A #BoomClap to Sweet Summertime

Is it just me, or is Labor Day weekend kind of bittersweet? For many of us, it's the last hurrah of summer—the last taste of care-free before getting back to the grind of school. And it's normal to feel nostalgic for all the summer memories—both past and present—you've created.

But nostalgia doesn't have to be sad. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. And that's exactly what Kyle Hanagami shows us in his most recent video, "#BoomClap." The video tells the story two friends (or more-than-friends) as they grow up together from teens to young adults. Kyle Hanagami and Haley Fitzgerald play the young adult couple, while Dylan Shepherd and Larsen Thompson (shout out!) play their teen counterparts.

(left) Larsen Thompson and Dylan Shepherd; (right) Haley Fitzgerald and Kyle Hanagami. The resemblance is kind of uncanny!

The setting—which shifts from a boardwalk to the shoreline to a theme park—screams nostalgic summer memories. But by repeating the same phrase with both couples, Kyle demonstrates a kind of continuity. Summers pass, but there will be more summers. And that's pretty comforting, if you ask me. It also doesn't hurt that the music, choreography and overall vibe of the video are lighthearted and fun. Enjoy!

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to 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.

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.

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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?

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Steven Spielberg's much-anticipated remake of West Side Storychoreographed by Justin Peck, and starring a bevy of very good dancers—is in production, hooray! And that means it's finally time for us to get a look at the film's cast members in character. Let's break down the first photo from the project.

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