He could take the heat, but the Heat wouldn’t take him.
A Miami man with a passion for dance and the local NBA team performed his heart out during tryouts for the Miami Heat’s dance team. An online video of his amazing moves has blown many people away over the Internet as the performance has gone viral.
But Keith Wilson was unable to secure a spot on the squad, a decision he feels was because of his sex.
“I think if I was a woman, yeah (he would have made the team),” he said. “I love dancing, it’s my passion. The Miami Heat is one of those organizations where anything is possible. That’s what I was looking for.”
Miami man Keith Wilson, 28, impressed when he tried to become the first man to make the Miami Heat’s all-female dance team on Aug. 2.
MJ Acosta-TV via YouTube
Despite an online video of his performance going viral, Wilson was cut after making the first two rounds. He believes he would have made the team if he was a woman.
The video, posted by TV Station WPLG reporter MJ Acosta, shows Wilson, 28, take center stage during a segment on the tryouts on Aug. 2.
With many female dancers around him, Wilson moves to the middle and takes command of the court shaking his body, lifting his leg in the air and finishing with a split to Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls).”
I think it’s time for a change. It’s time for people to stop looking at it as male or female but as the art.
The routine drew many cheers on that day as well as online as the video has received more than 350,000 views as of Wednesday morning.
Wilson told the Daily News none of his movements were planned. He just busted them out during the freestyle period. It was towards the end of a long day of auditions as Wilson made the first two cuts that narrowed the field from 200 to 50.
But Wilson was among the next cut that eliminated 15 more hopefuls.
Wilson, who founded the Exclusive Vibes Contemporary Dance Theater in 2008, and is currently in school to become a dance instructor, had previously auditioned for the squad in 2012. He was cut then but said he was optimistic about his chances this time around.
“I just had high hopes it would be different this time, that they would be more open to allow a guy to go forward and make the team,” he said.
Wilson said he is happy for all of the women that made the squad, but feels he also deserved a spot.
He disagreed ith the notion that the team was “sexist,” but said they were “not open” to a male dancer “at this time.”
Wilson, who also works as a counselor to people diagnosed with HIV, has experience with breaking the gender lines. He said he was the first male to join the dance team for his band at Miami Edison Senior High School.
He auditioned in 2012 and plans to try out again in the future.
Courtesy Keith Wilson
Wilson said he didn’t think the Heat were ‘open’ to a male dancer.
Courtesy Keith Wilson
Wilson was the first male dancer at his high school band.
The majority of professional sports teams have all-female groups that perform in skimpy outfits during breaks in the games. Though many fans look at them as eye candy, Wilson said he’s drawn to their performances and how the organization supports the dancers and helps them with their careers.
A group of 25 women made the squad last year. A Miami Heat spokesman did not return a message seeking comment Wednesday.
“I think it’s time for a change,” he said. “It’s time for people to stop looking at it as male or female but as the art. The art has no gender. We all take (dance) classes together. Why should it be any different (when they perform?)”
But Wilson isn’t done trying to dance over the gender line. He said he plans to audition again in the future.
“I will. I won’t stop until they see all the passion I have for them,” he said.
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