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London 2012: Male Dancers Needed For Cast Of Olympic Opening And Closing Ceremonies

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London's smaller-scale spot in the 2008 closing ceremony featured a traditional red bus | PA

Are you a man? And also a frustrated dancer with a secret desire to do the splits in front of roughly four billion people? Then you might be in luck.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) has put out a call for more male dancers to audition for the opening and closing ceremonies for next year's games.

A first round of auditions for the lavish 2012 opening shows came to a close over the weekend with around 10,000 people applying for a place in the cast over the past month.

However with a final cast of around 20,000 performers there are still more than a few spots to fill.

And according to Locog there is a particular need for more chaps to take part. They say they are "particularly looking out for men" when auditions re-open in January. You can find more information over at the Locog website.

"We need more men - particularly if you have rhythm," organisers say in their casting notes. "This means those of you who can dance but also drum, or do any sport, job, or hobby that involves keeping to time."

Organisers say that the four ceremonies will be viewed by around 4bn people in 200 countries with an "equivalent airtime value" of between £2bn and £5bn.

In May 2010 Stephen Daldry, Mark Fisher, Hamish Hamilton, and Catherine Ugwu, were appointed to be executive producers across all four ceremonies, and Danny Boyle was appointed to direct the Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "I am incredibly excited about Danny Boyle's amazing plans for London's Opening Ceremony. ... The ceremonies will be the most fantastic advert for everything that is great about our country."

But if dancing isn't your style, there may be other opportunities too. Locog is currently looking for people to help with casting, technical, wardrobe and production, all jobs you can find listed on the committee's website.