Chloé Arnold. Photo by Shona Roberson/courtesy Divine Rhythm Productions.
Tap diva Chloé Arnold started hoofing at age 6—and made her professional debut four years later in Savion Glover’s All Star Tap Revue. Known for her musicality and explosive onstage personality, Arnold has since racked up performance credits including Debbie Allen’s Brothers of the Knight, the hit show Imagine Tap! and The Oneness Awards honoring Michael Jackson. You may also have seen her tearing up the floor in Beyoncé’s music video “Upgrade You” or in Sean Paul’s “Give It Up to Me” video for Step Up. She’s no slouch as a scholar, either: Arnold holds a degree in film from Columbia University, where she also studied acting. In 2009, Arnold—a Washington, D.C., native—founded the D.C. Tap Festival with her sister, Maud (DS December 2009). In addition to producing the annual festival, Arnold guest teaches at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in L.A. and remains an in-demand solo tap artist. —Sarah Badger
A young Chloé Arnold with Gregory Hines. Photo courtesy Chloé Arnold.
Dream huge, set your goals high and don’t let anything throw you off your path. Train with passion, focus and determination. A strong foundation will earn you respect in your field.
Stay positive. Even in the face of disappointment, you will find your way. I know you’re facing financial challenges, but don’t let that stop you for a minute. Put in the work and one day you will be able to create opportunities for others.
Improvisation is intimidating right now, but keep at it. One day, you’ll end up falling in love with it and performing improvised solos around the world!
When it comes to the guys, develop meaningful friendships and demand respect. Never let anyone suppress your dreams or your self-confidence.
And cherish your relationships with your family and friends. Nurture your little sister. Your bond with Maud will mean the world to you.
Be yourself: Wear your hair big and wild, rock the clothes that inspire you and tap your heart out! Your passion will take you around the world, and bring joy and happiness to your life and others’. Stay humble, be thankful and don’t let anybody steal your sunshine!
(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?
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.