The talent pool for this year’s Cover Model Search was insane, making it nearly impossible for us to narrow it down to just three finalists. Here are a few of the applicants we loved.
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Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Dance studio: Innerlight Dance Center
Why we love her: Once we managed to take our eyes off Regan’s gorgeous feet, we noticed how perfectly she captured the intricacies of the classical music in her self-choreographed solo, “The Meadow.” Regan’s choreography and exquisite technique earned her third place at the 2013 Next Generation of Fine Arts Young Choreographers Competition. She’s planning to study photography and dance at the University of Arizona and is the author of a dance-themed Tumblr (“The Dance Blog”) with more than 10,000 followers.
(Photo by Martin Caprera, courtesy Greenwood Photography)
Hometown: Springfield, VA
Dance studio: Buffa’s Dance Studio
Why we love her: Emma has textbook-perfect facility, but she doesn’t rely on lines alone. In her self-choreographed solo, “Explosions,” she demonstrated acute awareness of her torso and upper body, in addition to her seemingly endless legs. Emma’s creativity won her the overall high score at NRG danceProject, The PULSE On Tour, Open Call and New York City Dance Alliance. She now works for NRG danceProject, assisting and teaching throughout the U.S. and Australia.
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Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Dance studio: Mather Dance Company
Why we love her: In her lyrical solo, “Turning Page,” Simone danced with an infectious joy that was hard to ignore. That, combined with her long limbs and the fluidity of her movement, helped her become the highest-scoring teen soloist of 2013 at MOVE Productions. This summer, she plans to attend Project Launch Dance Festival at Northern California Dance Conservatory, and she dreams of pursuing a BFA at The Juilliard School.
(Photo courtesy Break The Floor Productions)
Hometown: Bedford Corners, NY
Dance studio: Westchester Dance Academy
Why we love her: In her lyrical solo, “My Love,” Logan glided effortlessly across the stage. But it was the moments of stillness, where she demonstrated her impeccable control, that truly commanded our attention. “My Love” earned Logan the high score at NYCDA Nationals and fourth place at The Dance Awards. She now attends Pace University on a scholarship from the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation.
(Photo courtesy American Dance Awards Productions)
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Dance studio: Atwood Performing Arts Center
Why we love her: Olivia’s fearless movement and power matched Christina Aguilera’s voice perfectly in her contemporary solo, “You Lost Me.” Her mature embodiment of heartbreak earned her StarQuest’s National Senior Miss title. Olivia currently studies dance at Pace University, where she’s also a member of Rhonda Miller’s Commercial Dance Company.
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. 💃🏽 💃🏽