Alabama dance team to be featured in music video
by Teri Greene, The Montgomery Advertiser
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Stingettes, Alabama State University's dance team, will be featured in the yet-to-be-released Robin Thicke video for his hit "Give It 2 U," which is rumored to premiere at the MTV Video Music Awards, The VMA's will air at 8 p.m. Sunday on MTV.

For the participating Stingettes, the invitation to film with Thicke came as a shock.

"I got a phone call, and at first I didn't know it was real," said Santana Shelton, one of the Stingettes who flew to Los Angeles earlier this month to work with Thicke. "They asked, 'Can you be in L.A. Thursday?' Keep in mind, this was Tuesday.

"I've never done a major video. It was just like dancing for a game, because it was on a football field, but we had to do 100 takes to get everything just right, It was a lot more challenging. But it was absolutely worth it."

The dancers worked 12-to-14-hour shifts during the two-day shoot.

In addition to performing before a potentially international television audience was the thrill of meeting major pop star Thicke, who stopped by to talk to the dancers, gave them copies of his new CD and posed for photos with them, Shelton said.

The Stingettes, who perform with the ASU Marching Hornet Band, were chosen to participate in the video along with the Albany State University Golden Passionettes, a dance team at the south Georgia university.

The two groups rank in the Top 5 of dance teams overseen by the Historically Black College or University (HCBU) Dance Corporation, a non-profit that sponsors dance training camps, scholarships, competitions and more. In 2011, the Stingettes and the Passionettes tied for HBCU Dance's "Best in Stands" competition.

"The selection process for us was not difficult, as we were only planning to recommend the top dance teams, said HBCU Dance founder Keelia Brown.


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