If you’ve spent any time on the MacArthur Causeway this past year, you’ve seen the 200-foot tall, shimmying silhouette of the dancing lady on the side of the Intercontinental Hotel.
The giant, multi-colored light display on the side of the building danced into our hearts – or danced us into ire—last December. Whether you love or hate the dancing lady, she’s become a staple of the Miami skyline.
But now, the lady and her suggestive moves are about to be retired. The hotel is holding auditions for her replacement Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 22.
WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to know: Will you miss the dancing lady or are you happy to see her go? Tell us here.
Here's a video of the dancing lady unveiling by the Miami Herald's Chuck Fadely:
When the Intercontinental was built 30 years ago, there weren’t nearly as many high rises around. But, the hotel’s general manager Robert Hill explains, as more big buildings went up the Intercontinental got lost in the increasingly crowded Miami skyline.
So it wanted to find a way to make the building stand out again. And it did -- in the form of an undulating woman, outlined by LED lights, spanning 19 stories on the side of the building. The installation was created to reflect both Miami’s nightlife and its growing arts scene.
“Intercontinental Resorts brand is all about kind of being uniquely local,” Hill said.
But, he admits, there was one problem: “We didn’t actually know who the dancing lady was.”
It turned out she wasn’t local at all. She’s from L.A., hired by the production company that put together the display.
There have been some complaints about those suggestive moves, but Hill said that’s not why the dancing lady’s being replaced. The Intercontinental just wants to see some local talent light up the skyline.
So the hotel is holding a two-day dance-off to find it. The judges include dancers from Miami City Ballet and the Miami Heat.
The first round of the audition goes on from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Thursday at the Intercontinental, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. Just bring your dancing shoes. The hotel will provide the music.