In anticipation for tonight’s episode of “SYTYCD,” I rounded up the Dance Spirit editors’ top picks of the season so far. Check it out, and then let us know who you’re liking. And don’t forget to follow us on twitter!
Brianne Carlon, Managing Editor Favorite girl: Kayla Radomski. She is the most versatile and best dancer. Favorite boy: Jonathan Platero. He dances with emotion, and he’s really cute! Favorite couple: Evan and Randi. They are vertically challenged, like me! Favorite routine: Stacey Tookey's contemporary piece to "Falling Slowly" by The Frames. Great song, great dance, amazing supportive-lift sequence!
Lauren Levinson (me!), Associate/Fashion Editor Favorite girl: Jeanine Mason—I’m biased—I worked with Jeanine at a DS fashion shoot, so I know she’s got talent and spirit! Favotie boy: Jason Glover. He won me over in his first Bollywood routine. He has technique, charisma and a dashing smile. Favorite couple: Evan and Randi—small and spunky, ‘nuff said. Favorite routine: Stacey Tookey’s “Falling Slowly.” Her piece really moved me and was well executed by the dancers. It was a love story without being cheesy!
Alison Feller, Associate Editor Favorite girl: Kayla. That girl is smokin' hot! Plus, she's been in DS before so I feel some loyalty toward her. She's made it clear that she's more than a pretty face and hot bod. She's got technique and stage presence to back it all up! Favorite boy: I haven't really felt an overwhelming connection to any of the guys yet. They're all so good! But my fave at the moment is probably Evan, just because he's adorable. I wouldn't say he's the strongest dancer, but he's a cute kid and I can't resist a cheeky smile! Favorite couple: Evan and Randi and Jonathan and Karla. Both are small and cute and have great chemistry! I'm also looking forward to seeing how Kayla and Kupono will be together. Favorite routine: Tabitha & Napoleon's hip-hop routine to "Mad" for Jeanine and Phillip and Stacey Tookey's "Falling Slowly" contemporary piece for Jonathan and Karla. Both beautifully choreographed and fantastically executed by the dancers.
Lauren Kay, Associate Editor Favorite guy: Evan Kasprzak. He represents style and grace versus tricks and thrashing. Favorite girl: Tie between the emotive and lovely-lined Jeanine and the fiery, vibrant Janette. Favorite couple: Evan and Randi. They have clear passion and respect for the craft of dance. Favorite routine: Jeanine and Phillip's "Mad" by Tabitha and Napoleon
Margaret Fuhrer, Assistant Editor Favorite girl: Melissa—bunheads unite! And I loved her in that Mandy Moore routine the first week. Favorite boy: Jason—such a cutie. The footage of baby Jason imitating Michael Jackson was priceless. Favorite couple: Randi and Evan—pint-sized powerhouses! Favorite couple: Doriana Sanchez's disco for Janette and Brandon. I'm such a sucker for a good disco routine, and these two nailed Doriana's super-fast choreo!
PS: We heard that the BeatFreakz will be performing with The Veronicas on Thursday's episode! We're huge fans of the BeatFreakz, and you'll find out why in November! —Lauren Levinson
(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?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.