Harrisburg Stampede “Crush” Dance Team Prep Class And Auditions

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The Harrisburg Stampede’s “Crush” Dance Team is seeking beautiful, physically fit women with energy, dance ability and charisma to represent the Stampede in the community and perform during home games at the Giant Center.

Audition location: Historic Ice Palace at HersheyPark Arena
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Attire: 2-piece audition outfit (sports bra and dance trunks/briefs or shorts) and performance-ready hair and makeup.

Interested candidates can learn more by attending Crush prep classes, which are designed to help applicants feel more confident during the audition. Prep classes allow potential candidates to learn the different dance styles incorporated into Crush’s season performances. The environment is supportive and non-competitive. Participants will be exposed to new choreography each week and will have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions with Crush Director Julia Powers.

Prep Class Location: Historic Ice Palace at HersheyPark Arena
Dates: Thursday, November 13 and Thursday, November 20
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Attire: 2-piece workout attire
Fee: $20 (includes admittance to both prep classes and audition)

Requirements:

Must be at least 18 by 12/6/14 and have a high school diploma or GED
Complete online registration process at www.harrisburgstampede.com
Bring photo ID, non-returnable picture and water
Auditions are CLOSED to the public

This is your chance to:

Perform at the Giant Center in front of thousands of fans
Model for photo and calendar shoots
Attract local media attention
Represent the Stampede at community and charity events
Dance for a championship-caliber team
Meet new people and make lifelong friends

To learn more and pre-register, visit www.harrisburgstampede.com/crush/

For questions, email julialpowers@gmail.com

View 2014 Crush performances on YouTube by visiting their YouTube Channel

LA Kings 2014-15 Ice Crew Auditions: Day 2

Description: Kings Vision gives you an all-access look into the second day of auditions for the LA Kings Ice Crew at Gold’s Gym in downtown Los Angeles.

2014 Ice Crew Auditions: Day 1

Kings Vision gives you an all-access look at the first day of auditions for the LA Kings Ice Crew. See who made the cut for Day 2!

Arizona Rattlers Audition Prep Class This Month!

Philadephia Soulmates Auditions Are November 1st

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Journalist helps select the Bombshells

‘My girls’ shine as Vancouver Stealth’s new Bombshells
by: Gord Kurenoff
Vancouver Sun
September 29, 2014

Not since Meg Ryan’s OMG moment in When Harry Met Sally have you seen excitement reach this heightened level.

In fact, it was easily the most epic thing I did all month, but to keep peace at home I pulled a Pinocchio and told my wonderful wife it ranked a distant second!

When Jared Harman, the savvy director of business development at Langley’s award-winning Events Centre, asked if yours truly would like to help select this season’s Vancouver Stealth Bombshells, I was waiting for Ashton Kutcher to show up at any moment with his Punk’d camera crew.

So, let me get this straight — no joke intended: The National Lacrosse League team wants this Sun scribe to judge beautiful women while they dance right in front of me, in gym wear, for three or four hours?

Pausing just long enough to make it look like I have a life outside of work, yours truly said OK, hung up the phone, screamed “yahoo,” did a few fist-pumps, back flips, cartwheels, hyperventilated — you know, all the typical things calm people do.

Fast forward to Saturday morning at Let’s Dance Studio on Granville Street. Almost three dozen calendar-ready women are stretching and getting ready for dance team tryouts. They are so busy loosening up they don’t notice me (smile) as I drool and strut by like a proud peacock to the judges’ table where we will eventually have to inform almost half of this group to come back next year.

Stealth owner Denise Watkins, a mother of three and a whiz in sports management, explains that the Bombshells have to be respectful, friendly, team-oriented, and readily available to help at charity-fundraising events and committed to improving as a precision dancer and Stealth ambassador.

“To be clear, we aren’t looking for strippers. We don’t allow twerking or anything indecent,” says Watkins matter-of-factly. “They can be sexy, but the Bombshells have to be family-acceptable and role models for young girls.

“They have to be able to mingle with fans and represent our team and city at minor lacrosse and community events. They have to be more than just a pretty face or pretty body. And they have to understand the market we’re working and living in.”

The NLL Colorado Mammoth, for example, has a sexed-up dance team called the WildBunch that arrives at Denver’s Pepsi Center on Harleys. Not all of their body parts appear as natural as their megawatt smiles (judging by the glossy photos in my wallet), but what’s not to like about a crew that does country and hip-hop routines? (And now that I have experience selecting dancers, I’m available to help out in the Mile High City. Just saying!)

So does that mean the tamer Bombshells will appear on tractors petting baby sheep in the more-conservative Langley area?

“You’re going to be trouble today, right?” grins Watkins, who also flushed my ideas of introductory group hugs, parting hugs, kisses for the winners, one-on-one picnics, fantasy pools or runner-up adoptions.

The other male judges on the panel — Stealth coach Dan Perreault, president and GM Doug Locker, chief financial officer David Takata and TSN Radio anchor Matt Baker — seemed to like my ideas, but stopped very short of verbally endorsing them. (Likely just shy. First-timers, eh?!)

Bubbly Alexis Whatley, who danced with the Bombshells last season and is back as choreographer, put the women through their brisk paces. You soon realize this dance thing takes endurance, grace, physical fitness, coordination and learning on the fly.

Whatley, who is brilliant and exudes personality-plus, gave the dancers quick lessons in “hair-ography,” shaking their bodies, proper breathing, smiling and groovin’ to catchy tunes like Bang, Bang! You didn’t need binoculars — I had them just in case — to recognize this was difficult work.

The toughest part of the afternoon was trimming the roster. Most of these 20-somethings have been dancing since they were five, and did this because they loved it. There was no mistaking the passion or natural talent.

One sweet girl, who just moved here from Houston — “the small one in Northern B.C., not the big one in Texas” she joked — was my top underdog pick. Her genuine enthusiasm, heart and personality were addictive. Unfortunately she didn’t make the final cut and I was choked up watching her get choked up. Hopefully she keeps practising because I know Langley would love her spirit.

Watkins says she has an emotional attachment to her entire “Stealth family” and often calls the players “my boys.”

I totally get it. Knowing I helped select the new Bombshells, and felt some sort of connection (even if they didn’t), I left the Granville Street studio proud of “my girls.” Otherwise known at home, around my wife, as “those girls.”

See the Bombshells’ tryout photo gallery by clicking HERE.

Philadelphia Soulmates Audition Prep Class

For more info: mspaventa@philadelphiasoul.com or philadelphiasoul.com/workshop

Trenton (NJ) Freedom Xtreme Dance Team Auditions are Next Month

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Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders Open Call Auditions

Brick Bodies in Timonium was the location for Baltimore Blast Cheerleader Auditions earlier this month.

Hopefuls endured two rounds of cuts on audition day…

And then a week of bootcamp.

Finalists competed for a spot on the 2014-15 a week later. Photos coming soon.

 

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Countdown to Bomb Squad Dance Team Auditions on September 6th

Kim, the Director of the Bomb Squad Dancers, checks in to let us know that the auditions in Maryland are just around the corner!

More info below and these links:

bombsquaddancers.weebly.com
www.beltwaybombersbasketball.com

Seattle Impact FC announces co-captains for dance team

Kent Reporter
Aug 22, 2014

Lauren Baumann and Elizabeth Buslon have been named co-captains of the Seattle Impact FC’s dance team, Ladies with Impact.

Both bring plenty of dancing and choreography experience to the Impact, the newest member of the 23-team Major Arena Soccer League.

The Impact kick off their inaugural pro indoor season at home at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 against the San Diego Sockers. The Impact will play all 10 home games at the ShoWare Center.

“We both have the experience, drive and dedication to build a professional team for the Impact,” Baumann said. “Elizabeth will be a great team leader, and I look forward to working with her.”

Raised in Seattle, Baumann is a graduate of Gonzaga University, where she obtained her degree in business administration and marketing. She spent several seasons as a dancer for the Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock Dance Team and the National Lacrosse League’s Washington Stealth Bombshells Dance Team.

Baumann also was the dance team coach for Seattle University and Gonzaga.

Buslon grew up in Kent, where she performed for her high school dance team. She was an instructor for the Thunderbird Dance Camp in Portland, Ore., dancer and choreographer for the Bombshells and a finalist for the NBA Portland Trail Blazers Dancers.

Buslon attends Bellevue College, where she is studying to become a registered nurse.

“Both being coaches of grade school dance teams, we have always collaborated with each other about techniques of coaching and how to help girls reach their full potential in the dance community,” Buslon said. “Working alongside of Lauren will be a great opportunity to learn from each other as well as grow as dancers ourselves.”

Open player tryouts and dance team auditions are Sept. 6-7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, at the ShoWare Center. Preregistration is required.

Baumann and Buslon will be looking for dancers with strong showmanship, personality, and positive energy.

“Dancers should be in top physical condition and take pride in their appearance,” Baumann said.

Seattle Impact Dance Team Auditions Are Next Month

The Seattle Impact FC is pleased to host open auditions for our Ladies with Impact dance squad. The ladies on our dance team will be held to a high standard of quality dance performance and community involvement to represent Seattle Impact FC with professionalism on and off the field.

REGISTER NOW!

When

September 6th, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – You will learn a choreographed routine to perform on Sunday, 9/7.

September 7th, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – You will perform the choreographed routine learned on Saturday, 9/6.

Audition Fee

$25 Advance Registration, non-refundable, paid online no later than September 1, 2014

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$35 paid on the day of the audition, money order, cashier’s check (made payable to Seattle Impact FC) or exact cash amount, non-refundable,

Where

ShoWare Center – Kent, WA

Highlights

Perform at Seattle Impact FC home games

Participate in the annual swimsuit calendar and professional photo shoot

Serve as ambassadors for the Seattle Impact FC organization

Be a role model to young dancers and children in the community through junior dance clinics and various appearances

Media exposure

Donate time and talent at various community and charity events

Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old by September 6, 2014

All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, appearances, and promotion starting immediately

A total commitment is required by Seattle Impact FC

Must be able to participate in all home games

[Complete Audition Information]

Manchester Monarchs Max Pack & Promo Squad Open Auditions are September 6

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The 2014 Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions

This past Saturday, the Ontario Fury of the MASL held their auditions for their 2014 dance team, the Ladies of Ontario Fury.  Last year was their inaugural season and I can testify that their dance team made an audacious debut.  The squad is under the direction of Lynae de Leon, a former Clippers Spirit dancer, and she has a gift for developing local dance talent and training them for higher level professional sports dance teams.  This past year alone, several of her former dancers have gone on to making the Charger Girls and the Clippers Spirit and making the finals for the 49ers Gold Rush, the Golden State Warrior Girls and Seattle Sea Gals.

I was excited to see what would come of these auditions and to anticipate the great things to come with this new squad.  A new season brings a new beginning and a renewal.  Gone were a few veterans, so that there were some openings available for a few talented candidates.  But the competition would be fierce.

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So things began with the perfunctory selfie by returning veteran Michelle C.

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Girls and selfies go together like root beer and vanilla ice cream…don’t you agree?

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The Sun Also Rises: The 2014 Phoenix Suns Dancers Auditions

This past Saturday, the Phoenix Suns held their preliminary auditions for their dance team at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Over a hundred girls tried out for roughly 18 positions.  With 13 veterans trying out again, in reality the 100 hopefuls were essentially auditioning for five open slots, give or take an unexpected vacancy or two.

It was clear that the returning veterans were clearly a cut above the majority of those trying out.  A season’s worth of rehearsing and performing was evident in their technique, showmanship and ability to learn the audition routine quickly.  From this person’s perspective, there was a clear difference between the veterans and the other girls at this audition.

That is not to say that there weren’t any qualified candidates in attendance.  In fact, I saw many girls who had previously tried out for the Suns Dancers or the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders and many of them were quite talented and good looking.  But with only a handful of openings in any given year, many talented dancers go wanting.

But I am getting ahead of myself…

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