When we found out that there would be two shows at Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights 26 and that the ICON for this year’s event would be Chance the community jumped on it and immediately thought Chance would finally have her Hollywood Stage show, as Jack has in the past. Little to be known at the time, but that was not the case at all. It was revealed that a Dance show would take the true center stage, on the Hollywood Stage!
The community was mixed when this information came out. We saw it range the spectrum to this will be great, give the show a chance (no pun), to down right it’ll suck and it don’t belong at Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando. Why do I say Orlando? Well, dance shows have been involved with Hollywood’s version of Halloween Horror Nights off and on over the past and the fan community in Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights can be down right brutal. Orlando don’t need to follow Hollywood.. we don’t need multiple IP’s and Dance shows, Orlando was the Halloween Horror Nights all about originality. For some it’s been hard to accept this change in Orlando, so can the fans now accept a dance show? How will this play out?
When the Original Content and Scarezone’s were announced back on August 10th we got the information we needed and the confirmation of who and what the show will be about.
Academy of Villains: House of Fear
Join this high energy performance troupe of inmates in an explosion of insanity that will thrust you into a realm of mayhem and maniacal terror featuring dance and specialty acts. The Show Must Go On!
In case you don’t know, who exactly are Acdemey of Villaiins? Let’s take a look.
Established in 2009, Academy of Villains is a theatrical dance company known for story-telling, incredibly intense choreography, and jaw-dropping stunts.Their mission is to inspire others by fusing dance with the notion of magic. By creating an illusional atmosphere full of suspense, unlike anything else spectators have ever witnessed, they take their viewers on an exhilarating journey of emotion. Academy of Villains will open your eyes to a world of wonder, glory, and excitement.
Founded by Christopher “Pharside” Jennings, he is also Artictic Director and Choreographer along with Krystal “Phoenix” Meraz who is a Director, Artistic Director and Choreographer. They have competed in a number of competitions and won various awards over the years.
TruTV’s Fake Off Champions
Featured on So You Think You Can Dance Season 11 and 12
Vibe XIX Champions
America’s Got Talent Semi-Finalists
World of Dance Live Performance of the Year
World of Dance Team of the Year 2012
World of Dance Bay Area Champions
Hip Hop International Champions (USA)
Dance 2 Dance, Swtizerland Champions
This however is not the first time AOV performed for a major theme park, they have done shows for Knott’s Berry Farm, California’s Great America and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Elvira’s Sinema Seance (Knott’s Berry Farm)
Elvira’s Big Top
Nacion Muerta (California’s Great America)
A Beautiful Mime and Dia De Los Muertos (Universal Studios, Hollywood)
Area 51 (California’s Great America)
House of Fear (Universal Studios, Orlando)
Nosferatu (California’s Great America)
If you want to get more background and a true look at Academy of Villains we urge you to watch this 30-minute documentary titled: The One, The Only: The Academy of Villains.
Now that you have the information and background on AOV, what do we think and what is the community saying now? After watching the show a number of times over the past two weekends (Yes, UFFP holders) this show is it! It’s hot and on fire! It fits what Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando has become, the event has to evolve and fit for a newer generation of fans and move forward.
Us as older fans that saw Halloween Horror Nights grow over the years we have to accept this and look at it with an open mind! The show works, it’s high-energy, contains music for various generations and the team gives it everything they got, heart and soul for 15 minutes multiple times a night! We can’t stress it enough to at least give the show a chance and check it out at least once during your visit! It’s time well spent!
I finally got a chance to see #academyofvillains tonight and they were totally #killingit – mugeomur
AcademyofVillains is making it hella hype @ HNN in Orlando! #HHN #AcademyofVillains – @
THIS is a thang…@UniversalORL @HorrorNightsORL #HHN26 #AcademyOfVillains #UniversalMoments – @
This show is so. Damn. Good! @thestudiov horrornightsorl #hhn26 #hhn2016 #academyofvillains – @
Seriously no other show like it. #AcademyOfVillains #HHN26 – @
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