June 3, 2020 1:53 PM
Fans of “World of Dance” were not impressed after the elimination of Indigenous Enterprise from the competition.
Dancers from Navajo Nation in Phoenix, Ariz .: “It’s more than dancing, it’s a way of life” the sun reported.
The contestants, who described their style as “Native American with a little hip hop,” then danced to a mix of “The Ripper” and “Indian City” by Northern Cree and A Tribe Called Red.
Despite compliments from the judges, the group did not qualify for the next round.
Derek Hough said after Indigenous Enterprise’s performance, “I have to consider this a competition. Is it going to be as competitive as the other acts I’ve seen?
“And as much as I liked it, for me that will be a no,” but insisted that it didn’t diminish his appreciation for what they do.
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Ne-Yo, who admitted that they “never had anything like this on the show before,” added, “I don’t know if it’s ready for ‘World of Dance‘.
Although he enjoyed it very much, he said: “From a competition point of view I’m not sure that holds up. So that’s going to be a no on my part too.
This meant that it was the end of the road for the Aboriginal business. Jennifer Lopez said the group had “a lot of energy,” but her vote was made redundant.
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Fans were not thrilled, voicing their opinions on Twitter. See some of the reactions below.
#WorldofDance so upset that you said “no” to the Native American group. You sort of seem very narrow-minded. I was so excited to see something different for a change. I think other disciplines should raise their bar to the level of Native American groups. Disappointed in WOD
– Violet (@Amberlivetosing) June 3, 2020
#WorldofDance Thanks for speaking. I thought Native American dancers were amazing and so brave. I wondered if they were dressed in hip hop outfits that they would have endured. Judges, rethink your prejudices.
– Jayne Dahl (@jndahl) June 3, 2020
Wow. #WorldOfDance cut the traditional and historic Native American dance from the competition because “it is not ready for our competition, it does not hold up.”
And, of course, the always dismissive …
“But we appreciate your culture.”
Could they have been more insulting?
– HuitzilopochtliAdams (@HuitzAdams) June 3, 2020
– Kat Driver (@ 1KatDriver) June 3, 2020
Really disappointed that you were too narrow-minded to even give Indigenous Enterprise a callback opportunity because they didn’t fit your mold. FYI… I would prefer Native American dance to contemporary dance any day. #dance world
– Tweettweedleleedee (@ Tweettweedlele1) June 3, 2020
It was a bit screwed up to eliminate the Amerindian dancers right away… We should have given them another chance just because it was finally something different !! It doesn’t all have to be hip hop !! #WorldofDance
– Jen Johnson (@ JenJ1471) June 3, 2020
I am so disappointed that the Native American group got an immediate no. It is the first dance group in this country. Everyone needs to see and experience them. #WorldofDance
– mafillemom (@mydaughtersmom_) June 3, 2020
ET Canada has reached out to NBC for comment.