The Ontario Fury is the newest franchise in the PASL (Professional Arena Soccer League) and will play their home games in the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The management group of the Anaheim Bolts decided to swap ownership from Anaheim to the Ontario area, a move that will bring them to a more favorable soccer market and a newer and larger arena.
This past Sunday, they held auditions for their inaugural dance team and the event drew a spirited group of young women.
I had a chance to talk to Lynae de Leon, the Ontario Fury Dance Team Director, before the auditions began and she shared with me the new uniform designs for the dance team. Lynae worked closely with Laura Reed, her account representative at The Line Up, to design a sexy and stylish uniform that is sure to please the fans. And let me say that I was a big, big fan of the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team uniforms, but these new red, black and white uniforms are going to attract a lot of attention and I can’t wait to shoot the girls in them.
Now that the uniform designs were decided, the only thing else that needed to be done was select the girls that were going to wear them.
Before the auditions began, Lynae and owner Bernie Lilavois addressed the girls to let them know what the day’s events would entail and to express to them the importance of the dance team to the franchise and their efforts to reach out to the community.
After the introductions, the girls started their day off with a stretching and warm up session led by Tiffany Chen, the former Charger Girl Line Captain and Clippers Spirit Dancer.
With the warm up session concluded, Tiffany and her instructors (former Anaheim Bolts Dance Team members Alex, Kaylee, and Jessica) demonstrated the audition routine by introducing it in eight count segments. She reminded the candidates to focus on the angle of their arms and legs, creating sharp, crisp angles and lines. No “broken wrists” or crooked arms. Sharp, crisp body lines. These little details would separate those that would be excused for the day from those that would make it to the finals.
The audition process would involve two rounds with cuts, an interview portion in front of the judges, and a freestyle segment. All in all, the preliminary auditions would last over five hours. Here are a few images of the more memorable moments from the 2013 Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions.
At the end of the day, the group of hopefuls were whittled down to 17 finalists. You can vote for your favorite finalist here.
It was a long day for me, but one filled with the optimism of a new dance team and a new beginning. I can’t wait for the season to begin and see what the Fury brings.
I would like to thank Bernie Lilivois, Lynae de Leon and the Ontario Fury for the opportunity to cover their 2013 dance team auditions. I had a wonderful time and look forward to visiting them in the future.
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