Richmond, BC, GRVMNT dance team advance on NBC World of Dance

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Straight out of the Fresh Groove Productions studio, the GRVMNT moves

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GRVMNT is a dance team of 11 members from Fresh Groove Productions in Richmond. Fresh Groove Productions specializes in teaching hip-hop, street and break dance to students aged 5 to 21. Studio teams regularly participate in events such as the World Hip Hop Dance Championships and, in the case of GRVMNT, appear on season 4 of NBC’s dance show World of Dance.

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GRVMNT advanced in the competition, which is produced by panel judge Jennifer Lopez and stars Ne-Yo and Derek Hough.

Michael Wu and Ben Eng, both 17, spoke to Postmedia about being on the show.

Q: How was the GRVMNT formed?

Ben eng : We’ve been dancing pretty closely in the same studio for quite some time, but World of Dance is the first time this group of 11 dancers has performed together. We are 11, 12 and 13 and the rest of us are 17. Our team captain Emily is the oldest, so I guess she’s the grandmother.

Q: How many routines have you prepared for the audition process, which seems to be quite exhausting?

Michael Wu: For the auditions, we had two different routines that we rehearsed. Before auditioning, you perform your routine in front of mentors who critique your routines on dos and don’ts. It was really helpful. But we heard that we got there, we had to change everything and create whole new routines.

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Q: No one at GRVMNT is new to the competition. Is World of Dance the next level?

Ben eng : Of course, we always go to competitions. It doesn’t matter whether they are big or small, we are here. But even though there were elements we were quite familiar with, World of Dance is still outside our comfort zone. It’s hard.

Q : I was surprised that GRVMNT only had a few tweets when it came to World of Dance. Guess it’s because the band is so new?

Michael wu : Well, we have an Instagram page and an email for the group, but no website. I guess it would be a good idea to work on this since we’re a lot more prominent now.

Ben eng : Concentrating on the competition is obviously the most important now because it doesn’t get any easier. Coming from Canada, we feel extra pressure as we represent both our city and our country on the series. If everyone is that good, it has to mean that we are at that level as well, so we have to be at our best.

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Q: It’s more fun than going to distance school, isn’t it?

Michael wu : The thing is, when we were doing the show, there were teachers there watching us to make sure we were following our homework while filming. No one was at school.

Ben eng : It’s a good thing that we did our job and didn’t fall behind. But it was a little stressful juggling the two, to say the least.

World of Dance Season 4 airs on CTV Tuesday evenings, check local listings for airing times or watch on CTV.ca .

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