May/June 2014


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  • Crazy in Love: Hollywood’s Dance Power Couples

    Mark Kanemura & Jeremy Hudson It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, and Mark Kanemura and Jeremy Hudson are holding ... More »

  • Small Town, Big Dreams

    You know the story: a performer from Nowhere, USA, works hard her whole life and becomes a talented unknown. ... More »

  • Lasting Connections

    One of the biggest perks of a summer intensive is meeting great people. In just a few weeks, you ... More »

  • If You’ve Got It…

    Got rock-hard abs, crazy-long legs or a beautiful back? Show ’em off at your next commercial audition!   Related

  • Double Duty

    Dancers pack a lot of gear—leotards, tights, shorts, tops, skirts, sweaters and tons of shoes. And that doesn’t even ... More »

  • It’s Tony Time!

    The Tony Awards celebrate Broadway’s best and brightest. This year, they’ll be broadcast live from NYC on June 8, ... More »

  • The Dirt

    Zendaya has come a long way since her first hip-hop classes at 8 years old. Growing up in Oakland, ... More »

  • Letter To My Teenage Self

    Kathleen Breen Combes may be only 5′ 4″, but she looks like the tallest person onstage—an optical illusion created ... More »

  • My Week at the Prix de Lausanne

    Houston Ballet II’s Tyler Donatelli was one of only 10 dancers from the United States accepted to compete at ... More »

  • Stinky Situations + Snack Away Stress

    B.O. got you down? Don’t sweat it! These three DS-approved deodorants will help you fight the stench during summer ... More »

  • The “I” in Team

    You’re used to dancing solos at competition, but now you’ve been cast in a large group piece. Or maybe ... More »

  • I Love Going Out to Eat!

    You’re at a Mexican restaurant with some friends, and the food looks amazing. You see nachos smothered in cheese, ... More »

  • Mastering Adagio

    In Act II of Giselle, the ballerina stands center stage and dances an adagio—without a partner. She has to ... More »

  • Tap the Tale

    We’ve all been captivated by dances that skillfully blend beautiful technique with an engaging storyline: classic ballets, rousing Broadway ... More »

  • Sophia Anne Caruso

    When NBC aired The Sound of Music Live!, viewers fell in love with the 12-year-old triple threat playing Brigitta ... More »

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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.

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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?

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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.

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