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Congratulations to the June Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Jamaii Melvin! Catch his solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here.

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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.

The contest is now closed. Look for the winner on our Fall cover!

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Click here to vote for Darriel.

There are a million and one ways to describe the versatile Darriel Johnakin, but "rare breed" is a good place to start. In fact, it's the first phrase Marie-Louise Gaschler, artistic director of Miami Dance Collective, uses to characterize her longtime student. "Darriel reminds me of how dancers used to train back in the day," Gaschler says. "She never misses a class, gives it her all, inspires the entire room, and somehow manages to stay humble and eager for corrections."

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Congratulations to the May Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Gianna Newborg! Catch her solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here.

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Congratulations to the March Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Madeline Underwood! Catch her solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here.

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Congratulations to the April Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Alina Taratorin! Catch her solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here.

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Congratulations to the January Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Morgan Higgins! Catch her solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here!

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Congratulations to the February Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Abigail Jackson! Catch her solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here.

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Congratulations to the December Cover Model Search Editors' Choice video winner, Ali Deucher! Catch her solo below, and enter the Cover Model Search here!

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When we first met Sydney Burtis back in April, she already had a resumé most seasoned pros would covet, peppered with competition titles, choreography credits, and even the co-founding of a dance festival. Now, the 18-year-old can add Dance Spirit Cover Model Search winner to that impressive list of accomplishments.

As soon as Sydney laced up her lime-green tap shoes at our photo shoot, we knew we had a star on our hands. She can fuse tap and contemporary dance in a brilliant way thanks to her impressive musicality, but it's her joy that makes her a real standout. You feel it with every click of her candy-colored shoes: Dance isn't just Sydney's passion. It's her life.

These days, the CMS winner is starting the next part of her dance journey as a freshman in Pace University's commercial dance program and honors college. We chatted with the new NYC resident to find out everything that's happened since we last saw her.

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