The Best Moments from NBC’s ‘World of Dance’

Jill O'Rourke
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Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez, Jenna Dewan and Derek Hough at 'World of Dance' EventPhoto by Araya Diaz/WireImage

World of Dance first premiered on NBC in 2017. The show featured dancers in various genres from around the world, all competing for the grand prize of $1 million. Unfortunately, the show was canceled last year after four seasons.

The Best Moments from ‘World of Dance’

The good news is that we can still enjoy some of the best performances from the show’s run, including a few that had the judges screaming, running around the room, and standing on tables. We’re sure to be playing these dances on repeat for years to come.

1. Charity and Andres

This duo became the first dancers to score a perfect score of 100 in Season 2 of the show. They earned it for a stunning contemporary routine during the Duels round. They seemed to defy gravity, as Andres leapt over Charity and Charity jumped onto Andres’ back. Jennifer Lopez grabbed her fellow judges by the arm, shouting, “What the hell was that?!”

2. Oxygen

During the Redemption round in Season 4, this group wowed the judges with their fast-paced routine. They wore bright blue gloves, which showed off how quick and streamlined their hand movements were. Judge Ne-Yo was so impressed, he got up out of his chair and ran around the group several times. Lopez told the other dancers, “Y’all are lucky they didn’t do that the first time.”

3. The Kings

This dance group from India won Season 3. For their Finals performance, they went all out with a warrior-inspired routine that had judge Derek Hough jumping out of his chair before it was even over. The performance featured powerful choreography and acrobatic flips. At one point, the dancers appeared to fight in slow motion. The judges were left stunned afterward. Ne-Yo compared it to a movie.

3. Karen y Ricardo

These salsa dancers from Chile pulled out all the stops for their Qualifiers performance in Season 2. They showed off fast footwork and amazing flips and spins. At one point, Ricardo even did a split while Karen was on his shoulders. The performance was so jaw-dropping, Hough stood up on the judges’ desk afterward to applaud them.

4. Les Twins

These twin brothers from France won Season 1 of the show with their creative hip-hop routines. They had the audience going wild with their first performance on the show, which featured fast-paced and synchronized moves, contrasted with slower, more chilled choreography. Their movement felt spontaneous and organic.

5. Fik-Shun

During the Cut round of Season 1, this solo dancer delivered an emotional and creative routine to “7 Years” by Lukas Graham. He utilized props such as an umbrella and a park bench to convey the message of the song through effortless movement. At one point, he even transformed his umbrella into a walking cane.

6. Eva Igo

This solo dancer was only 14 when she competed on World of Dance Season 1. For the Divisional Finals, she delivered an animalistic performance in which she climbed on and swung from a large structure before leaping across the stage. Eva placed second in the first season and later returned to compete in Season 2.

7. Keone and Mari

This married couple delivered an artistically beautiful performance during the Cut round of Season 1. They danced while tethered together, twisting themselves up in it and drawing each other back in. The routine showcased emotion and technicality. It earned an enthusiastic standing ovation from Hough. They finished the performance with a tender moment.

8. MDC 3

This trio of young dancers won Season 4 of the show in 2020. For the Qualifiers, they showed off how well they work together with a graceful routine in which they twisted themselves around each other before drifting apart. They were just as mesmerizing to watch separately as they were together, and the judges were clearly impressed.

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