Two dancing sisters left Jennifer Lopez in awe with their incredible talents after performing an emotional routine in front of the singer during the season premiere of her talent show World of Dance.
Junior contemporary duo Ellie and Ava Wagner, who are 16 and 13 respectively, left J-Lo and her fellow judges Derek Hough and Ne-Yo, open-mouthed in shock as they performed a minute-long routine on Tuesday night, showing off graceful acrobatic skills and impressive flexibility on-stage.
The duo, who are from from Woodbury, Minnesota, also wowed Jennifer, 49, with their synchronicity during the routine, which saw them performing moves in perfect time with one another, including several impressive lifts and leaps.
Wow! Dancing duo Ellie and Ava (pictured) wowed the judged when they appeared on Tuesday night’s episode of NBC’s World of Dance
Talent! The pair, who are sisters, performed an amazing contemporary routine to Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty
Impressive: Ellie, 16, and Ava, 13, from Woodbury, Minnesota, embraced the emotion of the song through impressive moves and emotional facial expressions
Skilled! The pair successfully performed a number of different stunts and acrobatic tricks, all of which were done perfectly in sync with one another
Stunning: The duo’s one-minute long dance routine left the audience and judges impressed, as they gave the sisters a round of applause when the dance came to an end
Ellie and Ava took to the stage as they performed to Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty.
Since their performance aired, the clip has been uploaded to YouTube, where it has received over 200,000 views so far.
Beginning the jaw-dropping routine, the pair began by completing a number of acrobatic-like tricks, including leg raises and a back walkover.
Throughout the performance, the pair can be seen supporting each other through different stunts and moves.
Impressed: When the dance routine was finished, J-Lo praised Ellie and Ava for performing their moves in sync
As the routine progresses, the sisters demonstrate their synchronicity, as they pirouette to the exact same time.
They also perform a synchronized flip together, leaving the judges impressed.
‘Damn, there we go!’ Ne-Yo could be heard saying at one stage during the routine.
And not only were the girl’s dancing skills exemplary, the pair demonstrated superb acting skills as they embodied the emotion of the song using facial expressions.
Toward the end of the routine, the pair performed a trick in which one sister lifted the other from the ground as she performed a flip.
Concluding their routine, the sisters held a pose that showed one sibling holding her leg parallel to her body, while the other wrapped her arms around her supporting leg.
When the song came to an end, the audience clapped and cheered for Ellie and Ava.
Similarly, the judges were quick to applaud them.
The judging panel is made up of 33-year-old professional dancer Derek Hough, singer, songwriter and dancer Ne-Yo, 39, as well as Jennifer.
Round of applause: J-Lo wasn’t the only judge who was impressed, as fellow judges Ne-Yo and Derek Hough praised the pair’s dancing skills
Stunned: Speaking to the dancers after the performance, J-Lo said: ‘There was a poetry to [the routine] and a softness to it that I really loved. You guys are so strong
Top marks! The judges gave the girls high scores of 95, 89 and 93. In order to progress further in the competition, the girls needed to get a score of 85 or above
Results are in: The overall score from the judges was an impressive 92.3, which launches the girls into the next round of the competition
After finishing their incredible routine, Ellie and Ava shared a hug on stage, while Derek rose from his seat to applaud the duo.
Derek said: ‘First reaction, first of all, your ability individually is sensational, and together it’s unstoppable.’
Delighted! Thrilled with the score they awarded by the judges, Ellie and Ava smiled and hugged each other on stage
When asked by Derek how they know each other, Ellie and Ava revealed to the judges that they are sisters.
‘We are very competitive,’ one of the sisters joked. ‘If I do three pirouettes, she’s like “I can do seven”.
Derek then compared the duo’s dancing to ‘synchronized swimming’, saying: ‘It’s perfectly matched.’
J-Lo added: ‘The way you guys jumped perfectly in sync in a perfect trajectory at the perfect time was insane.
‘I don’t think I have ever seen that done as as perfectly as you guys did it today,’ she said.
Ne-Yo, who was equally impressed by Ellie and Ava’s routine, said: ‘It’s one thing for us to say, “You’re an amazing dancer”, but the whole thing is a story.
‘You guys gave me a beginning, middle and end and it was flawless from start to finish, in my personal opinion. Great job,’ he added.
J-Lo continued to share her praises for the duo, saying: ‘There was a poetry to [the routine] and a softness to it that I really loved. You guys are so strong.’
Back stage: Pictured on the set of World of Dance, impressive dancing duo Ellie and Ava specialize in contemporary dance
Passion: Jennifer Lopez said the pair being sisters gives them a unique edge, as they have a ‘family connection’ when they perform
Despite being blown away by their performance, J-Lo told the girls that she noticed what could have been a minor slip up in their routine.
She explained: ‘I got scared when she went over on to her feet, you almost over shot it just a little bit.
Moving on: Because of their high score, the girls will move on further in the competition, with the possibility of winning the overall prize of a whopping $1 million
‘You just went a tiny bit over where you shouldn’t have, and I was like “oh my god they’re gonna”, but they didn’t.
‘There’s something really interesting and beautiful here, and obviously you’re sisters so you have that whole family connection.
‘There was an intensity and a passion that I feel like you can later into this to even take it further,’ she added.
As the judges decided on what scores they would award he girls, Ellie and Ava can be seen holding hands and looking nervous on stage.
In order to progress in the competition, the dancing duo needed to get a score of 85 or above.
However, much to their delight, the judges gave the girls, who were featured on Tuesday night’s special premiere of the show, great scores.
Ne-Yo revealed a score of 95, J-Lo gave them a nice 89, and Derek awarded the girls with a high score of 93.
Altogether, their overall score came to 92.3, leaving the girls delighted as they hugged and jumped on the stage.
World of Dance will air each Sunday, beginning on March 3, at 8pm on NBC.
The competition gives dancers the platform to showcase their dancing abilities as well as the opportunity to win a whopping $1 million.