Twenty-one-year-old Canadian dancer Joshua Lamb made waves together with his companion Denise Goping on Season 3 of “World of Dance” in February 2019, charming the judges together with his genuine artistry and weak storytelling. However after being eradicated within the third spherical of competitors the next month, it was time for Lamb to face the true music. “I used to be on this excessive, as a result of principally, from the time I used to be 11 to the time I used to be 18, I’d get up on daily basis at 8 am, go to high school, then go proper to bounce and prepare till 10 pm,” Lamb says. “Unexpectedly, I stroll again into my bed room in Toronto, and I’ve graduated from college and from dance, and I simply acquired eradicated from this massive competitors present. I bear in mind sitting there with myself, like, ‘What do I do now? What's my price, now that I've nothing to do?’”
For Lamb, showing on “World of Dance” was a end result of years of aggressive dance coaching, and one harrowing audition journey that started when he and his companion auditioned for the present’s second season. “We truly flew to L.A. after getting a callback for Season 2. On the audition, we ran two numbers back-to-back twice. After we had been completed, the lady operating the audition informed us ‘No, sorry,’ and that was it,” Lamb remembers. “It was positively a defeating second after having put a lot time, cash and energy into that have.” Nonetheless, the next 12 months, the duo was inspired to audition once more, and this time, the whole lot felt proper—they had been supplied a spot on the present just a few months later.
Competing as a duo on the “World of Dance” stage was an exciting expertise that Lamb will always remember. It additionally challenged him as a dancer each bodily and artistically. “Denise’s and my dance fashion is extra emotional and narrative, and might sound simplistic in comparison with the flashy, reality-TV-show customary,” he explains. “A part of me felt decided to remain true to that on the present—and the opposite half went proper to YouTube and began watching earlier seasons to determine how we may mimic what different profitable acts had achieved.” In Season 3, Lamb’s inventive compass was put to the check when the pair finalized their choreography with the present’s producers. “Our Duels piece was truly choreographed by Chaz Buzan and Talia Favia, so it simply didn’t sit effectively with me to alter something about it for the present,” Lamb remembers.
After their Duels rating put them in jeopardy, the duo competed for last-chance redemption towards fellow Canadian dancer Briar Nolet, however they had been in the end eradicated. “I used to be extraordinarily upset,” Lamb says. “Trying again, although, I really feel like I can stroll away from the present with a way of integrity, realizing I stayed true to my very own artistry.”
Returning house to Canada instantly after elimination, Lamb was uncertain of what course to go subsequent. “Having Jennifer Lopez sing your praises might be essentially the most validation you can ever get,” Lamb shares. “However it’s not like anyone was knocking at my door asking me to bounce of their music video or be of their film.” What’s extra, Lamb’s expertise primarily repeated itself as soon as the present aired. “It was each a win and a loss,” he remembers. “My social media grew a lot as folks watched, and it was thrilling to have the ability to have an viewers and create content material. However as soon as the present ended, the likes and follows dwindled.” Whereas Lamb did his greatest to submit class movies and sustain with social media’s fast-paced calls for, he remembers reaching a low level in his psychological well being that made content material creation tough.
Having all the time dreamed of residing and dealing in L.A. as a dancer and choreographer, Lamb set his sights on saving sufficient cash to use for a U.S. visa. Similar to his “World of Dance” audition, nevertheless, success didn’t come in a single day. “Even with the present on my resumé, I struggled to search out work as a dance instructor and choreographer,” Lamb says. He ended up taking a part-time job at a division retailer in Ontario, the place he labored for about three years. “Throughout that point, one thing magical occurred,” Lamb says. “Being compelled to look inwards for approval and inspiration, I began to search out my truest, genuine self. Little did I understand how that will contribute to my success afterward. I'm now a lot extra related to my artwork, and know precisely what I need to say via dance.”
With time and endurance, Lamb step by step discovered his area of interest within the Ontario dance scene. Finally, two studios, Canadian Dance Firm and Artwork and Soul Dance Firm, invited him to show for his or her college students, which led to extra word-of-mouth instructing and choreographing alternatives, and even an invite to affix the conference employees of View Dance Problem. “By this previous fall, I used to be lastly capable of stop my division retailer job as a result of I may help myself solely from dance,” Lamb shares. He plans to maneuver to L.A. to proceed his work later this 12 months.
Lamb determined to encapsulate his inventive and private journey in a solo video mission, “Me In 20 Years.” “That mission actually helped mission my profession ahead by stating who I'm as an artist,” Lamb explains. “It was a weak and private approach of telling my associates, household, and friends that I'm a queer individual. I need to use my work as a platform to unfold kindness and acceptance, and encourage different youthful dancers to be precisely who they're.”
Finally, Lamb hopes that by sharing his journey on and after “World of Dance,” different dancers will come to grasp their very own price outdoors of others’ validation. “Getting eradicated from the present is what truly modified my life,” Lamb says. “I don’t know if I'd have been extra profitable had I gone straight from a ‘World of Dance’ win to L.A. I wanted to return again right down to earth, be taught extra about myself, and work arduous.”
It was the time spent out of the highlight that mattered essentially the most to Lamb, and what gave the impression to be a loss in the end set him up for achievement afterward. “In the event you’re getting rejected, it’s as a result of it’s not best for you,” he says. “Belief that when it’s your time it’ll occur, and within the meantime, preserve exploring your self. The extra you recognize what you need to say, the extra folks will need to pay attention. And whenever you’re chosen, you’ll be absolutely ready for the alternatives to return.”