Jul 17, 2013
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Dance Troupe With Connecticut Links a Hit on 'America's Got Talent'--So Far

Dance Troupe With Connecticut Links a Hit on 'America's Got Talent'--So Far

Catapult on NBC's "America's Got Talent." NBC photo.

The shadow dancing group Catapult Entertainment, led by Pilobolus veteran and Kent, Conn., resident Adam Battelstein is a hit--so far--on NBC's "America's Got Talent."

In the show aired Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 p.m., the celebrity judges have already sent the group straight through to the next round.

The question now is: What's in store on tonight's episode. If the reception so far holds, the outcome will be positive.

"It's not easy sitting here and telling people they have to go home," former supermodel and reality TV show host turned judge Heidi Klum said when the fate of Catapult Entertainment was on the table. "But I don't have to do that with you."

As Klum and the judges smiled, Battelstein and his dancers, who rehearse at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington, broke into celebration.

Earlier in that show, Battelstein had said, "Leaving this competition is not an option for us. They will have to drag us out by our shadows."

While the dancers didn't perform on Tuesday night's show, they have certainly made an impression with their creativity and dance moves. Judge Howard Stern bowed to the group after their audition, which aired in June, and called them "everything we're looking for on this show."

Battelstein spent 19 years with the Washington, Conn., based Pilobolus dance company and then formed this group.

Catapult, he says on the group's website, includes dancers who "are some of the best in the world; literally stars of stage and screen."

See a different version of this story by Tom Cleary on the Register Citizen website, and stay tuned for updates.

 

 

Dance Troupe With Connecticut Links a Hit on 'America's Got Talent'--So Far

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