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'World of Dance' Divisions Season 3 – Everything You Need To Know

  • 'World of Dance' season 3 is in full swing, with contestants from four different divisions competing for the $1 million grand prize.
  • The four 'World of Dance' divisions are: Junior, Junior Team, Upper, and Upper Team.
  • The divisions are divided by ages and by group size.

Whether you've been a die-hard World of Dance fan since season 1 or you're a new viewer who just discovered (and fell in love with) the show, you might be a little confused by all the different World of Dance divisions (fair).

So here's the scoop: There are four divisions total, and the main differences between them are age (more on that later) and the size of the dance team. On top of that, the age divisions are then divided into two categories: one for individuals, duos, or small groups (Junior and Upper), and another for bigger groups (Junior Team and Upper Team). Here's everything you need to know about the World of Dance divisions this season:


Dancers qualify for the Junior division if they're an individual performer or small group containing up to four dancers, all age 17 and under. One Junior group, called "The Trilogy," already won over the judges and the audience with their heart-wrenching contemporary dance.

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While the juniors might be young, they're talented beyond their years, making them "dangerous," according to J.Lo. So you'll definitely want to keep a close eye on The Trilogy, as well as sisters Ellie and Ava, duo Julian and Charlize, and soloist Kayla Mak.

Junior Team:

The Junior Team division is made up of teams of 5 to 15 dancers, also age 17 and under. ICYMI, this division was added in season 2. Before that, all groups of five or more dancers were a part of the same division, regardless of age. 2018 World of Dance winners The Lab, a group of hip-hop dancers ages 8 to 16, participated in this WoD division. But this group wasn’t new to WoD last season; they competed in 2017 before coming back to win it all last year.

So far this season, Junior Team division standouts have included the Crazy 8s, a group made up of eight young girls, who wowed Jennifer Lopez with their performance inspired by one member’s battle with selective mutism.

Obsessed with the 'WoD' judges? Here's everything you need to know about them:


French hip-hop-dancing twins Laurent Nicolas and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins, won in 2017 after competing in the Upper division, which is made up of individuals or groups of up to four dancers, all age 18 and older. If you're a loyal WoD fan, you probably remember when Laurent sustained a leg injury just before the Divisional Final and ended up dancing in a wheelchair alongside his brother before ultimately winning the whole show.

This season, Upper dancer Briar Nolet has already become a fan-favorite, thanks to her incredible talent and even more incredible story of living—and dancing— with epilepsy.

Upper Team:

Finally, the Upper Team division is made up of groups of five to fifteen dancers ages 18 and older. Hip-hop seems to be the name of the game for this division so far, with The Kings, a troupe from Mumbai, India, and Fuego, a Hispanic group from San Diego, both wowing the judges with gravity-defying moves.

So it's clear that, across all divisions, World of Dance Season 3 is just as talent-ridden as ever with dancers from around the globe. But while some things stay the same (judge J. Lo's effortless cool, for example), there are a few notable changes in store for this season's contestants.

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One big change is that contestants have to score at least 85 points, rather than the previous 80, in the Qualifiers round. The judges (Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough) have acknowledged that’s a big jump, with Ne-Yo telling Hollywood Life, "[The dancers] know that if they’re going to make it here, they’re going to have to be above the top of their game because these dancers are the best of the best in the world."

From there, the qualifiers who scored high enough move on to the next rounds: the Duels, the Cut, Divisional Final, and World Final. During the first four rounds, dancers compete only within their division. Then, each division winner goes up against each other in the World Final for the $1 million grand prize.

Clearly, the World of Dance divisions only make it harder for fans to choose which dancers to root for (can't they just all win?!), but if anything, having so many different types of contestants gives you all the more reason not to miss a moment this season.

Emilia Benton

Emilia Benton is a Houston-based freelance writer and editor. In addition to Women's Health, she has contributed health, fitness and wellness content to Runner's World, SELF, Prevention, Healthline, and POPSUGAR, among other publications. She is also a 10-time marathoner, frequent traveler and avid amateur baker.

NBC’s hit dance competition series “World of Dance” is back this summer

Season 4 Premieres Tuesday, May. 26 at 9pm on WNKY NBC 40 With Surprise Twists and Higher Stakes


UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – April 29, 2020 – NBC’s hit dance competition series “World of Dance” announced its 34 acts across multiple genres, ages and dance styles for Season 4 today. This season will showcase an extraordinary new group of world-class competitors ready to showcase their talents to win a life-altering grand prize of $1 million and the title of best dancer in the world.

“World of Dance” is led by a judging team of exceptional dance superstars — Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, and NE-YO — with Scott Evans as host.

“I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been up to this season on ‘World of Dance,’” said Derek Hough. “We’ve made some thrilling new updates to the format and I think it’s going to make for one of our best seasons yet. The energy of the show and the passion of the contestants bleeds through the screen.”

To up the ante and add an element of surprise for Season 4, “World of Dance” has implemented the following programming changes:

• Qualifier Twist – To begin the season, contestants are under the impression that they’re performing one final audition for a panel of producers, in a surprise twist however, hopeful acts will walk onto the dance floor to realize that The Qualifiers have already begun and our “World of Dance” judges are there to see them perform and determine if they have what it takes to make it to the next round.
• Callback Vote – The judges will each give a Yes vote, a No vote, or a Callback vote, which will give acts one last chance to perform and earn their spot in the next round.
• Blind Battle – For the Duels round, the judges will now choose which acts go head-to-head and the acts won’t know their opponent until they hit the dance floor, creating epic dance battles leading to some of the most intense performances the series has ever seen.
• Redemption Round Revamped – This season’s redemption will be decided by a special surprise guest judge who will choose which two acts up for elimination will go head-to-head to earn the final slot in the Semi-Final.

Season 4 will highlight some of the most talented dancers and dance teams in the world including:

• Maddy Penny – This 15-year-old ballerina has a long list of accomplishments under her belt, including a Gold Medal from the 2015 World Ballet Competition, consecutive award wins at the 2016 and 2017 Youth America Grand Prix and a Bronze Prize from the 2018 Beijing International Ballet Competition.
• Chibi Unity – Hailing all the way from Niigata, Japan, this Fusion Dance crew’s motto is to work in “Love and Gratitude” in all that they do and they actively seek to build a better future for young dancers across the globe.
• Jefferson y Adrianita – Two-time Salsa World Champions and real-life couple, Jefferson y Adrianita have been dancing together for more than 16 years and have been competing at the professional level for almost 10 years. Together they have a son who is named after “World of Dance’s” own Derek Hough.
• UPeepz – This Urban Dance crew won gold in Hip-Hop International’s World Hip Hop Dance Championship. They returned to defend their title and successfully became the first ever Filipino team to be two-time World Champions in the MegaCrew Division.

See full list of the 34 dance acts below.

The season 4 premiere episode will air on Tuesday, May. 26 on NBC at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s best dancers together to compete in epic performances of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, contemporary, ballet, break-dancing, ballroom and more.

The contestants are handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions. The competitors are divided into two divisions to start: Junior (17 years old and under) and Upper (18 years old and older). The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Callbacks, The Duels, Semi-Finals and World Final. In the first three rounds, dancers compete within their division, but in the Semi-Final and World Final – acts will compete against each other for the grand prize.

Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas & Benny Medina executive produce for Nuyorican Productions. Executive producers also include Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, Tina Nicotera Bachmann, Alex Rudzinski, David Gonzalez and Matthew Everitt. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.


Junior Division:
•305, Latin Ballroom group from Miami, FL
•Amari Smith, Hip-Hop dancer from Las Vegas, NV
•Antonio & Maria, Latin Ballroom duo from Naples, Italy
•Bailey & Kida, Urban Dance duo from Los Angeles, CA
•Chibi Unity, Fusion crew from Niigata, Japan
•GigaBots, Popping group from Vancouver, Canada
•GRVMNT, Hip-Hop group from Vancouver, Canada
•Itty Bitty Crew, Hip-Hop trio from Edmonton, Canada
•James & Harris, Contemporary duo from Seattle, WA
•Keagan Kapps, Contemporary dancer from Moore, OK
•Maddy Penny, Ballet dancer from Mesa, AZ
•MDC 3, Contemporary trio from Placentia, CA
•Project 21, Jazz group from Yorba Linda, CA
•Savannah Manzel, Jazz dancer from Lake Elmo, MN
•The Break Ninjaz, Breaking crew from Las Vegas, NV
•The Difference, Contemporary group from Carol Stream, IL
•The Young Cast, Hip-Hop group from Levis, Canada
•Willis, Afro House dancer from Bondy, France

Upper Division:
•Avant Garde Collective, Urban Dance group from Amsterdam, Netherlands
•CBAction, Street Dance group from Cordoba, Argentina
•Geometrie Variable, Tutting trio from Montpellier, France
•Indigenous Enterprise, Native American Dance quartet from Phoenix, AZ
•Jake & Chau, Contemporary duo from San Jose, CA
•Jefferson y Adrianata, Salsa duo from Cali, Colombia
•Josh & Erica, Urban Dance duo from Los Angeles, CA
•Kurtis Sprung, Contemporary Dancer from Caroga Lake, NY
•Lucia & Alessandra, Latin Ballroom duo from Sicily, Italy
•Oxygen, Urban Dance crew from Maastricht, Netherlands
•Pumpfidence, Heels Dance group from Los Angeles, CA
•Show Stopper Miami, Jazz Funk group from Miami, FL
•Styles & Emma, Ballet duo from Rochester, NY
•The Rise, Hip-Hop group from Gilbert, AZ
•The Williams Fam, Hip-Hop quartet from Vallejo, CA
•UPeepz, Urban Dance group from Manila, Philippines

WDSF World Latin American Championships in Vienna: Afterword (Video)

On Saturday we tried to inform our readers about the events taking place at the WDSF World Latin American Dancers Championships in a timely manner.

Various emotions and feelings overwhelmed us that day: pride for our country, indignation at the organization of the tournament, admiration for the contestants' dance, hope, shock, surprise, and many others.

Now that the first impressions have subsided a bit, we will try to tell you in detail and show you: World Championship 2012 - how it was. nine0003

At about one o'clock local time, the first qualifying round of the competition started. This year the World Championship broke several records at once: firstly, 97 pairs entered the start list, 93 of which found the strength to go to the floor, and secondly, some countries were represented at the Championship for the first time, for example, Ecuador. Among the participants were representatives of Thailand, Macedonia, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and other countries, which are not represented at all ordinary competitions of the World DanceSport Federation. nine0003

Even before the start of the competition, the DanceSport. Ru team managed to communicate with some participants and spectators of the WDSF World Championship Latin.

Already before the first round, most of the seats in the hall were occupied, and fans and experts came to the very beginning of the competition. It should be said right away that the World Championship, especially with such a dense line-up, is an event that you should definitely watch live and from the first round if you want to form your own full opinion about the outcome of the event. Just looking at the whole site at once, you can feel a little like a judge and understand which couples and what exactly catches the eye, standing out for better or worse. Not a single video will fully convey the energy of the couple and how it really looks on the site. nine0003

At the World Championship there are no "stars" that give the right to skip the first qualifying rounds. All pairs start at once, and each dance, starting from the first round, already affects the subsequent result. It's no secret that at regular competitions, top couples give themselves slack and do not dance at full strength right away. But even a momentary weakness in 1/16 can be taken into account when setting a lower place in the final or a cross for the final. The World Championship is cruel in many ways, it does not forgive mistakes ... or does it forgive? nine0003

Nine entries - that's how many there were at the first stage of the competition. And from the very first dance, Andrey Zaitsev - Anna Kuzminskaya, Valentin Voronov - Alina Imrekova, Nino Langello and Kristina Moshenskaya and other leaders took to the stage to the roar of the stands of their support groups.

From the very first dance, Andrey and Anna did their best and attracted attention with the perfection of their movements, their presentation and energy. Nino and Christina were also very bright, as always charismatic and danced well. This tour worked out well for Valentin and Alina, but, of course, the next ones became the strongest tours of most duets. nine0003

And immediately after that, all the couples who got into the 1/8 without any problems and on the first try had time to rest before the next qualifying round. Everyone else was waiting for redans. Of course, this is a great opportunity for not top, but at the same time quite good couples to show themselves again when the leaders do not draw attention. For obvious outsiders, the redance plays the role of a consolation prize in the form of one more exit to the parquet.

We probably won't surprise you if we say that in some WDSF tournaments, in general, there is a much stronger line-up than in the World Championships. And, of course, this is due to the fact that two couples from the country go to the World Cup. In some states, where dance sport is most developed, this right must be earned for years, while in others it is enough just to reach the national championship. Therefore, looking at the redance, the question sometimes involuntarily arose: "Are all these pairs the champions of their countries?" Yes, this is true, but this is the sports component of the World Championship, where all corners of the world should be represented to the maximum. nine0003

After the first appearances, many duets were called to the chief judge Marco Sietas. And almost most of the comments related specifically to the rules for costumes - many partners received comments not only for too frank cuts in the hips or transparent parts of the costume that were not completely sealed with rhinestones, but also for too frank decollete. Marco has long been known as a referee who pays special attention to this aspect in accordance with the rules from last year's World Cup Latin American program. When, also within the framework of the Austrian Open Championship, Marco Sietas disqualified the Russian duet (Andrey Gusev and Elizaveta Cherevichnaya) in the final, and dancers from Austria eventually climbed onto the podium. nine0003

By the quarter-finals, the situation on the site was especially tense, because really strong dance duets already remained in this round. Unfortunately, Champions of Ukraine Artem Lazarev and Ekaterina Isakovich stopped behind 1/4. Several couples at once, who just a week before successfully danced the World Championship in ten dances, reached 1/4: Miha Vodikar - Nadia Bychkova, who represent Slovenia at all three World Championships, Anton Belyaev and Antoaneta Popova from Canada, Yanik Loeve and Pia Lundanes from Norway. A great success was the entry of the duet from China Yao Hou - Ting Zhuang into this round, they remained immediately behind the semi-final line and significantly brought their country ahead, because in 2011 both pairs from this country left the tournament immediately after the first round. 1/4 became one of the best tours of Valentin Voronov and Alina Imrekova, at least in this round they danced paso doble in such a way that in general they did not lose in lines and energy to Nino Langello and Kristina Moshenskaya, next to whom they performed it. nine0003

This year 13 duets made their way to the semi-finals, and some couples, like last year, finished their performance in this round of the competition. Charles Schmiitt - Elena Salikhova from France and Zufar Zaripov - Anna Ludwig-Chemodurova from Austria changed places this time and Charles and Elena remained immediately after the final. Roman Gerbey and Vera Bondareva brilliantly represented Ukraine, becoming the semi-finalists of their first World Championship, Damir Haluzan and Anna Masits from Slovenia shared 9th-10th place with them. Italy's second couple, Mariniello and Sarah Casini, finished 11th. The finalist of the last World Championship Pavel Pasechnik this year with a new partner Marta Arndt already represented not Italy, but Germany, the dancers took 12th place. But if for Pavel such a result at the World Championships is a step back, then for Marta it is the other way around, because last year, together with Nikita Bazov, they finished in 1/4. Andrea De Angelis and Frederikke Flubjerg from Denmark closed the semi-finals, they represented their country very worthily and, obviously, in the near future they will seriously compete with the rest of the semi-finalists. nine0003

But the finale was the most dramatic in terms of passions. This evening, as part of this tour, three dance battles took place at once: for fifth, third and, of course, first place. In fact, the composition of the final was similar to the German Open 2012. In addition to the dance component, one cannot fail to note some fashion trends that were most pronounced at this Championship: firstly, colored or rhinestone-glued shoes are back in fashion, and secondly, the stereotype that in the Latin American program, all partners dye their hair dark, gradually dissipating - four blondes danced in this finale. nine0003

As in August, the sixth place was taken by representatives of Russia Valentin Voronov and Alina Imrekova. Valentin and Alina prepared very well for the championship, once again pleased the audience both with the improvement of the technical component and with their originality. Alina's femininity combined with Valentine's good lines is what makes them unique in their own way. Watching their development from the outside, one gets the impression that before each tournament they are looking for something new in their dance. Many experts in a private conversation noted that with such a dance they could qualify for higher places. nine0003

German representatives Marius Balan and Nina Bezzubova significantly improved their results and made a breakthrough in their dancing career in 2012. Up to this point, Marius and Nina were actively competing with Valentin and Alina, but the last time our duet won against them exactly a year ago at the last Austrian Open. During the year, Marius and Nina significantly improved their results, rising from the semi-finals of the World Championship to a confident final. This couple is also distinguished by its own style: a strong partner next to a strong partner, some version of the concept of Michal Malitowski's duet Joanna Leunis in an amateur format. Of course, not everyone accepts this option of emancipation on the floor, but, as follows from numerous results, this development option is bearing fruit. Marius and Nina stood out with their dance from the very first round of the Championship. nine0003

The dance of Gabriele Gofredo and Anna Matus, a couple from Moldova, has recently become calmer and more technical in many ways. The "trick" of this couple is the use of small plasticity in almost all dances, even in rumba. As for the style of this couple, the styles of Anna's dresses often contain oriental motifs: free flowing silhouettes, rich, but at the same time slightly muted colors and authentic jewelry in the hair. But especially in the qualifying rounds, it seemed that Gabriele and Anna did not always see each other in the dance, and sometimes their eyes did not intersect for quite long periods of time. nine0003

The dance of Martino Zanibellato and Michel Abildtrup, representing Denmark, on the other hand, was very duet that day. They did not so much captivate the viewer with spectacular moments as they danced with each other. And their spectacular entry to the final solo paso doble made a splash in the stands. In this fight for the bronze medal, the judges gave preference to the Danes, only in the rumba Gabriele Gofredo and Anna Matus became the third.

As for the previous tournaments in 2012, at the Grand Slam in China, Gabriele and Anna climbed higher, and at the Grand Slam in Tokyo, the Grand Slam at the German Open Championship and at the European Championship and some other competitions - Martino and Michel. nine0003

Aniello Langella and Kristina Moshenskaya are a very talented and charismatic couple. They are in a certain fashion trend and combine many modern trends in their dance, which makes them especially popular among young dancers, while maintaining their individuality. Nino and Christina were in good contact with the public, they were very bright and interesting at this Championship.

Andrey Zaitsev and Anna Kuzminskaya - undoubtedly the best couple in Russia, shows a slightly different dance and style. The dance of Andrey and Anna is a classic Latin American program that both incorporates the best aspects of the "golden age of ballroom dancing", when outstanding dancers of our time danced as professionals, and meets all modern requirements for speed, body work and other aspects. This year's World Championship featured "competitive Latin American classics" that included hits from past decades. There were no modern hammering rhythms, and with this truly Latin music, this was most noticeable. Andrey and Anna did not give themselves any weakness and showed a truly professional dance. nine0003

Much to the regret of many, this year Russia is once again content with silver. Why this happened is not clear. Or vice versa, it is clear too well. Without detracting from the merits and dance of the representatives of Italy, the assertion that Andrei Zaitsev and Anna Kuzminskaya were more than worthy of this title of World Champions will not be unfounded. And not only because of past merits, but, above all, because of the Dance that they showed on Saturday in Vienna.

As fans of the Latin American program remember, Nino Langella and Kristina Moshenskaya also won the European Championship in April. At that Championship Anna danced with a hand injury and, nevertheless, she and Andrey showed a more than worthy dance there. This year Andrey and Anna won all the competitions they took part in, except for the World and European Championships. At the same time, it is noteworthy that already after the European Championship, in August, they unconditionally won the Grand Slam against Nino and Kristina. nine0003

Let's try to analyze the judges' scores a bit to try to understand this trend. So, couples performed dances in the final in the following sequence: rumba, samba, cha-cha-cha, jive, paso doble. Final places of Nino and Christina - 1.5,1,1,1,2 (total sum 6.5), Andrey and Anna - 1.5,2,2,2,1 (total sum 8.5).

Nino and Christina: 231231121 Total: 1.5
Andrey and Anna: 113123212 Total: 1.5

In rumba, the couples shared the first place, collecting the same number of 1-2 places and two third places each. Nino and Kristina were placed third in this dance by Nina Antikainen from Finland and Lene James from Denmark, Andrey and Anna by Gianni D'Oria from Italy and Peter Loggia from Slovakia. The same number of first places is due to the fact that one first place from Lena James went to Martino Zanibellato and Michelle Abildtrup from Denmark. nine0003

Nino and Christina: 231222111 Total: 1
Andrey and Anna: 113131322 Result: 2

In samba, Nino and Kristina have already received one third from a judge from Finland, and Andrey and Anna have already received three points - Philip Nicholas from Australia joined the above-mentioned arbitrators. At the same time, both pairs scored four first places each (one again went to Martino and Michel), and it was these third places that determined the final fate of skating for the dance.

Nino and Christina: 131221121 Total: 1
Andrey and Anna: 212132212 Total: 2

In cha-cha-cha Nino and Christina already have a clear victory: five first places against three. At the same time, one judge gave these dancers third places. Italians - an arbiter from Finland, the Russians - from Denmark. The first place from Lene James again belongs to a couple from Denmark.

Nino and Christina: 221222111 Total: 1
Andrey and Anna: 114131322 Total: 2

In the jive Andrey with Anna and Nino with Kristina again got four first places, one - Martino with Michelle. But Lene James and Philip Nicholas rated our compatriots in third place, and the judge from Italy went for broke and put Andrei and Anna in fourth place, rating them below Nino and Christina, Martino and Michelle, Gabriele and Anna.

Paso Doble
Nino and Christina: 231332111 Total: 2
Andrey and Anna: 112123222 Total: 1

In paso doble, everything was also very dramatic. Anna and Andrey won this dance, despite the fact that Christina and Nino got more first places. The fact is that no one received an absolute majority from all the judges - two more top marks went to Martino and Michel - therefore the winner was chosen by the sum of 1-2 places, and a couple from Russia became the winner in this dance. Andrey and Anna got third place for this dance by Peter Loggia, and Nino and Kristina - Nina Antikainen, Larisa Davydova and Lene James. It is worth saying that the paso doble is indeed not the strongest dance of the Italian couple, which is largely due to the lines of the partner. nine0003

As we can see, the judicial question and the personal code of honor of each arbiter play one of the most important roles at such responsible Championships. Often, not only dance, but it also breaks human destinies. Already after the end of the Championship without a camera and other recording devices, we managed to talk with several people, and many noted that in the judging lineup of this World Championship there were several judges whom almost no one knows either as dancers in the past or as teachers in the present, and therefore, their opinion could be influenced by certain people. nine0003

In 2012 Andrey Zaitsev - Anna Kuzminskaya and Aniello Langella - Kristina Moshenskaya met at four competitions: two Grand Slams in Stuttgart and Copenhagen and two official European and World Championships. The score was 2:2, and Andrey and Anna won the Grand Slam without any problems. What is the difference between these competitions? First of all, in judging the final part. The Grand Slam uses a new system, where couples dance all dances solo, and arbitrators evaluate dancers according to strictly developed criteria: PB (Position, Balance, Coordination), QM (Quality of performance), MM (Musicality), PA (Interaction), CP ( Choreography and Presentation). The refereeing of official championships is more and more reduced, if not to political games, then to the criterion like/dislike. Many often choose either what is more profitable for them for political reasons, or what is simply closer to them. Which, in fact, is similar to how many fans choose their favorite of the Championship. nine0003

The judge, evaluating such an important final according to the old system, is guided primarily by his personal criteria and is not actually responsible for the places placed. After all, Lena James would certainly be able to correctly argue her vision of Martino Zanibellato and Michelle Abildtrup in the first place, and the judge from Italy, Gianni D'Oria, would justify her fourth place for Andrey Zaitsev and Anna Kuzminskaya in the final. Who will be better off now?

Directly at the Championship we tried to compare Andrey's dance with Anna and Nino's dance with Christina. We started with the first criterion - musicality. If at least in rumba, samba and cha-cha-cha we close our hands or just don’t look at the upper part, but look at the rhythm of the legs, which of the dancers dances exactly to the music, reaches the leg with weight, and not just puts on a beat the toe, lagging behind the heel far at the expense, then even on this first and most important point, which can be attributed to the category of objective reasons, it will already become extremely clear who the Champion is today. nine0003

And in conclusion of this material, we would like to sincerely thank Andrey Zaitsev - Anna Kuzminskaya and Valentin Voronov - Alina Imrekova for the wonderful dance and skill with which they delighted all spectators and fans this Saturday. We also wish Andrei and Anna perseverance, inspiration and love for the Dance in order to survive this defeat, from which they emerged victorious for all of Russia anyway.

We also congratulate the really outstanding dancers Nino Langella and Kristina Moshenskaya on winning this World Championship! nine0003

We also remind our readers that earlier on our site were published the Detailed results of the World Championship, as well as a text report in real time from the scene.

Frankly speaking, the working conditions of the press at this event, to put it mildly, left much to be desired. But we will tell about this and other competitions of the Austrian Open in our next article. In the meantime, we invite you to watch a video from the WDSF Communication Team.

Feel the power of the dance

It's every breakdancer's dream to be in the ultimate Red Bull BC One final. But the chance to fight for the prestigious championship belt falls to the world's best 16 b-boys and 16 b-girls. The current Red Bull BC One took place in the birthplace of breaking and hip-hop in New York and brought together participants from 20 countries. Kazakh dancers also showed off their skills.

The first Red Bull BC One took place in 2004 and immediately gained a reputation as the biggest event in the world of breaking. Every year the tournament gathers dancers and breaking fans. Each time the competitions are held in different cities of the world. This year has already hosted 19th world final, which took place in New York.

Qualifiers where b-boys and b-girls compete for the opportunity to enter the world's largest and most prestigious one-on-one breaking championship have been held in over 30 countries.

The championship battle took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan Center. The finale was grandiose and exciting. The show featured New York City legends Caz and Rakim, who played an important role in the hip-hop movement. The Queens duet Black Sheep and the revolutionary dance team Jabbawockeez also delighted fans with their creativity. nine0003

For the first time in the history of Red Bull BC One, the competition was broadcast via the ESPN+ video streaming service, with a two-hour highlights shown on ESPN.

The main thing is to enjoy the dance

Kazakhstan was represented at the world finals by last year's Red Bull BC One champion B-Boy Amir (Amir Zakirov), as well as national champions B-Girl Sayora (Saera Alibekova) and B-Boy Create (Daulet Anarbekov) ).

Our guys showed excellent preparation, but, unfortunately, they could not go beyond the top 8. This is breaking. Here the champion can lose to the newcomer, and vice versa. nine0003

We talked to the guys and learned firsthand how everything went at the championship.

For the 30 year old B-Boy Create it was his debut at the world final. He has been breaking since the age of 12. In his piggy bank participation in various championships, including international ones.

B-Boy Create

© Little Shao / Red Bull Content Pool

- The Red Bull BC One Finals were top notch. It is felt that the organizers honor the traditions of breaking and know what breakers need so that they get maximum pleasure and show a high level, - said B-Boy Create. - It was my first championship of this level. Dissatisfied with the result, but

did some work on the mistakes and next time, I hope, I will perform much better.

– What was the atmosphere among the participants: competitive or friendly?

– Many participants have known each other for many years, some of them you know personally, some of them in absentia. During the battle, everyone is focused on themselves, no one really talks to each other, although basically the participants are all together in the same room. The situation there is tense, everyone wants to win. During the battle, everyone gives all the best without jokes and a friendly smile. But outside the battle, everyone finds time to talk, share their impressions. nine0003

– Which of the rivals do you remember?

- B-Boy Isin from Japan. Very trained and well-coordinated dancer.

– How do you work through a loss?

- This is a very difficult question. It's hard to judge breaking in general, because for me it's an art, it's hard to say who is cooler - Davinci or Malevich. It's all subjective. But, definitely, there is a winning formula, and I am on the way to understanding it. The plans are to participate in competitions more so that the fuse does not disappear. I have a feeling that I am doing everything right. This is not my last chance. nine0003

B-Girl Sayora has been breaking for eight years. She already has experience of participating in Red Bull BC One.

B-Girl Sayora

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- This is my 3rd World Final. Of course, the goal was to win, but… I think that my loss is my victory. In the top 8, I fought Alessandrina, an experienced B-Girl. When I started dancing, she was already taking big parties in Europe. I remember looking at it online and being inspired. Therefore, this battle was a very intimate and important event for me. The more break becomes a sport, the less improvisation in the dance, at least for me. But just when I was dancing with her, I had to improvise, which brought me incredible pleasure. I was absolutely not upset, and even more - it charged me! nine0003

- Did the atmosphere at this final differ from the other two you competed in?

- Since this year's world final was held in the historical homeland of break in New York, there was a grandiose underground atmosphere that charged and allowed you to feel the full strength and energy of the American scene! It gave strength! The final was held in a small theater. Compared to the previous Red Bull BC One in Zurich, there were fewer people, but there was a cozy feeling and a sense of belonging to the culture. nine0003

– If we analyze the performances: what worked, and what needs to be worked on?

– This time, I finally managed to really open up. Usually I am terribly nervous, worried before going on stage, but this time I felt free, warm and not worried at all. I really enjoyed the dance. And most importantly: she was able to convey her dance, energy, emotions to the audience and judges. Yes, my performance is not perfect, there were repetitions, stupid mistakes due to fuss, falls, but the connection that I managed to create is much more important and valuable to me. After the battle, not only the audience approached me, but also the judges themselves, who spoke only positive things about my dance. The next two days of the camp, I was invited to participate in break the game and royal battle, which proves my growth, and I also managed to interest the organizers. nine0003

– What are your plans for the future?

– Practice, dance, enjoy, develop style, believe in yourself and your dance. And so that each battle was bright.

Last year's Red Bull BC One champion B-Boy Amir was a man of few words. After the battle, he gave a short interview to local journalists.

B-Boy Amir

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“Basically everything went well. I liked the way I danced. If you look at the last championship and this one, you will see two different dancers. This year I introduced many new movements, ideas. It is important for me to show that I did not stop all year, I developed,” he said. nineB- Girl India (India Sarjo) from the Netherlands and B-Boy Victor (Victor Montalvo) from the USA.

The newly crowned champion couldn't hide her joy as she defeated the reigning 2021 Red Bull BC One champion B-Girl Logistx. She went down in history as the youngest winner of the championship. B-Girl India 16 years old. nine0003

B-Girl India

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“It was not an easy task to beat Logistx. I did my best, but I was very happy to fight such an opponent, ”said B-Girl India.

India Sarjo was born and raised in The Hague, Holland.

She started her dance career with hip-hop lessons, but at the age of seven she switched to break dancing.

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