The talent pool for this year’s Cover Model Search was insane, making it nearly impossible for us to narrow it down to just three finalists. Here are a few of the applicants we loved.
(Photo by Propix)
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Dance studio: Innerlight Dance Center
Why we love her: Once we managed to take our eyes off Regan’s gorgeous feet, we noticed how perfectly she captured the intricacies of the classical music in her self-choreographed solo, “The Meadow.” Regan’s choreography and exquisite technique earned her third place at the 2013 Next Generation of Fine Arts Young Choreographers Competition. She’s planning to study photography and dance at the University of Arizona and is the author of a dance-themed Tumblr (“The Dance Blog”) with more than 10,000 followers.
(Photo by Martin Caprera, courtesy Greenwood Photography)
Hometown: Springfield, VA
Dance studio: Buffa’s Dance Studio
Why we love her: Emma has textbook-perfect facility, but she doesn’t rely on lines alone. In her self-choreographed solo, “Explosions,” she demonstrated acute awareness of her torso and upper body, in addition to her seemingly endless legs. Emma’s creativity won her the overall high score at NRG danceProject, The PULSE On Tour, Open Call and New York City Dance Alliance. She now works for NRG danceProject, assisting and teaching throughout the U.S. and Australia.
(Photo courtesy Hall of Fame Dance Challenge)
Hometown: Anaheim, CA
Dance studio: Mather Dance Company
Why we love her: In her lyrical solo, “Turning Page,” Simone danced with an infectious joy that was hard to ignore. That, combined with her long limbs and the fluidity of her movement, helped her become the highest-scoring teen soloist of 2013 at MOVE Productions. This summer, she plans to attend Project Launch Dance Festival at Northern California Dance Conservatory, and she dreams of pursuing a BFA at The Juilliard School.
(Photo courtesy Break The Floor Productions)
Hometown: Bedford Corners, NY
Dance studio: Westchester Dance Academy
Why we love her: In her lyrical solo, “My Love,” Logan glided effortlessly across the stage. But it was the moments of stillness, where she demonstrated her impeccable control, that truly commanded our attention. “My Love” earned Logan the high score at NYCDA Nationals and fourth place at The Dance Awards. She now attends Pace University on a scholarship from the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation.
(Photo courtesy American Dance Awards Productions)
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Dance studio: Atwood Performing Arts Center
Why we love her: Olivia’s fearless movement and power matched Christina Aguilera’s voice perfectly in her contemporary solo, “You Lost Me.” Her mature embodiment of heartbreak earned her StarQuest’s National Senior Miss title. Olivia currently studies dance at Pace University, where she’s also a member of Rhonda Miller’s Commercial Dance Company.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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.
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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?
There's a story Kate Walker, director of dance at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, loves to tell about Emma Sutherland, who just graduated from the program. "We were watching the students run a really long, challenging piece," Walker recalls. "Several kids couldn't quite make it through. But Emma did make it all the way to the end, which is when she walked up to us faculty and very politely asked, 'May I please go throw up?' "