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posted: 4/18/2013 4:25 PM

State Street Dance hosts video auditions

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Submitted by State Street Dance Studio

State Street Dance Studio, 9 N. Fourth St., Geneva, will host an open audition on Saturday, April 20, for an international video shoot.

State Street has been selected for this international project. The audition will be looking for proficient dancers, both pre-professional and professional, in ballet, modern and contemporary dancing. Registration will be from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by auditions for ages 13-17 from 5:30-6 p.m. and for ages 18 and older from 6 to 7 p.m. The first rehearsal will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. the same day.

The next two rehearsals will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 21, and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at State Street Dance Studio. The video shot will be at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17 at Paramount Arts Center in Aurora.

What do Tony-winning Broadway writer and choreographer Otis Sallid, international author and speaker Michelle McKinney Hammond, Emmy-winning Geneva producer and owner of Nancy Hanna and owner and choreographer of State Street Dance Studio Linda Cunningham have in common? They're all working to produce a music video version of McKinney Hammond's song "One," written to inspire prayer for the unity of Africa. It all started when Hanna went to Africa to help develop a new TV series for McKinney Hammond in February. She came home with the song and played it for Linda Cunningham. They both agreed it would make an exciting music video. Meanwhile back in Africa, Hammond played it for her New York City friend Sallid and he thought it would make an amazing video too. and State Street Dance State will send off the footage to Otis Sallid who will use it with his footage from Africa with Hammond singing.

This audition is seeking dancers of all ethnicities for an international video shoot to be aired throughout Africa and the world. They are especially seeking dancers to represent the different countries of Africa. This production is in conjunction with Michelle McKinney Hammond, a renowned singer and talk show host.

This project is an opportunity for dancers to add to their portfolio and will be a nonpaid gig. They are seeking proficient dancers in ballet, modern and contemporary for this video shoot. Pointe shoes are a plus. Younger dancers may be asked to stay for a second audition and rehearsal. Bring a headshot and resume to the registration.

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