DS: What have you been up to since your trip to NYC?
TM: Since the trip, I attended the Houston Ballet summer intensive for 6 weeks and am still currently training at the Houston Ballet Academy in the professional division (it's my second year!). I've been involved in two performances so far: Stanton Welch's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and "Full Circle" by Oliver Halkowich in Sustatined by Breath and Line.
DS: What was your favorite part about the whole experience?
TM: My favorite part of the experience was having the opportunity to work with so many incredible people, as well as getting to know and dance with the two other phenomenal finalists, Briar and Kerrynton. Everyone was so positive and fun to be around—it's an experience I'll never forget. Oh, and of course seeing Finding Neverland on Broadway and site-seeing around NYC were highlights!
DS: Any exciting dance things coming up in the next few months?
TM: Since the trip, I've become a JJGirl and represent Jo + Jax. I've also been preparing for Houston Ballet's brand new Nutcracker production, which runs from November through December.
DS: Do you have any advice for future CMS finalists?
TM: The best advice I can give is to just be yourself and not be afraid to stand out or be different. Really absorb everything and don't take anything for granted. Lastly, have fun! There's no reason to hold back.
Check out Tatiana's letter to readers!
Wow, where to begin? I want to start by saying how incredible this experience was and how much it meant to me. The amount of love and support that I received throughout this process is something I cannot even fathom. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share, comment, campaign and vote for me! I am so incredibly grateful and overwhelmed by this entire experience. I also want to thank the entire Dance Spirit team and the two other dancers and friends that I shared this journey with, Kerrynton and Briar, for making this experience so unforgettable. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you all and am so grateful to have been given this opportunity of a lifetime!
(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 by clicking on their names here:
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
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.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.