Filipinos are not just great singers; some of us are fantastic dancers too.
That’s how it appears to be when Filipino dance crew VPeepz performed an almost flawless dance routine on NBC’s talent show World of Dance yesterday. Their jaw-dropping movement impressed judges Ne-Yo, Jennifer Lopez, and Derek Hough so much that they all gave the group standing ovations.
The crew, composed of dancers from 11 to 16 years old, was so good that they earned a cumulative score of 98.7 percent, enabling them to progress to the finals of the Junior Team Division.
Vpeepz danced to the tune of &Burn by Billie Eilish. Watch them as they wow the judges in their colorful barong Tagalog shirts.
The dancers were left crying after their performance, and Ne-Yo was pumped with what he saw.
“Oh my God,” he exclaimed. “Without a flip, without a trick, without anything. Nobody risked their life and you got the three of us up out of our seats. J.Lo got the goosies (goosebumps).”
Seeing the teens tearing up, Lopez, who’s also the show’s executive producer, said: “You know what those tears are for? Here’s what I feel what those tears are for: If people are so in sync and you’re just feeling each other’s energy so hard that when you’re finished [dancing], [you’d think] ‘Did you feel that? Yes, I just felt that.'”
Hough thought the kids absolutely smashed their routine. “The clarity, the choreography, the thoughtfulness. There was space in the music that allowed us to appreciate those hard moments, those intricate moments with the footwork,” he said.
“You didn’t leave any beat, any moment unturned. It was so beautiful. Well done, VPeepz! You guys nailed it!” he added.
Should Vpeepz win in the Division Final, they can move on to the World Final where they will have a chance to get the US$1,000,000 (PHP51.679 million) grand prize.
According to their Facebook account, VPeepz was formed in 2017 and aims to promote street dancing so that it could be accepted as an art form and as a real profession for young Filipinos. They were a finalist in the 2018 World Hip Hop Dance Championship held in Phoenix, Arizona.
Good luck, guys.
Meanwhile, time to post #ProudtobePinoy, dance fans!
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