Derion and Madison pulled off lifts and tricks this season that seemed to defy gravity. Find out more about this incredibly talented duo in WOD Magazine’s exclusive Q&A and watch their bold Division Finals routine below.

WOD: How did it feel when you found out you’d be on Season 3? 

DM: After our audition for World of Dance, we could feel the excitement in the room from the positive feedback. After endless weeks of waiting for that official YES, we got the news that we would be in the qualifiers. As you’d expect, we were stunned, thrilled, and already forming a game plan.

WOD: What style are you performing, and why? 

DM: Because we both come from a very high impact company that requires a lot of physical strength, we started to discover unique lifts and partnering. What we feel makes our partnering different is our ability to lift each other in ways that defy gravity, slow and controlled, as well as making these lifts look seamless and unexpected.

WOD: How long have you been dancing, or dancing with your group? 

DM: We have been dancing together for only a year and a half.

WOD: Where do you draw inspiration from? Who/what inspires you? 

DM: We are always trying to invent lifts and sequences that have never been seen before. Inspiration, for us, really is everywhere. Whether it be a random hypothetical scenario, or a game of “stuck unstuck,” we are constantly finding ways to make the creation process fun for us.

WOD: What do you think your fans would want to know about you? 

DM: Neither of us started off as dancers, Derion did color guard and Madison was a gymnast. There is no specific amount of time that is required to be a professional dancer, and there is no such thing as it being too late to pursue your dreams. However, that’s not to say it will be easy. We believe in never settling. Discover the thing that makes you “you,” and run with it.

WOD: Why do you think dance is important to the world? 

DM: Dance is a part of every culture. It brings people together. There are no paintbrushes needed, no instruments to hold, solely the shapes of the human body and its connection to the music. It’s one of the arts that is intangible, and hard to document, however, this show creates a platform for this art form to be recorded, seen by many, and shared.

WOD: What are you most excited/nervous about being on the show? 

DM: We are most excited about being able to share our work on such a large platform. It is not everyday that artists are able to reach such a wide audience so quickly. We can only hope to inspire people like us, as well as unlike us.

WOD: What sets you apart from the competition? 

DM: One thing we take pride in is our ability to lift one another. We genuinely work together. We try to defy the typical standard of men solely supporting women in lifts, there are many times where Madison is supporting all of Derion’s weight as well.

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