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NORMAL - Some dancers trying out for the Extreme Dance Team were kicking themselves for little mistakes they made during their auditions Saturday.

But the owner of the indoor football team they will dance for was pleased with the efforts.

"I thought they were great," said Ed Brady, owner/president of the Bloomington Extreme, the indoor football team that will play at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum after it opens this spring.

"There's a great pool of talent," he said after the auditions at The Workout Company in Normal.

In all, 16 dancers attended warm-ups, learned a dance and performed for six judges.

Of those, eight to 12 will make the team, said Stacy Keegan of Bloomington, the dance team coordinator and owner The Dance Factory in Bloomington.

Keegan and choreographer Maggie Maher of Clinton organized the event.

And it was the first professional audition for Jessica Harris, 19, of Bloomington.

Harris, a Lincoln College student with a minor in dance, said she was nervous before her try-out.

She got up early Saturday morning, talked to her parents and got their encouragement.

"It was nerve-wracking. I didn't know what to expect," she said. Later, she calmed down and was pleased with her performance.

"It's a nice environment," she said of The Workout Company studio where they auditioned.

The dancers performed in groups of four to loud, spunky music. They wore numbers on their two-piece dance suits. Harris was 110.

The six judges sat at a long table at the front of the room. Three were experienced dancers or gymnasts and three were connected with the team.

Applicants also had to answer questions about their experience and their goals.

Winners will be posted on the facility's Web site at in the next couple days.

There is no second chance. Only the dancers who auditioned Saturday will be considered, Keegan said.

Dancers are not paid for their roles and perform during games and at public appearances.

"Some were standouts," Keegan said.


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