"World of Dance" Week 7 Recap: The Duels Are in Sight
Quad Squad performing their routine on the "WOD" stage (screenshot via YouTube)
Last night's episode of "World of Dance" proves that there's literally an endless supply of talented dancers in this world. We're on week SEVEN of Qualifiers, and each week, we're continuously blown away by the competitors. Last night was no different, as eight more groups (all of whom deserved to advance) vied for a spot in the Duels.
Quad Squad made our comp-kid dreams come true with their high-octane, turn-heavy, perfectly synced performance. Seriously, these girls are the definition of "unison." Everything was clean and crisp, filled with emotion, and performed flawlessly. The judges agreed, awarding them an 89—enough to get them to the Duels.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house after marInspired's moving turn on the "World of Dance" stage. It's so refreshing to see a male duo, especially on such a large-scale stage. These two have a knack for storytelling. The performance was brimming with emotion, the choreo was lively and different, and you couldn't help but be transported by the dancing. The judges loved every minute of it, giving them a well-deserved 91.3, enough to get them to the Duels.
Alisa & Joseph
These two remind us so much of Keone & Mari—when was the last time you saw a duo so aware of each other's bodies and movements? Alisa and Joseph picked "Stand By Me," which was an A+ choice, not just because it's one of the greatest, most danceable songs ever, but because it truly highlighted their spectacular musicality. The judges were blown away and awarded them a 90.7, also sending them to the Duels.
With the end of Qualifiers in sight, "WOD" is about to kick into high gear with the Duels. Catch us back here next week for another recap!
(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?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
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