Madonna Global Dance Search – Madonna searches for the next dance star to join her talented troupe.Â She is seeking someone to fill the ranks of her backup troupe for her upcoming 2012 summer tour. The Queen of Pop has joined forces with Smirnoff Vodka and launched a talent search entitled the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project, which has so far yielded hundreds of hopeful online submissions.
The dancers – 11 finalists are from all corners of the world from as close as New York City and LA, and as far as Belgium and The Netherlands – arrived in New York City on Sunday and were set to task. Madonna’s lead dancer Shay Normannhas been ordered by Madonna to turn these young upstarts into a dance-worthy ensemble.
“The chemistry between all of them is amazing,” shared Shay Normann with EDGE. He’s performed with Madonna on tour and choreographed several of her recent videos. Normann shares the artist’s unique philosophy that the dancers enhance the palette of the stage as a canvas. “It takes some people months – and they’ve done it in 5 days. They’ve become one…all for her.”
Normann put the group through the rigors of an explosive opening number, and at the center of it all will be none other than Madonna herself. “The diversity here amazing. Everyone is amazing with their unique style and they keep learning.” Shay appeared eager to continue to test the limits of the talented team, many of whom are in New York City for the first time.
Shay Normann, Madonna’s #1 dancer and choreographer is tasked turning out the team for Saturday night’s final competition.Â
Madonna’s Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is set to launch on Saturday, November 12 in the heart of Midtown Manhattan’s legendary Roseland Ballroom on 239 West 52nd Street.