MDC3 brought an emotional performance. (Trae Patton/NBC)

"World of Dance" Recap Week 11: Last Stop Before the Finals

The remaining six acts finally had their first chance to dance on the "World of Dance" stage—and for four of them, it would be their last. The judges had their work cut out for them, but knew they had to search for what Neyo dubbed the "World of Dance" million-dollar standard. Here are the two acts rounding out the top four, plus one more that received a standing "O" from the judges.


The contemporary hip hop group from the Netherlands came back with a vengeance this week after nearly being eliminated during the duels. Their incredibly musical choreography combined elements of tutting, krumping, and breaking, and was deemed "moving art" by Neyo. J.Lo declared the group could be dangerous if they made it to the finals, and a score of 96.3 sent them through.

Jake and Chau

It was a battle of the contemporary groups for the remaining spot in the finals. Jake and Chau were ready to risk it all, performing one jaw-dropping turn-into-extension-into-lift-into-back tuck sequence that could have seriously injured someone if it weren't done so flawlessly. The duo's silky transitions, impressive partnering, and heartwarming chemistry earned them a score of 95.3, which left them sitting comfortably in the top two for most of the night, until…


Comp circuit darlings MDC3 brought an emotionally raw piece, based on the fight against cancer faced by the mother of one of the dancers. The story and technical execution were spot-on, and there wasn't a dry eye left onstage, in the audience, or behind the judge's table. With a score of 96.7, MDC3 took the top spot of the night, edging Jake and Chau out of the top two and sending them home.

The stage is set, and now it's Jefferson y Adrianita, Géométrie Variable, Oxygen, and MDC3 left to compete in the finals for the "World of Dance" title and, of course, the million-dollar prize. Tune in tonight (!!) for the season finale.

Latest Posts

Monique Smith (Tom Marvel, courtesy Smith)

5 Black Women on the Obstacles of Dancing While Black

Civil rights leader Malcom X famously said that "the most disrespected person in America is the Black woman." Decades later, those words still resonate. And the dance world isn't immune to subjecting Black women to unfair treatment. After all, it wasn't until this year—and after mounting pressure from online petitions—that many major dancewear brands pledged to make tights and pointe shoes in hues that match the complexions of Black women.

But other, more insidious issues continue to obstruct progress for Black women in the dance world. Dance Spirit spoke with five Black women about the obstacles they've faced as professional dancers.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
TikTok star Niana Guerrero films a TikTok (courtesy Guerrero)

A Day in the Life of a TikTok Star

Niana Guerrero is only 14, but she already boasts 12.6 million TikTok followers—the kind of internet fanbase most people twice her age can only dream of. Of course, keeping up with her millions (and millions, and millions) of fans isn't easy. We spent a day with Niana to see what it really takes to be a TikTok star. —As told to Cadence Neenan

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
TikTok vs. Reels: The ultimate showdown. (Getty Images/TikTok/Instagram)

Instagram Reels vs. TikTok: Which is the Best for Dancers?

Instagram's latest video feature—Reels—has been rolled out to users over the past month and is now finally available to all. Similar to TikTok, the app's new feature allows you to create short videos to showcase your skills, whatever they may be. And for us, of course, that means dancing. Despite that, the two apps feel very different to many within our community. So which is the best for dancers to use?

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search