by: Nelson Hicks Updated:AUSTELL, Ga. —
iLuminate is a new technology that combines wireless lighting with choreography and dance. Fans of the TV show "America's Got Talent" may be familiar with it. iLuminate captured third place in the talent competition last year.
The iLuminate show at Six Flags features 12 dancers, covered head to toe in state-of-the-art costumes, performing inside the Crystal Pistol in complete darkness. The show runs about 20 minutes.
“iLuminate at Six Flags Over Georgia will offer our guests an incredible show to enjoy in addition to our world-class lineup of rides and attractions,” said Six Flags Over Georgia park president Melinda Ashcraft. “The high-energy music, advanced choreography and innovative costumes are going to make this a must-see for anyone who visits.”
Six Flags hosted a VIP and media preview of the show last Thursday night. Nelson's News on wsbtv.com was among those in attendance. The show opened to the public on Saturday.
This is the first full production performance of iLuminate. Miral Kotb is the owner and creator of the ground-breaking technology. She was developing mobile phone applications when she decided she wanted to intertwine wireless lighting and dance.
"My friends would say, 'Oh, I like dance, but I don't get it,'" Kotb said. "I guess I wanted to figure out a way for people not to have to get it, but just to enjoy dance for dance."
Six Flags executives saw Kotb and her performances on TV and contacted her about performing at Six Flags.
iLuminate performances are in the afternoons and early evenings now through Aug. 12.
Six Flags has several other new shows this year, too. Pop 40 is a musical showcase of hits from the '70s, '80s, '90s and 2000s. It plays in the Crystal Pistol each day prior to iLuminate. There's Rhythm & Grooves, an R&B music show that pays tribute to legends like Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. There's a new western show and Bugs Bunny show, too.