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Traveling Paul Taylor

The Paul Taylor Dance Company tours extensively, and this month is no exception. The company will hit up nine cities, from Colorado Springs to Kingston, Ontario. Get your tickets today because this modern company is a must-see! April 1–29; ptdc.org

 




Dancing Through the Decades

After a wildly successful NYC production last year, Janis Brenner & Dancers is ready to take the city by storm again. The seven-member modern company will perform five works, all hailing from different decades. Whether you’re into the swinging 1930s or you’re a 1970s disco chick, you’ll find something to love at this show. April 7–9; janisbrenner.com

 


Ballroom Battle

Watch the best ballroom stars duke it out on the dance floor at the USA Dance 2011 National DanceSport Championships held in Baltimore, MD. Couples will compete in hopes of being named USA champions and representing the country at the 2011 International DanceSport Federation Standard, Latin and 10-Dance World Championships. April 8–10; usadancenationals.org

 





Springtime Romance

It’s spring and love is in the air at Ballet Memphis. This month the company will perform the timeless story ballet Romeo and Juliet in an intimate setting at the Playhouse on the Square. April 9–17; balletmemphis.org

 

On Site

Jeanne Ruddy Dance will perform its first site-specific piece this month during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. MonTage à Trois will be danced in the building’s art galleries and will include a multimedia presentation on
the work of renowned painter Elizabeth Osbourne. April 15–17; ruddydance.org

 

 

 

 

Photos top to bottom: PTDC in Three Dubious Memories, photo by Tom Caravaglia; William Stansbury and Jenny Sokolsky during the Junior I Standard Championship, photo by Carson Zullinger.

(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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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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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?' "

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