CMS '08!

Hey everyone!


So I've been getting a lot of emails about the Cover Model Search contest. Your entries were FANTASTIC! It was a brutally hard decision.

Here's the update: Three finalists have been chosen and contacted. But don't panic just yet if you weren't contacted. We are adding a special "Honorable Mentions" section this year, so you may be featured in a smaller way because you stood out to us in some amazing and original way. We'll keep you posted on that front...

In any event, thanks for all your hard work. We loved watching your videos, reading your letters and seeing what you're up to; so if you weren't chosen this year, please please please keep on sending us stuff—and dancing your hearts out!





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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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