The REAL Stars of the Superbowl

If you're anything like me, 85 percent of every sporting event you watch is spent scoping out the cheerleaders/dancers. It doesn't matter if I'm in the stadium or watching the game on ESPN—I'm looking for high kicks and flashy poms.

With the biggest football game of the year just around the corner, I want to introduce you to the ladies who'll be cheering on their team and pumping up the crowd: the New England Patriots Cheerleaders. Sadly, the New York Giants don't have cheerleaders/dancers. (Whhhaat?!) Word on the street is they feel the dancers would take away from the overall game day experience.

False. Dancers improve everything! At least we think so.

The Patriots Cheerleaders are pretty dang impressive. Not only are they super-fit and stunningly beautiful, but they were recently named the best cheerleading squad in the NFL in 2012 by CNBC's sports business columnist Darren Rovell. Plus, they've got some serious smarts: nearly every dancer has a college degree!

So, who will I be rooting for this Superbowl? The New England Patriots Cheerleaders, of course! Who will you be cheering on?

Think you'd make an awesome Patriots Cheerleader? Show 'em what you've got March 3, at the 2012 auditions.

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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.

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Photo by Erin Baiano

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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)

Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.

Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.

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