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It is the world’s longest and most prestigious annual YouTube dance competition. The final on January 24 will bring together over 80 pairs of dancers, bringing dozens of regional performances together in a live show.
I had no idea how big September would be. I figured the finals would be around 100 pairs and up to 800,000 people watching online.
On the first day of pre-audition videos, I was blown away by the number of people who wanted to try, and in what shape. I thought they were trying.
A couple of them were using VR headsets, crawling around in their suitcases. I was terrified.
That’s not how dancing videos are supposed to look. We should look cheesy, like we’re jumping around. But we work so hard to make it look perfect, so we’ve lost our love for it.
The August competition is from Spain, and it was incredible to watch people of different shapes and sizes dancing for votes.
Dancers perform for September’s competition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Credit: Ringo Blades/Ringo Blades/REX/Shutterstock
It was the first time anyone had danced in shorts during a competition, so the crowd blew up. One person in black pants, dancing, and people on the platform were showing us the song, because we were too slow.
Dancing is an art and when you’re good at it, there’s nothing easier than being able to reach someone, connect with them, and be there. This year, YouTube added subtitles.
Before YouTube, it was for 10 minutes before they said: “Sit down, relax, and your mobile phone goes off.” Now, we can say: “I just danced for 10 minutes.”
We were also talking about international collaborations. If we could sing with anyone, who would it be?
When I told Fabiola, I almost sounded in love. We’ve been dancing for five years. We are from Santiago, Chile, and we didn’t even know we wanted to be dancers until we saw the video for “Too Short” by Michael Jackson, “Rhythm Nation.”
That’s why we’ve decided to work on collaborations for every single competition we’re in. That’s why we partnered with Rakuten, an online company in Japan. We will have a video that’ll be in Japanese, but with our choreography, colors, the whole look.