Whether or not you choose to pursue a professional dance career, everyone who grows up in the studio is bound to be successful at whatever they end up doing. How come? Here are 10 reasons why we think so.
We Can Handle A LOT
Even when it seems like everything is hitting us all at once, we know how to balance multiple things.
After performing live onstage in front of tons of people for years, we're really not scared of much.
We Have Great Memories
If we can remember the choreography to four routines at the same time, we can definitely remember how to solve this math problem.
Hard Work is Our Middle Name
No explanation needed.
We Get Along Really Well with Others
Whether at a dance competition or a work conference, we're the best at meeting new people.
We're Super Passionate
Whatever we choose to do, we put our whole heart into it.
And We're Determined
Passion goes hand in hand with determination, which we're also full of.
We Don't Take "No" For an Answer
We don't let the word "no" stop us. If we want something, we'll figure out a way to make it happen.
We Always Pay Attention to Detail
It's all those hours we spent mastering tiny things, like when the choreographer has very specific ideas about the placement of our, well, everything.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.