Cookies Just Dominated VIBE with This Incredibly Moving Routine

With a name like Cookies, it has to be good. And it is: The San Diego, CA-based crew is one of the world's best, winning all kinds of awards at major competitions thanks to its super-strong, super-clean routines.

The name Cookies suggests playfulness, too—and the group has been known to rock some fun, irreverent choreo (even snapping selfies onstage!). But at this year's VIBE XX Dance Competition, with the help of choreographers Keone and Mari Madrid, Cookies went deep. And the result was an amazingly powerful routine.

"Every day 5,760 more children become orphans," reads the backdrop as the piece begins. "Children do not care how much you know until they know how much you care." Dressed in gray sweats, the dancers portray young orphans, whose childish antics are periodically interrupted by emotional outbursts. Their frustration and fear are palpable. And the dancers' spotless execution makes the story even more potent.

Unsurprisingly, the routine earned Cookies first place at VIBE. But the group is taking things a step further: They're donating their winnings to World Vision, an organization that helps children in need. If you'd like to make your own donation, you can do so here.

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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

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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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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.

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