Champlin dance student in the running for ‘Dance Spirit’ cover model

Alyssa Ness, a student and student assistant at Northland School of Dance in Champlin, is one of three nationwide finalists in the Dance Spirit Magazine Cover Model Search competition. The winner, chosen by viewer votes, will be the cover girl for the October issue.

Ness, lives and Ramsey and is a senior-to-be at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She was the magazine’s Editor’s Choice for September 2011.

Up to 20 girls a month have submitted auditions since the competition was announced in June 2011. Alyssa went to New York from April 16–18 with the other two finalists, Megan Skalla of Draper, Utah, and Hannah Bettes, who trains in Tampa, Fla.

The trio took classes at Broadway Dance Center, posed for a Dance Spirit photographer, caught a Broadway show and performed their solos for the judges. The dance classes at the Broadway Dance Center included musical theater, hip-hop and ballet, Ness said.

To view the trio’s photos or to vote, visit the website: