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Las Vegas youth dance team wows judges on NBC's 'World of Dance'

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Combining movement with grace and emotion, it looks something like a performance by The Rock Center for Dance Company in Las Vegas.

The group of 12 local dancers, ages 10 to 16, appeared on Tuesday night’s episode of "World of Dance" on NBC. All have competed many times before, but network television was a first.

"I would describe it as a contemporary, lyrical, ballet fusion," said 11-year-old Savannah Kristich describing her company’s style of dance.

The goal of the group was to perform something not only technical, but meaningful. They decided on a tribute to One October.

“When we were up there it was very nerve-wracking, but also very exciting at the exact same time. Because it is not every day that you see J-Lo [Jennifer Lopez] or Ne-Yo or Derek [Hough] or Jenna Dewan Tatum," said 12-year-old Sabine Nehls.

"We were greatly affected. We knew many people who were there as did so many in our city who were affected,” said artistic director Quinn Callahan.

It was an inspired performance, nearly flawless, and more than enough to impress the judges.

They awarded the Las Vegas troupe a score of 96.7, the highest ever awarded for their category. It was enough to qualify them to move on to the next round.

News 3 will be following their progress.

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