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NBC ANNOUNCES ‘WORLD OF DANCE’ CONTESTANTS VYING FOR THE $1 MILLION PRIZE AND TITLE OF ‘BEST IN THE WORLD’

New Dance Competition Series Led by Judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO and Host/Mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum to Premiere Monday, May 8 from 10-11 p.m.

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 17, 2017 – NBC’s new competition series “World of Dance” revealed today the 47 elite dance acts competing for a life-altering grand prize of $1 million and title of “Best in the World.” The 10-episode series will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents, led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars — Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum.

The series will premiere Monday, May 8 from 10-11 p.m. and moves to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. starting May 30.

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, stomping and more.

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 score 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 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 $1 million grand prize.

CONTESTANTS

Junior Division

ActDance Style HometownInstagram
801 SquadBallroom/JazzOren, UT#801Squad
AlamanTapLos Angeles, CA@alamonster
Boys of TemeculaJazzTemecula, CA@boysoftemecula
D’Angelo & AmandaBallroomMiami, FL@amanda_carbajales@dangelocasteo
Diana PomboContemporaryMiami, FL@diana_sofia11
Eva IgoContemporaryInver Grove Heights, MN@evaigo2002
ImmabeastHip HopLos Angeles, CA@immabeastco
JJ & JoeyHip HopJohnson, RI@joeya161616@jj_pincince
Kaeli and BrandonBalletAshburn, VA@brandon_talbot@kaeliware5678
KyntayHip HopCanadaMemphis, TN@kyntayofficial
Mini RequestHip HopNew Zealand@palacedancestudio
The LabHip HopLos Angeles, CA@inthelab247
The Maya BoysBreakdancePhoenix, AZ@themayaboys
The Mihacevich SistersContemporaryBrunswick, OH@mihacevichsisters
The PosseContemporarySan Jose, CA@possedancecompany

Upper Division

ActDance Style HometownInstagram
Al Taw’amHip HopTwin Cities, MN@iman_and_khadijah
DNABallroomNew York, NY@denys_antonina
Femme FatalePoppingLos Angeles, CA#femmefatale
Fik-shunHip HopLas Vegas, NV@dance10fikshun
Keone & MariUrban DanceSan Diego, CA@keonemadrid@marrrrriel
Kings UniteHip HopLos Angeles, CA#kingsunite
Kyle Van NewkirkTapMorrill, NE@kyle_vanny
Les TwinsHip HopParis, France@officiallestwins
Luka and JenalynCabaret BallroomToronto, Canada@luka.jenalyn
Nick DanielsContemporaryMiami, FL@nicklepac
PasiónFlamencoSanta Barbara, CA@timonunez_offcial
Quick StyleHip HopOslo, Norway@thequickstyle
Slavek and JulietBalletPhoenix, AZ@julietdoherty@slawek_wozniak
The Nitty GrittyzTapLos Angeles, CA#thenittygrittyz
Trent JerayMemphis JookinMemphis, TN@trentjookin901
VibrationBellydanceMiami, FL#vibration

Team Division

ActDance Style HometownInstagram
Chapkis Dance FamilyHip HopBay Area, CA@chapkisdance
FuzeBallroom FusionLos Angeles, CA@alansalazar
Ian Eastwood and The Young LionsJazz FunkLos Angeles, CA@ian_eastwood@young_lions_dance
JabbawockeezHip HopSacramento, CA@jabbawockeez
KinjazUrban DanceLos Angeles, CA@kinjaz
Miami All StarsBallroomMiami, FL@dancetownmiami
NXT LVLCloggingMyrtle Beach, SC@allthatclogging
P.L.A.YContemporaryNew York, NY@p.l.a.ydancecollective
ProdijigIrish StepCork, Ireland@prdjiig_official
RhythmaticTapNew York, NY@rhythmatictapco
RougeHip Hop/JazzLos Angeles, CA#rogue
Royal FluxContemporaryLos Angeles, CA@royalfluxdance
Stroll GrooveSteppingLos Angeles, CA@strollgroove
Super Cr3wBreakdanceLas Vegas, NV@supercr3w
Swing LatinoSalsaCali, Colombia@swinglatinocali
The KingdomDancehall/Hip HopLos Angeles, CA#thekingdom

World of Dance is among the most trusted and fastest growing dance and music entertainment brands, combining a successful digital platform of more than 8 million subscribers with the world’s largest international urban dance competition. What began in 2008 as a single event is now a continent-spanning, tour de force of human spirit and sick dance moves. The World of Dance Tour attracts YouTube stars, industry icons and tens of thousands of fans to events in more than 25 countries, spanning the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. The inspiring performance videos captured from these events drive 30 million monthly views online, making World of Dance the largest dance entertainment channel on YouTube. No language barriers. No animosity. Just pure, awe-inspiring movement.

Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas & Benny Medina will executive produce for Nuyorican Productions. Also executive producing are Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, Alex Katz, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas. The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Rebecca Marks, Rebecca.Marks@nbcuni.com, 818-777-3030

Lesley Cerwin, Lesley.Cerwin@nbcuni.com, 818-777-2888

Traci Saulsberry, Traci.Saulsberry@nbcuni.com, 818-777-6649

Joey Levine, Joey.Levine@nbcuni.com, 818-777-2326