Eight Minutes of Madrid Magic

Here's the thing about Keone and Mari Madrid: They're so talented, they don't need costumes, lighting, set design or storyline to entertain their avid internet audience. Exhibit A: Just last week, we raved about "Awesome Dance Couple," a video of the hip-hop duo beasting one of their combos at Urban Dance Camp. Their choreography—and the way they dance it—are the wow factors.

I mean, come on. #hot

But just because they can be amazing all on their own doesn't mean they shouldn't get fancy every once in a while. And man oh man, did they get fancy.

Last night—after much Twitter-prompted anticipation—the Madrids dropped their latest project: "Time for Love," an eight-minute dance short that pulls out all the stops. It's got a complex storyline, costume changes, camera angles, side lighting, backup dancers, props, time travel...everything you could ever ask for, and then some.

But the best part is, none of these added elements detract from what these two do best—dance. The choreography, which was inspired by classics like Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" and Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in The Band Wagon, holds up to the sky-high expectations they've set for themselves. It somehow manages to be smooth and sultry, while also impossibly fast and intricate. In short: #mindblown.

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(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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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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