The Runners-Up

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)

Regan Norton

Age: 18

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)

Emma Bradley

Age: 19

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)

Simone Cameresi

Age: 16

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)

Logan Epstein

Age: 19

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)

Olivia Cece

Age: 19

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.

 

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