Growing up in Plantation, FL, Tiffany Paige Maher became a regular on the competition and convention scene soon after she started training at Dance FX at age 3. Fast-forward to 2012, when, at 19, she stole America’s heart as runner-up on “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 9. But Tiffany’s professional resumé doesn’t start or end with “SYTYCD”: She appeared in films Rock of Ages and Step Up Revolution before the show, and has since danced on “Shake It Up” and “Glee” and performed at the American Music Awards with Jennifer Lopez. Now, you can find Tiffany on faculty with Tremaine Dance Conventions—and on Season 2 of VH1’s scandal-filled show, “Hit the Floor,” playing a member of a mock NBA dance team. Read on for The Dirt.
Maher (center) in a "BollyHood" number with the Los Angeles Devil Girls on "Hit the Floor" (photo by Ron P. Jaffe)
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
An actress or dancer on the Disney Channel...or a pop singer.
If you could work with any performer, who would you choose?
Can I pick a few? Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Usher and Jennifer Lopez.
Must-see TV show:
"The Bachelor"! It is my secret pleasure...well I guess not so secret anymore!
Biggest guilty pleasure:
Cronuts—Probably the most brilliant invention ever!
Mexican food. Enchiladas, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, fajitas...my mouth is watering!
Something most people don’t know about you:
I'm going to college online through University of Central Florida. Go Knights! I will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Spring or Summer of 2015!
One thing you can’t live without:
What’s your most embarrassing onstage moment?
One competition, I had to perform my jazz solo in slow motion because the music was messed up. Luckily, they let me perform it over!
What has been most surprising about "Hit the Floor"?
We really do feel like we are dancers for an NBA team. We even film in an arena!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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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?