MILLEDGEVILLE — A group of Baldwin High School teens have formed not only a dance hip-hop crew, but a family that is determined to take their passion for movement to the next level and place Milledgeville “on the map.” The dance group known as Silence has provided entertainment at various school and community events for the past four years, and their talents showcased in Youtube videos got them recognized by the NBC reality television series America’s Got Talent (AGT).
“Tuesday of last week, a producer from America’s Got Talent called and said they wanted Silence to come audition. This call was very unexpected,” said Xavier Moss, manager of the group. “Great things have been coming to these boys ever since they started dancing. I’m very proud of them.”
Silence was one of the winning contestants of Campus Club Milledgeville’s black history talent show held in February along with singer Ania Davis. The dance crew won the all-expense paid opportunity to perform at a health convention in Las Vegas in mid-June.
“Las Vegas was a lot of fun. We got to see the Jabbawockeez,” said Tommell Johnson, 18, co-leader of Silence. “Campus Club played a big role. Going to Las Vegas opened a lot of doors for us and gave us a lot of opportunities; it really gave us inspiration and ideas.”
Silence plans to knock out AGT judges with their talent during the Nov. 2 audition in Atlanta for season 9. The group is in the midst of rehearsing two 90-second routines for the judges, including performances to “Oh My Love” by Chris Brown and “My Love” by Justin Timberlake.
“We meet up every single day from 8 o’clock in the morning to 6:30 at night. Everything we do is unique and we’re working real hard to make it,” Johnson said. “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication; we don’t accept anything less. We try to be one as a family and not a crew.”