'World of Dance's dance acts revealed by NBC, includes 'SYTYCD,' 'ABDC' and 'Live to Dance' winners
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/20/2017
World of Dance has revealed the 47 dance acts who will be competing on the new NBC reality competition series.
The show, a partnership with the World of Dance dance brand, will bring the world's elite dancers together to compete in "epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism" for a $1 million grand prize, according to the network.
Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, the 47 acts will be divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act under 17-years-old), Upper (groups from 1-4 people ages 18 and older) and Team (groups of 5 or more people ages 18 and older).
Acts will range from solo artists to duos and crews who may perform hip-hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, clogging, stomping and more.
The judging panel of experts will be comprised of executive producer Jennifer Lopez, longtime Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Derek Hough, and Grammy Award-winning singer Ne-Yo, who will score each act using a point system with the following criteria: Performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation.
The competition will consist of five rounds -- Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final.
In the first four rounds of the 10-episode series, the dancer acts -- which include former winners of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, MTV's America's Best Dance Crew, and CBS' Live to Dance, as well as former America's Got Talent finalists -- only compete within their division.
However, in the World Final, the winner from each division will compete against each other for the $1 million grand prize and the title of "Best in the World" on the show's finale.
World of Dance is set to premiere Monday, May 8 from 10-11PM ET/PT. Beginning Tuesday, May 30, the show will move to Tuesday nights at 10PM ET/PT and follow America's Got Talent's broadcast.
Below is the list of contestants -- and their respective divisions -- who will be participating in World of Dance:
- 801 Squad Ballroom, a jazz act from Oren, UT
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- Alaman, a tap act from Los Angeles, CA
- Boys of Temecula, a jazz act from Temecula, CA
- D'Angelo & Amanda, a ballroom duo and former Live to Dance winners and America's Got Talent finalists from Miami, FL
- Diana Pombo, a contemporary dancer from Miami, FL
- Eva Igo, a contemporary dancer from Inver Grove Heights, MN
- Immabeast, a hip-hop act from Los Angeles, CA
- JJ & Joey, a hip-hop duo from Johnson, RI
- Kaeli and Brandon, a ballet duo from Ashburn, VA
- Kyntay, a hip-hop dancer from Memphis, TN
- Mini Request, a hip-hop act from New Zealand
- The Lab, a hip-hop act from Los Angeles, CA
- The Maya Boys, a breakdance act from Phoenix, AZ
- The Mihacevich Sisters, a contemporary act from Brunswick, OH
- The Posse, a contemporary act from San Jose, CA
- Al Taw'am, a hip-hop duo from Twin Cities, MN
- DNA, a ballroom act from New York, NY
- Femme Fatale, a popping act from Los Angeles, CA
- Fik-shun, a hip-hop dancer and former So You Think You Can Dance winner from Las Vegas, NV
- Keone & Mari, an urban dance duo from San Diego, CA
- Kings Unite, a hip-hop act from Los Angeles, CA
- Kyle Van Newkirk, a tap dancer from Morrill, NE
- Les Twins, a hip-hop duo from Paris, France
- Luka and Jenalyn Cabaret, a ballroom duo from Toronto, Canada
- Nick Daniels, a contemporary dancer from Miami, FL
- Pasion, a flamenco dancer from Santa Barbara, CA
- Quick Style, a hip-hop dancer from Oslo, Norway
- Slavek and Juliet, a ballet duo from Phoenix, AZ
- The Nitty Grittyz, a tap act from Los Angeles, CA
- Trent "Memphis Jookin" Jeray from Memphis, TN
- Vibration, a bellydance act Miami, FL
- Chapkis Dance Family, a hip-hop act from Bay Area, CA
- Fuze, a ballroom fusion act from Los Angeles, CA
- Ian Eastwood and The Young Lions, a jazz and funk act from Los Angeles, CA
- Jabbawockeez, a hip-hop act and former America's Best Dance Crew winners from Sacramento, CA
- Kinjaz, an urban dance act from Los Angeles, CA
- Miami All Stars, a ballroom act and former America's Got Talent finalists from Miami, FL
- NXT LVL, a clogging act from Myrtle Beach, SC
- P.L.A.Y, a contemporary act from New York, NY
- Prodijig Irish, a step dance act from Cork, Ireland
- Rhythmatic, a tap act from New York, NY
- Rouge, a hip-hop and jazz act from Los Angeles, CA
- Royal Flux, a contemporary act from Los Angeles, CA
- Stroll Groove, a step dance act from Los Angeles, CA
- Super Cr3w, a breakdance act from Las Vegas, NV
- Swing Latino, a salsa act from Cali, Colombia
- The Kingdom Dancehall, a hio-hop act from Los Angeles, CA