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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Show Review: World of Dance

Dance is something that I’ve loved since I was a little girl. I would have taken lessons and taken that interest seriously if my parents didn’t think it would distract me from my studies but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love it any less today. I have so much appreciation for great dancing and amazing dancers, which is why I enjoy watching dance competitions on TV. World of Dance is one of those shows.

Produced by Jennifer Lopez, World of Dance is a competition where dancers audition under their respective categories (Junior, Upper, Team, Junior Team) and are made to battle for spots to get to the finals, where all the categories compete with each other for the top spot in the competition. Each contestant can compete using their respective styles, which means that a ballroom dancer can compete with someone doing contemporary or hip hop. In the finals, age also does not matter because younger dancers will get to compete with older ones. If there is an Olympics of dance, this would have to be it.

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I enjoyed watching season 1 but I have to admit that season 2 has been so much better. The competition has been more intense and the dancers are just going for it harder than ever. The talent, the creativity, and the athleticism of the contestants this season are out of this world!

I’ve heard that we’ll be having a version of this here in the Philippines this year. I just hope that it can be just as good as the US version. I hope that we get to see different types of dance in the competition and that the local version can have judges who are from a legitimate dance background. I hope they can be people who can mentor these dancers throughout the competition and can help these dancers become better as the competition goes along. I hope that they can be as animated and as expressive about what they think of the dancers as JLo, Derek Hough and Neyo are.

Apart from the dancing, the best part about World of Dance for me is the sense of community that is shown in the dance world. Some of the contestants are people I recognize from other dance competitions such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew. Some of the dancers in the latest season have come back from the previous season either in the same group or by forming a new group or pairing with other dancers. It seems everyone either knows each other or have heard of each other through competitions or by just being in the same world/community. You can see the obvious respect and support that these dancers have for one another. Yes, they do give it their all and compete/battle their hearts out, but you can still see how much they admire each other’s work.

I am looking forward to more episodes of World of Dance this season and I am also hoping that the Filipino version will be just as good (or maybe even better).


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