Congrats to Our 2019 Cover Model Search Semifinalists!
A few of our 12 talented semifinalists (all via Instagram)
Each month in 2018, we chose one 2019 Cover Model Search semifinalist from the pool of very talented entrants. Last week, we selected our December winner—which means we now have all 12 of our 2019 Cover Model Search semifinalists. And what does that mean? It means that one of the gorgeous dancers below will be our Cover Model Search winner, gracing our October 2019 cover!
Over the next month, the other Dance Spirit editors and I will narrow this already choice group down to three finalists, who'll come to NYC for a week of classes, photo shoots, and Broadway show outings. You'll get to meet them all in our July/August issue, and vote for your favorite from June 15–July 15.
So, which of the 12 semifinalists do you think should make our top three? Check out their videos below and let us know! (And then get your own Cover Model Search dream started by entering your best dance video in next year's contest, which is already underway.)
January: Gracie-Annalysse Head, "RED"
February: Madison Bay, "Wasted Youth"
March: Brian Hooper, "Bo-Spirit"
April: Darriel Johnakin, "Compounding Daydream"
May: Riley Campbell, "Esmeralda Variation"
June: Jada German, "Her Pigment"
July: Savannah Quiner, "Escape"
August: Emma Sutherland, "Nest"
September: Annalise Hofman, "Bitter"
October: Abby Castora, "Don't You Have Eyes In Your Head?"
Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)
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In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:
Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.