Auditions For Beyonce's Dancers Hits Singers' Hometown

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HOUSTON (January 7, 2006) — A nationwide talent search for dancers fleet-footed enough to back up Beyonce Knowles came to the pop diva’s hometown as hundreds turned out to audition for 40 open slots.

The would-be performers took turns Saturday moving through choreographed routines to such Beyonce hits as “Deja Vu,” while cameras recorded their footwork and choreographer Frank Gaston studied their style.

Houston was the third location in the cross-country search, following auditions in Atlanta and Los Angeles. After two more stops, in New York and Chicago, Gaston and Beyonce will review the tapes.

There will be 30 finalists from each city. The finalists get a trip to either New York or Los Angeles, where the numbers will be pared to the final 40.

The selected dancers will earn $1,500 to $3,000 a week and get extensive exposure at Beyonce’s performances, said Gaston, who choreographs Beyonce’s videos and has worked with En Vogue and Toni Braxton.

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