Maddie Ziegler Continues to Take Over the World

Have you seen Maddie Ziegler lately? Actually, let's rephrase that: Has anyone not seen Maddie Ziegler lately? Girl is ubiquitous these days—not that we're complaining.

First of all, of course, the 12-year-old phenom is busy filming the latest season of "Dance Moms." But it seems like whenever she has a spare moment, she's taking on some amazing side project. The Sia video? The Jimmy Kimmel sketch? The "Dancing with the Stars" appearance? Just the tip of the Maddie iceberg.

Earlier this week, Elle magazine released an interview with Maddie, accompanied by a series of images shot by up-and-coming photographer Olivia Bee (who, like the rest of us, is "just obsessed" with the "Dance Moms" star). We see Maddie striking poses in and around her home in Pittsburgh, giving some serious model face as she cuddles with adorable doggie Maliboo:

D'aww. (via Elle.com)

On Tuesday, Maddie also announced via Twitter that she'll be guest starring on Disney's show "Austin & Ally." No word yet on an air date for her episode, but her character's name is apparently Shelby. Keep your eyes peeled.

And last week, the tiny dancer posted a teaser photo of herself at the Sony Pictures lot on Instagram. Maddie Ziegler, movie star? Wouldn't put it past her. Next stop: world domination.

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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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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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