Updated, 8:36 a.m.
Good morning on this cloud-clearing Wednesday.
As the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets rest during their off-season, the basketball teams’ dance squads are still on their feet.
The Knicks City Dancers and Brooklynettes will be holding auditions for their next group of movers and shakers this month.
We met some longtime Knicks City Dancers at Madison Square Garden to learn what it takes to join the crew.
“It’s a part-time job, but a full-time commitment,” the coach, Alyssa Quezada, told us.
Their résumés are diverse. Tara Rappleyea works in the emergency department at a hospital. Michelle Leonardo and Jessica Attardo have journalism degrees and Danielle Galipo, an engineering degree. Jamilah Lindo is earning a master’s in psychology, and Chelsea Freeman, one in advertising. Andrea Hoch is a full-time nanny, and Kerrie Greene is a fitness instructor.
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The common thread, though, is a rigorous background in dance — jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, contemporary and musical theater.
The women dance at every Knicks home game, a schedule that demands hundreds of hours of rehearsals to perfect 30 routines performed between quarters.
“When you’re looking at the court, the formations look perfect,” said Ms. Attardo, 27, the head captain. “But we learn the name of every single crack on the court” to keep the choreography clean and synchronized.
And they don’t hesitate to rehearse in public places: They’ll break out in dance on subway platforms, practice steps along sidewalks and run through counts-of-eight in the reflections of department store windows.
Auditions for the dance team’s 26th season will take place over several days. The team expects 300 hopefuls at the open call, and will whittle those down to 40 callbacks before making more cuts over the subsequent days and a final selection to fill 18 slots by the end of the month.
Advice for rookies?
“Come prepared to showcase what sets you apart from everyone,” Ms. Attardo said. “On the first day there are so many girls that it can be easy to get lost, so anytime there’s a freestyle or improv, make sure you’re doing things that other people aren’t able to do.”
Melissa Unterstein, the team’s director of dance and performance, added: “Know why you’re here. Why this team? Know what you’re auditioning for before you get there.”
Open auditions for the Brooklynettes begin on Saturday, and for the Knicks City Dancers on June 18. Candidates must be at least 18.
Here’s what else is happening:
After a few days of gray, today might inspire you to do a little jig.
The morning starts off overcast, again, but the clouds will slowly dissipate, making way for blue skies and a warm sun.
The high is 68.
If you’re into heat, then a few pirouettes are in order. Temperatures will keep rising through the weekend.
In the News
• A body was found in the woods outside New York City in 1970. Its name and story “unknown,” until now. [New York Times]
• Philip D. Murphy and Kim Guadagno won primaries in the New Jersey governor’s race. [New York Times]
• Mayor Bill de Blasio’s long-awaited “bigger vision” plan for integrating city schools landed with a whimper. [New York Times]
• New Yorkers are trying a startling idea: sharing yellow cabs. [New York Times]
• The mayor and the City Council are at odds over which immigrants facing deportation deserve taxpayers’ money for legal services. [New York Times]
• If you want to know how the subway got to be so bad, look to the C train. [New York Times]
• The mayor released the first ever L.G.B.T.Q. health care bill of rights. [CBS]
• The “Bernie Madoff of landlords” pleaded guilty to fraud. [New York Times]
• Douglas Blonsky, the president of the Central Park Conservancy, will step down. [New York Times]
• An artist created a bodega with more than 9,000 objects made of felt. [Gothamist]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “In a Hurry, Maybe”
• Scoreboard: Red Sox stain Yankees, 5-4. Rangers raid Mets, 10-8.
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Wednesday Briefing.
Coming Up Today
• This would have been Prince’s birthday. You can celebrate his star power at a Prince Birthday Party in Steeplechase Plaza on Coney Island. 6 p.m. [Free]
• A Monthly Jazz Jam, where you can hone skills with other local musicians, at Flushing Town Hall in Queens. 7 p.m. [$10, tickets here]
• Break a sweat in a double-Dutch jump rope class, taught by Double Dutch Empire, at the Pier 2 picnic tables in Brooklyn Bridge Park. 7 p.m. [Free]
• Watch “Moonlight” under the stars, part of the city’s Pride Month lineup, at Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground in the West Village. 8:30 p.m. [Free]
• Day 1 of the Northside Festival, which brings together creative leaders and cultural influencers for concerts, talks and more at venues in Brooklyn. Schedule and ticket prices vary.
• Liberty host Dream, 11 a.m. Yankees host Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. (YES). Mets at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (SNY).
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
• Alternate-side parking remains in effect until June 25.
Lace up those trainers.
Today is Global Running Day, a time to embrace the joys (and benefits) of the sport and to inspire those around us to, you know, get moving.
With the clearest weather we’ve had all week, you can pound the pavement at several free activities organized by New York Road Runners:
• Watch the Treadmill Challenge, where hundreds of participants will try to set the Guinness World Record for “Most People in a Treadmill Relay,” at the NYRR RunCenter at 320 West 57th Street. (The contest began yesterday morning and was expected to continue as late as 7 p.m.)
• Keep your energy up during the day with coach-led “fun runs” through Central Park. The Pick-Me-Up Run at 9 a.m., Lunch Run at 12:30 p.m., and Partner Run at 2 p.m. depart from the RunCenter in Manhattan and are as long as three miles (or roughly 30 minutes).
• Or join guided evening runs — with your dog, if you wish — through St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan, Astoria Park in Queens or Silver Lake Park on Staten Island, beginning at 7 p.m.
• Fuel up on fluids at hydration stations at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Central Park in Manhattan, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, or Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Happy trails, everyone.
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