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'World Of Dance' Is Getting Misty Copeland As A Guest Judge

The renowned American Ballet Theatre principal dancer will be judging for two special episodes. 

Dancing professionally can be incredibly competitive, but NBC’s World of Dance turns the pressure up another notch.

Executive produced and co-judged by Jennifer Lopez, the new show offers the best dancers a $1 million prize if their moves are like none other. In addition to Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum are also on the show. 

And if that roster of trained celebrity dancers isn’t impressive enough, the show is now bringing on American Ballet Theatre’s first African American principal ballerina Misty Copeland to judge the competitors. 

“When judging the best of the best, we knew we needed an all-star guest judge with passion and credibility to mentor these incredible dancers,” Lopez said in statement to ESSENCE. “Misty Copeland is at the top of her game and we are so honored that she was able to lend her expertise and experience to the ‘World of Dance’ stage.”

Copeland will be joining for round three of the competition, “The Cut,” where the competitors face the deepest and most intense cut of the season. More than half of the acts will be sent home, and only the top two acts from each division will move on to the Division Final. 

In addition to guest judging World of Dance, Copeland married her longtime partner Olu Evans in 2016, is promoting her second book titled “Ballerina Body”, and is in three shows this summer.

Check out Misty Copeland on NBC’s World of Dance on the July 18 and July 25 episodes.