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This Clip Starring Ailey's Power Couple Has Us Believing in Love Again

Distance, schmistance.


There's nothing quite like the highs and lows of a long-distance relationship—and "«PARIS/NEW YORK - Long Distance Love»," a new short film from viral dance-video guru Redha Medjellekh, perfectly captures every bit of the angst and the amazingness.

2017 Dance Magazine Award winner Linda Celeste Sims and her husband Glenn Allen Sims (also a longtime Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater star) actually make the agony of long-distance romance look pretty darn good. Watch them dance this energetic, passionate pas de deux on the streets of Paris and NYC—because lol, of course this pair of legends wouldn't be separated by anything other than THE MOST ROMANTIC cities on the planet—and just see if you don't suddenly feel inspired to slide into the DMs of baes from summer intensives past. Dance conquers all, right?

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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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