LEAKED FOOTAGE! (We wish. But seriously, will Olivia Benson be making a cat-meo?)

TSwift & JHud Are Confirmed to Be in the "CATS" Movie

We can hear it now: "Jennifer songs for Hudson cats! Taylor songs for Swift cats!" Okay, maybe that particular lyric change (to the #iconic opening number from the record-breaking musical CATS) is a bit far-fetched.

But you know what IS the honest-to-Grizabella truth? That Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson are CONFIRMED to be in the new movie of everyone's favorite feline-omenon!


According to Deadline, Hudson will play Grizabella, the glamour cat who gets to screlt "Memory"—trust us, you've heard this song before—at the eleventh hour. But the jury is out on which Jellicle TSwift will embody on-screen. That means we here at DS have the privilege and honor of ~speculating!~ Look what you made me do indeed.

Will TSwizzle play Victoria, the elegant white cat? (Honestly, we kinda hope that role goes to a dancer dancer. No shade to Ms. Swift and her charmingly adorkable dancing skills!)


Or will the New Taylor take on Jennyanydots, the uber-perky tap-dancing kittycat recently brought to life by DS cover star Eloise Kropp? A role this bubbly might require a return of the Old Taylor, tbh. (She still can't come to the phone right now? Darn it.)


Right now, our money's on Bombalurina (below, standing), the flirtatious and magnetic kittay played in the recent Broadway revival by Christine Cornish Smith. "Call It What You Want" to, though! The queen of pop is sure to be "Gorgeous" no matter which role she takes on. The only remaining question is, are you "...Ready for It?"

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Project 21 dancers (from left) Selena Hamilton, Gracyn French, and Dyllan Blackburn (Photo by Quinn Wharton; hair and makeup throughout by Angela Huff for Mark Edward Inc.)

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"I wish I had a better story about the name," says Molly Long, founder of the Orange County, CA–based dance studio Project 21. In truth, it's a play on the fact that she was born on the twenty-first of August, and 21 is her favorite number. "I was away on a teaching tour, the audition announcement was going live on Instagram the next day, and I desperately needed a name. Project 21 was just the least cheesy of the options I thought of!"

The fact that fans might expect the name to have some profound meaning speaks to the near-mythic status Project 21 has achieved on the competition and convention scene since its founding in 2014. Long's dancers are all wholly individual, yet jell seamlessly as a group, and are consistently snagging top prizes everywhere on the circuit. Each season brings a slew of new accolades, high-caliber faculty, and legions of devoted followers.

The industry has taken notice of the studio's unique ethos. "Molly gets through to her dancers in a special way, and they have this incomparable level of commitment to their craft as a result," says dancer and choreographer Billy Bell, who's worked closely with Long and her dancers. "That's what sets them apart—it's like a little dose of magic."

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