Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: Eva Igo

People who have been following PureDWTS for a few years now know that a couple of us have a real problem with contemporary dance. You pretty much have to be mind blowingly amazing to impress us – and, speaking for myself, I generally don’t care for it. It all tends to look the same in dancers other than someone like Allison Holker. Angsty flailing all tends to look the same after a while and it’s…boring.

But that can NOT be said for Eva Igo. This tiny little beast is an Allison Holker in training. This girl did my kind of contemporary in the Qualifiers. She’s got an edge to her which I really appreciated, and she kept that edge a bit light. Her second dance didn’t really improve on her first one and she needs to switch it up a bit – but we have to remember that she is a true youngster and hasn’t lived enough life just yet. And life experience tends to make the contemporary dancer. As long as she doesn’t go the angsty-flailing route that many dance shows love so much (looking at you, “So you think you can dance”…:::yawn:::), she could be a favorite for a long time to come.

Eva is a 14 year old dancer from St. Paul and she dances at the Larkin Dance Studio. According to the “Kid Dancers Wiki”:

Eva did her first solo at the age of 5 and was securing national and regional titles by the age of 7.

Eva appeared in Season 3 Episode 11 of the hit reality show Dance Moms, entitled Camouflaged Maneuvers. She and her team placed 1st against the ALDC’s “Don’t Ask Just Tell” and Eva placed 1st to Maddie Ziegler as well as receiving the highest score in the competition.

The site goes on to list a surprising number of dances/competitions. I didn’t expect to find much on Eva, since she is so young, but there are quite a few competition videos out there, since youtube is as old as she is. 🙂 Here’s one from age 11:

Here’s a much more recent competition “improv” video – which I assume means she’s freestyling. She’s showing a bit of that edge here that I appreciate.

Here’s a video of Eva dancing with a partner. Not bad. A bit young for this style, but I know this is how it goes.

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June 25, 2017 I Written By

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Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: Ian Eastwood and the Young Lions

I think we’ve already discussed my love for the cutie Ian Eastwood, but who is this guy and where did he come from? I just love his style and I think NeYo nailed it when he said that he is like a “taller, whiter, Bruno Mars”…and I love me some Bruno Mars.

Ian went to a convention at age 10 and met Nappytabs…and at first they weren’t impressed, but he won them over by the end of the convention. But even earlier than that, as he says in his website’s bio, he knew he wanted to dance:

When N’sync was getting big I’d see them on award shows and try and mimic them with my friends. We’d make a routine, get the boombox out (yes a boom box a.k.a. the thing that played songs from a circular disk as well as radio.) and show my parents. Eventually my parents thought – “hey, our boy isn’t too bad” so they threw me in my first dance class the week of Halloween. I remember it was Halloween because my teacher Mr. Sydney wore a rainbow afro wig and taught the choreography from “Thriller”. When I walked out of the class my Ma asked me what I thought and I said, “Mama I wanna do this for the rest of my life.”

Ian was 13 when Youtube came along and he started putting up videos and gathering a following. But his career really got started at age 16 when he found himself traveling all over the world teaching dance and choreographing for a variety of artists. Before you know it, “Young Lions” was created by his family which represented “Yound and hungry” youth. His bio says there is even a clothing line!!

I could go on, but it’s easiest for you to visit his website and read all about him. 🙂

Here’s his latest, I think, and appropriately enough it’s set to Bruno Mars “24k Magic” – Love it!

I love all the screaming girls in this one – imagine what a good showing on WoD will do for him!

And, finally, here’s their performance for the qualifiers of WoD, but shot and edited by Ian himself. He likes creative control. He reminds of Derek a good bit, with the directing, etc.

He’s getting some media as well; here’s an interview Vogue posted a while ago with Access Hollywood Live.

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June 24, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: “The Posse”

I loved The Posse on World Of Dance last night. They are a Contemporary team of girls from San Jose, California. Their names are Jadyn Hernandez, Priscilla Tom, Kina Siu, Janette Solorzano, Sydney Centeno, Emily Joe, and Jana Tsai. For being so young, they have already worked with H&M and artists like Justin Bieber and Sia. They are also National Grand Champions of the Radix Dance Convention. Be sure to follow The Posse at You Tube and Instagram.

June 14, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: “Pasión”

Wasn’t Pasión amazing last night on World Of Dance? I love Flamenco dancing and lots of passion, so I was in heaven. 🙂 So, who is Pasión? They are a group made up of four dancers: Timo Nuñez, Fanny Ara, Defne Enc, and Genevieve Guinn. Their group is named after Timo Nuñez’s show which opened in 2012 as a tribute to his late grandmother. Pasión is breaking frontiers to bring contemporary flamenco to the American stage and now here they come to bringing their passionate talent to World Of Dance. Note that Timo Nuñez has been on “So You Think You Can Dance” in the past.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: Jabbawockeez

Division: Team
Genre: Hip-Hop
From: San Diego, CA

June 13, 2017 I Written By

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Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: The Amazing And Creative “Quick Style”

Wow! I was so impressed with “Quick Style” last night on World Of Dance. I loved all of their creative, cool, and never before seen moves. I also loved how they took risks of doing a Hip Hop dance to Dolly Parton‘s “Jolene”! Amazing! So, who is “Quick Style”? Quick Style is a trio group from Oslo, Norway. They’ve been together for 12 years. They once used to be so embarrassed about dancing, they would tell their friends and family that they were at other places when they practiced. According to their website, their mission is to inspire, motivate, and share talents at all levels without judgment. Check out some of their really creative work below. I can’t get enough!

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June 7, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall

Division: Upper
Genre: Hip-Hop
From: Las Vegas, NV

June 6, 2017 I Written By

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New ‘World Of Dance’ Sneak Peek Into Week 2….Nick Daniels (Contestant Profile Added)

Coming up tomorrow night on “World Of Dance”…..Nick Daniels! Beautiful….

And here is more on Nick Daniels from Hollywood Life….

Nick Daniels, 18, is bringing in the contemporary dance like we’ve never seen before. The teenager has spent his life learning dance in his mother’s New Jersey studio, but recently moved to Miami, Fla. to train at Stars Dance Studio, which highly respected coaches, Victor Smalley and Angel Armas. And clearly, it has paid off. He danced to One Republic‘s “Secrets” for Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo on World of Dance, and it looks like he’ll definitely be moving on.

Below are more Videos of Nick. Note that Nick was once on “Dance Moms”….

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June 5, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: Tap Dancer ‘Kyle Van Newkirk’

I’m so excited as Tap Dancer and World Of Dance contestant Kyle Van Newkirk is from where I live. As previously reported, his Mom and I are long time friends as we use to work together in education. Knowing her like I have all of these years, I am not surprised she and her husband have raised such a talented, dedicated, special, and passionate human being. Note that his passion for dance started when he was only four years-old when he watched “Lord of the Dance” performed by professional dancers. From there, his parents have helped him to fulfill his dreams which hasn’t been easy being he’s from a small town in Nebraska. You can watch a video and read about Kyle at KNOP News. The first video below also tells his story. Don’t miss our first report on Kyle here too which includes some new interviews. Get ready for Kyle to blow us away soon on “World Of Dance” and then some!

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May 31, 2017 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. For fun music and dance mixes, visit my friend's site: WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography. For all things dance: go to PureDWTS, Pure Derek Hough, and Pure World Of Dance.

Pure World of Dance Season 1 Contestant Profile: “Diana Pombo”

Diana Pombo is one of many acts featured in a recent ESPN article about World of Dance. Here’s what ESPN said about the Diana:

Over the course of her young career, Diana Pombo, a solo contemporary dancer from Miami, has already earned multiple national titles. She also toured with the world-renowned faculty of Break the Floor Productions.


Photo: Andrew Eccles/NBC

Diana appears to be an amazing young dancer who will be in the Junior Division of World of Dance. Here are a couple videos of her work.

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"Don't just fly…Soar"~W.D.? ? by @collettemruk Leo by @fivedancewear ?#clubfive #motivationmonday #blessed

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April 28, 2017 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)