5 Pairs of Recital-Ready Rhinestone Earrings

Marilyn knows what's up.

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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Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.

This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!

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After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)

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Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.

In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.

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Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)

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