DS talked to 7 cute young men about dancing, kissing and the perfect date.
Noteworthy: “So You Think You Can Dance” season 3 Favorite role: Big Beau in the chorus of Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ on Broadway. “I got to work with amazing dancers and it was a really great experience.” Perfect day:â€ˆ“Class at Steps on Broadway, meet friends to eat and hang out, and go to Central Park.” Dream date: “I would take my girlfriend to her favorite restaurant and then on a ride around Central Park in a horse-drawn carriage. Then we’d watch a movie.” The person of his dreams must: “Enjoy my cooking.” (Neil’s specialties are eggs and spaghetti.) —Alison Feller
Proudest career moment: “The Super Bowl with Janet Jackson. It was an honor to be dancing and rehearsing with those people.” Hobbies: Fashion and improv comedy—Preston belongs to an improv group called False Sense of Security. Can’t live without: Chocolate-covered pretzels. Perfect day: “Make myself breakfast, sit out at the pool and eat, go to the gym, have a few auditions—or a lot of auditions!—make myself a good dinner, then go see an improv show at night.” First kiss: “Confusing.” Relationship status: “Single—but hopefully not by Valentine’s Day!” —Kristin Lewis
Favorite gig: Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/Love Show” tour. “It’s the style of dance I love, and I get to be around great people.” Proudest career moment: Having the guts to move to L.A. at 21. “You only get one chance in life, so you have to be willing to take risks.” Favorite vacation spot: A tropical island or a secluded cabin in the mountains. Dream date: “Something personal, without a lot of people, so I can really devote my attention to my girl.” First kiss:â€ˆ“Nervous.” Class or performance? “Class. It’s kind of like therapy where I can take out my frustrations from everyday life.” —Lauren Levinson
Dances with: The Joffrey Ballet Hobbies: “Writing poetry, listening to music and hanging out with friends.” Favorite vacation spot: “Disney World!” Perfect day: “Going to work and doing the best that I can do.” Can’t live without: “Cuban food!” Best Valentine: “I haven’t really gotten any presents, but an ex once prepared dinner and we had an awesome night.” Celebrity crush: Jennifer Love Hewitt Best pick-up line: “I’m not a very flirtatious kind of guy; I joke around. If I like someone, I just strike up a conversation.” Relationship status:â€ˆTaken.
Dances with: NYC-based modern companies Keigwin + Company, David Dorfman Dance and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance Describes his dancing as: “Full-bodied play.” Favorite vacation spot: “The beach. Any beach.” Perfect day: “Good conversation in a park under a tree.” Can’t live without: “My mom.” Dream date: “Cooking dinner for someone.” Best Valentine: “One year my friend and I were both bitter that we didn’t have significant others on Valentine’s Day, so we got each other presents. She got me a gigantic stuffed teddy bear.” First kiss: “Awful.” Relationship status: Single.
Broadway gigs:A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, Hairspray and The Boy from Oz. Currently working on The Studio with Christopher d’Amboise. Proudest career moment:â€ˆ“I got cast in the first national Fosse tour. Being able to perform that work with the amazing caliber of dancers was surreal.”â€ˆ Best Valentine: “A box of chocolate from my mom.” Perfect day: “Sleep in, hang out in Central Park, see a silly movie, eat a delicious dinner and end my day with a deep tissue massage.” Dream date: “Someone surprising me with a spontaneous adventure like skydiving.” The person of his dreams must have: “A sense of humor.” —Lauren Kay
Dances with: M.A.D.D. Rhythms Proudest career moment: “A tap on my shoe cracked and the whole thing came off. I kept dancing and the audience went crazy, like, ‘Oh he dances with one foot.’ That was the greatest moment.” Hobbies: Rapping, basketball, football, writing poetry, designing a line of T-Shirts Can’t live without: “My tap shoes.” Dream date: “Whatever makes the girl I’m going out with have a good time. A dream date would be with a girl who’s really outgoing and fun to talk to. That way it doesn’t matter where we go. Justin Timberlake or bach? “Stevie Wonder.” —Kristin
(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?