“World of Dance” was greenlit this July with a 10-episode order, and when the series was picked up, Lopez was only attached in a producing capacity, though sources said an on-camera role was always a possibility.
Lopez, of course, has experience as a reality TV judge, just coming off of “American Idol.” The multi-hyphenate has strong ties with NBC, as she stars in the network’s scripted drama “Shades of Blue,” which is entering its second season.
Lopez’s company Nuyorican Productions is producing “World of Dance” with Universal Television Alternative Studio.
“I identify with the struggles, passion, discipline, competition and exhilaration of dance. I am excited that with this show we can skyrocket a dancer’s career and help guide them to success,” said Lopez.
“This show centers on the need to celebrate and reward the art and athleticism of the dance community and there is no one more passionate about that then Jennifer,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio. “Her role at the judges’ table takes our joint ambitions to the next level, and we can’t wait to get started.”
“World of Dance,” described as an unparalleled dance competition, will feature solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance, including hip hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, clogging, stomping and more. The winner will receive a grand prize of $1 million. The show is made in partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance.
“World of Dance” will also feature choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, best known as Nappytabs. The notable dancing duo has worked extensively with Lopez, having choreographed her Las Vegas show “All I Have.” Along with Lopez, other exec producers are Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Kris Curry, Matilda Zoltowski, David Gonzalez, Matthew Everitt and Al Hassas.
“World of Dance” isn’t the only unscripted dance series coming to NBC. Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum are also producing a dance-centric series at the network, which landed a six-episode order.