Let's talk about dream companies. It's safe to say that for many of you, Still Motion Dance Company, Shaping Sound Dance Co. and Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance Company are at the top of your lists. They're all fantastic—but there's one thing they don't offer: a second company. And you know how much we love second companies.
So here's a quick question: Have you ever considered Nederlands Dans Theater 2? If you're like me (#obsessed), then you probably YouTube-stalk them on the daily. I mean, is it really too much to ask the mind-blowing contemporary dance troupe to put up new videos every week? But I digress...
Katarina Van Den Wouwer and Gregory Lau in POSTSCRIPT (photo by Rahi Rezvani)
Nederlands Dans Theater is one of the top contemporary companies in the world, and there's no better way in than through the ranks of its little sister company, NDT2. These kids are good. And I'm not just saying that because basically all of the Americans in the company are Julliard alums and YoungArts or Princess Grace nominees (or awardees). I'm saying that because I saw them perform at the Joyce Theater on Tuesday night—and I had to scrape my jaw off the ground.
Dancers of NDT2 in Sara (photo by Rahi Rezvani)
The company performed four pieces, my favorite of which was the creepy, uncomfortable, amazing Sara, by Israeli choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. Want to get in on the magic? NDT's summer program registration is now open.
(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?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.