Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
The long, looooong countdown to the premiere of NBC's "World of Dance" is almost over, friends: Just 20 more sleeps until May 30, when we get to see its sure-to-be-fabulousness. And to get everybody EVEN MORE hyped about the show, exec producer Jennifer Lopez and fellow "WOD"-ers Jenna Dewan Tatum, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo have invited all dance lovers to take the #WorldOfDanceChallenge.
It's pretty simple, as these challenges go: Film yourself/your crew dancing the snippet of choreo in the vid below, set to J.Lo's "On the Floor." Upload it, using the #WorldOfDanceChallenge hashtag. Watch the show to see if your clip makes the master compilation video. Enjoy 15 minutes of social media fame/a lifetime of bragging rights if it does.
Every once in a while, we stumble upon a video that makes our jaws drop, and the latest clip of Crownz (a member of Deadly AssassinZ) does just that. The dancer performed with World of Dance in Seattle, WA, and his moves and musicality are beyond #onpoint.
Check out the entire video here, but in the meantime, we've GIF'd some of the amazingness for you (can you tell we love doing that?).
Of course, we already know that J.Lo is an executive producer (among other roles) but Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo are also executive producers on the show, and they're super involved in the hip-hop competition circuit, so it's no surprise they tapped a young choreographic talent like Hanagami. We're not sure if being a supervisor means he'll be selecting choreographers in different styles, or if we'll see the contestants perform Hanagami's own work—we're holding out for both!
We'll continue to update you as we learn more, but for now we're happy to sit back and watch the dance stars align. Here's one of Hanagami's latest choreo vids to help hold you over until the show starts:
Waiting for Jennifer Lopez's "World of Dance" to premiere is like waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. On the one hand, the anticipation is part of the fun; on the other, OMG SANTA[/J. LO] JUST GET HERE ALREADY.
We're beyond excited to see what amazingness the NBC show, set to air this spring, has in store for us. And that's only more true now that we've heard the latest "WOD" details. Here's what you need to know:
-And J. Lo herself will also wear several hats: judge, mentor and executive producer. Busy lady.
-Solo dancers will compete alongside duos and crews. Interesting!
-Dance categories will include hip hop, krumping, popping, locking, ballet, breakdancing, ballroom and stomping. Sounds like there'll be more people repping #TeamStreet than #TeamStage.
-The dancers have already been selected. Which means we officially can't audition, sadface.
-The prize, as we've mentioned, will be $1 million dollars. But we're mentioning it again, because ONE. MILLION. DOLLARS.
-And the champion will be called "Best in the World." Fancy!
-There's a brand-new preview out. Take a look:
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We keep getting bite-sized pieces of news about Jennifer Lopez's new show, "World of Dance," for NBC, each tidbit more delicious than the last. But the latest info? It's less "delicious tidbit" and more "EPIC FEAST." Because the latest info is that J. Lo has brought on none other than Jenna Dewan Tatum—Danskin model, "Lip Sync Battle" genius and your Step Up forever love—to host.
Take a second and let that amazingness sink in.
Lopez made the announcement in a series of cool-kid Instagram posts, showing her hanging out with JDT and previously announced judges Derek Hough and Ne-Yo:
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Don't worry, guys: Dewan Tatum will still have her own dance show on NBC (and Channing Tatum will still be involved in that project). Yes, that was our first question when we heard this news, too. Turns out NBC just loves 'em some Jenna. (Same.)
We'll let you know more about both shows as we hear it. Here's hoping for lots of fabulous press releases via Insta in the near future.
Look at that smize! (ABC)
Is Derek Hough the World's Busiest Man™? It's entirely possible. From cha-cha-ing across the "Dancing with the Stars" floor to lighting up the small screen in Hairspray Live! to taking on Gene Kelly's iconic role in the Broadway revival of Singin' in the Rain, Hough is never not moving. Now it's been announced that he'll be trading one TV gig for another, bowing out of "DWTS" to join Jennifer Lopez's new show on NBC, "World of Dance." (Because when J. Lo calls, YOU ANSWER.)
Hough will be gracing the judges' table on "WOD," a competitive series featuring all kinds of dance styles and culminating in a one million—that's right, MILLION—dollar prize. You can read more about the show here, but the TL;DR take is that it's very, very legit. And with the addition of Hough's sure-to-be-on-point critiques, it's going to be even more so.
No premiere date has been set for "WOD" just yet. While we're waiting on that (and on that Singin' in the Rain revival, which has been postponed, wahh), you can see Hough's stuff on display when he plays Corny Collins in Hairspray Live! next Wednesday, December 7 on NBC. Read our interview with Hough in the December issue to find out how he's been prepping for the musical's non-stop action.
World of Dance is the organization that's been giving artists a huge platform (think more than 30 million monthly views on their YouTube and Facebook videos) since 2008. They now also host events and contests around the world. Lopez describes WOD as “an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community,” and we love that she's bringing all of this dance-love to an even bigger audience on the small screen.
“Dance has always been my passion. It's raw, it's emotional, it's healing," said Lopez in a statement introducing the series. She goes on to describe this show as "Broadcast television's biggest, fiercest, most talent-heavy dance competition ever seen." It's not yet clear whether or not JLo will be making any on-camera appearances throughout the show (but we’re crossing our fingers). Oh, and did we mention that Nappytabs will be involved as well? We’re officially pumped.
It's been a great year for dance on television—ICYMI, World of Dance is actually the second dance show that NBC has approved this year, the first being another dance competition in which Step-Up superstar Jenna Dewan Tatum will executive produce, as well as serve as judge and mentor. Honestly, the limit to the number of dance TV shows needed does not exist, so keep ‘em coming, TV networks!
World of Dance is in the process of casting now. Check out the details here, because who couldn’t use a million dollars and maybe even a chance to meet Jennifer Lopez?!