To say that 11-year-old Tate McRae is multitalented would be a huge understatement. Her boundless flexibility and impressive control earned her the Dance Awards’ 2013 Mini Best Dancer title, a Capezio Athlete sponsorship and a spot on the 2014 Dancerpalooza Beat Squad. But Tate also excels as an actress (she does several voices for the show “Lalaloopsy” on Nick Jr.), a singer/songwriter, a model and a dancewear designer (for her own line, TWEAR Dancewear). When this leggy lady’s not busy taking over the world, she hones her technique, training daily at The School of Alberta Ballet and YYC Dance Project, and assisting at conventions in her hometown of Calgary, Canada.
"When I passed down my Mini Best Dancer title at the 2014 Dance Awards, I got to perform a solo I choreographed to my own cover of the song ‘Human.’ The whole faculty got teary, which felt really special."
Performing "Human" at the 2014 Dance Awards (photo courtesy Break the Floor Productions)
Birthday: July 1, 2003
Nickname: Tatey or Tatey-Pie
Favorite teacher: “My mom! I train with her at YYC Dance Project. I also love my ballet teacher at Alberta Ballet, Ashley McNeil.”
Performer she’d love to work with: Chantel Aguirre
Favorite companies: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Shaping Sound Dance Co. and Still Motion Dance Company
Favorite foods: Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes
Dream role: The title role in Matilda on Broadway. “It suits my personality—and I already sing a lot of the songs.”
Favorite dance movie: Footloose, with Kenny Wormald
(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.
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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?