This New Dance Competition Puts Street Styles Front and Center
There are so many amazing street styles that, despite requiring tons of training to master, are still dismissed by concert dancers as being non-technical or simply not difficult. That's why a new competition hosted by the social media site Clapit is so cool: It puts street dance styles front and center, and celebrates the amazing talent and dedication required for dancehall, waacking, b-boying and more.
Omari and Shea, two vogue dancers from the House of Mizrahi, have launched a competition called "Dancing for the Streets," in which street-style performers can upload a video of themselves dancing for a chance to win a trip to NYC, a day in the studio with the two pros and a dance reel shoot.
If you've always wanted to see more street styles featured on "So You Think You Can Dance," or see b-boying break free from "America's Best Dance Crew," now's your chance to put your own unique style and talent out there!
(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 on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?