Helloooo, and happy Wednesday! Did you realize there was a special bonus episode of "DWTS" last night? If you missed it, fear not—we've got you covered, as always. Right off the bat, we will say that the show's wasting no time this season. Just barely recovered from Monday's elimination, we then had to bid adieu to a second couple last night 😭. But that's the name of the game, and like I said yesterday, anything goes when there's a Mirrorball at stake 🏆. On to the dancing!
"Dancing With the Stars" doesn't mess around—we're only two weeks in and the eliminations have already begun. Not to mention, it seems like everyone is injured. But the show must go on, as it did last night. After all, there's a Mirrorball at stake! From the rhinestones, to the spray tans, to the first elimination (gasp), here's what went down last night.
All of 18-year-old Kaylin Maggard's dreams—from scoring the title of National Senior Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals to winning the 2017 Dance Spirit Cover Model Search—are coming true. And to anyone who knows the gorgeous contemporary dancer, that's no surprise.
From the moment the Dance Spirit staff met Kaylin, it was obvious her humility and talent would take her far. Not only did she go full-out during the photo shoot and class at Broadway Dance Center, but she was always cheering on, laughing with, and supporting her fellow CMS contestants Haley Hartsfield and Michelle Quiner. During the voting period, the social media world was abuzz with praise for her work ethic, positive attitude, and generosity.
Since her CMS trip to NYC, Kaylin's moved from her hometown of Columbia, MO, to the Big Apple for her freshman year at Juilliard, and is busy getting acquainted with the city. As for the future? She's taking it one opportunity at a time, but something tells us we'll be seeing this contemporary queen reach new heights every year.
If you're anything like us here at DS, your Instagram feeds are filled with drool-worthy posts from all your favorite ballet dancers—and tons of talented students from Master Ballet Academy (think Juliet Doherty, Avery Gay, and Madison Penney, to name just a few). And if you've ever wondered what life is like as a student at MBA, you're in luck: behold, the trailer for "Born On Pointe," a brand-new documentary series that follows some of the academy's top students.
As Texas sets off on the long road to recovery post-Hurricane Harvey, the dance community is rallying around them. Gil Stroming, who owns Break the Floor Productions (responsible for conventions like JUMP and DancerPalooza), set up a GoFundMe page directly benefitting any studio owners affected by the hurricane.
We're on somewhat of a dance photography kick here at DS, so we figured we'd keep it going in a very big way: an exclusive interview with Rachel Neville, the photographer responsible for all those absolutely drool-worthy dance photos on your Instagram feed. We caught up with Neville at PurePoint Financial in NYC, where her new show, "A Command Performance," is up on display (and we highly recommend you check it out).
This Nationals season, Dance Spirit followed four talented dancers from The Dance Awards, NYCDA, Showstopper, and Starpower for an inside look at everything that goes into the biggest competitions of the year. Next up? Emma Hellenkamp, from San Diego, CA, who competed at Showstopper's West Coast Nationals for the first time since "So You Think You Can Dance." (All photos courtesy KC Hellenkamp.)