|Age (at audition)||11-13|
RNG (Rated Next Generation) is a hip hop crew based out of The Connection Performing Arts Center in Mukilteo, Washington. RNG was formed in May of 2009 by director and choreographer Kolanie Marks with the express purpose of competing at Hip Hop International. After 6 weeks of training, the crew placed 1st in the USA and 6th in the world.
RNG is a strong supporter of local charities and has performed at events throughout the Puget Sound area in support of worthy causes such as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, Susan G. Komen, and R.O.O.T.S. Ministry – advocates of homeless young adults in their area. 1
RNG was one of the Standby Acts in the Vegas Round. It was sorted into the "Kid Dancers" category. Its performance in Episode 512 consisted of dancing to "Imma Be." Its audition was strong enough for the judges to send it to the Quarterfinals.
RNG's Quarterfinals performance in Episode 513 in Week 1 consisted of dancing with a "girl's nightmare" theme to "Disturbia." The group finished in either fourth or fifth place in America's Vote. In the Judges' Choice, although Sharon Osbourne voted for RNG, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel both decided not to send it to the Semifinals, eliminating the act from the competition in Episode 514 instead of Future Funk.
RNG was brought back by Sharon Osbourne for the Wild Card Show. Its performance in Episode 523 consisted of dancing to "Outta Your Mind." Piers Morgan buzzed the act. It did not receive enough votes to be sent to the Semifinals, eliminating it from the competition in Episode 524 along with The Hot Shot Tap Dancers, instead of Anna and Patryk.
After the Show
RNG is currently made up of seven young dancers ranging in age from 13-15 as of 2012, all from the Puget Sound area and under the continued direction of Kolanie Marks. They are gaining national attention for their unique style and the precision and versatility with which they execute their performances. 2
In 2012, RNG participated as a dance crew in Season 7 of America's Best Dance Crew. They finished in 4th Place.