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'So You Think You Can Dance': Behind-the-scenes first look

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So You Think You Can Dance is looking to the future.

The Fox reality competition series returns to the stage for season 13 with a very different slate of contestants: every dancer will be between the ages of 8 to 13. But as host Cat Deeley reminds us, “Big things come in small packages.”

In this exclusive sneak peek at So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, the team behind the show — including new judge Maddie Ziegler (Dance Moms) — weighs in on the change. But not everything is changing; the early rounds of the competition feature a roster of fan-favorite choreographers, including Travis Wall, Warren Carlyle, and Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo.

“These kids literally could step on the stage and be professionals right now” says Napoleon. “That’s how good they are.”

So You Think You Can Dance returns May 30 on Fox. For a closer look at the NappyTabs-approved next generation, check out the full video below.