Dancers Wanted For 2009 Oscar® Show

Open dance auditions for the 82nd Academy Awards® telecast will be held on Friday, January 22, and Saturday, January 23, at CenterStaging in Burbank, California, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today. Cast dancers will perform live during the Academy Awards show on Sunday, March 7, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
The auditions are open to professional-level male and female dancers in the contemporary and hip-hop styles who are between the ages of 18 and 30. Shankman, who began his career as a dancer and once performed on the Oscar show, will be choreographing the audition numbers with associate choreographers Anne Fletcher and Jamal Sims.
CenterStaging is located at 3407 Winona Avenue in Burbank. Interested dancers should note that parking is not available at CenterStaging. Individuals will need to find parking in the vicinity and pay any associated costs. Only qualified dancers will be admitted; there is no access for watching the auditions.
Following is the audition schedule:

Friday, January 22, 2010—Contemporary

  • 9-11 am—Union, Male
  • 10 am-12 pm—Union, Female
  • 12-2 pm—Non-union, Male
  • 1-3 pm—Non-union, Female
  • 3-6 pm—Trickers and Tumblers

Saturday, January 23, 2010—Hip Hop

9-11 am—Union, Male
10 am-12 pm—Union, Female
12-2 pm—Non-union, Male
1-3 pm—Non-union, Female
3-6 pm—Callback

Danette Herman Named Coordinating Producer for Oscar®
Telecast

Danette Herman will serve as coordinating producer for the 82nd Academy Awards®, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today.
“Danette is a key ally for Adam and me as we plan out the talent aspects of the show,” said Mechanic. “She’s a wealth of knowledge and will be a great creative resource for us.”
“I don’t think it’s possible to underestimate the challenges a show the size and scale of the Oscars®,” said Shankman. “Danette is a warrior.”
A specialist in live and taped television specials and events, Herman has served in various capacities on the Academy Awards telecast for more than 30 years.  She served as co-producer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ inaugural Governors Awards, held in November 2009, and subsequently completed her duties as coordinating producer for “The 32nd Kennedy Center Honors.”  Also in 2009, Herman served as co-producer for “The 61st Primetime Emmy® Awards” and recently wrapped work on “CNN Heroes.”

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 am (PT) in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be televised live by the ABC Television Network on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 5 p.m. PT. It also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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