SFB Principal Frances Chung Stars in an Awesome Dance Short

Just as I was talking about all the awesome choreographers and filmmakers out there, teaming up to create dance films, the internet went and proved me right. Dancer, photographer and filmmaker Quinn Wharton's latest project—an experimental short called RUN—is another cool addition to the genre.

Frances Chung and Dores André in RUN

Not only is the film edgy, but it also features the ultra-glamorous Frances Chung, who's a principal with San Francisco Ballet (and one of my favorite ballerinas!). She dances a slightly creepy contemporary duet with SFB soloist Dores André, where the two women seem to switch places, emerging and disappearing into the earth.

We've been long-time fans of Wharton's stunning photography, and it's exciting to see him venture into dance-film territory. We can't wait to see what's next!

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(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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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)

It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)

All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.

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When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.

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