"World of Dance" Week 12 Recap: Let the Cuts Begin

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.

Junior Teams

1st Place: The Lab

The Lab turned in an absolutely mind-boggling performance—and, as a result, earned a perfect score from Ne-Yo, 98.3 overall, and 1st place honors. This group is the real deal, you guys. The choreo (shoutout to D-Trix 👏) was stunning, and every single dancer performed it full-out and then some. It's safe to say that everyone in that room was moved by The Lab's turn on that stage last night. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

2nd Place: Fabulous Sisters

These girls are the definition of fierce. Their dancing is technical, versatile, and sooooo entertaining—the perfect trifecta. Last night's routine featured some unbelievable choreography and a whole lotta stage presence. Not surprisingly, the judges were blown away, giving them a 96.3, 2nd place, and a spot in the Divisional finals.

3rd Place: The Rock Company

Rounding out the Junior Group top 3 was The Rock Company. At the conclusion of their performance, J. Lo said they were "beautiful, poetic, and magical," and we couldn't agree more. This group has got it all, from amazing lines and extensions, to real, unforced stage presence. The judges awarded them with a 93.7, good for 3rd place and a spot in the Divisional Finals.

Upper Division

1st Place: Karen Y Ricardo

Who is even surprised? This absolutely insane duo 👏 did 👏 not 👏 come 👏 to 👏 play. I mean, they literally had a burning wall of fire as a backdrop. They scored an oh-so-casual 99 (with another perfect 💯 from Ne-Yo), and danced like they'd never felt nerves in their lives. We're so here for it, the judges are so here for it, the audience is so here for it, and clearly, the rest of the world is so here for it.

2nd Place: Michael Dameski

Michael is a jack of all trades dancer. He's got tricks, fluidity, presence, musicality, and so much more. Not to mention, he's an absolute joy to watch. His performance last night captivated the judges, who awarded him a 93—enough for 2nd place and a spot in the Divisional Finals.

3rd Place: Ashley & Zack

This powerhouse couple blew the audience and judges away last night. Their performance was filled to the brim with emotion, and each move was danced with intention. And once Zack revealed the piece was about a friend who'd passed away recently, it became that much more heartfelt and moving. The judges awarded Ashley & Zack a 91.3, securing them a spot in the Divisional Finals and 3rd place.

Clearly, it was a night to remember. But it's not over yet—next week is the second half of the Cuts! We'll catch you back here same time next week for another recap.

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