It's hard to believe 11-year-old Bailey Sok considers herself a shy person, because her dancing is anything but. “When I perform, I love becoming the character. The acting aspect is what I enjoy most," she says. Bailey's sassy and fierce dancing gained the attention of choreographer Matt Steffanina, who has featured her in dozens of his high-energy, insanely popular videos on YouTube. She also participated in “America's Got Talent" as a member of the dance group Buns & Roses. When she's not busy training at Millennium Dance Complex and International Dance Academy in Hollywood, CA, where can you find her? “On the golf course! I've been playing since I was 5. It's challenging, but I love everything about it."
"I'm proud of the discipline I've learned. Whenever I feel discouraged about my dancing, I'm able to find the mental strength to push on and move forward. It helps make me a better dancer and stronger person."
Birthday: February 24, 2004
Hometown: Placentia, CA
Most important lessons learned in the dance studio: Teamwork, time management and responsibility
Strangest thing in her dance bag: “Scented wood chips to keep the stink away!"
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Advice for DS readers: “Follow your dreams, no matter how big they are. And most importantly, do you!"
(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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Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
It's an increasingly common scenario: A talented dancer wins big at a competition, is offered an assistantship with a famous faculty member, and ends up leaving her hometown studio to travel with a convention. Convention-hopping has obvious benefits. Every event generates new content for dancers to post on social media, gives them a better shot at ending up on their favorite choreographers' accounts, lets them learn from the best of the best, and helps them make valuable connections. "Traveling is a great way for dancers to gain admirers around the country," says Jen Jarnot, owner of Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thornton, CO. "That's something every dancer craves." So it's no surprise that weekend FOMO has been blazing through studios like wildfire.
But is this jet-setter lifestyle really the most effective road to take? Can weekends of dancing with top talent truly replace the bread and butter of daily work at your home studio? The answer, according to most industry experts, is no. We asked five pros to explain why.