The Oscars Want Dancers

To nobody's surprise, the Academy makes it official and sets dates for dance auditions

Well, we knew this was coming.

As most people figured out as soon as "Hairspray" director, former choreographer and dancer Adam Shankman was named co-producer of the Oscar show, and as Shankman himself has been hinting (and then openly proclaiming) on Twitter for a couple of months, the Academy Awards will need dancers this year.

And they'll be auditioning those dancers on Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, at CenterStaging in Burbank.  

By the way, they're looking for serious, qualified dancers only.  And dancers who can find and pay for their own parking, because it won't be provided,  

The press release:

JANUARY 14, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DANCERS WANTED FOR 2009 OSCAR® SHOW

Beverly Hills, CA — 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 a.m.–11 a.m.
Union, Male

10 a.m.–noon
Union, Female

Noon–2 p.m.
Non-union, Male

1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Non-union, Female

3 p.m.–6 p.m.
Trickers and Tumblers

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hip Hop

9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Union, Male

10 a.m.–noon
Union, Female

Noon–2 p.m.
Non-union, Male

1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Non-union, Female

3 p.m.–6 p.m.
Callback

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. 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, 2020 at 5 p.m. PT. It also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.