The Union Recorder

October 23, 2013

Silence prepares for America’s Got Talent auditions

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

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.”

AGT is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of $1 million and a show as a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip. Results are decided by an audience vote.

Ranging in ages from 14 to 18, the local dance group performs hip-hop, dub step, pop and can break dance. Silence hopes to open up a dance school in Milledgeville in the near future as a way to allow youth and teens to turn their energy into positive movements.

Members of Silence are Johnson, Chris Guy, Judd Trinidad, Neil Dayang, Talik Watkins, Jamar Tuft, Lianne Tran and Royce Boddie.

“I just would like to first thank God for the opportunity. I never would think that AGT would look out to a group in this small city. The great thing about it is that AGT came to Silence; we didn’t go to them,” Moss said. “[Silence] has been practicing hard and it’s time to show AGT what they got and put Milledgeville, Ga. on the map.”

VIDEO: Silence performs in front of the Magnolia Ballroom at Georgia College.

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