Is the World of Dance tour as good as the TV show? Find out! We attended World of Dance Live and experienced the VIP meet and greet with the cast of dancers.
After watching season 2 of World of Dance, my daughter and I were thrilled to discover that the World of Dance tour would be coming to a performing arts center near us. I decided to spring for the VIP tickets so that we could meet the dancers as well as have great seats. Here’s my honest review of both the World of Dance tour and the VIP experience.
The World of Dance Tour VIP Meet and Greet Review
The VIP tickets cost $147 plus fees and tax, as opposed to standard show tickets which cost around $50 plus fees and taxes.
One day before the show, I received an email from the performance venue with instructions on when and where to report for the VIP experience. We were asked to arrive at 5:15 pm, which was 2 hours and 15 minutes before showtime, and report to the box office area.
We arrived right on time, checked in at the box office, and received wristbands. A few minutes later, a venue employee assembled the VIP group of approximately 50 people into one long line and led us into the building.
Before we could enter the medium-sized conference room where the dancers awaited us, we had to pass through security. Bags were visually checked, and each person was scanned with a metal detecting wand.
After we cleared security, we each were given a World of Dance VIP lanyard.
As we entered the room, each person received a World of Dance Live Tour “Meet the Cast” poster, which was uniquely designed to include photos of all of the current show’s performers and enough space left over for their autographs. Our show lineup included Jaxon Willard, Michael Dameski, Charity and Andres, Embodiment, Royal Flux, and BDASH & Konkrete.
The dancers were seated at two long rows of covered conference tables that converged at a 90 degree angle. The line moved a little at a time, to allow guests to have their posters signed and to take pictures, if desired, with the dancers.
Every single one of the dancers was friendly, and many of them engaged my daughter in conversation about the show—or about her t-shirt, which was decorated with pizza slice graphics. She was thrilled with the personal attention and didn’t stop smiling the entire time.
I took pictures of her with all of the soloists and duets; it seemed a little too rushed to snap a pic with the ensembles, too, but I’m sure they would have been happy to take a group photo had we asked.
By the time we had reached the end of the tables and snapped the final photo (with Michael Dameski, whose Australian accent was even more adorable in person), we were both grinning and giddy. The whole process only took a few minutes, but felt entirely worth the cost. We came away with a lovely poster covered in autographs and great memories of interacting with the dancers.
The World of Dance Tour Live Show Review
The show was held in a large auditorium, and it appeared to be sold out or close to sold out. The stage was minimally decorated with three large screens. Before the show began, they glowed with the World of Dance Live Tour logo.
As soon as the show kicked off, they lit up with a variety of marquee and background effects, reminiscent of the massive screens on the set of the television show. The opening number featured what appeared to be the entire cast of the tour in one big group number. It was fun to see them all on the stage performing in unison despite their wildly different backgrounds and dance styles.
The only drawback was the volume of the music, which was as loud as a rock concert; for many people, this wouldn’t be a problem, but for some sensitive adults and children, it could prove to be too much. Be aware of this if you or your child are sensitive to noise. (And if so, sit in the back and bring earplugs.)
When the opening number was complete, I expected some sort of master of ceremonies to come out. To my surprise, the entire performance was hosted by the dancers themselves. One or more of them would amble out for ad-libbed remarks, a short skit, or just general clowning around.
It created an intimate atmosphere, as if you had just stumbled into a magical rehearsal session where it was just the dancers and you. Even if it was just to save the production company a few dollars, I’m glad they let the dancers do the talking rather than some hiring some M.C. to provide patter.
I’d assumed that we would see many of the same dance numbers that had appeared in the show, with a handful of new choreographies mixed in. It turned out to be a pretty accurate assumption. We recognized some of our favorite performances from Jaxon Willard, Michael Dameski, Charity and Andres, and BDASH & Konkrete.
I had guessed that some of the more dangerous-looking tricks might be toned down for the tour, but there were quite a few moments where the audience gasped at a particularly daring jump, flip, spin, or drop.
One enjoyable innovation of the live tour was how the dancers transitioned between numbers without resorting to closing the curtain or fully blacking out the lights. For most of the transitions, the preceding dancer remained on stage as the upcoming dancer (or dancers) came on stage, often with an interesting bit of movement or dialogue as the performers briefly interacted while coming and going.
Sometimes the dancers were combined in new groups, such as when Charity joined the women of Royal Flux for a dance that was themed around the concept of women’s rights. These interactions and recombinations were the highlight of the show, and they also showed how the television format could potentially be expanded by allowing the dancers to perform together.
I’d been a little bit concerned that the cast would phone it in, since the pressure of the competition was off, but I needn’t have worried. From our viewpoint, they were just as energetic as ever. In fact, they were even more captivating live.
Highlights of the Show
- Charity exudes power and energy. When she’s on stage, you practically can’t take your eyes off her. She and Andres were a powerhouse team both on TV and in person.
- Jaxon Willard’s contrast of strength and vulnerability was even more arresting when viewed live.
- Michael Dameski is a phenomenal dancer, but he’s also quite the comedian! We enjoyed his funny bit with Royal Flux.
- Royal Flux was an excellent example of how the best ensembles have an intuitive dynamic between dancers. They moved as a coordinated unit made up of complementary moving parts.
- Embodiment had fewer dancers present than in the television show, but (despite that) brought great energy to the stage. It was kind of strange to not have Ne-Yo around to comment about their masculinity, which I sort of expected to hear every time they came on stage.
- BDASH & Konkrete make krumping look effortless and otherworldly. Their narrative-based performances, like the scary clown-themed duet originally seen on TV, are fascinating to watch. They were our favorites and we hope to see more from them in the future!
I would gladly attend another World of Dance tour show, even if it were the exact same lineup—or, maybe even especially if it were the same lineup. It’s that good. If you like World of Dance the television show, you will be enchanted by the World of Dance Live.
Got questions about the World of Dance tour show or the VIP experience? Ask in the comments!