Get ready for the 15th annual Dance for the Planet Festival, April 16-17 at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Presented by the Dance Council of North Texas, the festival aims to build interest, enthusiasm and support for dance of all kinds. This year's FREE two-day extravaganza features 30 master classes to choose from. It's a dream come true for dancers of all ages and skill levels.
Start your morning off with a Rhythms Movement or Mat Pilates class. Take a break at 11:00 a.m. to meet Burn the Floor guest artists and "So You Think You Can Dance" alums Pasha Kovalev, Anya Garnis and Janette Manrara. After lunch, get your adrenaline pumping with a Zumba or Swing class. Up for something different? Try an Afro-Modern dance class with Michelle Gibson or an Afro-Caribbean class with Millicent Johnnie.
Dance Planet 15 also includes a free performance showcase featuring more than 80 dance groups performing hip-hop, ballet, tap, tango, flamenco and folkloric pieces.
(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 by clicking on their names here:
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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.