It's finally here—voting for the 2013 Cover Model Search contest is officially open!
The 2013 Cover Model Search finalists! (L to R) Madi Hicks, Hayden Hopkins and Alexa Luke (cr. Nathan Sayers)
In April, our three finalists—Madi Hicks, Hayden Hopkins and Alexa Luke—traveled to NYC for a jam-packed trip, and we kicked things off with a night out on Broadway. The girls loved Newsies and even got to hang out with the cast backstage after the show. Next up, Madi, Hayden and Alexa showed off their best moves for photographer Nathan Sayers at their photo shoot—and as you can see, they did not disappoint! Finally, we headed to Broadway Dance Center where they totally rocked in Greg Zane's ballet class and Slam's contemporary class. Read more about their trip to NYC here.
We picked three amazing dancers, but now it's up to you to decide who will grace the cover of our October issue. Click here to read about Madi, Hayden and Alexa, see their photos and watch their solo videos. Voting runs through July 15—spread the word!
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a Cover Model Search finalist—stellar technique, an awesome personality and an obsession with Dance Spirit—enter today! It’s super easy.
At the end of each month—and yes, you can enter every single month!—there’s an Editors’ Choice and Viewers’ Choice winner. From there, we narrow down our finalists at the end of the year.
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.