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Organizers in Vancouver are looking for 4,500 dancers, performers, and athletes to strut their stuff in the televised opening and closing ceremonies for next year's Olympic Winter Games. "We're looking for people with all types of performance skills and levels of ability who want to play a part in sharing Canada with the world," said David Guscott, the executive vice-president of celebrations and partnerships with the 2010 Olympic organizing committee, known as VANOC.
The performance is intended to "tell the story of Canada" and will be broadcast to nearly 3.5 billion television viewers. Applications are available now, with auditions beginning in May. Candidates will be notified this summer if they've been selected to participate. Rehearsals, which will be held twice a week beginning in November, will ultimately total over 100 hours.
"Above all, we're looking for volunteers with lots of personality, a positive attitude, tons of energy, and a willingness to perform on a stage in front of thousands of people live and billions more around the globe," Guscott said. "Previous experience isn't a requirement, but taking quick action is. This is the one and only call for participation."
And if you know in your heart of hearts that no matter how many times you've envisioned yourself pulling off a perfect skating routine you just aren't that athletically inclined, VANOC is also looking for about 1,000 volunteers to help backstage at the ceremonies.
You can find the application here. Good luck and may the glory and the gold be yours -- even if it's just a gold lame body suit.
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