The comedy movie ‘Coming 2 America’, which premiered Friday on Amazon Prime, options one of many Mahoning Valley movies.

Native of Youngstown, Lindsay Renea is an expert dancer, choreographer and skilled in African dance.

She auditioned for the position of dancer in October 2019 after talking with the movie’s assistant choreographer.

“She mentioned” auditions are occurring in Atlanta for a significant African dance mission, “” mentioned Renea. “Are you ?”

Renea was one in all 11 out of 500 ladies chosen for the movie and was capable of movie the scenes earlier than the pandemic struck. She says it was a possibility of a lifetime.

“We’ve to be sure that we keep our dance house, our choreography, we’ve lights shining in our eyes,” Renea mentioned. “All of these items whereas ensuring you characterize your character.”

Renea has labored with Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Corridor, James Earl Jones and John Amos. Different actors within the movie embrace Morgan Freeman, Gladys Knight, Rick Ross, Kiki Layne, Leslie Jones, Wesley Snipes, and Tracy Morgan.

Renea obtained a BA in Dance and a Minor in Music from Howard College. In her senior 12 months, she joined the Garth Fagan Dance Firm in Rochester, NY, and have become a principal dancer.

She additionally holds a grasp’s diploma in choreography from the College of Jacksonville.

Renea’s choreography has appeared on worldwide phases, together with the Muda Africa Dance Firm in Tanzania.

She was an adjunct college member within the dance program at Youngstown State College and is at present an Alabama Arts Council Fellow in Dance and Choreography.

Renea thanks her Youngstown roots for making ready her for fulfillment.

“A number of the most inventive, a number of the most dynamic, a number of the most versatile and gifted individuals come straight from our metropolis,” mentioned Renea.

Some youth organizations round Youngstown have helped her turn out to be who she is now and see native reveals everywhere in the space.

“With Gregory Hines, it was on the Istanbul Auditorium stage. It left an enormous mark on me and what I wished to do with my life,” mentioned Renea. “After I was 9, my grandmother took us and my mother to see The Wiz. Luckily, I had mentors and others who motivated me to take it to the subsequent degree.

Renea can be the director of the Lindsay Renea Basis which helps present schooling, cultural consciousness and inventive growth to younger individuals.

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