World of Dance Season 2! WEEK 9 Live Blog!! THE DUELS

Looking forward to what tonight’s duels will bring. They sure are bragging on it on the internets. 🙂

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August 1, 2018 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 2, Week 2 (Qualifiers) – Court’s Thoughts: The Good, The Bad, & the WTF???

So we got to see six more acts throwing their hat in the ring last night, and I think we’re starting to see the competition really take shape: seems like it’s going to be a strong season for ballroom duos, between Karen y Ricardo, Pasha & Daniela, returning season 1 acts DNA and Luka & Jenalyn, plus the other Castro sibling – SYTYCD finalist Ruby – and her partner Jonas.  I think we’re probably also going to see some tough competition among hip-hop teams – particularly those who do animation/robotics, as I see both Poreotics (from ABDC) and Dragon House (which includes SYTYCD alum Cyrus) on the roster. I wish I could say I was excited to see Eva Igo back, but given that I was not always impressed with her brand of contemporary flailing last season (and would have rather seen The Lab advance over her), I’m skeptical of whether or not they’re going to send her to the finals of her division again. But shall we focus on last night’s acts? 🙂

The OTHER Ones To Beat (Maybe): Charity & Andres. This is about the only act I could see giving Karen y Ricardo a run for their money so far – these kids are THAT GOOD, and in the grand tradition of most of the Utah dancers, they appear to be cross-trained in contemporary, ballet, ballroom, and gymnastics, which gives them a serious edge since they can fuse together multiple styles.  That’s probably why I enjoyed this routine so much – it was contemporary-heavy, but there were enough lifts, attention to technique, and partnering to round out the routine that I wasn’t left going “Christ, here we go again with the flailing & flipping.” However, I will say that Karen y Ricardo have Charity & Andres beat in terms of chemistry – and it’s not just because the former is an actual couple; Charity & Andres give me a bit of that “uber-polished & trained” competition vibe, which can come across a bit too perfect and a tad robotic at times…hope they can show us a bit more vulnerability in the coming weeks.

The Excuse to Get the Judges Arguing: Pasha & Daniela. Last week, the judges were pretty warm & fuzzy and generally in agreement about the acts they saw; this was the first time we saw them split pretty noticeably with their opinions on the act.  Ne-Yo seemed altogether unimpressed; J-Lo gushed about how much she loved it; and Derek fell somewhere in the middle, complimenting their technique but cautioning them about their choreography.  I tend  to side with Derek on this one – their technique and chemistry really was impressive, but I think they did waste a bit too much time stretching out their moves and probably could have benefited from using a song with more potential for musicality. They kind of have the opposite problem as DNA (ballroom act from last season, who also appear to be back this season): DNA got called out for trying to cram too much into their routines, while Pasha & Daniela maybe didn’t have enough. I like Pasha & Daniela – I remember Pasha when he was competing in pro 10-dance with onetime DWTS pro Inna Brayer, and I remember watching Daniela perform a showcase at the Ohio Star Ball when she was dancing youth Latin like 12 years ago – but I’m not sure I love them, and I’ll be interested to see how they hold up against some of the other ballroom acts this season.

Dey Aight: Connection. I don’t have a problem with this hip-hop group, other than the fact that I just simply don’t find them to be as memorable or unique as the other hip-hop groups we’ve seen so far this season (Desi Hoppers, S-Rank).  They were pleasant to watch, but I didn’t find myself wildly impressed – thought they could have been a bit cleaner, and their choreography more…distinct.  I know Jennifer threw out the term “hip hop with Latin flare”, but where I see Desi Hoppers really making an effort to combine traditional Indian dancing with their hip-hop, I don’t think that the effort was as apparent with Connection trying to really combine Latin dance with hip-hop…I have a feeling they’ll probably get ousted in the duels, especially if they’re up against ABDC champs like Poreotics.

WTF Did I Just Watch?!, Redux: Fabulous Sisters. Where as I was saying “WTF?!” in a bad way with Flip last week, I found myself saying it in a positive sense this week – ’cause Fabulous Sisters were everything that Flip was trying to be: they had the fusion of dance styles, the drama, the bold costuming, and the right staging & coordination. I’m not quite sure what to call the style they were doing – it was part modern/contemporary, with almost a paso doble-like feel and a little bit of waacking thrown in – but I was buying what they were selling, and found myself wanting more. Probably my favorite act of the night.

You Mighta Picked Wrong, Jenna: Bdash & Konkrete. I didn’t even really watch SYTYCD with any sort of regularity last season, but I did make an effort to watch some of the clips of Jenna – and I still find myself shaking my head in disappointment that she brought Konkrete all the way to the final cut before doing the predictable thing and picking Kiki, the ballroom dancer with about as much personality as a wall, over the much more interesting and unpredictable krumper, Konkrete. Well it looks like Konkrete is getting the last laugh, because he seems to have found a pretty nice niche for himself on WOD – he & his partner, Bdash, were giving me Les Twins vibes, without the swaggering arrogance that I found so off-putting in the latter.  Thought their choreo was fun and interesting, and they sold it well – hope they can hold their own in the upper division.

Reunited And it Feels So Good: The Lab.  These kids are both adorable AND wildly talented – it broke my heart to see them get eliminated last season, so I’m glad to see them back this time, and with the added protection of the junior division getting split into teams and individuals, so they won’t be up against junior finalist Eva Igo again. Loved their routine – the colorful outfits reminded me of individual bags of chips that my mom used to put in my lunch when I was a kid (not complaining!); and I feel like all of the kids in that group just have such strong, confident personalities even at their young age – loved all the faces they were pulling, particularly the two little boys who were up front for most of the time.  Also loved that we had a girl doing b-boy moves 🙂 And I what I find most impressive is that these kids are actually cleaner and more synchronized in their choreo than most of the adults in this competition – which is harder, considering that you’ve got a ton of kids of varying heights and builds, trying to do the exact same moves, and having them look identical onstage. Really hoping they can take the junior team division this year 🙂

That’s a Cute Top…Wait, No It’s Not: So yeah, J-Lo’s ruffly sequined top I was admiring last week? It has a price tag of $2200.  Either I need to sell a kidney on the black market, or starting learning my way around a sewing machine, if I ever wish to possess it…

Shante, I Hope This Stays: Just a general observation – I feel like we’re starting to see a lot more waacking and voguing moves thrown into other styles of dance this season, and I’m not mad about it.  Love seeing the hip-hoppers do death drops, and the jazz dancers doing waacking moves.  Worlds colliding for me – Rupaul’s Drag Race and WOD 😎

Favorites from tonight’s acts? Any thoughts on how the divisions are shaping up so far?

June 6, 2018 I Written By

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‘World Of Dance’ Season 2, Week Two Qualifiers – The Performance Videos

If you missed episode two of World Of Dance, here are the performances that qualified. The Fabulous Sisters were my fave of the night!

June 5, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping all over in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote 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. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Pure World of Dance Season 2, Week 2 (Qualifiers) – Music from Tonight’s Show

Here it is – the music from tonight’s episode, in chronological order. I’ve included a description of when in the episode it played in parentheses.

“No Limits” by Zayde Wolf (intro)

“Warrior” by Raphael Lake & Thomas Collins (The Lab intro)

“Take It To Da House” by Trick Daddy (The Lab performance)

“Lullaby” by Sigala & Paloma Faith (The Lab scores)

“One Night” by Daniel Ryan Murphy & Anthony Sanudo & Jared Palomar (Pasha & Daniela intro)

“Limit to Your Love” by James Blake (Pasha & Daniela performance)

“I Lived” by OneRepublic (Pasha & Daniela scores)

“Hay Que Luchar” by Ruben Nez (Connection intro)

“Mi Gente” by J Balvin & Willy William (Connection performance)

“Brother” by Needtobreathe (Connection scores)

“I Like Me Better” by Lauv (Charity & Andres intro)

“Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur (Charity & Andres performance)

“Break Free” by Ariana Grande & Zedd (Charity & Andres performance)

“GDFR” by Flo Rida feat. Sage the Gemini & Lookas (BDash & Konkrete intro)

“Moves” by Big Sean (BDash & Konkrete performance)

“These Days” by Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore, & Dan Caplen (BDash & Konkrete scores)

“Beethoven Scherzo” by David Garrett (Fabulous Sisters performance)

“Believer” by Lea Michele (Fabulous Sisters scores)

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World of Dance Season 2! WEEK 2 Live Blog!!

OMG AGT, what are you doing to me?? The older dancing couple – amazing. 🙂 WoD might have a hard time living up to that. 😉

The dad with the 6 kids? :::tears:::

Here we go…WoD!! More qualifiers. You only need 80 points to move on.

HOORAY!!! The Lab is back!! Love these kids, especially little miss stank-face.

And that was excellent – my reaction pretty much mirrors Derek’s. Force to be reckoned with per JLo. Derek and Ne-Yo rave as well. They did NOT disappoint!!

And they get 95, 92 and 95 from the three judges respectively. 94 average – they moving on!!

Daniella and Pasha are up next with ballroom – please kill it. If you’re “breaking the rules” Derek should love you.

I wonder how many of these ballroom couples Derek went and recruited. He said he was going to find great dancers in the off season.

Very steamy, that turn was amazing. Okay, all their turns are amazing. That was pretty amazing, I do wonder who they will stand up against all the other acts. Okay, Ne-Yo is agreeing with me, but Derek is loving them as I expected he would – their quality of movement is stellar, but Derek does point out the need to make an immediate impact. HE sees it, but the audience may not.

Score?? 79, 93, and 87 from Ne-Yo, Jennifer and Derek, respectively. Derek is most realistic, IMO. Average was an 86.3. I will say that I don’t think Ne-Yo is qualified to say a word about ballroom because he’s likely less familiar with it than the average DWTS viewer.

Third group of the night is Connection from the Upper Team.

Wow, excellent. Love the use of latin flavored music – that makes it a bit different than many. Excellent. Standing ovation from the judges – Hip Hop Latino style from JLo. Judges kinda cracking me up. Love them – they’re very emotional too. Makes me root for them.

Scores: 90, 92, and 90 for an average of 90.7. Very worthy.

Oh boy, contemporary dancers from Utah – the home of all great dancers. These look like youngsters. They are Charity and Andres – yep Juniors.

Okay, they’ve got some interesting, non-cliche moves, but also some standard contemporary that Courtney and I always complain about. Pretty compelling at the end of the dance. Contemporary has to do a lot of work to wow me anymore.

Derek loving the Utah angle. JLo is raving. Derek raves. Ne-yo finding lots of “million dollar” routines tonight. Scores 93 from Derek, 96 from JLo and 97 from Ne-Yo for an average of 95.3. That seems overscored to me, but that’s why I get bugged by contemporary. It has no real rules (unlike ballroom) and people get sucked in really easily. Yes…they were great. But 97?? Too high.

BDash and Konkrete are up next…wasn’t the latter on SYTYCD?? I know I’ve seen him before. Come on, guys, KILL IT!!

Krumping…I mostly love it and I think this is very good. Entertaining. I find it hard to tear my eyes away.

Audience seemed low energy, but the judges seemed to like it. JLo calls it gritty yet so damn smooth.

I suspect they will do well – judges liked that they went to choreo class. And it’s 96, 93 and 94 respectively for an average of 94.3 – excellent. Did we have krumpers last season? I don’t remember any…

Oh goodness – the Fabulous Sisters, so cute. A whole bunch of little girls in red. they have quite the story, being involved in the Japan earthquake and tsunami, then the subsequent issues with radiation.

Holeeeee Crap, that was amazing and I’m not even sure what it was!! So good. Might be my new favorite!! Okay, my spread sheet says they’re Urban – but the outfits threw me off. Maybe there was no other categories.

Score is 94, 93, 97, respectively for an average of 94.7 – very worthy. Excellent. Oh, they made me a bit weepy with their happiness.

So, everyone made it through tonight with some pretty high scores. Personally, I think some of the teams tonight deserved scores just as high as what we saw last week. But it doesn’t really matter – we’re qualifying here.

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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. :-)

Jennifer Lopez Releases New “Amor, Amor, Amor” Video, Includes Dancers From World Of Dance

Have you seen Jennifer Lopez’s new video for “Amor, Amor, Amor”? If not, be sure to see it below. The new video, directed by Jessy Terrero, has Jennifer Lopez going back her to her roots in New York city. Also, it includes dancers from World of Dance Eva Igo, Diana Pombo, The Lab, Ian Eastwood, and the Power Peralta twins. Nice…

November 15, 2017 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping all over in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote 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. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

NBC’s World of Dance – Looking Forward to Season TWO, What Would YOU Fix?

It’s funny. I have a twitter search for World of Dance so every week I see people claiming it’s “rigged” or “fixed” or the “judges suck”.  It’s always fans of people or groups who were eliminated.  Is this what our society has come to: when things don’t go your way, it’s all fixed or rigged? I guess when you look at the White House…well, that mentality trickles down into everyone after a while, unless you keep your brain engaged and really THINK about the issues that surround the country. That mentality is VERY immature. But I’m not here to debate politics, only a silly dance show.  And the squeaky wheels on twitter are often mental midgets in any case. 😉

Is World of Dance “fixed”??  No, I don’t believe so – not in the real definition of that word in this context: meaning that when the show was cast, they already knew who the winner was going to be. THAT would be “fixed”. Is it produced and manipulated? Of course – it’s TELEVISION. If you go into watching a show like this and don’t expect some sort of manipulation then you’re just being naïve.  The editors and producers job is to make a TV show that people want to watch and for that there needs to be a bit of drama and suspense – they’ve learned that from other dance shows.  It has to be entertaining! And honestly, righteous indignation over your favorite being eliminated shows you CARED. That you’re invested. Mission accomplished.

Do the judges have favorites which may make them biased in one direction or another?? Probably. They’re human beings. That’s how human beings work. Don’t YOU have a favorite?  I have several. Otherwise, what the hell’s the point? People have favorites. Judges are people too. This is not hard to figure out.  Does one judge pick people she wants to work with in the future and score them better than others? Well, seems likely – but that’s all part of them being her “favorites”.  Is it crappy? Yep.  Of course. That’s why there are three of them.  To get your way, you have to be obvious – and take the heat. 😉 Read more..

August 4, 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. :-)

Ne-Yo And ‘World Of Dance’ Crews Dance To “Another Love Song”

Check out World Of Dance crews The Lab and DNA as they dance to Ne-Yo’s summer single “Another Love Song”. You can also watch Ne-Yo’s new official video for it below as well. He’s got the moves as well…

August 1, 2017 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping all over in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote 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. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Derek Hough and Ne-Yo Go BTS of World of Dance – Undercover!! (Video)

This is just too freakin’ hilarious. 🙂 They pull it off, for a while.

July 30, 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. :-)

NBC’s World of Dance, Season 1, Week EIGHT – LIVE Blog

We’re seeing some of my ultimate favorites tonight!! Ian Eastwood, Keone and Mari, The Kinjaz…I can’t wait!! Very excited. I have one wish…that Les Twins don’t go through. Bound to not get my wish. I want Kinjaz and K&M. Doubt I get what I want.

I’m scared for tonight. Not afraid to admit it.

First up tonight – The Kinjaz. Damn. I hope that’s not a bad sign.

FYI – I can name several sexy Asian Americans. Just sayin’. 🙂 Read more..

July 25, 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. :-)