Jonas & Ruby's next-level ballroom routine unfortunately wasn't enough to save them from elimination. (screenshot via YouTube)
Last night, "World of Dance" went through the second week of merciless cuts, leaving us with the top 12 acts who will advance to the divisional finals. As befits the thirteenth (!) week of competition, many super-impressive talented acts saw their "WOD" luck run out, while six were fortunate enough to net spots on top of their individual divisions. Without further ado, let's dive into how it all went down.
1st Place: The Ruggeds
Derek perhaps summed this performance up best: "Holy mother of angels, bro!" While one dancer's physics-defying hollowback handstand nearly stole the show, the plentiful acro stunts were well-supported by athleticism, creativity, and musicality from the entire team. This all-male group's reward? A score of 92.7.
2nd Place: S-Rank
The studio audience basically never stopped screaming this entire piece, and it's not hard to see why. Taking a Frankenstein concept and running with it to Kendrick Lamar's "D.N.A.," S-Rank proved their mettle with absurdly sharp hits and can't-tear-your-eyes-away stage presence. The judges agreed, awarding the troupe a 92.3.
1st Place: Charity & Andres
Talk about a tough act to follow! The contemporary-conquering pair got a perfect score last week, and admitted in their post-performance interview last night that the pressure has since made them question whether they deserved such a rare accolade. Well, doubt no longer: The teens turned out another performance that reminds us why contemporary is so powerfully beautiful when done right. The judges agreed, handing these two a 92.7.
2nd Place: Sean & Kaycee
Sean Lew must've been extra-nervous before last night's performance, as the budding dancemaker was not only dancing alongside longtime friend Kaycee Rice, but also choreographing the number. Sometimes nerves work in your favor, though, and that was definitely the case with this routine, which earned the DS faves a 92.0—not to mention some high praise from Derek, who said, "You guys are masters of the action/reaction…it's so subtle but so effective and that's a sign of a truly talented choreographer."
Also advancing to the finals are Jaxon Willard in the Juniors division, with a 90.7, and Poreotics in the Upper Team Division, having netted a 91.7. Meet us back here next week for another recap as "WOD" gets ever-closer to the $1 million prize!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.