"Every Single Step," the "Project Runway" for Choreographers, Kicks Off Today

One of the best things about "So You Think You Can Dance" is that it's become a launching pad not only for dancers, but also for choreographers. In fact, I'd argue that the best "STY" choreographers, returning season after season, have become the show's brightest-burning stars.

And Nigel Lythgoe knows it. Which is why he's teamed up with DanceOn to produce "Every Single Step," a new choreography-focused reality show premiering today on the go90 app. "ESS" follows 10 up-and-coming choreographers as they navigate fast-paced, themed challenges, "Project Runway"–style. (Oh, dance gods, PLEASE let there be an "unconventional materials" challenge. Choreographing for Roombas? Sourcing props from the "SYT" costume archives? SO MANY POSSIBILITIES.)

The show's Tim Gunn-ish mentor is none other than Brian Friedman. The star power doesn't end there, either: A new celebrity guest judge will arrive to evaluate the contestants each week. We'll hear words of wisdom from Mandy Moore, NappyTabs, Tessandra Chavez, Rich and Tone, Brooke Lipton, WilldaBeast, Miguel Zarate and Ian Eastwood, with Tricia Miranda and Kenny Ortega coming in to judge the grand finale. You'll spot some familiar faces among the contestants, too, including our friend Cat Cogliandro. And the grand prize? A cool 25,000 bucks.

Download the go90 app to watch the first episode of "Every Single Step" right now. Or, if you're one of those people who likes to savor a few appetizers before diving into the main course, start by watching these two yummy little teasers:

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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.

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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?

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There's a story Kate Walker, director of dance at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, loves to tell about Emma Sutherland, who just graduated from the program. "We were watching the students run a really long, challenging piece," Walker recalls. "Several kids couldn't quite make it through. But Emma did make it all the way to the end, which is when she walked up to us faculty and very politely asked, 'May I please go throw up?' "

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