Larsen Thompson + Taylor Hatala = A Match Made in Hip-Hop Heaven

(left) Larsen Thompson in the November 2013 issue of DS (photo by Erin Baiano); (right) Taylor Hatala (via YouTube)

OK, here's a little #girlpower for your Saturday morning.

Take Larsen Thompson, the 15-year-old hip-hopper whose stacked resumé includes several commercials, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," a Kyle Hanagami video, Willdabeast's LilBeast videos, the title Elite Protégé for The PULSE on Tour 2013/2014 and several appearances in Dance Spirit.

Add Taylor Hatala, the 11-year-old over-night Internet sensation, whose viral hip-hop videos took her to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and beyond (and who also happens to be a LilBeast).

The result: We've got a serious hip-hop power duo on our hands. The two young ladies teamed up with choreographer Janelle Ginestra in a hip-hop video of epic proportions. It's got quirk, it's got power, it's got swag, it's got sass...it's got everything we've come to expect from them. Long story short, these two ladies prove, yet again, that hip-hop littles do. it. big. Enjoy!

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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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Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.

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