The Ailey Extension

Have you been wanting to expand your dance horizons and dabble in a few new styles, but haven't had the time? Well here’s your chance! The Ailey Extension is offering a “Triple Treat Workshop” on Sunday, Aug. 16. The workshop will be held from 3–7 pm, with inventive classes such as Triple Fusion Bellydance, Congolese and samba— all in just one day!

Wondering what Tribal Fusion Bellydance is? This innovative style developed and taught by Fayzah combines Egyptian, Indian and Spanish movements with a mixture of hard hitting hip-hop accents!  

Never heard of Congolese? Congolese dance was actually first created in Central Africa. While most of the movements are taken from the center of the body, this dance is said to increase the flow of oxygen and blood in the mid-section which can in fact help prevent diseases!

So, you may have heard of samba but did you know that it’s a Brazilian dance? Ballroom samba is one of the mainstream versions of Brazilian samba and can also be seen on your favorite reality dance television shows.

Students of all levels are invited to this event, so what are you waiting for? Click here for registration and more information on this and other workshops offered in August from The Ailey Extension!

(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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Photo by Erin Baiano

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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Steven Spielberg's much-anticipated remake of West Side Storychoreographed by Justin Peck, and starring a bevy of very good dancers—is in production, hooray! And that means it's finally time for us to get a look at the film's cast members in character. Let's break down the first photo from the project.

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