Eva Igo’s “leaked” performance on NBC’s World of Dance – the latest dance sensation to hit the summer television schedule and screen – has gone viral. But she’s keeping it all in perspective. “It’s exciting. I’m glad people liked it,” she says via cell phone in between classes and rehearsals.
The performance which officially aired Tuesday night, showcased Igo at her best – dancing – feeling the music, showing-off her flexibility and her impressive arsenal of tricks. She performed to Bishop Briggs’ “River” on Night 3 of WOD’s Qualifiers, bringing down the house, scoring 88, and earning high praise from the judges, “You dominated that stage,” noted Derek Hough.
Igo loves dancing and showing emotion onstage. She made it to WOD after producers saw a youtube video and messaged her via Instagram. But despite an amazing opportunity on a huge stage, Eva says that, “Not much has changed,” adding, “I don’t compare myself to anyone else, it’s just me. I love dancing and showing people what I can do.” Here’s a little more of our chat with Eva…
Tell us a little about your background. I was born and raised in Minnesota and my sister danced. And, since I was there watching, [my family] put me in classes as well. I was two years old, doing ballet and tap. Once my sister got into competition, I started doing it when I was old enough. I started competition and recitals and doing solos. I guess that’s really when I started to know what dance was and started loving it.
What do you like about dance? I like the challenge. Everyone in my studio is so talented. It’s very motivating. We hang out all the time, so it’s really fun.
And what’s the most fun for you? I think the most fun part of dancing is just letting my emotions go, really just performing and competing.
What’s next for you? I’m going to keep dancing and later on, I’d really like to get involved behind the scenes. I saw all of the people working on the show and how much goes in to it. It’s really amazing.
What advice can you give to dancers in competition or who are interested in doing a show like World of Dance? I think just work hard. You have to work hard to succeed. Everything happens for a reason.
Eva Igo is 14 years old and dances for Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, Minnesota. Igo secured regional titles by age seven and national titles by age 11. She trains in numerous styles of dance- Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary. SOCIAL: @evaigo2002 (Instagram)
NBC’s new dance competition series “World of Dance” is led by a judging team of extraordinary dance superstars – Jennifer Lopez (who also serves as an executive producer), Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum.
The 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents and the opportunity to receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million.