Daniel Cloud Campos' Latest Film Is an Amazing Mini-Musical
Have you guys ever found a new dancer you love and had one of those where-have-you-been-all-my-life moments? Well, if you're like me and that dancer is Daniel "Cloud" Campos (which you should be because...have you seen this guy?!), you're a little late to the game. Cloud has been around for a while—appearing in Step Up 3D and some of our favorite commercials, directing music videos, touring with Madonna and dancing on the web series "League of Extraordinary Dancers"—but he hasn't always been in a featured role.
Fortunately for all of us, Cloud's latest project, Today's the Day, puts him front and center. It's a mini-musical featuring Cloud as an intern at a talent agency, trying to build up enough courage to ask his boss to represent him as the talent. His awesome moves remind me of my other favorite hip hopper with old-school grace, Harry Shum Jr.
Cloud's character goes through the same self-doubt that confronts all of us dancers, so if you need a little extra courage just remember: "Whether it goes my way, I just gotta ask anyway."
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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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?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.