New Orleans Living Magazine has a cool feature with Derek and the new Move Beyond Live Tour with Julianne. I’m loving this quote about the show….
“We’ve gone above and beyond with everything from the music and the costumes to the lighting and set design, and I can absolutely say that this is going to be our best tour yet,” Derek says. “We’re very competitive with ourselves, and we like to keep raising our own standards and making our show better, and it’s going to be amazing. We love touring and going into people’s cities and seeing them and performing for them. I love to evoke emotion from people through dance, and we’re very proud of this show and very excited about it.”
And here’s fun part on “World Of Dance”….
Throughout the 10-episode series of World of Dance, elite dancers will put their artistry and athleticism on full display and vie for a staggering grand prize of $1 million. “That prize is definitely nothing to turn your nose up at,” Derek says. “It’s a huge opportunity for these dancers, and, for me, it’s amazing to be a part of it and to support dancing in a different way and to be an advocate for dance. And even for those that don’t win, this platform of being on this nationwide television show, the biggest dance competition show in the world, is going to be awesome for them.”
Being on the other side of the table as a judge for World of Dance instead of a performer will be a different experience for Derek. “You know what’s funny, I was like, ‘Am I going to be able to judge?’” he says. “And the first day we sat down as judges, and I watched the first dance, it was very natural, because, with dancing, coaching and teaching, you’re always critiquing and pointing out things that could be improved. And the dynamic of Jennifer Lopez, NE-YO and me was very natural. We hit it off and had great chemistry, and watching the amazing dancing is so exciting and so beautiful, incredible and artistic. It’s a pleasure to be able to comment on it, so yeah, it’s great! I would say I’d be a little more compassionate, maybe just because not long ago I was on the other side. I’ve been being judged since I was 12 years old, so I’m very used to that situation. I can be a little soft sometimes but I’m quickly reminded especially by NE-YO that this is for $1 million, so it’s a big deal and it has to be a million dollar dance essentially. It’s amazing, and I think people are really going to enjoy it.”
Bring it on, Derek. Lots more at New Orleans Living Magazine. Thanks to Linz for the heads up.