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Two Tampa Bay groups still in running on AGT

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Two Tampa Bay groups are still in the running on NBC's America's Got Talent. We now know one is moving on to New York; as of late Tuesday we were still waiting to learn if the second will move past the Las Vegas round.

It was brief Tuesday night, but the John Nock family from Sarasota advanced to Radio City Music Hall with their aerosphere aerial balloon show. Wednesday night, we should learn if an innovative Tampa dance group will make it too.

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"It's almost like seeing a child being born," said Dequan Mitchell, one of the dancers in the group Tellavision. "It's something personal because it's something we really like to do."

Tellavision uses mobile TVs in their act. The sequence has to be timed perfectly because images flash on the TV screens that make it seem like the entire dance is animated.

"It can get bigger and bigger," said Dorene Collier, who founded Event Show Productions and is the creative director behind the act. "We can multiply in screens. So I think that's what has intrigued the judges, intrigued the producers, and I think will intrigue the audience."

From her studio, a 20,000 square foot building in Ybor, Collier's helping direct a group of 14 dancers and an alternate. They take the leap of faith to create something new on stage.

"None of us are getting paid to do this," Collier said. "We're doing this because we believe in an idea and we want to bring it to America - or the World - to see it."

How do they make the complicated sequence click? Enter A.J. LeBlanc.

"Whatever the song drives us to be - that's what we tell the story," LeBlanc said. "We tell a vision."

He says he's spent hundreds of hours in the set shop, figuring out how to make TVs which the dancers can hold and programs that will make the magic happen on the screens.

"When I couldn't find what I needed, I had to build it myself," said LeBlanc, who has a past in mass communication and software development in California. "We're going to do this… from Tampa we are really going to do this."

It's a technology the artists on stage believe in. Collier sees how companies could use the technology for corporate communications or how her dancers could potentially perform it at ceremonies like weddings. For now though, they've got their eyes set on America's Got Talent.

"We can add all different styles of dance and incorporate it into this technology," said Noel Areizaga, a 30-year-old dancer from Tampa. "It's challenging, it's creative and it's going to open up people's eyes to something brand new."

It takes patience, dedication, and a little elbow grease as well.

"It's a 12 pound TV that you have to hold straight out in front of you for a long period of time," Brittany Dahlberg, a 23-year-old dancer, pointed out.

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