Save the Date

Last Call for Houston

Head to Minnesota for your last chance to catch the Houston Ballet II on tour this season. Nov 2 & 4;

Corella in California

If you haven’t seen Corella Ballet in action yet, now’s your chance. Angel Corella, also a principal at American Ballet Theatre, is taking his company to L.A. for its much-anticipated West Coast debut. Nov 5–7;



A Star-Studded Spectacular

Career Transition For Dancers celebrates its 25th anniversary with a glamorous night of dinner, dancing and honorees Twyla Tharp and Trisha Brown. Nov 8;




North Carolina Goes Green

North Carolina Dance Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary season with its popular Innovative Works series. But this year there’s a twist—all the works are inspired by various environmental themes, such as conservation, pollution and waste. Bonus: an exciting premiere by resident choreographer Dwight Rhoden! Nov 11–13;


40 Years Plus Two Premieres

For 40 years, Ballet Hispanico has been celebrating Latino cultures through dance. This month, the company kicks off a two-week series at NYC’s Joyce Theater featuring two world premieres, one revival and three classic favorites. Nov 30–Dec 12;


Photos from top to bottom: Houston Ballet II in The Long and Winding Road by Amitava Sarkar; NCDT's Jamie Dee, David Ingram and Kara Wilkes by Jeff Cravotta.

(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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Photo by Erin Baiano

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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Steven Spielberg's much-anticipated remake of West Side Storychoreographed by Justin Peck, and starring a bevy of very good dancers—is in production, hooray! And that means it's finally time for us to get a look at the film's cast members in character. Let's break down the first photo from the project.

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