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.

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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

Honey, I’m Good.

You know when you hear a song for the first time and you immediately think, “YES, LOVE THIS!!!” and go straight to iTunes to download or YouTube to watch a video or hear it again?

Maybe you do, maybe not…probably depends on how much you’re into music 🙂

For me, one of my more recent-ish experiences with this is Andy Grammer’s “Honey, I’m Good”.  I’m hearing it more and more on the radio this summer, but I saw it first on “Dancing with the Stars”, one of the few television shows I watch religiously.  It’s so peppy and bouncy and just makes me want to get up and dance, regardless of where I am – the car, my kitchen, in the mall, etc.  My husband loves it too, and sometimes we’ll just randomly start singing it around the house.

The DWTS video is below, in which Andy Grammer sang live while the pros/stars were dancing.  The official music video is below, too.  Totally different but super cute and unlike most other music videos you see these days.  Love them both.

Enjoy!

-SMR