"World of Dance" Week 11 Recap: One Step Closer

I never thought we'd make it here, you guys, but after 11 grueling weeks of competition and five rounds of Duels, "World of Dance" will enter The Cuts phase of the show next week. The talent is unreal this season, which makes the goodbyes that much harder. Last night, during the last round of The Duels, we witnessed a mass exodus, as only six acts advanced to the final round. My heart still hurts a little, and I've got no more tears left to cry, but I'll pull it together to recap the evening for you.

Victoria Caban vs. Mishella & Daniel

First up was pint-sized flamenco dancer Victoria Caban—and she was 🔥. Victoria wowed both the judges and the audience with her fierce footwork and intense passion, while dancing to "Havana" by Camila Cabello. J.Lo gushed, even saying "You killed that routine." Victoria had some intense competition, though. She was up against the sassy, tiny ballroom duo Mishella & Daniel, who J.Lo dubbed a "mini Derek." The pair brought all the energy and Derek was super impressed by their technique, but in the end, Victoria pulled through and made it to the next round.

Brotherhood vs. Embodiment

So, ICYMI, Embodiment is actually Rudy Abreu and his crew, and a version of the piece they performed last night also won them an award at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards earlier this month. How crazy is that?! #WorldsColliding. That being said, last night, the group whipped out one of their best performances yet. It was powerful, super-precise, and full of gravity-defying tricks. The judges were moved, and J. Lo said, "it's so beautiful to see a group of strong men be so vulnerable." We couldn't agree more. But their fellow Duelin' competitor also brought their A-game. Brotherhood, a male hip hop crew, came to fight (literally, they were dressed in camo) and dominated with an intense piece and the coolest choreo—they even threw down some pretty dang good ballet moves in a friendly nod to their competition. In the end, Embodiment squeezed through to the next round by only .6 of a point.

Madison Brown vs. Elektro Elite

We seriously can't get enough of fabulous comp queen Madison Brown. She is in this competition to win it and we're calling it: she's goin' alllll the way. Madison performed a stunning piece that was equal parts grace and equal parts power. Her lines and flexibility are gorgeous, but it's her mature emotional performances that really make her stand out. She reigned supreme and moved on The Cuts.

Latest Posts

Photo by Jayme Thornton

How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by @mediabyZ

Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by Jamayla Burse

Catching Up With Christian Burse, Comp Kid Turned Complexions Rising Star

With her nearly limitless facility, well-timed dynamics and incredible control, Christian Burse's future as a dancer was guaranteed to be bright. A student at the renowned Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, and at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center in Plano, TX, Burse has consistently made waves: She won first runner-up for Teen Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in 2019, received a grant for summer study at Juilliard from the Texas Young Masters program in 2020, and was named a YoungArts finalist for dance in 2021.

So, it wasn't all that surprising when Burse announced that, at just 17 years old, she would be joining Complexions Contemporary Ballet as an apprentice for the company's 2021–22 season.

Dance Spirit caught up with Burse to hear all about her first season with Complexions ahead of the contemporary ballet company's run at the Joyce Theater in NYC this month.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search