NBC World of Dance is a new, 10-episode show. It is aptly-titled, as the best dancers from all over the globe will dazzle audiences with their moves. But it’s not only the international feel that is generating buzz—there’s also the prize money to consider. Dancers will compete for a mind-blowing one million dollars. This is not only the largest amount a dance contest has ever given out, it’s also more money than pro dancers would ever receive as compensation.
Celebrity judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Y0, and Derek Hough, along with host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum—Channing Tatum’s wife—will support and critique participants. The group of carefully-selected competitors includes both professionals and new talent from an extremely wide range of dancing backgrounds. Some are experts in styles originating in the Latin world, such as flamenco or salsa. Hip-hop, tap, ballet and ballroom, not to mention Irish dance and clogging, are only a few of the additional genres represented.
Dancers of all ages will take the stage. Some dance individually, and some are part of a duo or team. Some have been classically trained; some have gone viral on You Tube. However, they all have something in common: jaw-dropping talent.
Everyone has an equal chance to astound and amaze— and walk away with one million dollars. However, for ease of judging, the show places each competitor into one of three divisions: Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under), Upper (groups of 1 to 4, 18 and older), and Team (groups of 5 or more, 18 and older).
The judges then rate the acts with a proprietary point system developed for the show. Performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation will be taken into account. This is a five-round show. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division. Winners from each division must then compete against each other in the Grand Finale, which is sure to be one of the most riveting and exciting moments in the history of televised dance shows.
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