korean group Wonder Girls at the Asia World Expo.

Unfortunately, they were denied the chance of performing in front of the expected huge crowd. Instead, a makeshift stage was set up at the exhibition centre, outside the concert hall, for them to perform on.

"We don't care whether it's with the Wonder Girls, but we really wanted to have the experience of dancing on the stage at the Asia World Expo," says King, the most outspoken member of T.O.D.

"It would have been a great [milestone] in our career. It's disappointing we could only dance outside [the concert]."

The competition was held at the Langham Place Shopping Mall on December 13. Of the 10 teams, T.O.D. came out on top. They performed to Dancing Box by Modeselektor, a track they found online, which they felt complimented their style.

The crew's name, T.O.D., is a play on G.O.D., the popular Hong Kong lifestyle store. "The concept of G.O.D. is living better [as its Cantonese pronunciation suggests]," says King, a Year Four student at City University. "T.O.D. is like 'dance better' [Cantonese pronunciation]."

Other members include Hin, Soya, Ocean and Marco. They share the same passion for dance, especially hip hop. "We'd seen each other dance and wanted to form a male crew," says Soya, also a student at City University.

Ocean adds: "We formed the group when we entered the 'Red Hot - The King 2010' competition last month."

T.O.D. says its style originated from the clubs of New York. "There are many categories in hip hop, like locking, popping, house and B-boying [break dancing]," says King. "We do something called party-style hip hop. When people go to a club, they often form a circle and battle each other [dance-off], and that sort of started the culture."

Despite not being able to perform at the concert, T.O.D. is sure that one day they will get their break and make it big. As for the letdown, the crew has no hard feelings - they still got to watch the concert. "But we only knew one song - Nobody," says Ocean. No doubt they outdanced most of the audience.

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