Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Chrysler Museum takes on round two of international dance off

NORFOLK — Put on your dancing shoes, art lovers.

The Chrysler Museum of art is going toe-to-toe in the second round of an international dance competition between art curators, and voting begins Monday.

With a little help from their docents and Sherwood Elementary School students, Chrysler Museum of Art staffers jerked, twisted and mash potatoed across the museum last month to create a music video featuring Wilson Pickett’s “Land of 1000 Dances.”

The three-minute long video serves as the museum’s submission to “When You Work at a Museum,” an international dance-off that sets the stage for a battle of the boots between art lovers.

Participating museums have posted their videos to the contest website. Now it’s the world’s turn to decide who has the fanciest feet.

The Chrysler’s video debuted on April 19 during the first round of the competition in the Eastern United States. With more than 11,600 votes, the Chrysler is advancing to the second round this week.

Voting begins at 8 a.m. on Monday and ends 24 hours later. Chrysler spokeswoman Amber Kennedy anticipates that the museum will need 15,000 votes to ascend to the next level of the competition.

“Voters can vote more than once,” she said, adding that last year the Chrysler made it to the finals for the international competition.

In 2016, the Chrysler came in second place behind Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, said Kerry O’Donnell, staffer for the Chrysler Museum development team and music video choreographer.

This year, they’re going for the first-place trophy.

“It’s for fun and for bragging rights,” O’Donnell said.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@wydaily.com.

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