Springville duo become first to earn perfect score on ‘World of Dance’


Charity Anderson and Andres Peñate, contemporary dancers from Utah County, earned a perfect score to advance to The Cut on “World of Dance.” (Photo courtesy of Charity and Andres Facebook)

A pair of contemporary dancers from Springville, Utah wowed the judges on “World of Dance” Wednesday night to earn the first perfect score in the history of the show.

“It felt so new and disruptive,” said judge Jennifer Lopez, adding that some of the moves were straight out of “The Matrix.”

Charity Anderson and Andres Peñate, who choreograph their own routines, competed against contemporary dancer Vivian Ruiz in The Duels in the Junior category. The duo beat Ruiz with their routine to “Way Down We Go” by Kaleo.

“When you choreograph your own routines, you know what you are capable of doing, you know your limits and you know your strengths,” said judge Derek Hough. “You guys choreographed a routine that didn’t just play to your strengths — it surpassed it. It transcended dance.”

After the duo won The Duel, Hough called the dance partners “the whole package.”

Anderson and Peñate competed in the Junior category, which consists of contestants 17 years old and younger with one to four dancers. The other groups are Junior Team (17 years old and under, five to 15 dancers), Upper (18 years old and older, one to four dancers), and Upper Team (18 years old and older, five to 15 dancers).

There are five rounds in the show: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final.

The duo aren’t the only competitors with Utah County ties. American Fork contemporary dancer Jaxon Willard made the judges cry on his way to advancing to The Duels and The Pulse, a ballroom dance team from Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Orem, snuck by with a 80.3 score to advance to The Duels.

“World of Dance” next airs on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. MDT.

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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