Darriel Johnakin won our 2019 Cover Model Search contest. Which of our 12 semifinalists will earn the prize this year? (Erin Baiano)

Congrats to Our 2020 Cover Model Search Semifinalists!

Each month in 2019, the Dance Spirit editors chose one 2020 Cover Model Search semifinalist from a pool of very talented entrants. Last week, we selected our December winner—which means we now have all 12 of our 2020 Cover Model Search semifinalists.

And what does that mean? It means that one of the gorgeous dancers below will be our next Cover Model Search winner, gracing our Fall 2020 cover!

Over the next month, the other editors and I will narrow this already-choice group down to three finalists, who'll come to NYC for a week of classes, photo shoots, and Broadway show outings. You'll get to meet them all in our Summer issue, and vote for your favorite from June 15–July 15.

So, which of the 12 semifinalists do you think should make our top three? Check out their videos below. (And then get your own Cover Model Search dream started by entering your best dance video in next year's contest, which is already underway!)

January: Morgan Higgins, "Break My Frozen Heart"

February: Abigail Jackson, “Change, Create, Destroy”

March: Madeline Underwood, “Follow”

April: Alina Taratorin, "Awakening of Flora Variation"

May: Gianna Newborg, "Taken"

June: Jamaii Melvin, "Into One's Gray"

July: Amy Palmer, "Surround Me"

August: Madison Goodman, “Regenerative Being”

September: Chloe Exline, “Dulcinea”

October: Bella Donopria, "Scars I Bare"

November: Jasmine Cruz, “Variation from Grand Pas Classique”

December: Randi Martinez, “Panini”

Latest Posts

Viktorina Kapitonova in "Swan Lake Bath Ballet" (photo by Ryan Capstick, courtesy Corey Baker Dance)

Please Enjoy the Quarantine Genius of “Swan Lake Bath Ballet”

That old saying about limitations breeding creativity—hat tip to Orson Welles—has never felt more relevant than in these lockdown days. Here's the latest brilliant dance project born (hatched?) of quarantine restrictions: "Swan Lake Bath Ballet," a contemporary take on the classic featuring 27 A-list ballet dancers performing from their own bathtubs.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Project 21 dancers (from left) Selena Hamilton, Gracyn French, and Dyllan Blackburn (Photo by Quinn Wharton; hair and makeup throughout by Angela Huff for Mark Edward Inc.)

How Project 21 Is Shaping the Next Generation of Competition-Dance Standouts

"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

The fact that fans might expect the name to have some profound meaning speaks to the near-mythic status Project 21 has achieved on the competition and convention scene since its founding in 2014. Long's dancers are all wholly individual, yet jell seamlessly as a group, and are consistently snagging top prizes everywhere on the circuit. Each season brings a slew of new accolades, high-caliber faculty, and legions of devoted followers.

The industry has taken notice of the studio's unique ethos. "Molly gets through to her dancers in a special way, and they have this incomparable level of commitment to their craft as a result," says dancer and choreographer Billy Bell, who's worked closely with Long and her dancers. "That's what sets them apart—it's like a little dose of magic."

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

Enter the Cover Model Search