A Billy Elliot ballet spot with Fox-4

City in Motion studios and Channel 4 WDAF
do a news spot to go along with the
opening of "Billy Elliot" on stage

Wednesday 23 January 2013 in the studio at 3925 Main Street, KCMO

Members of the WDAF Channel 4 morning news crew received ballet instruction and demos from Ann Shaughnessy in the main studio at City in Motion. Their piece places themselves in a little drama about dancing the way "Billy" would dance.

Traffic reporter Nick Vasos gave it his all (did well too!) even donning black tights and a pick tutu. His changements were so intense that we thought of sending him to ABT to try out. Okay, that was a bit of an exaggeration but he was game and he did do well for himself, as did everyone. See the pictures below. Along with Nick were meteorologist Michelle Bogowith and anchor Kim Byrnes. All three hit the barre spending a good two hours for what will probably be a lot less by the time it airs was a few quick minutes blending the City in Motion material with Billy Elliot and other ballet footage. Definitely a fun piece.

The "camera guy" is Derek Carter and the producer is Camissa Hill. As we listened to Camissa's vocabulary and realized what her plans were it seemed clear she must be or have been a dancer. Yup. She knows her stuff from direct experience. Her linked in profile gives dance as one of her majors at Syracuse University and that she was a member of Creations Dance Company there. Hurrays for Camissa.

See WDAF's video at: http://fox4kc.com/2013/01/25/why-is-nick-vasos-in-a-pink-tutu/

View our video of their shoot on YouTube at:
http://youtu.be/iwWIP974fv8
(or play onscreen in the embedded YouTube player at the bottom of this page).

Ready to start. camera, 9am producer Camissa Hill, Nick Vasos, Kim Byrnes, Michelle Bogowith
Ready to start. camera guy Derek Carter, 9am producer Camissa Hill, Nick Vasos, Kim Byrnes, Michelle Bogowith

Ann Shaughnessy getting ready to teach a little ballet
Ann Shaughnessy getting ready to teach a little ballet

All together on a tendu. Ann in front. In back, L-R: Michelle Bogowith, Nick Vasos, Kim Byrnes
All together on a tendu. Ann in front. In back, L-R: Michelle Bogowith, Nick Vasos, Kim Byrnes

Good passe for everybody! Ann in front. In back, L-R: Michelle Bogowith, Nick Vasos, Kim Byrnes
Good passe for everybody! Ann in front. In back, L-R: Michelle Bogowith, Nick Vasos, Kim Byrnes

Almost together! Behind Ann are Michelle Bogowith, Nick Vasos, Kim Byrnes
Almost together! Behind Ann are Michelle Bogowith, Nick Vasos, Kim Byrnes

Performing the Nick en l'air move - several sets of changements - frame numbers 532, 533, 534 then 545, 545, 546, 547, 548, 549 then 552, 553, 554 then 641-49 and 651-656 in black tights and pick tutu. Top left are Ann Shaughnessy and Michelle Bogowith
Performing the Nick en l'air move - several sets of changements - frame numbers 532, 533, 534 then 545, 545, 546, 547, 548, 549 then 552, 553, 554 then
641-49 and 651-656 in black tights and pick tutu. Top left are Ann Shaughnessy and Michelle Bogowith

So here Nick is doing more changements this time in black tights and pink tutu with producer Camissa Hill jumping into the act and Nicole English watching. For this set they were shooting just his feet for a cut-away.
So here Nick is doing more changements this time in black tights and pink tutu with producer Camissa Hill jumping into the
act and Nicole English watching. For this set they were shooting just his feet for a cut-away.

Nancy Besa, media relations is in the tutu, producer Camissa Hill (right). Behind from left: Kim Byrnes, Ann Shaughnessy, Michelle Bogowith
Nancy Besa, media relations is in the tutu, producer Camissa Hill (right). Behind from left: Kim Byrnes, Ann Shaughnessy, Michelle Bogowith

A tutu in waiting
A tutu in waiting

Ann Shaughnessy, Nick Vasos and Nicole English after the end of the shoot
Ann Shaughnessy, Nick Vasos and Nicole English after the end of the shoot

 


Click on the image to play - Note: the guy listed as "camera guy" is Derek Carter.

 


The WDAF Fox 4 video here

 

Links to Billy Elliot Wikipedia sites:
The 2000 Movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Elliot
The 2005 Musical: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Elliot_the_Musical

 

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