Enter to win tickets to the "Step It Up & Dance" finale!
Hey "Step It Up & Dance" fans, get out your fringe and ruffles, it's Latin night tonight. And that just happens to be where Miguel, the opinionated Californian, feels most comfortable. But Cody, the Canadian stud (so cute!), has won two back-to-back challenges. Get ready for a Latin throw down! Then there's Mochi, the Broadway lioness. She's been in a lot of pain from her past knee injury and is now being asked to perform a routine with lots of deep lunges. Will it be too much for her to handle? With all this drama, tonight is sure to be a nail-biter! (If you want a sneak peak at the new episode, check out dancemedia.com.)
Speaking of nerves, the finale is getting closer—actually, they're filming it tomorrow at 12:30 in LA—and Dance Spirit's got two tickets for one lucky reader! Send an email with your name and phone number to email@example.com with the subject line "Step It Up & Dance" for your chance to win! You must enter to win by 6 pm EST TODAY! Good luck!
*The winner will need to commit to six hours for the taping.
(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?
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.