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Dancers come together celebrate passasge of "music video contract"

It's been thirty years in the making as dancers, choreographers and actors now have a music video contract to help them secure fair wages and working conditions. Through the collaboration of Dancers Alliance and SAG-AFTRA, the two organizations were able to secure the music video contract agreed upon by the major record labels last Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

Jamal Sims, Tina Landon & Travis Payne at the Dancers' Alliance Historic Music Video Contract Celebration at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood CA. The event took place on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Photo by Sthanlee B. Mirador_Pacific Rim Photo Press.
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Spearheaded by choreographer/dancer Galen Hooks and a handful of dancers in the form of Dancers Alliance, it took them two years to negotiate a contract with the major record labels. Galen was joined by various industry dance and choreography leaders and legends at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood to celebrate their victory.

Walking the red carpet included Michael Jackson's choreographer Travis Payne, Britney Spears choreographer Brian Friedman, members of Quest Crew, members of The Beat Freaks, actor Peter Kwong, Kenny Wormold and a host of other notables.

The night started off with raffles galore then the nitty gritty of what the music video contract encompassed was highlighted by Galen Hooks through a power point presentation. Capping off the night, was a presentation of the influential music video clips that highlighted dance including Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Aaliyah and more. Within those clips, original dancers performed their moves along with the music video clips with a big shouts of approval as dancers from Britney Spears' "Slave 4 U" video emulated the exact movement in her clip.

For more information on the music video contract visit http://dancersalliance.org or http://sagaftra.org.

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