FameCast is back!

Think you've got what it takes to make it big in the biz? FameCast, an online talent competition where performers post videos of themselves doin' their thing and viewers vote for their faves, is gearing up for its fourth season. Interested in joining in? Dancers have until noon on January 31 to upload their initial videos. Then, as voting gears up, you'll be narrowed down to 50, then 25, then 10, then finally a top 5 and one "FameCast Fenom" winner--who receives a $10,000 prize!

The top 10 in each category (in addition to dancers, FameCast has "stages" for musicians, singer-songwriters, comedians, filmmakers and more!) also get feedback on their performance from an industry expert. I was one of these for the dance stage last season, and it was loads of fun to see what dancers out there are doing! I looked at a great array of performers, from hip hop freestyle to lyrical jazz, and got to compliment and critique each of them on the site.

For more, go to famecast.com. Maybe this year I will see some of you guys up there!

happy weekend,
Kat
(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 by clicking on their names here:

Read Darriel's profile here

Read Diego's profile here

Read Emma's profile here

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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