Last summer I jetted to L.A. with DS Art Director Jo Daño for photo shoots and made some famous friends along the way.
First, we stopped at the VIP teachers’ suite at The Pulse. I interviewed Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio and Cris Judd and also got a glimpse of Laurie Ann Gibson and Brian Friedman!
After working hard, Jo and I were ready to go back to home-sweet NYC. Unfortunately, my flight got canceled—I was stranded in L.A. for two days!
I decided to take advantage of the extra time and got a ticket to “SYTYCD.” At the show, I was seated two rows behind the judges and one behind Paula Abdul (who grabbed my arm when I introduced myself!). Later, I chatted up Sonya Tayeh, Tabitha and Napoleon and Adam Shankman.
The MOGiest moment of all, though, was when Tyce remembered me from The Pulse and gave me a big hug when I arrived! Plus, when the show aired, the DS editors got a kick out of seeing my face in the background on screen. —Lauren Levinson
(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 by clicking on their names here:
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.
Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.