Jennifer Lopez is bringing World of Dance to primetime.
Lopez, with her production company Nuyorican Productions, inked a deal with NBC to bring World of Dance to the small screen, it was announced Tuesday. The series will pit top dancers from around the globe against each other in “epic battles of artistry, precision, and athleticism.” The winner will walk away with a dazzling $1 million dollar prize.
“This will be a fierce, talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents,” Lopez said in a video introducing the series (below). “I am excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community, to give all dancers an enormous platform where their dreams can be realized.”
The competitors — divided into Junior (under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1-4, over 16 years old), and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years old) — will be handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and via online submissions. Emmy-winning choreography duo Nappytabs (Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo), who choreographed J.Lo’s Las Vegas show, are also on board for the series.
World of Dance began in 2008 as an online dance competition and has since grown into a global organization, with worldwide tours and performances every year. Lopez will executive produce its move to primetime, along with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt, and Al Hassas.
Prospective competitors can register to audition here. Check out a clip of Lopez talking about the new series below.
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