Orem junior ballroom team scrapes by with score on ‘World of Dance’

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An Orem ballroom dance team earned a spot in The Duels on “World of Dance” on Monday night, but it was a close call.

The Pulse, a junior ballroom dance team at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio, scraped by with a 80.3 score, just 0.3 above the minimum advancing score.

While the judges gave the junior ballroom team a high enough combined score to advance, they also provided constructive criticism. Derek Hough, who trained in part at Center Stage, even came onstage to demonstrate a move.

“Some of you were a little erratic in the movements where you’re trying to hit it,” Hough said. “You’ve got to be calm and strong, all right?”

Ne-Yo, who smiled through the routine, added, “From what I know of ballroom, every man is a gentleman, smooth and strong, every woman is elegant and yet powerful, and what I’ve seen is the potential to be, but not quite there just yet.”

Judge Jennifer Lopez encouraged the group to work on their weaknesses. “There’s just stuff that you need to work on because in this competition, the juniors compete with adults,” Lopez said.

After eight episodes of Qualifiers, the second round of competition, The Duels, will begin airing on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MDT on NBC. There are two other Utah County acts, all at the junior level, that advanced to The Duals on Season 2 of “World of Dance”: Jaxon Willard, a soloist from American Fork, and Charity and Andres, a duo from Springville.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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