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Recital Canceled? Jennifer Garner Wants to See Your Moves (And So Do We!)

With concerns around the coronavirus growing, many of the places dancers hold dearest, from theaters to studios, are shutting down. And it's all happening just before what's usually our favorite time of year: recital season.

But if you've been prepping something *amazing* in the studio, don't give up on performing it for an audience just yet! Our favorite dance lover (and honorary Cindy) Jennifer Garner has asked performers everywhere to share work that might not see the stage on social media.

Garner wants performing artists of all stripes—actors, singers, musicians, and, of course, dancers—to post their performances and tag them #heyjenlookatme, so she can watch and share all of the amazing art happening across the country. (Garner's project, as she noted, is similar to what Broadway and TV star Laura Benanti is doing for would-be high school musical stars with #SunshineSongs.)

Garner has already posted a bunch of her favorite submissions on her Instagram story, for all her 8.7 million followers to see. Talk about an audience! And all of us at Dance Spirit have had so much fun looking through the posts that we decided to gather a collection of our fave dancy #heyjenlookatme videos below.

Dancers, we know you love a challenge—so here's ours: We want to see even more dance-filled #heyjenlookatme submissions. We know you're all dancing anyways! And we're beyond excited to help Garner spread the dance love.

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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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