Dance Is About to Get Funnier

We, like most dance people, love drama. We're all about dying swans and moody contemporary duets.

Let's face it, though: Sometimes dance is even better when it's funny. Any kind of funniness is awesome, but bodies being funny is one of the best kinds of funny there is.

So we were excited to hear that the fabulous Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is pairing up with The Second City (aka the improv group that's basically a feeder for "Saturday Night Live"). Together, they'll create—well, we don't know what, exactly. What we do know is that it'll be witty, smart, and probably very funny.

And they're already in the studio together! This is a Hubbard Street movement workshop at The Second City. (Todd Rosenberg/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

While this may sound like a bizarre collaboration, in a way it makes total sense. Hubbard Street works with many choreographers whose pieces are rooted in improvisation. Its dancers, in other words, are master improvisers—just like the members of Second City.

The project will involve performers from both groups, plus Hubbard Street 2 (wouldn't want to leave them out of the fun), and it'll premiere October 16 at Chicago's Harris Theater. We'll let you know more as we hear it!

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to 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.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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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?

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