SARASOTA- an up-and-coming artist from California shoots her music video in Sarasota featuring two local ballroom dancers.

Ballroom dancers Aliska Burkina, and Zavio Osorio-Gonzalez were asked to dance in the music video “Young Hearts” by 17-year-old singer and songwriter Em Rossi.

The YouTube video is dedicated to Rossi’s father who suddenly died two years ago.

The duo had less than 24 hours to choreograph the ballroom contemporary piece and perform it multiple times for the shoot at a local warehouse near the airport.

The couple said, the shoot lasted about 18 hours and a lot of the choreography was improvised while at the shoot location.

The video was produced and directed by Kurt Zendzian who recently moved to Sarasota.

The video has more than two million views on YouTube in less than two weeks.

Burkina from Russia started ballroom dancing since the age of 7 and Osorio-Gonzalez from Nicaragua a former break-dancer turned ballroom dancer five years ago.

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Krystel Knowles joined SNN in February of 2016. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelors in Mass Communications and minors in News Editorial and Telecommunication Production. Krystel is trilingual- fluent in Spanish, English and French (and picked up some Portuguese while studying abroad in Brazil). Krystel started her career in print journalism. She was a correspondent for the St. Pete Times Newspaper, staff writer for Focus Magazine, and head reporter and photographer for South Tampa community news publication. In 2011, she made the switch from print to broadcast journalism. She has since worked as a photojournalist for Fox 35 in Orlando, and also as a photojournalist/multimedia journalist for ABC action news in Tampa. Although she was born in Tampa, Krystel moved to New Port Beach, California within a few months. She then spent 8 years in Lima, Peru before moving to Miami, Florida. While living in Peru, Krystel danced at the National School of Ballet and sang in a choir. Her passion for ballet led Krystel to figure skating in 2015. Her other hobbies include: skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and traveling.