Jimmy Kimmel Channeled Maddie Ziegler, and It Was...Interesting

On Thursday night, the wonderful Sia appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," performing her smash hit "Chandelier."

Like the rest of the world, Kimmel knows that "Chandelier" becomes even more fantastic when Maddie Ziegler dances around angrily to it in a blonde wig. (Seriously, that music video is one of our all-time favorite things). So he took the opportunity to bring Maddie herself on the show to teach him, and his sidekick Guillermo, some of her "Chandelier" moves.

Is the sight gag of two middle-aged guys goofing around in nude leotards funny? Well...sort of. Is Maddie's reaction face the best thing ever? YES. YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

Here's to Maddie, who wins our Good Sport of the Week award. Happy Monday, guys!

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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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It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.

But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.

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