Miami hotel seeks new dancer for digital display

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Miami hotel seeks new dancer for digital display


MIAMI -- Hotel managers are holding auditions to find a new dancer's silhouette to groove on a 19-story digital display.

The InterContinental Miami debuted the digital dancer last year as part of a $30 million renovation. The downtown Miami hotel will hold auditions Thursday to find a new dancer to light up the city's nighttime skyline.

General manager Robert Hill tells The Miami Herald ( ) that the woman currently dancing provocatively on the hotel exterior "was meant to represent Miami."

"It's urban, it's fresh yet at the same time it's a little bit edgy," Hill said.

The identity of the woman behind the current image isn't known. David Schwartz, media producer for technology design firm Fresh Juice Global, worked on the project with an animator in Shanghai and said the dancer was a Russian woman who performed in China.

Hill says the hotel now wants to feature local performers — male or female — from a variety of dance genres.

Miami City Ballet principal dancer Jeanette Delgado will help judge the auditions. She said judges will have to choose dancers whose movements exemplify Miami and fit into a vertical space.

"I thought it was a really awesome idea of them to make it something a little bit more representative of Miami and the way Miami is moving culturally and artistically," she said. "To make it less like a club lady and maybe more like a form of dance that's specific."

Winners will be chosen by Friday night, and a new dancer could be featured in the display by the time Art Basel Miami Beach festivities begin in early December.

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