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March 7, 2013

Local youth to prove their dance talents

MILLEDGEVILLE — Area youth and teens are rehearsing their dance routines to perfection to showcase a winning performance in the “So You Think You Can Dance-Milledgeville” competition.

“We wanted to make a dance competition that gave back to Milledgeville, so we created this event,” said Paul Ayo, founder and executive director of Art as an Agent for Change (A.A.C.). “Attendees will witness a talented group of dancers who are right here in our community. Expect nonstop entertainment and fun. This event will become an unforgettable experience.”

Mimicking the popular reality show highlighting the dance talents of America’s best performers, the local contest is slated at 7 p.m. Saturday in Magnolia Ballroom across from Georgia College’s front campus. Georgia’s award-winning student organization A.A.C. and its Georgia College chapter are presenting the competition as its largest community production and fundraiser.

“We had a few rounds of auditions at Georgia College, the Milledgeville Mall and at Baldwin High School back in October and in late January. We narrowed the field down from 30 people to eight final contestants,” Ayo said. 

The local contestants will dance off for a chance to win the $500 grand cash prize, a $250 judges choice award, and $100 prize for the contestant that raises the most funds for their chosen charity. Georgia College music therapy professor Dr. Doug Keith, Georgia College music therapy alumna Grace Nichols and a special guest judge will name this year’s winner.

“During the night of the event, contestants will raise funds and have a moment after their dance to explain what their charity is. Charities range from local food banks and Relay for Life to the American Cancer Society. All charitable causes are supported here in the local community.”

The performers’ dancing backgrounds range from jazz, hip-hop and contemporary to ballet, musical theater and gymnastics:

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