This week on World of Dance, The Qualifiers continued with six acts you’ll have to see to believe. No one is being sent home this week because each of these acts was better than the last, and they all have their sights set on the Finale and the million dollar prize.

The Upper Team Division

The first Upper team to take the stage came all the way from New Zealand to show off their hip hop skills. Dedicated to exercising their muscles inside and outside of dance and to maintaining their relationship with each other, The Bradas came on the stage ready to own it. Their synchronicity, stage presence, and ability to interact with their music developed a striking similarity to world-class hip hoppers the Jabbawockeez. An average score of 87.7 sends these Kiwis on to The Duels.

It has been eight years since Poreotics took on the competition scene, but with an America’s Best Dance Crew win under their belts, they weren’t coming to World of Dance to put on an average performance. J Lo was impressed with every moment of Poreotics performance, but she and her fellow judges suggested that these professional dancers take their average score of 88 and use it to deliver even more incredible tricks in The Duels.

The Junior Team Division

The first Junior team to take the stage was a sisterhood of contemporary dancers as dedicated to each other as they are to the noodle analogy (you want to be like an uncooked noodle when you turn, not flimsy). J Lo gave these girls a standing ovation, but Derek and Ne-Yo felt like they had delivered more of a studio performance than a competitive one. That wasn’t enough to send them home, though. Their effortless elegance will be moving on to The Duels with an average score of 87.0.

The Junior Division

Could you imagine traveling across the world to find your perfect dance partner? That’s exactly what ballroom dancer Ruby did to find Jonas. These two have been dancing together for years, fine-tuning their already incredible chemistry with Ruby’s dad coaching them. First to take the stage, this Junior duo set the standard for the night with a fierce performance. Jonas’ “monster faces” and Ruby’s commanding stage presence had the judges raving enough to earn them an average score of 84.7 and a spot in The Duels.

There’s nothing quite like a tap dancer with finesse, and that’s exactly what Lucas Marinetto has. His ability to tap with his whole body and engage with the music in the audience had a powerful impact on the judges. They sent him on to The Duels with an average score of 82.7 and advice to develop a more unique style as the competition continues.

The last person to take the stage was last season’s runner-up Eva Igo. Now, Eva is back to try to claim the million dollar prize again. All of the power we saw from Eva in Season 1 was back in her Qualifiers performance, but it was obvious that she is back determined to win. That determination earned her an average score of 95, and of course, a spot in The Duels.

Eva isn’t the last dancer to take on The Qualifiers though. Next week, the first round of this season continues with even more jaw-dropping acts.
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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.