"SYTYCD" Through The Years

Remember how we said we’ve been covering “So You Think You Can Dance” since the show started? Well, we weren’t lying! Check out all this awesome coverage we’ve done on some of your “SYTYCD” favorites:

You’ve probably already heard that Katie Holmes will be appearing on tonight’s 100th episode. Here, Tyce Diorio talks about working with Mrs. Cruise. Also, check out Tyce’s awesome behind-the-scenes photo shoot for when he was on the cover of our sister publication, Dance Teacher.

Before she was part of the top 20, Karla Garcia was featured in one of our competitions stories about the pros and cons of being a comp kid. We’re sure many of your out there can relate!

Are you as in love with Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo’s choreography as we are? They’ve been praised for bringing the lyrical hip-hop style to the show, like their Emmy nominated piece “Bleeding Love” from last season. Here, we discuss exactly what lyrical hip hop is and why it’s so controversial. Then, try this Nappytabs step-by-step so you can do lyrical hip hop at home. There’s a video too! And make sure to watch this power duo at their Dance Teacher cover shoot and in this slide show. And if you’re thinking about auditioning for the show, they have some awesome advice!

Remember Alex Wong from Vegas Week? We’re still sad that he couldn’t cut his contract with Miami City Ballet to join the show. But we know he has amazing things in his future. Learn more about him in our recent article "You Should Know: Alex Wong."

We got up close and personal with Mary Murphy about why “SYTYCD” is so groundbreaking, what you can do to stand out at auditions and some of her favorite moments on the show. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it! For even more of her audition tips, watch this and this.

Can you tell how much we love “SYTYCD?” We’re thrilled that the winner of the show will be featured on a Dance Spirit cover as part of the prize. Stay tuned for more on the show and follow us tonight as Twitter while we watch! –Lauren Levinson

(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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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.

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