New Favorite Show?!

Anyone else watching the new show World of Dance?

LOVE.  Seriously love.

As in, I may have told my husband I like it better than DWTS.  What the WHAT?!??

NBC’s newest dance competition series brings together soloists, duos, and groups from around the globe to compete for a $1 million dollar prize.  There are some acts that will be familiar to some – like Les Twins (toured with Beyonce for years), Fik-Shun (won So You Think You Can Dance season 10), and the Jabbawockeez – and TONS of new talent.  The show is hosted by Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Derek Hough, Jennifer Lopez, and Ne-Yo serve as judges.

A full description of the show and how it works is at the bottom of this post, but I wanted to share some clips of my favorite performances so far.  (Most are only a minute or two long, then the videos include judges’ commentary.)

Tune in to NBC on Tuesday nights at 10pm Eastern / 9pm Central to see new episodes!

The Lab – These juniors are are from California, with many coming from broken or underprivileged homes.  It’s clear that the kids view their crew as a family, with one girl even saying the studio was a home away from home 🙂

Fik-Shun told his story through dance of growing up with parents who were separated.  Heart-wrenchingly, beautifully cool.

Kinjaz – The synchronicity and “respect all, fear none” mantra this group has is craaaazy awesome.

Details of the show, taken from the show’s website on NBC.com:

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under), Upper (groups of 1-4, 18 and older) and Team (groups of 5+, 18 and older). Our panel of experts scores the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Performance, Technique, Choreography, Creativity and Presentation. The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Finals and the Grand Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the Grand Final the winner from each division will compete against each other for the grand prize.

DWTS Faves, Vol 3

For me, the jury’s out on how this season of Dancing With The Stars will turn out. I’m definitely excited about a few specific contestants, but overall?  It’s not screaming WOW to me like casts of seasons past have been. We’ll just have to see. I don’t say this often, but I hope I’m wrong 😀

BUT, in the meantime, I thought I would pull together some more of my DWTS favorite dances.  Check out previous posts on DWTS faves, volume 1 and volume 2.

Happy Hump Day, folks!  Enjoy the music and the dances.

Calvin Johnson (MEGATRON!) and Lindsay Arnold – Tango…check out the a-freakin-mazing windmill type lift thing around the 0:40 mark!

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke – Freestyle

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – Argentine Tango

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough – Mamba

Cheers!

SMR

DWTS Faves, Vol. 1

I love the TV show “Dancing With The Stars” and have been watching it for a long time.

Clearly, if you’ve read another post or two, you know I also love music.  So when that is combined with some amazing dancing and entertaining pros and celebrities, it makes me happy.

I’m going to share some of my favorite dances and moments from DWTS on this blog every so often.  Here are a couple to get this series started.  Enjoy!

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, Paso Doble to “Turn Down For What”

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess, Argentine Tango to “Rather Be”

(side note – if you don’t know this guy’s story, give it a quick Google.  military veteran who lost his arm and most of one leg in a roadside bomb and had a long road to recovery.)

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough, Quickstep to “Hey Pachuco”

Cheers!

SMR