It's Almost Time for DancerPalooza!

OK, not almost. But we know you're as excited as we are for this week-long dance fest in Long Beach, CA, August 1–7. And really, what with the school year ending and summer intensives gearing up, August will be here before we know it.

As if we needed more reasons to be psyched, DancerPalooza just put out this video featuring zillions of dancers having the most fun ever. That pretty much sums up the experience:

 

We love DancerPalooza—and not just because we're a Title Sponsor. It gives us a chance to meet YOU, wonderful readers! And, you know, hang with some of the most amazing dancers, choreographers and teachers in the U.S. like Ricky Ubeda, Gaby DiazSean Lew and Tate McRae, just to name a few. We can't wait to see you there!

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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 by clicking on their names here:

Read Darriel's profile here

Read Diego's profile here

Read Emma's profile here

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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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.

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