Keeping Up With Kathryn

Surely by now you've gotten your hands on the November issue of Dance Spirit featuring Step Up Revolution's leading lady, Kathryn McCormick.

(If you didn't see Step Up Revolution, by the way, you absolutely must. The dancing is insane!)

The DS team shot Kathryn back in March in L.A.—the same day we shot the cover for tWitch and Allison's September issue! We'd just finished a full day and a half of shooting and we were all exhausted.

But then Kathryn arrived—right on time, of course.

And suddenly, no one was really tired anymore.

Kathryn radiates energy and positivity, and I absolutely adore that in a dancer. She was so excited to be at the shoot and had such a kind, genuine personality. She was down-to-earth, happy and, as you can see, totally gorgeous.

If you're like me and can't get enough of Kathryn, check out this behind-the-scenes video from our photo shoot. You can also read Kathryn's full cover story here.

I love this issue—probably because I think Kathryn's layout on the cover is pretty killer! (No, I haven't been practicing this move at home in front of the mirror...why would you think that?) But of course, it's your opinion that really matters! Click here to let us know what you think of the issue!

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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 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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