Eva Igo performing her solo (courtesy "World of Dance"/NBC)
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night:
Eva Igo and Diana Pombo Are Repping the Junior Division
These two seasoned comp ladies truly know how to sell it. Eva's super chilling routine to "Creep" checked off all the boxes. Her technique was on point, her facials were so genuine, and her musicality is just beyond. Diana's piece, set to "Rise Up" by Andra Day, was the epitome of gumby-girl perfection—that girl can bend (and dance!). The judges agreed, awarding Eva 92.5 points and Diana 92, which meant the Mihacevich Sisters, ImmaBEAST, and the Lab were sent packing. We absolutely love all three groups and have a funny feeling we'll be seeing them around, everywhere, all the time.
Swing Latino and Super Cr3w Kicked Off the Team Competition
The cuts for teams don't commence until next week, so we have time to recover from this week's goodbyes 😭 Swing Latino and Super Cr3w got things started last night, though, both performing and impressing the judges. Swing Latino blew away the judges with their insane tricks, earning a score of 92.5 points, while Super Cr3w's clean, precise moves earned them an 88.8 (though the judges emphasized they could've executed everything just a bit better 🤔 ).
So, do you agree? Do you disagree? Do you just want everyone to win and be happy and eat cupcakes because they're all so talented? (I do! 🙋 ) The cuts continue into next week, and we'll be waiting with bated breath. Until next time!
(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?
There's a story Kate Walker, director of dance at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, loves to tell about Emma Sutherland, who just graduated from the program. "We were watching the students run a really long, challenging piece," Walker recalls. "Several kids couldn't quite make it through. But Emma did make it all the way to the end, which is when she walked up to us faculty and very politely asked, 'May I please go throw up?' "