Jennifer Lopez is returning to her roots with new reality competitions series World of Dance, which premieres on Tuesday

By Lindsay Kimble
May 30, 2017 11:45 AM

Long before she was “Jenny from the Block,” Jennifer Lopez commanded the stage as a dancer. And now, she’s returning to her roots for NBC’s new reality competition series World of Dance.

“NBC, the producers and myself, we really created the perfect venue and job for me,” Lopez tells reporters of appearing as a judge on the upcoming series. “Starting as a dancer, that being the core of who I am at the end of the day… I couldn’t think of a more perfect thing that I could do at this point in my career.”

Lopez, 47, famously got her start on In Living Color in the early ’90s as a Fly Girl dancer, before kicking off her singing and acting career.

“It helps me and it shaped me and it formed me into the artist that I am,” the star says of her dance background. “It helps me in every area of my life now.”

She continues, “Those fundamentals really formed and shaped me that way.”

Forty-seven elite dance acts are slated to compete for the $1 million World of Dance prize. The competitors will be divided into three groups – Junior Division, Upper Division, and Team Division – and will also vie for the title of “Best in the World.”

World of Dance premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, and also stars Derek Hough, R&B singer Ne-Yo and Jenna Dewan Tatum as judges.