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Published on January 24th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby

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NBC’S ‘World of Dance’ Reveals the 54 Acts Vying for the Million Dollar Prize

NBC’s hit dance competition series “World of Dance” announced its 54 acts across multiple genres, ages and dance styles for Season 3 today. This season the competition is fiercer than ever with a new group of world-class competitors ready to showcase their talents to win a life-altering grand prize of $1 million (one of the highest prize amounts ever for a reality competition series).

“World of Dance” is led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars — Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host Scott Evans.

“This new season has some jaw-dropping performances and we’re seeing acts do stunts and moves that we’ve never seen before,” said Lopez. “I’m excited that we’re giving these gifted dancers and athletes an opportunity and platform to shine as brightly as they deserve, for an unparalleled third season in a row!”

To raise the stakes for Season 3, the score to get from The Qualifiers to The Duels is raised from an 80 to an 85. Then in The Duels, judges added a twist called Redemption, where the two highest-scoring acts that did not win their head-to-head routine get one last chance to compete for the final spot in The Cut.

Season 3 will highlight some of the most talented dancers and dance teams in the world including:

  • Julian & Charlize – This hip-hop junior duo has danced alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. Charlize performed at the Super Bowl halftime show with Missy Elliott while Julian performed on “Saturday Night Live” with Pharrell Williams.

  • Radiance – This all-female contemporary powerhouse team is choreographed by one of Jennifer Lopez’s dancers, Rudy Abreu.

  • Kayla Mak – This contemporary ballet dancer has racked up some impressive accolades including being a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix, the largest and most prestigious ballet competition, and starring as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

  • Siudy Flamenco – This renowned Flamenco team has graced many of the world’s biggest stages, such as the Latin Grammy Awards, the L.A. Philharmonic and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

  • Poppin John – Well-known and respected across the dance community for his popping animation, he has amassed over 200 million views across his many videos on YouTube.

  • The Kings – This upper team has won almost every competition India has to offer, including “India’s Got Talent” and boasts some of the most sought after choreographers in Bollywood.

See full list of the 54 dance acts below.

The premiere episode will air on Tuesday, Feb. 26 on NBC at 9 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot on Sundays starting March 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom and more.

The contestants are handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions.  The competitors are divided into four divisions: Junior (17 years old and under, 1-4 dancers), Junior Team (17 years old and under, 5-15 dancers), Upper (18 years old and older, 1-4 dancers), Upper Team (18 years old and older, 5-15 dancers).  The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, The Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the World Final – the winner from each division will compete against each other for the grand prize.

Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas & Benny Medina executive produce for Nuyorican Productions. Executive producers also include Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, Tina Nicotera Bachmann, Alex Rudzinski, David Gonzalez and Matthew Everitt. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.

CONTESTANTS

JUNIOR DIVISION

Act

Dance Style

Hometown

Audrey & Mia

Hip-Hop

Chicago, IL & Seattle, WA

Aydin Eyikan

Contemporary

Fairfield, CT

Ellie & Ava

Contemporary

Woodbury, MN

Ethan & Anastasia

Ballroom

New York, NY

FemP3

Hip-Hop

San Diego, CA

Funkanometry

Hip-Hop

Vancouver Island, Canada

House of Tap

Tap

Santa Ana, CA & San Diego, CA

Invictus

Ballroom

Seattle, WA

Julian & Charlize

Hip-Hop

Manalapan, NJ & Los Angeles, CA

Kayla Mak

Contemporary Ballet

Rye Brook, NY

Lauren Yakima

Contemporary

Northville, MI

Moving 4ward

Contemporary

Toronto, Canada

Mya Walters

Contemporary

Peoria, AZ

The Trilogy

Contemporary

Maplewood, MN

JUNIOR TEAM DIVISION

Act

Dance Style

Hometown

Apprentice

Urban Dance

Vancouver, Canada

Battle Droids Crew

Breaking

Antwerp, Belgium

Dancetown Divas

Ballroom

Miami, FL

Elektro Crew

Hip-Hop

Gilbert, AZ

Get Down District

Waacking

Rosemead, CA

Intention

Contemporary

Edmond, OK

JDC

Contemporary

San Jose, CA

Kozmic Edge

Hip-Hop

Gutenberg, NJ

MiniBots

Popping

Vancouver, Canada

MKAM

Hip-Hop

Alhambra, CA

Movement Society

Contemporary

Calgary, Canada

The Crazy 8’s

Contemporary

Anaheim Hills, CA

VPeepz

Hip-Hop

Manila, Philippines

West Springfield Dance Team

Hip-Hop

Springfield, VA

UPPER DIVISION

Act

Dance Style

Hometown

All Ready

Hip-Hop Fusion

Seoul, South Korea

Alyen & Maria

Cabaret Ballroom

Cincinnati, OH

Briar Nolet

Contemporary

Toronto, Canada

D’Angelo Brothers

Tap

San Cesareo, Italy

DD Flection

Contemporary

Bangkok, Thailand

Denise & Josh

Contemporary

Toronto, Canada

Derek Piquette

Contemporary

Chicopee, MA

Derion & Madison

Contemporary

Los Angeles, CA

Erica & Aidan

Urban Contemporary

Los Angeles, CA

Jonathan y Jorge

Salsa Cabaret

Orlando, FL & Lima, Peru

Poppin John

Popping Animation

Farmington, NM

Skyscrape

Ballet

Norfolk, VA & Dortmund, Germany

Tobias & The EZtwins

Urban Dance

Copenhagen, Denmark & Ljubljana, Slovenia

UPPER TEAM DIVISION

Act

Dance Style

Hometown

Exiles

Hip-Hop

Coolidge, AZ

Fuego Dance Crew

Hip-Hop

San Diego, CA  

Guests of Honor

Hip-Hop

Los Angeles, CA   

Main Guys

Hip-Hop

Oslo, Norway

Motiv Crew

Hip-Hop

Orlando, FL   

Radiance

Contemporary

Los Angeles, CA   

Siudy Flamenco

Flamenco

Miami, FL

Str8jacket

Hip-Hop

San Mateo, CA

Style & Grace

Hip-Hop

Vancouver, Canada   

The Heima

Breaking Fusion

Seoul, South Korea

The Kings

Bolly-Hop

Mumbai, India

The Rookies

Urban Dance

Nantes, France

Unity LA

Contemporary

Los Angeles, CA

Courtesy of NBC


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