Pop superstar Madonna is preparing to launch a new international world tour - and she's searching for dancers to join her.

The MUSIC singer, 45, has hinted for months that she would hit the road to support her album American Life, and now the trek is slated for a May (04) start.

Madonna is looking for "strong and versatile" dancers in the New York area, according to a notice on the dancing trade website ANSWERS4DANCERS.COM.

Though the number of people to be hired remains to be determined, tour director Jamie King is interested in seeing a variety of styles, as dancers will be asked to showcase their own freestyle moves as well as learn choreography on the spot.

The ad reads, "Looking to see anything from acrobatics, breaking, popping, locking to ballet, reeling, riverdancing and tango. Choreography will be unpredictable ... anything goes!"

But there is a catch - the chosen dancers should be willing to "cut or change hair drastically" for the job.

Auditions will be held in New York City on Saturday (21FEB04), with rehearsals beginning in March (04) in Los Angeles.

23/02/2004 21:01