Enter the 2009 Cover Model Search today!
Any day now you'll be receiving your October issue of DS in the mail—and you'll finally get to see who won the 2008 Dance Spirit Cover Model Search! If you dream of dancing your way onto our cover, be sure to enter the 2009 CMS as soon as possible. The process for entering is different this year (and really easy!), so read on:
- Log on to dancemedia.com and sign in (if you're a returning user) or register (for all of you new folks).
- On the Contests page, click on Enter Contest.
- Enter a title and description for your video, select the file you want to upload and that's it—you're on your way to making DS history!
The DS editors watch each and every video that's posted in order to find cover-worthy dancers. If your video isn't selected as a Viewers' Choice or Editors' Choice pick, enter again the next month for another shot. The contest is only open to entrants through December, so upload your video today! We'll contact you if we love what we see so you can send us your resume and headshot.
Keep in mind, dancers entering this contest should be between the ages of 15 and 25.
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night: