The Kings, a hip-hop dance crew from Mumbai won the US dance reality show World of Dance.
They took home the prize money of $1 million.
Judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Derek Hough stood up in awe of the finale performance of the crew, which performed a high-octane sequence involving stunts in slow-motion.
Their winning moment.
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#repost @suresh_kingsunited Finally, we can say India 🇮🇳 is on Top in Dancing and history has been created which will be remembered and cherished forever! 🦁⚔️ Tonight, is the night which each and every Indian is going to remember for life and feel proud seeing the Indian Flag flying high with the perfect score for our stellar performance. 100 100 100! It was the best experience of our life so far. The journey of local dancers from the small gully of vasai Nallasopara to the WORLD CHAMPIONS was really challenging filled with never ending hard work and dedication. I am really happy for all my team members as everyone dreamt of having their own houses since long time and finally after winning 1 Million Dollar, they will be able to convert those dreams in reality now. We have struggled a lot and it took more then 10 years of hardwrk and teamwork for us to become the top Dancers in the entire world. I am thankful to my team for having faith in me and being with me for the past so many years because this wouldn’t have been possible without them. I feel like I have got the best team so here we are “WORLD CHAMPIONS” 🏆 . . . #TheKings #KingsUnited #worldofdance #worldofdance3 #worldchampions #nbcworldofdance #Wod #wod3 #Wodwinner @nbcworldofdance @jlo @neyo @derekhough
The 14-member team involving male aged between 17-27, was founded in 2008 and has ever since wowed audience and judges, both on the national and international platforms.
Canadian contemporary dancer Briar Nolet, the sister duo of Ellie and Ava, VPeepz, a hip-hop group from the Philippines, and Unity LA, a 10-person squad from Southern California were among their top competitors.
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10 years of struggle, hard work, pain, sleepless nights, fear, sacrifices has been paid off finally! Yesterday’s hard work resulted in today’s victory!!!! With no time in hand, we had to make decision whether to participate or not and with just 10 days before the travel date, we cleared our travel documents and proceeded with our participation in WOD3 . Who knew that a group from India would reach the finals and emerge with the title of WORLD CHAMPIONS. But, we did it and converted our dream into reality with hard work and determination. It seems so surreal for us today and we are still unable to convince ourself that yes , We made it. We are so overwhelmed with the response We received through out the show . This makes us work even more harder for our future dreams. Special Thanks to our Choreogrpher @suresh_kingsunited 🙏🏻👑⚔️🛡🦁 The Team 👇 @karthik_thekings @ritesh_the_kings @shijin_thekings @chandanacharya @mohanpandey @sunnychatterjeey @pavankingsunited @prem_thekings @hardik.rawat @charles_thekings @pratik_thekings @rajadas_thekings @akshay_thekings @naidu_thekings @hritikkingsunited . . . . . #Thekings #Wod #WorldChampions #Wod3 #Worldofdance #Worldofdance3 #KingsUnited #thekingswod
The dance group were the second runners-up at the 'World Hip Hop Championship' in 2015 and also won India's Got Talent Season 3.
Congratulatory messages poured in for the entire team after their historic win.
Wow! Congratulations! The Kings were amazing! I’ve already watched it back serval times and will save it to watch again... Everyone was so wonderful and exciting to watch tonight🥀— Shelly (@shellbellshore) May 6, 2019
Deserving winners. For me dance is about having fun. They looked like they were having fun every time they were on stage .... and their dance is so fresh. Congrats The Kings— Vinay Reddy (@LogicalSerenity) May 6, 2019
Proud Moment of the All Indian...Winner of World Of Dance. Congratulation @kingsunitedcrew 💐💐💐💐👌👌👌— Hanumant Jahire (@HK4543) May 6, 2019
Loved them so much! Absolutely one of the most creative dance teams ever! I knew they were gonna kill it. Congrats!— Dahlia (@Dahls1) May 6, 2019
I held my breath everytime they performed! They deserve the win!— Lady D Two-C's 🖤 (@ladyd2826) May 6, 2019
You can watch their final performance here.
Edit: The article originally stated that 'The Kings' were the first