Exclusive -- First look at competitors in NBC's upcoming new series 'World of Dance'
NBC is set to premier its new dance competition series "World of Dance" on May 30, and espnW got an exclusive look at some of the show's competitors.
Forty-seven acts will compete in three categories -- Upper (groups of one to four dancers, 18 and older), Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under) and Team (groups of five or more, 18 and older) -- for a grand prize of $1 million. They'll be judged by an all-star panel of experts, including Jennifer Lopez (who is also an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host Jenna Dewan Tatum.
These dancers have some serious athleticism. Check them out below!
Hip-hop duo and twin sisters Iman and Khadijah, from Twin Cities, Minnesota, are self-taught, professional dancers who fine-tuned their skills in their home studio.
Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina make up this Ukrainian-born ballroom duo from New York. Drozdyuk is a three-time World Ballroom Dance champion who trained at The Juilliard School. The pair has won two U.S. National Ballroom championship titles and are World Championship finalists.
Nick Daniels, a contemporary solo dancer, has spent nearly his entire life honing his skills at his mom's dance studio in New Jersey. When he was 16, he moved to Miami to train at Stars Dance Studio under the highly respected coaching duo Victor Smalley and Angel Armas.
Combining their precise and disciplined choreography of Flamenco-style dance with percussive movements, the four-member group from Santa Barbara, California, puts on performances that are something to experience both visually and audibly.
This group from Oslo, Norway, has drawn their influence from hip-hop and their backgrounds. The trio has been competing and winning local, continental and international competitions for the past decade.
Seventeen-member 801 Squad is a group from Center Stage Performing Arts Studio, a ballroom-fusion dance company in Orem, Utah. All the dancers are trained in ballroom, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, musical theater and ballet.
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.
JJ and Joey
Four years ago, these two esteemed dancers from Johnston, Rhode Island, hit the stage. The hip-hop duo has been performing together ever since -- growing, training and getting stronger. This dynamic duo is truly one of a kind.
Kaeli and Brandon
Kaeli was the youngest dancer to be accepted into The American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School's pre-professional program, where she shared the stage with Misty Copeland in "The Nutcracker." Brandon won the Hope Award and the Youth America Grand Prix in 2010. As a ballet duo, they have won top titles at dance competitions such as Starpower International and Revolution Talent Competition.
FUZE is a 10-member ballroom-fusion group from Los Angeles that was formed by choreographer Alan Salazar, who has been part of award-winning competitive dance teams.
Jabbawockeez is an internationally known dance team from Sacramento, California, that has amassed large success with its Las Vegas resident shows. In 2012, the group was honored for its contribution to the dance community with Hip Hop International's Living Legend of Hip Hop Award. In 2016, the nine-member group danced alongside Bruno Mars during the American Music Awards.
Led by world-champion Irish dancer Alan Kenefick, ProdiJIG, a seven-member group from Cork, Ireland, combines Irish dance, pop and hip-hop into its distinctive style.
Rouge is a group of nine empowered girls handpicked from the world-renowned Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. They are self-proclaimed underdogs.
Using extreme stunts and athletic movement, Royal Flux is not your typical contemporary group. The group from Los Angeles is comprised of seven athletes who have a distinctive style.
Stroll Groove, a nine-member stepping group, has taken the Los Angeles dance scene by storm, creating immersive performances that nod to classic stepping.
Established in 2000, the 11-member crew has made appearances in music videos and toured with artists including Madonna, Fergie and Justin Timberlake. As a result, it was the first hip-hop dance crew to ever perform inside the White House, in 2010. The dancers have also won prestigious competitions such as the "Red Bull BC One" World Championship.