"World of Dance" Week 10 Recap: There Can Only Be Four Finalists
It's Briar's prerogative. (Jordin Althaus/NBC)
With its eye-popping visuals, colorful cast of outrageously dressed characters, and terrifyingly fierce competition, "World of Dance" sometimes feels just a little bit like a dance version of The Hunger Games. ("The Dancer Games," perhaps?) Last night's episode only reinforced that sense, as we watched 12 formidable acts get mercilessly narrowed down to just four remaining contenders. Who went home, and who held on to their chance for victory? Happy Hunger Games, dancers!
2016 DS Cover Model Search winner Briar Nolet flipped her way to the top of her division with an acro-heavy solo to Britney Spears' "My Prerogative," edging out Derion and Madison (who took a big technical risk that unfortunately didn't land—literally) and Poppin John (who the judges felt needed to show more variety). The judges praised the growth Briar's made throughout the competition, and we cannot WAIT to see how she levels up in the finale round.
Junior Team Division
Teeny-tiny hip-hoppers VPeepz beat out the Crazy 8's (cute contemporary kids) and the Dancetown Divas (ballroom babies with loads of girl power) with some amazing synchronicity, WHOA-worthy illusions, and a genuinely fun stage presence. Hip-hop groups have historically done super well in the "World of Dance" final round (hello, last year's champs The Lab), so it'll be interesting to see if that trend continues this year.
This round was a real nail-biter, not least because each judge handed out their highest score to a different divisional finalist: J.Lo's high score went to fierce-arina Kayla Mak, Derek Hough thought contemporary sister act Ellie & Ava were best, and Ne-Yo gave the highest numbers to Julian & Charlize. In the end, contemporary prevailed, with Ellie & Ava's flawless control sending the sisters on to the Finals.
Upper Team Division
This divisional final was practically a coronation ceremony: The Kings showed that they're true royalty with a number that had the judges literally on their feet 30 seconds in. Unity LA's heartbreaking concept (which gave Ne-Yo his first-ever goosies, nbd) and The Heima (who weren't quite up to their usual level of "wow") sadly couldn't trounce the unstoppable guys from India.
But wait: Turns out there can be more than four finalists! Next week, a Wild Card will be announced—aka an act that didn't score at the top of their division, but that the judges feel deserves to advance. Who do you think the lucky dancer (or dancers) will be?
Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.