On Saturday at Dance 101 studios in Atlanta, Beyonce and her choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. auditioned over a thousand dancers competing for a spot on Beyonce's upcoming 2007 world tour.
Atlanta is just one of many cities where auditions will be held in search of talented dancers. Houston, New York, Chicago, and L.A. are also scheduled. The latter will most likely have the most dancers with actual contracts by the end of the audition tour.
Having danced professionaly in LA and New York for years I'm well aware of how the process works. Huge open calls are held throughout the country for dancers without agents and they dance their hearts out at the audition only to lose to more experienced agency dancers who have probably worked with the choreographer previously.
Despite the politics of professional dancing, these kids were lined up in the freezing cold with extra layers on and a dream.
As I watched the audition I remembered back to a time when that would have been me out in the freezing cold and I wonder how in the hell did I do it. The saying is true, "if you don't wake up in the morning and dancing is the first thing on your mind, then do something else". It's not a career for the weak, rejection is apart of the game.
I video taped all of the action outside of the audition for you to view. The dance community is so small and it never fails that I always run into old friends at a call, this audition was no exception. Enjoy!