Thoughts on NBC World of Dance Week 2

As some of you may know NBC World of Dance premiered last week with some stand out performances! Now, after watching NBC World of Dance Week 2, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is going to be one hard competition to judge.

NBC World of Dance Week 2

Just a recap of what’s going to happen: The first three weeks will show the Qualifiers. A two minute routine will be performed and the judges will score them based on performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation. Each category is worth 20 points and each performance requires a combined total score of 80 or higher to move on.

Here are my thoughts from this week’s competitors:

The Lab (Junior Division // Hip Hop)

The first thing I thought was, “aw, they’re so cute!” but when they started dancing I was surprised. I’m not a fan of the facial olympics some of them were doing but they went in hard! I love their costume choice too but I’m a bit worried that since they’re kids they tend to go TOO hard and the choreography loses the texture. Still, I’m glad they got in.

SCORE: 91.3

Fik-Shun (Upper Division // Freestyler)

Being one of SYTYCD’s winners, there’s so much expectation from Fik-Shun. Just like Les Twins, he decided to dig down emotionally for his qualifiers performance. It’s a smart choice. People already know he’s good, it’s more about delivering a show now.

Score: 91

Miami All Stars (Team Division // Latin Jazz)

I’m always excited to watch ballroom routines and I rarely get to see group ballroom performances. It’s so amazing to also see people dancing despite having a day job. Though, I agree with the judge’s comments. The routine could have definitely been better.

SCORE: 81

Luke and Jenalyn (Upper Division // Cabaret Ballroom)

Their lifts and tricks were crazy! I’m not entirely sure what “Cabaret Ballroom” is but I’m feeling it. It’s true that they could have put in more emotion and feeling into their steps but it was enough and I’m happy to see them through.

SCORE: 86.7

Unfortunately, the next three competitors’ routines weren’t shown for this episode. So I have no thoughts on what they performed.

Kaeli and Brandon (Junior Division)

SCORE: 77.7

Fuze (Team Division)

SCORE: 77.3

JJ and Joey (Junior Division)

SCORE: 78

Quick Style (Upper Division // Hip Hop)

Oh man, there’s a reason why they’re called Quick Style. What surprised me was how clean they were. It was definitely an unexpected song choice but it worked well for them and it displayed their creativity and control.

SCORE: 86.7

Nick Daniels (Upper Division // Contemporary)

The soloists are bringing it. They are owning the stage and commanding attention. Nick is SO flexible but I felt that although he was giving his all technically, there still needs to be more given emotionally. His face was just so serene that it lacked the inner turmoil needed for the dance. Still, I found him awesome!

SCORE: 87

NBC World of Dance Week 2 Recap:

Name Division Dance Style Judges’ Score
Ne-Yo Jennifer Derek AVE.
1 The Lab Junior Hip Hop 90 92 92 91.3
2 Fik-Shun Upper Freestyle Street Dancer 90 92 91 91
3 Miami All Stars Team Latin Jazz 79 82 82 81
4 Luke & Jenalyn Upper Cabaret Ballroom 83 89 88 86.7
5 Kaeli & Brandon Junior 77.7
6 Fuze Team 77.3
7 JJ & Joey Junior 77 78 79 78
8 Quick Style Upper Hip Hop 85 88 87 86.7
9 Nick Daniels Upper Contemporary 85 89 87 87

 

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