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BAM Hosts Auditions for Eighth Season of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

December 1, 2010 - From November 15 through 17, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Fort Greene Brooklyn was host to hundreds of hopeful dancers auditioning for a spot on the eighth season of the Fox hit show “So You Think You Can Dance.” An urban arts center, presenting global, national, and New York-based performing artists and film throughout the fall’s Next Wave Festival and Spring Season, BAM was the ideal venue for these auditions. Created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, “SYTYCD,” as it’s commonly known, showcases talented dancers skilled in everything from ballet, breaking, krumping and salsa to swing, tap, and contemporary jazz, competing for the title of America's Favorite Dancer.

“In addition to discovering fantastic new talent, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ has introduced viewers to the young, edgy, incredibly creative side of dance we hadn't seen before on television,” said Nigel Lythgoe, series co-creator, executive producer, and judge.

The line of contestants began forming Sunday evening and by the early hours of Monday morning it had stretched from the majestic lobby of BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building, around the corner, and down Ashland Place. Doors opened at 8am for registration and soon the first contestant was presented before the panel convened in BAM’s penthouse Attic Studio. Music ranging from the latest hits by Lady Gaga to classic disco could be heard throughout the halls of the historic building. Contestants who passed Monday’s preliminary auditions were called back over the next two days to perform on the stage of the Howard Gilman Opera House in front of judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and guest judge choreographer Jason Gilkison.

BAM was just the second stop on the audition tour crossing the US in search of the best and most talented dancers in the country. Those who shine during auditions are given a ticket to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they will work with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance. Committed to presenting the world’s most innovative established and up and coming artists, the Brooklyn Academy of Music was proud to play its part in finding the next artist deemed America’s Favorite Dancer.  

To view images of BAM’s spaces and learn more about renting from BAM, visit bam.org/rentals.
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