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Season 3 contestant Kayla Mak (Andrew Eccles/NBCUniversal)

NBC's "World of Dance" is officially back! Over the last two seasons, the show has exploded in popularity, and it's easy to see why: The contestants truly are in a league of their own. No matter their genre, every dancer that takes the "WOD" stage gives it their all.

But what exactly is it like to be up there, surrounded by all the bright lights and cheering fans—and watched by not only J.Lo, Ne-Yo, and Derek, but also millions of viewers? To find out, we spoke with Briar Nolet, Kayla Mak, Lauren Yakima, and Derek Piquette, all of whom are competing this season for the (very casual) $1 million grand prize. Here's what they had to say about the lessons they learned, people they met, and experiences they had on the "WOD" set.

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In summer 2009, Tyce Diorio choreographed a contemporary piece for "So You Think You Can Dance" on dancers Ade Obayomi and Melissa Sandvig. The result was one of the most touching pieces on breast cancer that we have ever seen. It was emotional. It was technical. It was beautiful. And it has stuck with us ever since. In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we thought we would share this beautiful piece.

Get ready to be inspired and probably cry.

Enjoy!

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Travis Wall is having a good week.

After being honored at a nomination reception for the upcoming Emmy awards show, a new poignant piece of Wall's was featured on Season 15 of "SYTYCD." Choreographed for contestants Taylor Sieve and Darius Hickman to "It Takes a Lot to Know a Man," by Damien Rice, the piece was not only technically beautiful, it shed light on the issue of gender and the LGBTQ perspective—an topic rarely confronted on the FOX show.

"As a gay man, i hear all the time why "SYTYCD" has avoided gay topics and stories, and asked men to always dance masculine," Wall posted on Instagram. He went on to write that he wants the show to tackle these sensitive issues. Read the full post below.


In a previous post, Wall revealed that initially Rice denied the use of the song on the show. However, after the brazen choreographer contacted the singer/songwriter directly, explaining the context and importance of this specific track, the usage rights were granted.

Watch the powerful performance below (starting at 1:58). Definitely, one for the books!

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Although we watch "So You Think You Can Dance" for the killer choreography and fantabulous dancing, sometimes the show is downright hilarious, too. Here are seven laugh-out-loud "SYT" moments that still have us giggling.

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Although we watch "So You Think You Can Dance" for the killer choreography and fantabulous dancing, sometimes the show is downright hilarious, too. Here are seven laugh-out-loud "SYT" moments that still have us giggling.

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Just for fun
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Although we watch "So You Think You Can Dance" for the killer choreography and fantabulous dancing, sometimes the show is downright hilarious, too. Here are seven laugh-out-loud "SYT" moments that still have us giggling.

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Look at all those baby faces!! Do you know which "SYT" season this classic photo is from? #classic (via Instagram)

Bless you, Person Running the "So You Think You Can Dance" Social Accounts. For the past week, that anonymous hero has been taking a fabulous little walk down memory lane, posting pics from seasons past—way past, in some cases. And they're bringing back alllllll the memories.

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Just for fun
Look at all those baby faces!! Do you know which "SYT" season this classic photo is from? #classic (via Instagram)

Bless you, Person Running the "So You Think You Can Dance" Social Accounts. For the past week, that anonymous hero has been taking a fabulous little walk down memory lane, posting pics from seasons past—way past, in some cases. And they're bringing back alllllll the memories.

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