Cover Model Search winner Hayden Hopkins on our October 2013 cover!
Each year, Dance Spirit features some major celebrities on our covers. Recently, we've had Mia Michaels, Simrin Player, the founding members of Shaping Sound, Jakob Karr and all 10 of Beyoncé's backup dancers.
In the midst of all the heavy-hitters, we also feature one not-yet-but-sure-to-be famous dancer: you!
We think you've got what it takes to command the cover of Dance Spirit. So why not go for it?
This is your last chance to enter the 2014 Cover Model Search competition—the deadline is December 31! All you have to do is click here, spend two seconds creating an account, and then upload your best solo video to the Cover Model Search competition. If we love you, we'll be in touch.
Not convinced yet? That's crazy. Here are some thoughts from last year's winner, Hayden Hopkins:
"My favorite part of the experience was the professional photo shoot with the other finalists. We had so much fun with hair and makeup and in wardrobe."
Yup, if you're picked as a finalist, we fly you to NYC in the spring, take you to a Broadway show and to dance classes at the famous Broadway Dance Center, and get you in front of a professional dance photographer for a super-fun photo shoot.
"Since being featured in DS, I've been contacted by so many dancers who tell me they've been inspired by me and can relate to my story. I've also been recognized by choreographers who have seen me dance before, but told me that since reading my article, they've gained more insight to my personality."
See? You can inspire people and become famous.
"Don't be intimidated to enter. All the past winners have been very different, so you never know what the editors will be looking for. Submit something you're proud of and that shows versatility and great technique."
What she said.
Dancer Yesenia Ayala first caught our eye in the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster earlier this year. So, we were super excited when we found out she was making her Broadway debut in this spring's sweetest new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Both productions were choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.)
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.