Aidan Prince (of Swag)

Last week, we introduced you to waving prodigy Adi Malcolm, who joined the ranks of DS's favorite 11-year-olds, along with Canadian firecracker Taylor Hatala. We couldn't believe the level of mastery exhibited by dancers who really haven't been dancing for very long.

This week, the crazy talent got even younger. Yesterday, we introduced you to an 8-year-old Patrick-Swayze-enthusiast with hips that do not lie. And today, we would like you to meet Aidan Prince, the 8-year-old hip-hopper who just blew up your internet.

This kid. (via Aiden Prince's webstagram, @iambahboy)

Last week, choreographer Tricia Miranda posted a video of Aidan performing her choreography to "Jet Blue Jet" by Major Lazer. The video quickly racked up over one million views, and after watching the video a few (read: 20) times ourselves, we quickly understood why.

From the slow walks at the beginning, oozing with gritty, you-got-served swag, to the lightning-fast footwork that erupts from them—the choreography perfectly captures Aidan's stylistic maturity. At the same time, there are endearing moments where his adorable 8-year-old side shines through—particularly when he accepts the hugs and applause of his older peers with a smile that warms you from head to toe. Check out all the loveable fierceness:

Keep up that smile, Aidan, and you'll be winning audience's hearts for years to come.


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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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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?


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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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