Ryan Steele Is Coming to a Movie Theater Near You

Happy Friday, everyone: It's been announced that Five Dances, starring our friend Ryan Steele (of Newsies and Matilda and super-cute club fame), will be coming to theaters this fall!

The film tells the story of a young dancer—that'd be Ryan—growing up and falling in love in NYC. (We've seen a screener, and there may or may not be love-filled fouettés involved.)

Not only is Five Dances Ryan's film debut, but it also features four other talented dancers—Reed Luplau, Catherine Miller, Kimiye Corwin and Luke Murphy—and choreography by downtown dance star Jonah Bokaer. In other words, its dance credentials are totally legit.

Five Dances opens October 4 in NYC, and will have a nationwide release later in the fall. Click here to find out more about the film, and check out the trailer below.

(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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Photo by Erin Baiano

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