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.
It's been almost a year since audiences glimpsed the insane contemporary skills of dance phenom Diana Pombo on the hit reality show "World of Dance." And ever since her passionate performances, we've been dying to know what's next for the young star. NBC recently caught up with the former contestant for a lowdown on all her recent endeavors and we're kind of amazed at everything she's accomplished.
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.
In February 2016, "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation" released a casting call for dancers ages 8 to 12. Determined to make it onto the show, then–10-year-old Emma Hellenkamp prepared a jazz solo for the L.A. audition. The next part of her story may come as a surprise to fans of the series: She didn't make the cut. But Emma's competition background meant she was well-versed in several dance styles, so she opted to audition again in Chicago—this time with a tap solo. And the rest is history: Emma not only made it onto the show, but also progressed all the way to the final four.
"SYTYCD: The Next Generation" is part of a larger trend of dance-competition TV embracing younger dancers, with shows including "World of Dance" and the upcoming "Dancing with the Stars Junior" following suit. And like Emma, many of the dance kids trying out their skills on these shows come from the competition-and-convention circuit. What is it about these two worlds that smooths the transition from one to the other?
This time last year, Eva Igo was already a comp-world star, having won national titles for a good three years running. But it wasn't until "World of Dance" producers asked her to audition for the show that Eva became a household name—not to mention champion of the Junior Division, thanks to her breathtakingly precise, gorgeously musical performances. Eva wrapped the "WOD" live tour last November and is now hoping to rack up more TV experience. "J.Lo told me in a mentoring session to just break down my wall and emote through the movement," Eva says. "Learning from her and Derek Hough inspired me to get back on camera, but also behind the scenes: I'd like to produce or supervise choreography in the future."
Everything happens for a reason. Always work your hardest and put your trust in that.
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...
Everyone had their game faces on last night, as the final six "World of Dance" acts competed for a coveted spot in the World Finals. To say that all of them #slayed on the dance floor would be an understatement of epic proportions. Here's the low down on who emerged victorious— and who ended their journey toward the $1 million prize.