by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Lexi Yeado, former Elk River athlete, has auditioned for a dance reality show called “Born To Dance – Lauriann Gibson” to be aired on BET.
“I can’t tell you more than that,” said Yeado, referring to confidentiality rules. “You’ll have to watch and see.”
The show is set for Aug. 2 at 10 p.m. on BET.
She added: “It was a dream come true (to audition). I hope it leads to more opportunities.”
Yeado, 21, made all-conference multiple times in dance team and tennis at ERHS, while harboring an ambition to break into show business, despite never appearing in plays or music in high school. She survived until the last cut for “High School Musical” three years ago in Salt Lake City.
Yeado is a senior-to-be at Dallas Baptist University, playing tennis and majoring in business management.
Lauriann Gibson, choreographer for Lady Gaga video’s, is in charge of the show.
Yeado finished her formal dance training at Stage Door of Performing Arts as winner of the Dancer of the Year in Daytona Beach, Florida, while in high school. Her teacher there, Sue Franks, has a daughter who works with Gibson in Los Angeles. That’s who told Yeado about the auditions. “She told me, you’d be perfect! And I said, OK!!” said Yeado. “Everyone at school supported me – I had to take time off from school and tennis – and my parents said to go for it.”
BET is the Black Entertainment Network.
“The first thing I asked was, do you have to be black (to audition)?”said Yeado. She was told the staff producing the show was African-American but the auditions were open to anyone who could dance.
She danced to hip-hop and jazz music at an Atlanta studio.