WoD Season 3 Contestant Profiles – VPeepz

The VPeepz actually debuted on WoD last night and made quite the impression! I loved them for many reasons, not the least of which was the excellent dancing and great story. Totally agreed with JLo and her comments regarding kids like them and the future. Their local media reported on their accomplishment last night:

The Philippines’ VPeepz junior dance crew showcased their amazing moves on NBC’s World of Dance (WOD) stage in the second part of the competition’s season premiere on March 3, Sunday (March 4 Manila Time).

The 13-member hip hop group from Manila went into the Qualifiers needing a score of 85 to get through to the next round of Duels. VPeepz received the following judge votes: 89 from NeYo, 89 from Jennifer Lopez, and 93 from Derek Hough.

With an average score of 90.3, VPeepz earned a spot to proceed to the next round of the competition.

To Derek Hough’s question as to why the team traveled all the way from the Philippines to America to join WOD, VPeepz said “I guess we just want to show the world that even though we’re all different, I can say that there’s really unity and diversity.

This same outlet, Good News Pilipinas, did some of the profiling work for me a while ago, when they wrote about their kids appearing on the show:

VPeepz achievements include:

-defended Regional and National title at the Hip-Hop International Philippines two times since 2016
-awarded the Philippines’ state recognition for the prestigious Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honors) for three straight years
-becoming a household name in the Philippines dance community
-setting the standards for excellence for junior teams in the country

VPeepz Profile:

Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Members: 13
Ages: 12-17
Style: Hip-Hop
Division: Junior Team
Social: @vpeepzofficial / @charles.leppard / @darloemman / @jaye.felicity / @gerardnicolas / @heartuy88.official / @jeloamorin / @julian_ville / @mendoza_liam / @coolmicolitz / @penelope.reeve / @og_sean26 / @sophiaamercado_

Here is there excellent routine from last night!

I think this might be more awesome than what they did last night…

March 4, 2019 I Written By

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WoD Season 3 Contestant Profiles – Lauren Yakima

Lauren is a contemporary dancer in the Junior Division – she gave a stellar performance last night and I suspect she’ll go a ways in this competition. She’s also SYTYCD winner Amy Yakima’s sister, per Justin.

She’s an interesting dancer, for sure. More interesting than some previous contemporary juniors. I think a few years age difference makes a big deal.

Lauren Yakima Twitter

Lauren Yakima Instagram

Lauren’s home town paper, the Detroit Free Press, did a nice write up on her before the show got started. Click the link to read the whole thing – an excerpt is below.

If Yakima’s name sounds familiar, maybe it’s because she’s the youngest sister of Amy Yakima, who won Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” back in 2013. The Free Press spoke this week to the latest Yakima to step up as a network TV contestant.

How she got into dancing

“It just kind of just like fell in to my lap,” says Lauren, whose older sisters Amy and Emma also grew up immersed in local competitive dancing. “It ended up being a passion for all of us and something we were good at. It snowballed from when we were kids.” Lauren’s mother, Mary Beth, and father, Daniel, are both proud dance parents who’ve spent more than a decade supporting their daughters’ ambitions and supplying the necessary money and chauffeuring for lessons, weekend dance competitions, national conventions, summer workshops and costumes.

February 27, 2019 I Written By

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WoD Season 3 Contestant Profiles – Battle Droids Crew

I picked this Junior Team to profile next because I thought their name was interesting. 🙂 I have no idea if we’ll actually get to see them on the show or not – every season there are a few that aren’t seen on screen, and lots that don’t make it to the second round. Fingers crossed!!

As I said, this is a Junior (Breaking Team and they are reportedly from Antwerp, Belgium. Another place I’d love to visit!! This video is from three years ago or so…hopefully they’ve grown and polished up their dancing a bit since then.

Here’s another video…better than the first, also two years old. This doesn’t quite hold up to the likes of last season’s winners

Flash forward two years and they are champions!!

Battle Droids Crew Facebook Page

Battle Droids Crew Instagram

February 21, 2019 I Written By

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WoD Season 3 Contestant Profiles – House of Tap

Hmmm…the mystery performers. WoD lists them in the Junior Division and that they’re from Santa Ana and San Diego. I can’t find too much about House of Tap except a facebook page which says:

House of Tap is a traveling tap experience celebrating the magic of tap! House of Tap is affiliated with the House of Tap pre-professional youth company.

There are a few videos on youtube which purport to be part of the “House of Tap Project” but I’m not having a lot of success finding more info. It does appear that their artistic director, Josh Nixon, is dancing with Chloe Arnold, who is friends with Derek Hough, one of the World of Dance judges, so..

February 19, 2019 I Written By

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WoD Season 3 Contestant Profile – Mia and Audrey

Figured it was time to start working on these, despite my busy schedule. I’m also not sure how much info I’ll be able to find on a lot of these dancers. By all means, if you have more info, let me know in the comments!! Mia and Audrey are up first, from the Junior Division. They are a female hip hop duo from Seattle and Chicago.

Here’s a great compilation video:

Mia and Audrey is how they’re listed for WoD but they are Mia Mugs (Mugavero) & Audrey Lane-Partlow

Mia Instagram

Audrey Instagram

February 18, 2019 I Written By

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Parade Magazine Introduces World of Dance Season 3 Contestants!!

This is a nice article which introduces 15 of the 54 acts that will be competing on the upcoming season. I’ve put a short excerpt below, but click the link to read the whole article in Parade. Most of us will recognize this first group – every season they’ve had people competing on the show.

Dancetown Divas

Hometown: Miami, FL
Members: 15
Ages: 12-15
Style: Ballroom
Division: Junior Team
Bio: The Dancetown Divas, put together by choreographer Manny Castro, originate from the same Miami dance studio as World of Dance alumni Miami All-Stars and D’Angelo & Amanda from Season 1 and Jonas & Ruby and The Untouchables from Season 2. Individually, these girls have accomplished a lot, and they’re looking to prove that they belong on the big stage.

Derion & Madison

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Members: 2
Ages: 23-28
Style: Contemporary
Division: Upper
Bio: This duo of extremely athletic dancers are known for doing the unexpected in their self-choreographed dance routines. They met while touring with Diavolo and instantly became fast friends, describing themselves as “twins separated at birth.” Their unique style, technique and ability to pull off the impossible, all while making it look easy, makes them a force to be reckoned with.

January 31, 2019 I Written By

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Who is Set to Compete on World of Dance Season 3??

I’m sure many of you have seen the new promo for World of Dance Season 3 that came out a few days before Christmas (when I was on vacay). Between that video and twitter, we have a few ideas as to who some of the competitors are – I am NOT good at naming dance teams from this video, but there are other eagle eyes out there who are. Here’s the promo:

Not the face, JLo, not the face… 🙂 Anyway, can you pick out any of the dancers in the promo?? They look amazing. Here are a couple that have been named thus far:

So, Kings United (India), All Ready (Korea) and Jorge Valcárcel/Jonathan Troncoso (Peru) are three of our competitors this upcoming season. Kings United are a male hip hop team from India – World Hip Hop Dance Champions in fact! Since there are several of them, they are likely in the “Upper Team” category. I think, provided they don’t change the categories again.

Kings United Wiki
Kings United Instagram
Kings United Facebook
Kings United YouTube

All Ready appears to be a female duo from Korea. I don’t see a stated style on their facebook page, but they definitely have a very strong ballroom/latin vibe and they have a Salsa competition post.. Derek is going to love this duo – fantastic dancing, from what I’ve seen.

All Ready Instagram
All Ready Facebook

The third tweet says, when translated, that two Peruvian dancers “captivated” JLo while competing on the upcoming season. It links to an article about the dancers, specifically Jorge Valcárcel, which says:

Jorge Valcárcel is a prominent Peruvian dancer, was crowned as world champion of dance competitions in different genres such as salsa , danced in El Gran Show by Gisela Valcárcel and is currently in full preparation for the competition in Los Angeles, United States, along with Jonathan Troncoso.

These two are pretty amazing Salsa dancers!! Unfortunately, I’m not sure which social media belongs to them.

December 30, 2018 I Written By

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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.

Eva Igo Instagram
Eva Igo Twitter

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.

Ian Eastwood Youtube
Ian Eastwood Twitter
Ian Eastwood Instagram

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

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