Assessing the Season 3 'World of Dance' Cast

by Kristyn Burtt | 1/29/2019 3:01 PM

Photo credit: Trae Patton/NBC.

NBC announced the Season 3 acts for World of Dance last week and there were a few themes that emerged with the performances we are going to see this season. We already know there are a few changes ahead so here are some thoughts on how the season will shape up.

With "85" being the cutoff score to proceed forward to The Duels and a Redemption Round for the two highest-scoring acts in each division that did not win their head-to-head routine in The Duels, the competition is going to get tough quicker than last season. The producers realized they needed to amp up the stakes earlier in the season, this will force acts to bring their "A" game to the first round.

With so much on the line early in the season, we are looking forward to the acts that were revealed. Here are a few things we noticed ahead of the season.

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1. No returning acts: Season 2 brought us the return of Luka & Jenalyn, The Lab, Eva Igo and DNA, but Season 3 has 54 acts that are completely new to the competition.

2. Familiar faces: While the acts are all new, there are plenty of familiar faces to be found in Season 3. Look for Madeline Mihacevich from the Season 1's The Michacevich Sisters in Rudy Abreu's Radiance this season. Ashley Gonzalez from last season's duo, Zack & Ashley, is a part of Tessandra Chavez's Unity LA. World of Dance also loves Manny Castro and his crew of dancers from DanceTown in Doral, Florida. This season, he's bringing the Dancetown Divas to the Junior Team Division. 

3. Styles: It's no surprise that hip-hop and contemporary are heavily favored on this show, so expect that theme to continue in Season 3. I've heard tap has a much better showcase this year from one of the acts and everyone needs to prepare for the same-sex salsa cabaret duo, Jonathan y Jorge. Their dancing is spectacular and hopefully, their presence will open some minds about same-sex partner dancing. 

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4. Soloists: World of Dance has yet to have a soloist win the competition, but social media went nuts over three standouts on the list, including Junior Division dancer, Lauren Yakima, who is Amy Yakima's little sister. We love that she chose to do a show outside of the So You Think You Can Dance realm where her sister won Season 10.

Another name that got everyone riled up was Briar Nolet in the Upper Division. This Canadian dancer is well-known for her five seasons on the teen dance series, The Next Step. The show aired on The Family Channel in Canada. She's definitely one to keep your eyes on this season.

Finally, Derek Piquette is also hitting the Upper Division in Season 3. He is best remembered from So You Think You Can Dance: Stage Vs. Street where he placed in the Top 8. 

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5. The groups: There is a ton of groups who will catch your eye this season, but it's the Junior Team Division The Crazy 8's who are going to impress you with their strength and style. Amy Berokoff had a great 2018 with Quad Squad representing Orange County Performing Arts Academy in Anaheim, California on Season 2 and she trained Season 15 SYYTCD winner, Hannahlei Cabanilla

Another group that everyone will love is the VPeepz from the Philippines, who is already known globally for their style and story-based movement. If you've seen them perform, you are already counting the days until the Season 3 World of Dance premiere.

Season 3 of 'World of Dance' premieres Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and moves to its regular timeslot on Sundays beginning March 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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