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”

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