Spring audtions now taking place for ISU dance team Urban Movement

Vanessa Nagel

Got talent?

Urban Movement, emerged by taking the gold last semester at ISU’s Got Talent. They won’t stop there. Now the team is looking for new aptitude.

The hip-hop inspired registered student organization (RSO) will hold spring auditions from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 in the Bowling and Billiards Center. Guests that are unable to make a semester commitment should notify the directors prior to auditions, but are still invited to attend the class. Potential members do not need to bring anything additional to the audition.

“The only requirements for prospecting member is to have a very positive and open mind, and to be willing to work hard and push themselves physically and mentally,” director and co-founder, Darnell Payne, said.

The audition process includes learning a combination taught by the directors followed by a performance in front of said directors and fellow dancers. Following the audition, directors will leave an open floor for dancers to redeem themselves if necessary.

“If I had to describe UM in one word it would be driven. Each member has his or her own goals that they are moving towards each semester, so growth is an incredibly big part of being in Urban Movement,” director and co-founder, Kaitlin Collins, said.

Urban Movement’s first performance in Feb. 2013 included the four co-founders Lindsay Antman, Christopher Chueng, Kaitlin Collins and Darnell Payne. This semester, the co-founders are projecting to see 50 auditions. Urban movement is the only RSO at Illinois State University that holds bi-weekly dance workshops for everyone on campus.

“Urban Movement is a family. We move to motivate, we move to inspire and we move to change,” Payne said.

The RSO’s time commitment includes two-hour rehearsals during the week and three to five-hour rehearsals on weekends, depending on upcoming performances. Urban Movement also participates in events on and off campus. In the past year, the team has engaged in Relay for Life, World of Dance, Urbanite, UDT’s: Dancing with the Staff, Stroll like an Alpha and the annual RSO Showcase.

Urban Movement is looking forward to showcasing new members of their “family” at additional performance opportunities this semester.

“Everyone should come to auditions prepared with confidence and a positive attitude,” director and co-founder Christopher Chueng said.
“We want to be dazzled. So dazzle us.”

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