NBC’s “World of Dance” Competitor Lineup Is 🔥🔥🔥

The J.Lo/D.Hough/J.D.Tatum (eh, we went for it) spectacular "World of Dance" is set to premiere May 8 on NBC. And guys, that day can't come soon enough.

Why? For starters, the epic aforementioned judging/mentoring team—and the fact that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo are producers on the show, with their fave Kyle Hanagami acting as supervising choreographer. That info alone would be enough to get us to watch a series about roller-skating polar bears. (Actually, roller-skating polar bears sound kind of great.)

But the latest trailers for "WOD" have also given us peeks at the talent competing for the show's $1 million dollar prize. And that talent includes many, many dancers we're very, very obsessed with.

Exhibit A: In a single viewing of the trailer below, we picked out Keone and Mari Madrid, the JabbaWockeez, Kinjaz and the Fraternal Twins.

That's multiple Dance Spirit cover stars. In one viewing.

It's going to be hard to figure out who to root for in this thing. And we are looking forward to having that problem.

Hurry up, May 8.

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.

But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.

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