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On the second week of Qualifiers for World of Dance, a new angle emerged — the trio. Over the first two seasons, the show has favored acts that are soloists, duos or a group. This is an unexplored area on World of Dance.
Yes, there have been trios in the past like 3 Xtreme, who battled Sean & Kaycee in Season 2 in The Duels. There was also Quick Style from Norway, who did an incredible piece to Dolly Parton's "Jolene" in Season 1, but we haven't seen the trio fully realized yet.
In fact, Melvin Timtim from Season 2's S-Rank told Dance Network on To The Pointe in October, that he would love to come back on the show as a trio with Josh Price and a yet unnamed third dancer. It's an intriguing idea for artists to take a closer look at and it seems like Season 3 is finally giving us a taste of that.
Episode 2 gave us a glimmer of what is possible with two outstanding acts that finished the night — the Upper Division act, Tobias & the EZtwins, and the Junior Division act, The Trilogy. Let's take a look at what they offered that was fresh and different.
Tobias & the EZtwins have considerable professional experience after working with artists like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. Tobias Ellehammer hails from Copenhagen, Denmark and the EZtwins come from Ljubljana, Slovenia, so their urban dance style has a truly international feel. The Qualifiers piece had unique shapes and pictures without getting too heavy into tricks. Viewers got a feel for their technique while gaining a sense of their performance style. It was intriguing and left the audience wanting more.
In the Junior Division, The Trilogy delivered strong contemporary technique that Larkin Dance Studio is known for while delivering an emotional story about loss, grief and finding the strength to move forward. Watch how the three interact with each other throughout the piece. They sometimes move as individuals, but the choreography unites them as a whole through diverse pictures on the stage.
This trio configuration will hopefully inspire more acts to think outside the box and aim for groups of three and four in the coming seasons. It's evident that many dancers and choreographers were inspired by the success of duo Keone & Mari in Season 1, but it's time to step up to the next level of thinking.
Can a trio go the distance in the World of Dance format? It's something to keep your eye on as the season unfolds.
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