Shaping Sound Is Making a Movie

The dancers of Shaping Sound definitely know how to work it in front of a camera. In fact, that's probably how you met most of the company's super-talented artists—during their appearances on "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars," or thanks to the group's reality show, "All the Right Moves" (RIP!). Even their smash-hit national tour, That's Where I'll Be Waiting—choreographed by co-founders Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson—had a cinematic quality to it.

Now the dynamic group is planning to work both sides of the camera, creating a short film in collaboration with composer Ólafur Arnalds. The idea is "to use the camera as another character, bringing you, the audience, into the center of the dance." Sounds nifty, right?

Here's where you come in: Shaping Sound has mounted a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to complete the project. Check out the preview video below—then click here to visit the Kickstarter page and make a donation.

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