"World of Dance" Recap: May the Odds Be Ever in Their Favor
Last night, "World of Dance" returned for a third week of duels, and in the words of J.Lo, contestants "are going into the lion's den right now, and you have to go for blood." Um, anyone else getting some serious Hunger Games vibes? "WOD" is not messing around. Tbh, we have no idea how the judges pick between some of our favorite dancers and crews (can you say impossible?!), but that's exactly what they had to do again last night. Read on to see who made it through to the next round.
ImmaBEAST vs. Mini ReQuest
Oof. Both of these groups consist of some of the fiercest hip hop littles in the dance world, and both came out and seriously slayed. Ultimately, the victory went to ImmaBEAST: The judges lauded them for their fabulous display of personality.
The Mihacevich Sisters vs. D'Angleo & Amanda
Pitting a contemporary trio against a ballroom duo doesn't really seem fair, but that's the name of the game during "WOD" duels. D'Angelo & Amanda gave it their all in a high-energy and flashy Latin number, but had one minor mishap and didn't end up wowing the judges. The Mihacevich Sisters narrowly won after the judges warned them not to present the same thing over and over. Although the trio's facility isn't the best we've ever seen, their stage presence really was stunning. And #sorrynotsorry, we'll never be over watching dances set to Sia.
Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions vs. Rouge vs. Jabbawockeez
Last night went out with a bang, as "WOD" saved the biggest battle for last: a three-way competition. 😱 And, yes, it was just as suspenseful as it sounds. First up was Rouge. The judges were disappointed with the all-girl group's choreography, and said the piece was a little sloppy in areas. Next came Jabbawockeez, followed by Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions, who both presented really strong, dynamic pieces. And even though we were really hoping Rouge would stay in the comp all the way, because #girlpower and all, Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions and Jabbawockeez came out (deservedly) victorious.
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Last May, we told you about a special exhibition of the Mark Ryden artwork that sparked Alexei Ratmansky's sweet-treat of a ballet, Whipped Cream. Well, hold on to your tiaras, bunheads, because there's a brand-new exhibit featuring actual costumes from this megahit production. The Nutcracker's Land of Sweets has some serious competition!
Kyle Van Newkirk is a tap dancer you probably remember from the premiere season of NBC's World of Dance. In case you missed it, he is also one of Showstopper's incredible convention teachers. What makes Kyle stand apart from some of today's other incredible tappers? He isn't afraid to change what tap means to his audience and even himself. This modern view of tap dancing is important because it shows us that tap dancers are just as versatile and dynamic as dancers of any other genre. We sat down with Kyle to get his advice on bringing tap dancing into the 21st century.
Sure, dancers definitely have some unique identifying characteristics. (We're all obsessed with Center Stage? FACT.) But we're also subjected to all kinds of annoying, inaccurate stereotyping. Here are 10 dancer stereotypes that we never want to hear again.
They say there's no "I" in "team"—and nowhere is that truer than the world of college dance teams, where precision reigns, uniformity is key, and a single misstep from any given "I" can cost a group a championship trophy. So it's unsurprising that securing a spot on one of the best dance teams in the country is no easy feat.
Members of these highly athletic teams rehearse for hours every week—on top of academic classes and commitments—and perform at football and basketball games, annual concerts, and nationally televised competitions (hi, ESPN). And "no I" rule notwithstanding, each of these top teams is made up of highly trained, highly technical, highly hard-core individuals, who come together to create a ready-for-victory pack.
These six teams aren't one-off success stories—they're consistently strong, and earn the top spots at major competitions like UDA and NDA nearly every year. Up for the challenge? Here's what to know before you go to auditions.
Picture this: You've scored tickets to Ellen DeGeneres' hit show, "Ellen." The day has come, the show is as hysterical as ever, Ellen is debating the biggest hot-button issue since the blue/black or white/gold dress, "Laurel vs. Yanny" (side note: it's LAUREL, people), and tWitch is killing it over at the DJ booth, as always. Ellen decides it's the perfect time to single out an audience member and, lo and behold, that person is "SYTYCD" champ ( and December 2017 cover star!) Lex Ishimoto.
The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center is the 54,000 square foot home of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, one of the largest facilities dedicated to dance on a private university campus. Designed for their innovative new curriculum, that supports a range of dance styles, the school's staff designated Harlequin to provide wall-to-wall flooring for the large 3,500 square foot Performance Studio as well as five dance studios in their new state-of-the-art building.
If diamonds are a girl's best friend, it's safe to say that faux-diamond earrings are a dancer's best friend. A fixture onstage at just about every competition weekend, these blinged-out baubles are also the surest sign that recital season is upon us again. And what better way to get into the sparkly spirit than by drooling over these 5 diamonds in the rough? (Sorry not sorry!)
DancerPalooza, America's Largest Dance Festival, is moving to sunny SAN DIEGO, California from July 24-29, 2018.
Check out all of the NEW Intensives DancerPalooza has to offer this year!
You could say that a perk of dancing with Los Angeles Ballet is its proximity to Hollywood. It's no wonder, then, that when actor and comedian Kevin Hart was looking for someone to teach ballet lessons for his new "What the Fit" YouTube show, he reached out to the nearby company. The series follows Hart and his celebrity friends as they try different forms of exercise (such as sumo wrestling and goat yoga), with hilarious results. For his ballet episode, Hart brings along Hangover star Ken Jeong—and the dancers do their best to keep these madcap comedians under control.