If you’re like me and still mourning the end of “So You Think You Can Dance’s” third season, you’re in luck, because Bravo is swooping in to fulfill our reality dance competition cravings.
Bravo’s latest addition to its primetime lineup is called “Step It Up” (sound like a familiar movie I’m sure you’ve seen?) and will focus on dancers’ versatility and ability to perform a different style of dance – including Broadway, ballet, ballroom and burlesque – each week. Instead of “dancing for their lives,” dancers on this show will essentially be auditioning for various parts in the industry on each episode. So one week a dancer could be hoping to land a spot on a commercial and the next week it could be a part in a music video. The dancer who successfully makes it to the final “call back” wins a cash prize.
So if you know Bravo – the mastermind creators behind “Top Chef” and “Project Runway” – it’s safe to say that this show will be worth watching! No airdate has been set for the show yet, but check back here often and we’ll keep you posted.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to “Step It Up,” visit BravoTV.com/Casting. Open calls will be taking place in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Atlanta on the following days (all times and locations TBA):
Los Angeles – Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007 Chicago – Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007 New York – Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 Atlanta – Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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.
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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?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.