Fans of So You Think You Can Dance know that Jonathan “Legacy” Perez has some cr-aaaazy moves!
Like that hand-over-hand scuttle thing across the floor? Whaat?
If YOU have some signature moves, bust them out for The Next Big Move contest/audition.
Fruit of the Loom is looking for movers 5 and up (there’s a Child category and an Ingénue/Adult category for ages 16 and over) to be Grand Prize Winners in this contest and appear in a Fruit of the Loom advertisement.
Auditions have already been held in NYC, LA, and Chicago, but performers in the Atlanta and Dallas areas still have a chance to bust out their moves. Find out what you need to know about the auditions below.
And, if you are in the U.S. but not close enough to audition in person, between August 20th and October 1st, 2012, you can submit a video of your flashiest moves on Facebook instead.
Besides that attending the audition is sure to be a blast, there’s another bonus for showing up to the live event,
Legacy will be there!
In addition to being a Top 8 finalist on Season 6 of SYTYCD, Legacy has shared the stage with renowned performers including Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas and was a featured dancer on Gwen Stefani’s world tour.
He’s performed in Hannah Montana The Movie, Dance Flick, Stomp the Yard, B-Girl, Step Up 3D, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and you may remember his work with The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (The LXD).
You can also see some of his moves here:
Legacy has taken a few moments from his busy schedule to talk with Dance Advantage…
Dance Advantage: In an audition, contest, or battle, a performer often may have only one shot to leave a strong enough impression to make the first cut. That’s certainly true for The Next Big Move contest. As a dancer, how do you prepare yourself for that moment?
Legacy: I believe that success is when opportunity meets hard work, and the best moment to be caught in when you dance and express yourself is in the moment. No matter what you do, it is felt by the audience and that’s the ultimate goal as a performer. Knowing you did your best is gratifying where even if you don’t make the first cut, you feel good about what you did and certainty plays a key role in the mindset.
DA: Coming to So You Think You Can Dance as a b-boy, you did not have the technical dance experience of most of your competitors. Yet, you performed with a surprising amount of poise and sense of line. To what do you owe this ability to adapt? And are you studying any technical dance forms now?
Legacy: The one thing we as kids growing up lose is our imagination. Goal setting and dreaming plays an outstanding part in adapting and knowing you can do anything you want, as long as you help enough people get what they want. Having the freedom of knowing whatever happens is supposed to happen (certainty) created an opening for me to let go and just focus on the task at hand, not to mention loosening the grasp of all doubt in my true potential. I study different dance styles and I absolutely love the growth process.
DA: As a judge for this contest you are searching for The Next Big Move. Entertainers are always pushing the envelope and pushing themselves. From where does your inspiration and motivation to keep moving forward creatively come?
Legacy: Every time you are able to do what you do (your craft) the intention should be of wanting to do better than your last performance, it’s very difficult for some people to keep their inspiration and motivation to keep on keeping on (moving forward). The secret is, being able to make success and reflection from failures. A famous quote says, “I didn’t fail, I simply found 15,000 ways to not do something.”
Here’s What You Need To Know About The Live Auditions:
Local dancers, athletes and those that love to move are all invited!
- Participants must be at least 5 years of age to compete; Participants under age 18 must be accompanied to the audition and to any related events with a parent/legal guardian.
- Audition spaces are limited and appointments will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
- Only amateur acts will be seen. Acts with professional representation will not be eligible.
- All acts must be family-friendly as shows will be open to all ages.
WHEN: Thursday, September 20th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Wal-Mart: 210 Cobb Parkway South Marietta, GA
WHEN: Thursday, September 27th from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Wal-Mart: 2225 Interstate 20 Frontage Road, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
*Please note that individual scores will not be given on site. The dance auditions will be recorded and uploaded to Fruit of the Loom’s Facebook page, provided they meet all submission requirements, following the event.
Dance Advantage receives compensation for helping promote The Next Big Move audition
Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world. Read Nichelle’s posts.