Abby's First Blog!

The office it deserted! Kate and Kat are on vacation so Julie and I are holding down the fort for ya'll.

The October issue just arrived and it looks so good! I can't wait for all of you to find out who won the Cover Model Search contest. The cover looks stunning and vibrant and the issue is super thick! There is so much for you all to work your way through. Once you do, WRITE TO ME! I get lonely without your mail keeping me busy. I want to know what you love, hate, want more of, less of, who you're obsessed with, who you're over. I want to hear it all. So drop me a line and keep me in the know.

Lots of love,

Abby

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Enter the World of the Knicks City Dancers with 2 of Their Newest Rookies

Auditions rarely fail to deliver on suspense. But this? This was the nail-biter to end all nail-biters. Hayoung Roh and Chelsea McCloskey, both professional dancers based in NYC, had made it through what felt like endless rounds of cuts, both on Zoom and in person. Out of the nearly 500 dancers (from 30 states and nine countries) who'd answered the Knicks City Dancers' open call for video submissions, just 20 remained—McCloskey and Roh among them. "We were separated into six holding rooms, where we kept trying to figure out the math," Roh recalls. "How many girls are there in total? Who was called back?"

Finally, the women returned to the audition room to dance one last time—or so they were told. Instead, KCD head coach Alyssa Quezada dropped her bombshell: All 20 women had made the final cut. They would be 2021–22 Knicks City Dancers: the latest and greatest edition of one of the most prestigious NBA dance teams. "It was the biggest celebration and the coolest moment of my dance career so far," says McCloskey now. And that was just the oh-so-perfectly-dramatic beginning.

Chelsea McCloskey stands on her left leg while kicking her right leg up with her arms crossed, a smile on her face. She is auditioning for KCD. Chelsea McCloskey Photo by Tess Mayer


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