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5 Standout Nationals Routines You HAVE to See

Beyond Dance Project performs "Speaking in Rhythm" at DanceMakers Inc. Nationals

Nationals across the convention-circuit world has been way too good to be true this summer. I mean, seriously, the talent's been insane!

Check out these five routines (in no particular order) that we just can't stop watching, and share YOUR favorite 2018 Nationals pieces over on our Facebook page! We expect some semi-heated debates in the comments, so please—DIG IN!


1. Tate McRae: "Woman"

She is just too fabulous!


2. Center Stage Performing Arts Studio: "Another One Bites the Dust"

YAAAAAAS ballroom!


3. Yoko's Dance and Performing Arts Academy: "Can't Turn You Loose"

We love a good jazz line! ESPECIALLY when it's done by freakishly talented babies.


4. The Rock Center for Dance: "Dam in China"

This one gave us straight-up chills!


5. Beyond Dance Project: "Speaking in Rhythm"

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