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A 14-year-old MN dancer has a shot at $1 million

She's a finalist on 'World of Dance' Tuesday night.

What would a 14-year-old from Minnesota do with $1 million if she won it on a televised dance competition? 

Eva Igo may actually face that question, depending on the outcome of the World of Dance finale Tuesday night (on NBC at 9 p.m. central time). 

Igo, who is from Inver Grove Heights, had already made a name for herself in the dance world when she started performing solos and age 5 and winning titles at 7. 

But this summer's appearance on World of Dance has brought Eva a new level of attention, as she won the category for dancers younger than 18. 

Below is her final routine in the Junior competition and you can find more of her highlights from the show here

'Million dollar moment'

Now comes what World of Dance executive producer Jennifer Lopez calls "the million dollar moment," when the winners of the three divisions compete for the grand prize.

The show will bring together three very different dance routines. Eva Igo is the only solo performer. Les Twins won the Upper Division, which is for teams of up to four adult dancers. Swing Latino won the Team Division for groups with five or more. 

'Coolest thing ever'

The show, of course, has already been taped and Eva told the Pioneer Press before the first episode that her World of Dance experience was "the coolest thing ever."

In a video posted by ET Online Eva conceded that the competition was scary and she didn't expect to make it past the first round. Her mom says they only brought a week's worth of clothes to the taping in Los Angeles, but adds: "Seeing Eva pursuing her dream here is the most joyous thing I've ever seen. She's in heaven."

With all of this summer's added attention, the 14-year-old has had to face a surge in negative feedback on social media. But Eva tells Huffington Post her goal is “to be the best dancer that I can be and not really care what anyone thinks, and really dance for myself instead of trying to impress other people." 

As for what she'd do with the million dollar prize, Eva tells HuffPost: “I’d probably pay for my own dance, because it’s expensive,”

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