Dancetown Divas making all of our fringe jumpsuit dreams come true. (Justin Lubin/NBC)
If there was one takeaway from last night's episode of "World of Dance," it's that this show truly does attract the best of the best. It seems statistically impossible to have so many talented dancers in one place, but somehow, "Qualifiers 2" introduced us to a whole new group of hopeful contestants, each of whom blew our minds and warmed our hearts. Which acts from last night will be joining last week's lucky bunch? Read on to find out!
Season 3 contestant Kayla Mak (Andrew Eccles/NBCUniversal)
NBC's "World of Dance" is officially back! Over the last two seasons, the show has exploded in popularity, and it's easy to see why: The contestants truly are in a league of their own. No matter their genre, every dancer that takes the "WOD" stage gives it their all.
But what exactly is it like to be up there, surrounded by all the bright lights and cheering fans—and watched by not only J.Lo, Ne-Yo, and Derek, but also millions of viewers? To find out, we spoke with Briar Nolet, Kayla Mak, Lauren Yakima, and Derek Piquette, all of whom are competing this season for the (very casual) $1 million grand prize. Here's what they had to say about the lessons they learned, people they met, and experiences they had on the "WOD" set.
Karen y Ricardo and their oh-so-casual wall of fire. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Y'all, it's been a long 12 weeks. But at long last, "World of Dance" has made it to the Cuts—and it's every bit as intense as we were expecting. (I'm talking dancers advancing by razor thin margins.) There's a lot to unpack from last night's episode, so let's get into it.
We all spend hours online perusing one dance vid after another, from silly to serious, funny to fierce. Now, SELF has asked two of our fave dance pros for their takes on some of the most famous internet dance moves.
You'll live for Maddie Ziegler and Derek Hough's reviews of everything from finger breakdancing and Harlem shakes to Sergei Polunin and Shakira. And the two of them even bust some moves of their own: Ziegler moonwalks, and Hough breaks into a salsa. Trust us, you don't want to miss it.
Have you ever wished that the "World of Dance" team would just show up at your house and teach you everything they know? Of course you have! Who wouldn't want to learn one-on-one from the best? Well, guess what: It's happening. Two-time Emmy Award-winning choreographer Derek Hough is taking online dance tutorials to a whole new level with his World of Dance Master Class series launched today. TODAY, people!
Proving that dance prayers are sometimes answered, "WOD" judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough and host Jenna Dewan decided to bless the universe with the dance battle fans have been campaigning for since Season 1. And the result is EVERYTHING.
Last night's Season 2 premiere wasted no time getting down to business, diving headfirst into the first round of qualifying performances. And the seven competing acts also cut right to the chase, bringing out routines that met—and, in a couple of cases, surpassed—the super-high standard set by last season's competitors.
So, what were the highlights of a show that was essentially all highlights? Here are our three favorite performances, including a showstopping number by one act that—we're calling it now—is destined to go all the way to the finals.
So, after you perused the talent-packed list of acts (all 75 of them!) competing in the second season of NBC's "World of Dance," we're guessing you thought something along the lines of, Hey—this could be pretty fun.
Well, forget hypotheticals: The "WOD" team just put out a trailer that shows exactly how fun Season 2 is going to be. Full of mind-bogglingly impressive clips of some of our favorite dancers, plus commentary from J.Lo, D.Hough, Ne-Yo, and J.Dewan, it'll have you wishing May 29th—aka the show's premiere date—would hurry up and arrive already.
Who's about to face this beautiful judging panel? (NBC)
It's baaaack! Season 2 of NBC's "World of Dance" will return to living rooms everywhere on May 29. Also baaaack? Well, judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, and Ne-Yo, and host Jenna Dewan, for starters. But some fan favorites from last season's stellar cast will also take to the show's stage again. And they'll be facing off against a slew of new competitors—although many of those faces will probably be familiar to dance-world folks, too.
It seems like only yesterday that we were scream-cheering on our sofas for the very first episode of "World of Dance," amirite? And now the dangerously addictive show has crowned its first winner. (Not its last, either: It's been renewed for another season. 🙌 )
After a very busy episode in which each Division Champion danced not once, but twice—to a song of their choosing, and to a song of their designated mentor's choosing—J. Lo, Derek Hough, and Ne-Yo bestowed the show's million-dollar prize upon...
Week 2 of Misty Copeland as guest judge, week 2 of merciless cuts...How can the final episodes of "World of Dance" possibly live up to the sheer dramaaaaaaaaa of last night's episode? Well, based on the nail-biting results dished out by Copeland and Co. last night, the competition is only going to get fiercer from here. Without further ado, last night's results, as told by Kween Misty.
JT Church and Robert Roldan in Travis Wall's "The Mirror" on "So You Think You Can Dance" (Michael Becker/FOX)
Congrats to this year's Outstanding Choreography Emmy nominees, announced yesterday morning in Hollywood! It's a pretty stellar list of names, with "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars" choreographers earning four of the category's five slots. (Rockstar Mandy Moore was actually nominated for her work on both shows. 🙌 )
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.
We all know Ellen DeGeneres is a major dance fan—she's definitely done her part to help bring dancers to national prominence by inviting them to perform on her show. I'm not arguing that an appearance by super-sibs Derek and Julianne Hough counts as dancer outreach (they certainly don't need any help with notoriety), but it's always good to see dance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"—no matter how low or high profile the performers are.
On Monday we told you that the Hough's MOVE Live Tour is back. Their appearance on "Ellen" was to drum up excitement for the tour—and we're definitely excited.
With their usual flair (and by flair I mean fringed crop tops and a drumline), the Hough siblings Latin-style-hip-hop-jazz-funk fusioned their way through a typically high-energy performance. Was it too much for daytime TV? Or was it just en-Hough?
Click here to watch the performance, and let us know what you think!