Are You a #BEAST?

It's Friday...and we're going #BEASTMODE.

No, we didn't miraculously transform into gym rats overnight. Although we must ask: Bro, do you even lift??

Sorry, couldn't resist. But back to dance—because when us dancers talk about #BEASTMODE, we're not talking about pumping iron at the gym. We're talking about the #BEAST of hip hop himself: #WilldaBEAST.

Will "WilldaBeast" Adams is dominating the hip-hop scene these days, and the good news is, he wants you to join him. This summer, Adams' company #immaBEAST will hold its first-ever convention. The first 800 dancers to register will get to spend four gloriously dance-packed days learning from Adams and other top hip-hop choreographers. And get this: On the fifth day, #immaBEAST will hold its third annual audition, which is exclusive to dancers who've participated in the convention.

The convention will take place in L.A. from July 28 to August 1. Registration hasn't opened yet, but you can sign up on #immaBEAST's website to receive updates—which we highly recommend, since it probably won't take long for those 800 spots to fill.

Finally, to celebrate the first-ever #immaBEAST convention, let's #throwback to Brooklyn Fullmer and Casey Askew performing Adams' choreography on "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 11. Happy #BEASTMODE Friday!

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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 dearkatie@dancespirit.com 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?

Chrissy

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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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