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This has been a crazy performance-filled week for me. (I have to check it all out in order to report back to you!) Last night I went to the see the revitalized Martha Graham Dance Company here in NYC. The MGDC is so important for anyone who has any interest in modern dance, since she's been dubbed "the mother" of it all (though there were women dancing modern-type movement before and during that same early period, the 1920s and 30s, in the Workers Dance League and the New Dance Group). Tonight I am headed to see Big Dance Theater, a very cool interdisciplinary company that does super innovative new works that blend dance, vocals and text. And Monday night I attended the Bessies, which are the equivalent to the NYC dance Oscars. Mark Morris, Doug Varone and William Forsythe all won awards. I also chatted briefly with Rasta Thomas on the phone this afternoon, since he'll be making another little appearance in our December issue...but you'll have to wait on that one!

Write to me! I'd love to hear what you think of the new issue and our rockin' website.

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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