A teacher at FineLine Theater Arts in New Milford will perform Aug. 20 live on NBC TV's "America's Got Talent."

Rebecca Moore will perform at Radio City Music Hall with Catapult, a shadow dancing company directed by Adam Battlestein, of Kent, on the popular TV show that airs locally at 9 p.m.

The talent show features singers, dancers, comedians, magicians and other performers of all ages who compete for the top prize of $1 million and a show as the headliner on the Las Vegas Strip.

Catapult auditioned in New York and was sent through to Las Vegas for the next round of competition.

In Vegas, they were again voted through to the live rounds at Radio City Music Hall.

"It was really fun and exciting performing in front of the judges and the live audience in New York City," said Moore, a former New Milford resident.

"We received a standing ovation and the entire audience was chanting `Vegas, Vegas, Vegas!,' " she said.

Performers audition in front of four celebrity judges -- Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Melanie Brown and Heidi Klum -- who choose to keep or terminate an act's performance by pressing a buzzer.

Moore said, "The feedback from the judges was incredible.

"Well, Howard Stern didn't say much," Moore said. "Instead, he decided to bow down to us. I never imagined myself competing on a national TV show, but it felt so amazing."

She admitted being on stage in front of such a large audience can be overwhelming.

"I got emotional and teary-eyed on stage. In Vegas, we were passed straight through to the live rounds at Radio City Music Hall," Moore related.

The results of the Aug. 20 show will air the following night, Aug. 21 at 9 p.m.

In 2008, Battlestein created Catapult, a group of dancers who "have the skills to transform their bodies into seemingly impossible images," according to their description on the "America's Got Talent" website.

"Catapult has made films for corporations and performed live for corporate events around the U.S. and as far away as Stockholm, Sweden," the description relates.

To view a video of the dance company from the show's season premiere, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mSi5S_Ji2Y.

-- Deborah Rose