Chrysler Museum staffers go toe-to-toe in international dance competition

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NORFOLK — When it comes to curating art, Chrysler Museum staffers are experts.

When it comes to dancing, they know a thing or two as well.

With some help from their docents and Sherwood Elementary School students, Chrysler Museum of Art staffers jerked, twisted and mash potatoed across the museum last week to create a music video featuring Wilson Pickett’s “Land of 1,000 Dances.”

The three-minute long video serves as the museum’s submission to “When You Work at a Museum,” an international dance-off that sets the stage for a battle of the boots between art lovers.

Participating museums have posted their videos to the contest website. Now it’s the world’s turn to decide who has the fanciest feet.

Wednesday marks the first day of voting for the Chrysler’s video. Viewers can vote as often as they’d like to until 8 a.m. on Thursday.

If the Chrysler gets enough votes, the video will advance to compete with Eastern region competitors, said museum spokeswoman Amber Kennedy.

Last year, the Chrysler came in second place behind Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, said Kerry O’Donnell, staffer for the Chrysler Museum development team and music video choreographer.

This year, they’re going for the first-place trophy.

“It’s for fun and for bragging rights,” O’Donnell said.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.