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7 Junior Dancers to Watch on "World of Dance"

Dancing kween Jennifer Lopez is preparing us for the second season of "World of Dance" by dropping an insane World of Dance promo that has her slaying the dance floor like we've never seen before. If America wasn't on the edge of their seats for the May 29th premiere they are now—wondering how the contestants of "World of Dance" could possibly outdo such a performance—but there's no doubt they will. This season's roster of dancers really takes the show's name to heart cause it's out of this world, with each dancer as ferociously talented as the rest! (We don't envy J. Lo's job of having to pick just one.) We've rounded up 7 young dancers you won't want to miss.


Madison Brown

Contemporary dancer from Wellington, Florida

You might recognize the contemporary queen Madison Brown from our April "You Should Know" feature. This dynamic dancer will blow your mind with her effortless extensions and jaw-dropping balances. Earning the title of National Junior Female Outstanding Dancer for the past two years, its clear that this dynamo is one to keep an eye on.


Eva Igo

Contemporary dancer from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Eva Igo is back, having already won the junior division in "World of Dance's" inaugural season, this precise and emotive dancer already has an advantage. With the "WOD" live tour under her belt and additional mentoring from J.Lo and Derek Hough, Eva is bound to be even more spectacular than before, captivating viewers and possibly earning the title of "WOD" champion.


Ruby Castro

Ballroom dancer from Miami, Florida

Having already earned a spot as a Top 10 finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 13, Ruby Castro is no stranger to television dance. And though she's a versatile dancer with experience in everything from contemporary to lyrical, Ruby really shines in ballroom. Her fiery-fast footwork and feisty flair make her an undeniable force on the dance floor. Watch Ruby and her partner Jonas Terleckas as they put a fresh new flair on ballroom this season.


Kaycee Rice

Hip Hop Fusion from Los Angeles, California

Dance Spirit cover star Kaycee Rice is a dance darling we've had our eyes on for quite a while now. From performing at the Super Bowl to crazy cool class videos with WilldaBeast, Kaycee has an impressive dance resume that makes you think she's much older than 15. Quirky and creative, this fearless dancer isn't afraid to be herself, which is one of the things that makes her so much fun to watch. It's safe to say that Kaycee and her partner Sean Lew will be a formidable dancing duo on "WOD."


Sean Lew

Hip Hop Fusion from Los Angeles, California
Sean Lew has been turning heads with his sensational dancing since a video of him dancing a Miguel Zarate combination to Lady Gaga's 'Applause' went viral. He's appeared on multiple TV shows including 'Glee' and 'Kid's Choice Awards' has toured the US with "The Pulse." Known for attacking each and every move with both technique and charisma, this dancercharisme, the dancer is branching out and trying his hand at choreography. Audiences of 'WOD" will be in for a treat when Sean and Kaycee hit the floor.



Lucas Marinetto

Tap dancer from Leesburg, Virginia

As one of the few tappers on "WOD," 15-year-old Lucas Marinetto is already a standout among the junior division. Lucas is no stranger to dance competitions, having won titles on the comp circuit and even making it to the Academy on "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2016. We're curious to see how the talented tap dancer who's dabbling in hip hop will fuse his passion for such contrasting styles.


Kaeli Ware

Contemporary Ballet dancer from Herndon, Virginia

This ballerina babe has trained with some of the best ballet schools out there out there, including American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. She's well known on the competition circuit and has even appeared in reality television show "Dance Moms." On top of dancing, she's signed with the world-famous Wilhelmina modeling agency. This elegant artist is a legend in the making and it will be exciting to see her take on a new challenge on "WOD."

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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