It's been a crazy couple days in Dance Spirit Land (yes, that's a real place): It's Cover Model Search Finalist Week!
The three finalists in the 2012 competition flew to NYC earlier this week for three jam-packed days of dance action, including taking classes at Broadway Dance Center (ballet, street jazz and musical theater, and they killed it in each of them), posing (um, dancing, really, all day long) in front of the DS cameras at a photo shoot, seeing Memphis on Broadway (one of the best shows on the Great White Way right now — go see it!) and performing solos for the DS editors (they were awesome, and you'll get to see them all online soon).
Oh, and getting NYC-style pizza and Pinkberry. Naturally.
So we can't tell you yet who the finalists are — where's the fun in that? — but we can tell you that they're all so talented and you're going to meet them in the July/August issue.
Once you get the issue, you'll get to go online (right here at dancespirit.com/), watch each of the finalists' solo videos and then cast your very crucial vote for your favorite. The dancer who gets the most votes will end up on the October cover of Dance Spirit! Not a bad deal, right?
Plus, you can be a part of it all next year!
If you think you've got what it takes to be a Cover Model Search finalist — talent, a great personality and a big ol' love for dance — enter today! It's really easy. Promise.
All you have to do is go to dancemedia.com and upload your best solo video in the Cover Model Search contest. Just click here. I told you it was easy.
At the end of each month — and yes, you can enter every single month! — there's an Editors' Choice and Viewers' Choice winner. From there, we narrow down our finalists at the end of the year.
So keep dancing and start sharing. We want to meet you and put you on the cover!
(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.
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.
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.