The Way You Move

This 11-Year-Old Kicked Off 'World Of Dance' With An Emotional Performance Set To A Sia Classic

Can you wipe your forehead with your foot?

World of Dance, Jennifer Lopez's new reality show, kicked off last night and has already set a high bar for the quality of talent it can deliver. One such person who helped propel it to such a high caliber was 11-year-old Diana Pombo, a contemporary dancer from Miami.

Before taking to the stage, we got to know a little bit about this young dancer, who describes herself as having been hyper since the day she was born. In fact, her mom says that even in the womb Diana was dancing. "Just dance with your heart. I believe in you," Diana's mom said, noting how "proud" she was of her "brave" daughter.

Taking the stage, Diana had already followed incredible acts such as Les Twins (who have toured with Beyoncé), and Keone & Mari (who starred in Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" music video) — but totally owned the spotlight. Delivering an emotional routine to Sia's "Bird Set Free," Diana wowed the judges with one move: contorting her body to wipe her forehead with her foot.

See for yourself:


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"You got that Latin fire, I can see it in you," J.Lo told Diana. "It wasn't just all the flexibility you have, it wasn't all the strength you had, it was the passion you put into every move." Derek Hough noted how Diana's routine embodied everything they were judging on — performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation. Ne-Yo said it's not about the numbers when it comes to judging, it's about how a routine makes you feel, and Diana delivered on that front.

"Miss J.Lo, I just want to say that you are my idol. You inspire people and you inspire me as well. Thank you so much," Diana said, eliciting a hug from the two-time Grammy nominee before getting a total score of 89.7 — enough to move on to the next level of competition.

Check out Pombo's full performance here:

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