Cover Model Search
Photo by Erin Baiano

When we first met Sydney Burtis back in April, she already had a resumé most seasoned pros would covet, peppered with competition titles, choreography credits, and even the co-founding of a dance festival. Now, the 18-year-old can add Dance Spirit Cover Model Search winner to that impressive list of accomplishments.

As soon as Sydney laced up her lime-green tap shoes at our photo shoot, we knew we had a star on our hands. She can fuse tap and contemporary dance in a brilliant way thanks to her impressive musicality, but it's her joy that makes her a real standout. You feel it with every click of her candy-colored shoes: Dance isn't just Sydney's passion. It's her life.

These days, the CMS winner is starting the next part of her dance journey as a freshman in Pace University's commercial dance program and honors college. We chatted with the new NYC resident to find out everything that's happened since we last saw her.

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Each month in 2017, we chose one 2018 Cover Model Search semifinalist from the pool of very talented entrants on dancemedia.com. Last week, we selected our December winner—which means we now have all 12 of our 2018 Cover Model Search semifinalists. And what does that mean? It means that one of the lovely ladies below will be our Cover Model Search winner, gracing our October 2018 cover!

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