‘World of Dance’ episode 3 recap: Swing Latino, Eva Igo and The Mihacevich Sisters are early standouts

Dancers from all around the globe took to the stage on Tuesday night’s qualifying round of the new NBC reality series “World of Dance,” hoping for a chance to win the $1 million grand prize. The judging panel, which consists of superstar Jennifer Lopez, “Dancing With the Stars” standout Derek Hough, and singer/producer Ne-Yo, were on hand to offer their critiques and score each performance. Dancers who averaged at least 80 points advanced to the next round, while those scoring less were sent home.

Within the competition, dancers are split into three categories: Juniors (under 18), Upper (18+), and Team (18+, with 5 or more members). Here’s a look at the dancers whose entire performances were featured on “World of Dance” Season 1, Episode 3, including their rankings from top to bottom.

1. Swing Latino (Team), Score: 89.3 — This energetic dance crew from Colombia took salsa dancing to a level most audiences have never seen. The face-paced, athletic tour-de-force brought Latin ballroom to the top of the leaderboard. The twists, turns, sparkles and rhinestones radiated pure joy on stage and the judges reacted with the strongest score of the night.

2. Eva Igo (Junior), Score: 88 — At just 14 years old, Igo poured emotion and soul into a performance that was far beyond her years. She has the flexibility of a contortionist and moved aggressively across the stage in animalistic fashion. The strength and control of her movements was impressive and she will be a force to be reckoned with in future weeks.

3. The Mihacevich Sisters (Junior), Score: 87 — The trio of sisters performed an emotional contemporary routine to Rachel Platten’s “Stand by You.” Madeline (16), Chloe (14) and Lainey (12) were remarkably composed and graceful for their age, but didn’t quite excel to the heights more seasoned dancers have this season. While the form and cohesion was in tact, perhaps more experience will result in more creative performances.

4. The Jabbawockeez (Team), Score: 86.7 — The fact that this seasoned dance crew is taking part in the competition speaks to the level of talent we can expect to see all season. After winning the dance competition “America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2008, the Jabbawockeez went on to become the first dance team to headline their own show in Las Vegas. But after delivering a solid, yet somewhat “phoned-in” performance, the judges gave them only lukewarm scores.

5. DNA (Upper), Score: 86 — This husband/wife duo from Ukraine incorporated a fusion of ballroom styles to create a fun, exciting routine. They relied on power and strength more than elegance – an approach that appeared to both set them apart and cost them some points. Their movements didn’t have the effortless quality they needed and the lack of control took away from the performance.

6. Ian Eastwood & The Young Lions (Team), Score: 83.7 — Eastwood became a YouTube sensation at a young age and has been touring the world working as a choreographer since he was 16 years old. Jennifer compared Eastwood to a young Michael Jackson and credited him for the routine he created. But overall the performance looked like backup dancers who were missing their lead singer.

In addition to the six performances that were shown in full, snippets of six others were shown and the following dancers also advanced to next week’s duels:

Chapkis Dance Family, Score: 89
Pasion, Score: 87.7
Kyntay, Score: 85.7
The Posse, Score: 84
Kyle Van Newkirk, Score: 80.7
Boys of Temecula, Score: 80.3

Tune in next Tuesday to watch the competitors face off in the Duel Round, where winners continue in the competition and losers go home. Click through our “World of Dance” photo gallery down below for more pics of the Season 1 judges and dancers.

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