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How 'World of Dance' Has Impacted the Careers of Dancers

by Kristyn Burtt | 2/27/2020 9:18 PM

Charity Anderson, Derek Hough, Michael Dameski and Andrés Pennate. Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC.

 

Season 4 of World of Dance is already in production for a late spring debut on NBC. The dance competition show has changed the careers of dancers and choreographers by giving them a global platform to share their work.

 

It introduces the audience to fresh faces while reminding us how legendary some artists are in the industry. However, it's an even playing field for newbies and veterans alike when you're in the house of Jennifer Lopez.

 

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Along with judges Derek Hough and Ne-Yo, JLo has established a place where she wants to see the acts succeed, but she also wants to see growth from round to round. Those high expectations are placed upon the adult and the junior acts in the competition.

 

The results are massive for the performers. Win or lose, they find themselves with a bigger audience, new opportunities and a loyal fan base. On a recent To The Pointe episode, Season 3 competitor, Lauren Yakima, said, "Being on the show boosted my whole social media presence and my name in the dance community."

 

Let's take a look at the impact a run on World of Dance made on these dancers' lives and careers.

 

More: Former 'World of Dance' Contestants Win Big at The Dance Awards in Orlando

 

Keone & Mari Madrid: While those entrenched in the dance community already knew about the magic of Keone & Mari, Season 1 gave the rest of the world a clue to how special their talent is. The duo is now starring in their Off-Broadway show, Beyond Babel, while raising their daughter, Numah, who was born in July 2019.

Sienna Lalau: Sienna Lalau was a huge part of the magic behind the choreography of The Lab, particularly for their Season 2 win. At the time, she was just 16 years old constructing movement for her peers. The Lab’s co-director, Valerie Ramirez, recognized her talents and pushed her to achieve her goals. K-Pop group, BTS, is now utilizing Sienna's talents for their appearances and videos, making for quite the meteoric rise as a choreographer.  

 

Charity Anderson & Andrés Peñate: This dynamic duo went all the way to the World Final in Season 2, but that was just the beginning for this pair. Charity has gone on to become one of Derek Hough's dancers on his 2019 tour, and rumor has it, in his upcoming Las Vegas residency. Andrés joined the cast of dancers of Disney +'s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The duo also teamed up with Derek and Michael Dameski for a piece during Season 3. 

 

More: Melvin Timtim Caps Off His ‘World of Dance’ Experience with an Emmy Nomination

 

Suresh Mukund: Suresh Mukund's story is one that not only inspires dancers from India, but on a global level. His crew, The Kings, had a storied Season 3 win that eventually led to an Emmy nomination for Suresh. The Kings participated in the World of Dance Live Tour last fall and Suresh signed on to be a mentor on the dance competition show, Dance Plus, in India.

 

Pasha Pashkov & Daniella Karagach: Pasha & Daniella were a part of the Season 2 cast, where Derek Hough first spotted their talents. Their participation in the show gave Daniella the opportunity to work with Derek on his video, "Natural," and on his 2019 tour. Both Pasha and Daniella joined the cast of Season 28 of Dancing with the Stars, where their technique and charisma made them immediate fan favorites. Both are currently out on the Dancing with the Stars Live Tour.


Whose lives will Season 4 of World of Dance change? We will soon find out.

Don't miss Dance Network's latest 'To The Pointe' interview with Lauren Yakima:



We want to thank you for your support of Dance Network over the past several years. It has been our mission to bring you the best dance content, breaking news and live events on the internet. We had the pleasure of working with some of the best and brightest dancers and choreographers from around the world of dance. Every day we lived our promise that Dance Network was “created by dancers, for dancers”. Despite our best efforts and your tremendous support, we could not meet the goals that we had set for ourselves. This has led us to make the difficult decision to discontinue Dance Network. Coming to this decision was very emotional and disappointing, but one that we could not avoid. The website will continue to be operational until April 30, 2020. We have grown together with you as part of the global dance family. Dance is a universal language and one that we will continue to embrace. Our devotion to dance will not waver and we hope your passion for dance will continue for years to come. Thank you again! This has been an incredible journey and one that we will never forget.