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Dance styles and techniques vary around the world. Recently, the America's Got Talent panel was blown away by a mesmerizing performance led by a team of all-Lebanese dancers. The two-minute routine “hypnotized” the judges with numerous synchronized illusions.
The name of the dance group, Mayyas, means “the proud walk of the lioness” in Arabic. All of the members are based in Lebanon. “Seeing the Mayyas in America's Got Talent is the most beautiful feeling I've ever felt,” Nadim Cherfam, founder of the Mayyas, says in a video. “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing. It's hard. Really hard. [And] it's harder for women.”
Before they started their performance, individual members of the Mayyas moved the judges with their messages. “Unfortunately, being a female Arab dancer is not fully supported… yet,” one of the members commented. “The Mayyas has given us a free, safe, and creative space to dance.” Then, promising to “hypnotize” the judges, the troupe got in a single-file formation and began their performance.
The Mayyas kicked off the audition by synchronizing their arms in a series of gestures. This revealed patterns printed on their gloves, which in turn helped them create interesting visual effects. After performing in single-file, the group split up and continued their routine with more synchronized dance movements, staying in coordination despite the number of dance members.
At the end, the entire panel of judges gave the team a standing ovation, but Modern Family star Sofia Vergara was particularly wowed by the experience and gave the Mayyas the Golden Buzzer. “It was the most creative dance I've ever seen,” she said. As a result, the Mayyas were launched into the Live rounds of America's Got Talent, with a promising chance of making it to the finals.
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