NBC's hit dance competition series "World of Dance" is led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars - Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough and NE-YO - and host/mentor Jenna Dewan.
The 16-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents and the opportunity to receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million.
In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world's elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.
The contestants are handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions. New this season, the competitors are divided into four divisions: Junior (17 years old and under, one to four dancers), Junior Team (17 years old and under, five to 15 dancers), Upper (18 years old and older, one to four dancers), Upper Team (18 years old and older, five to 15 dancers). Our panel of experts scores the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Performance, Technique, Choreography, Creativity and Presentation. The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the World Final, the winners from each division compete against each other for the grand prize.
French duo Les Twins were crowned the first-ever winners of "World of Dance" Season 1 and took home the $1 million grand prize. "World of Dance" was the No. 1 new summer series in 18-49 and total viewers in 2017.
World of Dance is among the most trusted and fastest growing dance and music entertainment brands, combining a successful digital platform of more than 8 million subscribers with the world's largest international urban dance competition. What began in 2008 as a single event is now a continent-spanning, tour de force of human spirit and sick dance moves. The World of Dance Tour attracts YouTube stars, industry icons and tens of thousands of fans to events in more than 25 countries, spanning the U.S., Europe, South America and Asia. The inspiring performance videos captured from these events drive 30 million monthly views online, making World of Dance the largest dance entertainment channel on YouTube. No language barriers. No animosity. Just pure, awe-inspiring movement.
Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina executive produce for Nuyorican Productions. Executive producers also include Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, Alex Katz, David Gonzalez and Matthew Everitt. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance.
Jennifer Lopez, NE-YO, Derek Hough
Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, Alex Katz, David Gonzalez and Matthew Everitt
Clair Breen, Tabitha D'umo, Napoleon D'umo
Dan Norris, Kelley Parker, Brian Updyke
Executive in Charge of Production
Supervising Casting Director
Florian Wieder, Dave Edwards
Backstage Production Designer
Los Angeles, California
Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Nuyorican Productions and World of Dance