This Junior Dance Crew Will Rock Your Socks

We've said it before, and we'll say it again (and again, and again): Few things get us as excited as really talented, really young hip-hop dancers.

This morning we came across a video of a pretty stellar crew of junior b-girls. Though first posted in May, the clip has started making the rounds on the internets. And we'd like to encourage its spread, because these dancers are faaaantastic. Also, the name of their group is "TOMATO." Plus 1,000 points.

Naturally, the members of TOMATO wear red. (via pixable.com)

TOMATO competed in Japan's annual Dance@Live street dance battle this spring. After you watch the performance, you won't be surprised to hear that the crew's super-clean routine earned the top score in the contest's "kids" category. Take a look!

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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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Is dance a sport? Should it be in the Olympics? They're complicated questions that tend to spark heated debate. But many dance fans will be excited to hear that breaking (please don't call it breakdancing) has been provisionally added to the program for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)

It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)

All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.

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