Feb. 10, 2013
By ELIZABETH BARNES/NEW ORLEANS VOODOO
NEW ORLEANS - Super Bowl XLVII was not just a historic event for the city of New Orleans, but it was also a dream come true for one of the New Orleans VooDoo Dolls, Jaime.
Jaime, a 22-year old Harvey native, was chosen to be a backup dancer for Beyonce's halftime performance. Growing up so close to the city, Jaime said it was an amazing and unforgettable experience.
"It was truly a dream come true," said Jaime. "In fact, I had even stated in my interview with the Dolls that dancing with Beyonce would be my dream."
Jaime found out about the audition through a text message from a friend.
"I had to send in an audition tape of a piece from Single Ladies and then do freestyle form of dance," Jaime said.
From the audition tape, Jaime was then picked to be an alternate dancer. To her surprise, the first rehearsal turned into an audition. Jaime would later land the spot.
"It was an amazing experience, from the event staff, to the dancers, to Beyonce herself," said Jaime. "It was absolutely fabulous!"
When asked her most memorable moment of her experience Jaime said, "Besides Beyonce running to us taking pictures after her performance, it really was just standing in the tunnel looking at all the people from all over knowing this was Super Bowl and what this meant."
Jaime explained that she gained a lot of knowledge from Beyonce's Creative Director, Frank Gaston, who opened her eyes to a broader understanding of dance. She said it helped her gain confidence, and Jaime knows she can share this valuable advice with her fellow Dolls.
"Now that I'm back with the Dolls and can get gigs, I would love to share the experience with the Dolls and get them involved." Jaime explained. "Even though I was honored to be a part of this event, I missed my Dolls through the process."
The Ravens may have won the Lombardi trophy, but Jaime won an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience.
"Anything is possible," Jaime said.