The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., will honor Black History Month with a series of performances by two iconic companies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Feb 1–6) and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (Feb 24–25). This year, AAADT celebrates the 50th anniversary of Revelations while Bill T.’s company celebrates its 25th birthday. Feb 1–6, 24–25; kennedy-center.org
Prove You Can Dance!
Dying to land a spot on “So You Think You Can Dance”? Get your booty over to Salt Lake City (Feb 2) or L.A. (Feb 25), where FOX will be holding auditions for the show’s eighth season. You could be the next Sabra, Joshua, Jeanine or Lauren. Remember, the show’s winner gets to be on the cover of Dance Spirit—so what are you waiting for? Go audition! Feb 2 & 25; fox.com/dance
Go Rhythm Crazy
See the tap stars of tomorrow compete for more than $15,000 in scholarships at Chicago’s Winter Tap Jamboree. Presented by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the jamboree features three days of master classes with tap greats like Lane Alexander and includes a student showcase competition where a winner will be chosen by the audience. Feb 4–6; chicagotap.org
No one puts on a production of Swan Lake quite like New York City Ballet. This season, the company will present just eight performances of the timeless work, so catch it while you can! Bonus if you get to see dynamic principal Sara Mearns dancing the lead role. Feb 13; nycballet.com
Photos top to bottom: Lauren Froderman, winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 7, by Frank Micelotta/Fox; New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns in Peter Martins' Swan Lake, by Paul Kolnik.
(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 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?
There's a story Kate Walker, director of dance at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, loves to tell about Emma Sutherland, who just graduated from the program. "We were watching the students run a really long, challenging piece," Walker recalls. "Several kids couldn't quite make it through. But Emma did make it all the way to the end, which is when she walked up to us faculty and very politely asked, 'May I please go throw up?' "