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.
Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2017 Cover Model Search finalists: Haley Hartsfield, Kaylin Maggard and Michelle Quiner! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's October 2017 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below.
We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.
Banana feet? Check. Precise musicality? Check. Luscious lines? Check. Seventeen-year-old Kaylin Maggard's gifts tick every box on a dancer's wish list. But it's what she does with these gifts that sets her apart from the pack. When Kaylin performs, her maturity and poise create an emotionally charged world, captivating audiences until the very last 8-count.
For 18-year-old aspiring ballerina Michelle Quiner, dance is a family affair: All five of her sisters (out of eight siblings total!) dance seriously.
And coming from a big dance family definitely has its perks. Every day, after their homeschooling is finished, Michelle and her sisters motivate each other to work on technique exercises and stretching before heading to North Jersey School of Dance Arts for classes. "It's nice to have someone to talk to all the time," Michelle says. "There's always someone around who understands."
It's rare to come across a dancer who has as much raw talent as Haley Hartsfield. Those super-archy feet! Those endless pirouettes! That captivating stage presence!
It's rarer still to find a rising star who works as hard as 17-year-old Haley does. Just ask her longtime mentor, Megan Buckland, the artistic director at Academy of Dance Arts and Dallas Repertoire Ballet in Allen, TX. "Haley's very unassuming in class," Buckland says. "She's the girl sweating, working her butt off with no ego whatsoever."