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?"
(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 by clicking on their names here:
vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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.
Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.