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Watch Taylor Swift Dance with Idris Elba in This Behind-the-Scenes "Cats" Footage

Jellicle obsessives, rejoice: There's a new video out that offers a (surprisingly substantive) look at the dancing that went down on the set of the new Cats movie. And you can watch it RIGHT MEOW.


It's truly got everything. Francesca Hayward giving all kinds of gorgeous legs! Andy Blankenbuehler making several very intense faces! Les Twins being superhuman! Judi Dench giggling with Ian McKellen! Kolton Krouse doing a back handspring into a full layout! Tom Hooper earnestly discussing "digital fur technology"! Taylor Swift shoulder-rolling! Taylor Swift swing dancing (??) with Idris Elba! Taylor Swift FULLY making cat claws and meowing!

Cats won't hit theaters until December 20th, but the first official trailer drops tomorrow. Here's hoping it includes lots more dancing—and a look at that digital fur technology.

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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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