Vanessa Hudgens and tWitch aren't returning to the "jidges" table this season (*tear*). In their places—at least for the audition and Academy rounds—will be legendary choreographer Laurieann Gibson and "SYTYCD" and "America's Best Dance Crew" alum Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval.
There's no official word yet on the identities of this season's All Stars. But at a recent promotional event, 10 our favorites—five men and five women, hmmm!—performed a fabulous rendition of Mark Kanemura's "Call Me Mother" routine. Could this be the Season 16 All Star crew?
The Live Shows Will Feature a Top 10—Not a Top 20
Season 15 Academy dancers just before they found out that only 10 of them would be moving on to the live shows (we spy Hannahlei Cabanilla!) (Adam Rose/FOX)
(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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Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.