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5 Pairs of Recital-Ready Rhinestone Earrings

If diamonds are a girl's best friend, it's safe to say that faux-diamond earrings are a dancer's best friend. A fixture onstage at just about every competition weekend, these blinged-out baubles are also the surest sign that recital season is upon us again. And what better way to get into the sparkly spirit than by drooling over these 5 diamonds in the rough? (Sorry not sorry!)



Capezio Performance Earrings (via capezio.com)

Four different blingtastic styles for just $15, people! It really doesn't get more versatile than that.


Dasha Designs Custom Swarovski Performance Earrings (via dashadesigns.net)

Trying to coordinate a team or group look? Dasha Designs will let you choose the inner and outer stones' colors with a minimum order of 12 pieces.


14mm Simple Rivoli Earrings (via diysparkle.com)

If you think these amethyst studs are stunning, you should see the other 27 colors available from diysparkle.com.


FH2 Aurora Borealis Cluster Earrings (via fh2.ca)

No piercings? No problem—these screwback clip-ons will stay secure until the final bow. (Pro tip: All of FH2's earrings are available in both conventional and clip-on styles. Score!)



Shashi Whit Stud (via shashi.com)

Behold, the millennial-chic performance jewelry you'll want to rock at the cast party and beyond.

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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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