Reporting Sandra McNeill
DETROIT (WWJ) – Hundreds stood in line at St. Andrew’s Hall to audition for the show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
WWJ’s Sandra McNeill reports that so many people turned out for the chance to make it big that the Fire Marshall was called to check the numbers.
The show takes trained dancers and puts them through the ropes requiring them to compete in all styles including hip-hop to ballroom.
Contemporary dancer Devon Ballenger of Detroit is anxious to see if he can get through to the next round in Vegas. “It went really well, it was … really competitive but it was worth it,” he said.
Ballenger, 22, added that he was extremely nervous “all though my veins, I enjoyed myself.”
Has been dancing since he was 14. “That’s extremely, extremely late, some of these people have been dancing since they were two or three years old. So, I’m way too late, but it never affects your ability to dance, know your talent, it’s all about the passion and the drive,” he said. “I love it.”
While Joey Daoud, 28, from Auburn Hills talked with WWJ right after he auditioned for the show. He told her that he feels he lost focus early in life and this is his last chance to make it big.
Daoud says his specialty is hip-hop, street, never been taught. “A piano hip-hop flow,” is how he describes one of his special moves. “Like when I flow, I flow like a piano – my legs move crazy, where I’ve never seen it done before from anyone else.
Rose Taylor arrived at 6 a.m. from Youngstown, Ohio with her 19-year-old daughter Tori. “Yeah, she was pretty scared, she was scared to death … so am I, I’m a nervous wreck right now.”
To be chosen you’ve got to be able to dance and keep a secret because those
that make it to the next round in Las Vegas can’t tell anyone and sign a confidentiality agreement.
One disappointed mom took her three children out of school to audition and then found out it was only for folks 18 and older.