America's Got (Dance) Talent!

There are about a million and one reality competition shows these days—and for good reason: We love being wowed by talented (and often crazy) people. But lately, it seems a lot of these shows have been overrun with some pretty awesome dancers. Just in the last two weeks some notable faces have popped up on the "America's Got Talent" audition circuit—and we're thrilled about it.

Meet the newest "AGT" dance superstars:

Who: D'Angelo and Amanda

What: The spiciest little ballroom dancers from Dance Town in Doral, FL

Where: The duo won Paula Abdul's "Live to Dance," Amanda was a contestant on "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition" and D'Angelo was a member of The Untouchables on "AGT" Season 7.

Also, check out D'Angelo's adorable little sis Ruby and her partner Jonas. They, too, successfully auditioned—no surprise there!

Who: Sophia Lucia

What: A tiny comp kid from San Diego Dance Center with dynamite technique and performance skills. She recently set the Guinness World Record for pirouettes—55!

Where: Sophia is a regular guest on "Dance Moms" and has made appearances on "Dancing with the Stars" and Disney's "Shake It Up."

Who: The Rock Dance Project (Lucas Bilbro, Jake Casey, James Floyd, Regina Montgomery, Madison Pride, Claire Rathbun, Rachel Richardson, Taylor Sambola, Rammaru Shindo, Isaiah Sumler, Tomoha Terada)

What: A group of insanely technical "rock" ballet dancers from the Rock School of Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA.

Where: "AGT" is their first foray into reality TV!

Dying to see the full routine? Watch it in rehearsal here!

Be sure to tune in when the show heads to Vegas to watch all your favorite dancers battle it out!

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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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