Here's the Season 2 Cast of "World of Dance"—Including Some Faves from Last Season
It's baaaack! Season 2 of NBC's "World of Dance" will return to living rooms everywhere on May 29. Also baaaack? Well, judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, and Ne-Yo, and host Jenna Dewan, for starters. But some fan favorites from last season's stellar cast will also take to the show's stage again. And they'll be facing off against a slew of new competitors—although many of those faces will probably be familiar to dance-world folks, too.
This season will feature no fewer than 75 (!) acts, divided into four categories: Junior (under 17 years old, 1-4 dancers), Junior Team (new this year—under 17 years old, 5-15 dancers), Upper (18 years and older, 1-4 dancers), and Upper Team (18 years and older, 5-15 dancers). Returning from last season are the fabulous Eva Igo, The Lab, and Royal Flux. And the rest of the lineup is studded with standouts, including ballet prodigy Kaeli Ware, hip-hop virtousi Sean Lew and Kaycee Rice, contemporary queen Madison Brown, ballroom duo Ruby Castro and Jonas Terleckas, and the ever-impressive Dragon House Crew.
Here's the full list:
3 Xtreme, Hip Hop group from Bergen County, New Jersey
Avery & Marcus, Contemporary/Ballet duo from San Clemente, California, & Scottsdale, Arizona
Charity & Andres, Contemporary duo from Springville, Utah
Daniel & Mishella, Ballroom duo from Los Angeles, California
Elektro Elite, Hip Hop group from Gilbert, Arizona
Eva Igo, Contemporary dancer from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
FRESHH, Hip Hop group from Vancouver, Canada
The Gentlemen, Hip Hop duo from Fairfield, California
Jaxon Willard, Contemporary dancer from American Fork, Utah
Jonas & Ruby, Ballroom duo from Miami, Florida
Josh & Taylor, Hip Hop duo from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Kaeli Ware, Contemporary Ballet dancer from Herndon, Virginia
Lil Motormouth, Popping Animation dancer from Vacaville, California
Lucas Marinetto, Tap dancer from Leesburg, Virginia
LULAS (Love U Like A Sister), Hip Hop duo from Sacramento, California, & Edmonton Canada
Madison Brown, Contemporary dancer from Wellington, Florida
Sean & Kaycee, Hip Hop Fusion duo from Los Angeles, California
Second To None, Tap group from San Diego, California
Victoria Caban, Flamenco dancer from Jersey City, New Jersey (pictured below)
Vivian Ruiz, Contemporary dancer from Miami, Florida
Cubcakes Dance Crew, Hip Hop group from Orange County, California
Dem Raider Boyz, Step team from Greenbelt, Maryland
Dollhouse Dance Factory, Hip Hop group from Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Expressenz, Contemporary group from Indianapolis, Indiana
Fabulous Sisters, Urban Dance team from Tokyo, Japan
FLIP, Hip Hop/Urban Dance group from Levis, Quebec, Canada
GirlCool, Jazz/Fusion group from Los Angeles, California
Iowa Girlz, Contemporary group from Pleasant Hill, Iowa
The Lab, Hip Hop group from West Covina, California
LilKillaz Crew, Break Dance group from Minsk, Belarus
Meant 2 Be, Hip Hop group from Gilbert, Arizona
The Pulse, Ballroom group from Orem, Utah
Quad Squad, Contemporary group from Anaheim Hills, California
RASCALS, Hip Hop group from Waipahu, Hawaii
The Rock Company, Contemporary group from Las Vegas, Nevada
Tribe Unleashed, Hip Hop group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tustin Dance Team, Hip Hop group from Tustin, California
The Untouchables, Ballroom group from Miami, Florida
6 Feet Deep, Urban Dance group from Phoenix, Arizona
Alisa & Joseph, Urban Dance duo from Estonia & Greece
Angyil, Popping dancer from Kansas, Missouri
Ashley & Zack, Contemporary duo from Los Angeles, California
BDash & Konkrete, Krump duo from Los Angeles, California
DNA, Ballroom duo from New York, New York
Dragon House, Animation group from Atlanta, Georgia
Elektro Botz, Popping group from Tempe, Arizona
Hilty & Bosch, Locking duo from Osaka, Japan
Karen y Ricardo, Latin Cabaret duo from Santiago, Chile
L & J, Contemporary duo from Calgary, Canada & Paris, France
Luka & Jenalyn, Cabaret Ballroom duo from Toronto, Canada
MarInspired, Contemporary duo from Los Angeles, California
Michael Dameski, Contemporary dancer from Sydney, Australia
Morning Of Owl, Breakdance group Suwon, South Korea
Pasha & Daniella, Ballroom duo from New York, New York
St Kingz, Hip Hop/Comedy group from Tokyo, Japan
The Bradas, Hip Hop group from Auckland, New Zealand
Brooklyn Dancesport Club, Ballroom group from New York, New York
Brotherhood, Hip Hop group from Vancouver, Canada
Club House, Fusion/Swing group from Los Angeles, California
Connection, Hip Hop group from Chihuahua, Mexico
Desi Hoppers, Hip Hop group from Mumbai, India
Embodiment, Contemporary group from Los Angeles, California
Funkywunks, Hip Hop group from Orlando, Florida
The Jam Project, Tap group from Washington, DC
LD Dance Company, Samba group from Houston, Texas
Lock N lol, Hip Hop/Locking group from Seoul, South Korea
Marissa & The Heartbreakers, Heels group from Los Angeles, California
Opus Dance collective, Contemporary group from Toronto, Ontario
Poreotics, Hip Hop group from Los Angeles, California
Pursuit, Contemporary group from Los Angeles, California
Royal Flux, Contemporary group from Los Angeles, California
The Ruggeds, Break Dance group from Amsterdam, Netherlands
S-Rank, Hip Hop group from Los Angeles, California
Silver Beat, Afrodance group from Rwanda, Africa / London, United Kingdom
ThaMOST, Hip Hop group from San Diego, California
He got our heads in the game in High School Musical. He pushed it to the limit in Jump In! He welcomed us to Holiday Inn. And now, curly-haired dancing heartthrob Corbin Bleu will be back on Broadway in the spring of 2019 with one of the season's most anticipated productions.
It's contest time! You could win your choice of Apolla Shocks (up to 100 pairs) for your whole studio! Apolla Performance believes dancers are Artists AND Athletes—wearing Apolla Shocks helps you be both! Apolla Shocks are footwear for dancers infused with sports science technology while maintaining a dancer's traditions and lines. They provide support, protection, and traction that doesn't exist anywhere else for dancers, helping them dance longer and stronger. Apolla wants to get your ENTIRE studio protected and supported in Apolla Shocks! How? Follow these steps:
Just in case you missed it: To highlight last Thursday's International Day of the Girl, The New York Times has launched a unique photographic and editorial project called #ThisIs18, all with the aim of spotlighting what life is really like for 18-year-old women around the world.
Quinn Starner is no stranger to competitions. The 16-year-old "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation" alum has been slaying the contemporary circuit for years, winning Best Teen Dancer at The Dance Awards in 2017. But lately she's been more focused on ballet, relocating from Florida to train at the Indiana Ballet Conservatory two years ago. And while she's won awards at ballet competitions like ADC|IBC and Youth America Grand Prix, in June she upped the stakes by going to the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS—an audition-only event that's one of the world's most prestigious comps. We followed Quinn on her Jackson journey.
Amanda LaCount was born to move. The second the music comes on at her Dance Spirit cover shoot, the bubbly 17-year-old is shimmying her shoulders and tossing her hair. When she launches into a full-out freestyle to Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right But It's Okay," you can't take your eyes off her.
And yet with every gig she lands, Amanda is challenging some of the dance world's longest-held biases. "I'm curvy," she says, "and I like being curvy. My body is not a bad thing. It's who I am." Here's how Amanda went from talented tot to hardworking pro—and from insecure preteen to body-positive role model.
Is there anything better than a dance convention? Frankly, we don't think so. Although we love getting a guest teacher to come to our studio for a masterclass every so often, there's just something so exciting about packing up our leotards and dance shoes and heading to a convention for the weekend. Here are 7 reasons why dance conventions are, without a doubt, the greatest things ever.
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"So why did you quit?"
It's a question I've been asked hundreds of times since I stopped dancing over a decade ago. My answer has changed over the years as my own understanding of what lead me to walk away from greatest love of my life has become clearer.
"I had some injures," I would mutter nervously for the first few years. This seemed like the answer people understood most. Then it became, "I was just not very happy." Finally, as I passed into my 30s, I began telling the uncomfortable truth: "I quit dancing because of untreated depression."
It's the age-old debate: Is dance a sport? The answer is, without a doubt, YES. Of course, dance is much more than just a sport. But when we get down to the logistics of it all, it's impossible not to recognize it as the athletic endeavor it is. Here are 10 reasons why dance absolutely qualifies as a sport.
Colder weather is (finally) here, which means it's time for a good dance movie binge. But which iconic films should you put on? To narrow your search, we went ahead and ranked 30 of the greatest dance movies of all time.
Of course, we know a list like this is bound to be controversial—so if you disagree with our lineup, have at it in the comments!
Boston Ballet principal Ashley Ellis' dancing is the perfect pairing of ethereal grace and punchy musicality. The Torrance, CA, native began training at South Bay Ballet at age 6, and attended the School of American Ballet summer program in 1998. In 2001, she was accepted into American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company, and the following year, she joined ABT's corps de ballet. In 2007, she became a founding member of Corella Ballet Castilla y León in Spain, under the direction of Angel Corella. Three years later, she headed back to the States and danced with Sarasota Ballet before joining Boston Ballet as a second soloist in 2011. In 2013, she was promoted to principal dancer. Catch her performing this season in the company's Nutcracker. —Courtney Bowers
Let's take a walk down memory lane to this past September, when the #LevelUpChallenge was in full-blown viral mode. Literally thousands of videos of people dancing to Ciara's song "Level Up" flooded the Internet, but only one truly broke it: an amazing clip of the Wilson Central High School Dance Team—and their Assistant Principal, Ranesa Shipman. Never one to miss out on a viral dance challenge, Ellen DeGeneres decided to have Shipman and the team perform on "The Ellen Show"—and the fun didn't stop there.
You and your phone have more in common than you might guess, says Dr. Rafael Pelayo, pediatrician and clinical professor at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. "If you charge your phone halfway, it works for a few hours," he explains. "But it's not performing at its full potential, and you have to be careful about how you use that energy."
It'd be nice to just plug into the wall for nine hours until you hit 100 percent battery, but for (human) dancers, it's not that simple. So DS asked Dr. Pelayo and Dr. Argelinda Baroni, co-director of the Child and Adolescent Sleep Program in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU Langone Health, how to maximize your own battery life—ensuring you'll dance better and more safely in the process.
Two dancers from different studios on opposite ends of the country meeting at a dance competition may sound like the formula for a cheesy teen-rivalry movie. But it's actually real life for lots of dancers on the comp circuit. Meet four sets of adorable BFFs who found winning friendships at a competition.
We still can't get over the talent on "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors"—like how many YouTube tutorials do we have to watch to become half as good as these mini dancing machines? And just in case you forgot how skilled these prodigies are, this week's theme was sure to remind you: Last night, the ten couples performed to songs that came out the year they were born. (But let's be real, most of these songs aren't really that much of a throwback.)
It's safe to say that the bond between dancing siblings is one of the strongest out there. But for sisters Emma, 16, and Ava Blaser, 10, that bond runs deeper than most can even fathom: The pair continued to dance together throughout Ava's treatment for kidney cancer remission, and they say it helped them heal.