Hundreds of Women Audition to be Phoenix Suns Dancers

Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions – August 22, 2015

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The Ladies of Fury uphold a high standard of quality dance performance and community involvement to represent the Ontario Fury with professionalism on and off the field. During the audition process, applicants will be judged on dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, crowd appeal, and individual applications. Finalists will participate in a group interview and display their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties (music will be provided).

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015

Time: Registration Starts at 9am (Auditions begin promptly at 9:30am)

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont (555 W. Foothill Blvd, Claremont CA 91711)

Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years old by October 1, 2015. Applicants under the age of 18 at the time of auditions must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver form
  • All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately
  • A total commitment is required to the Ontario Fury for 1 year
  • Must be available for mandatory mini-camp on Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30

What to wear

  • 2-piece attire (crop top w/ athletic shorts or briefs)
  • Skin colored nylons
  • Jazz, dance or athletic shoes
  • Hair must be worn down; Full hair and make-up
  • All tattoos must be covered up

For further information, contact Dance Team Director, Lynae de Leon at Ldeleon@ontariofury.com.

2015-16 Miami Heat Dancers Audition

Click here for the Sun-Sentinel photo gallery from this year’s Miami Heat Dancers open call audition.

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Photo gallery: Miami Heat Dancer auditions

Auditions for the 2015-16 Miami Heat Dancers kicked off today. Click here to check out the Miami Herald’s collection of photos from the open call.

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Thunder Announces 2015-16 Thunder Girls

New team selected at final auditions Thursday night at Riverwind Casino
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July 31, 2015

Oklahoma City, Friday, July 31, 2015 – The Oklahoma City Thunder selected its 2015-16 Thunder Girls dance team on Thursday night, the team announced. The final audition took place in front of a full house at the Showplace Theatre in Riverwind Casino.

The audition included both team veterans and newcomers. Of the women selected, seven are newcomers to the Thunder Girls.

“I am excited to enter a new season with this outstanding group,” said Paige Carter, dance team manager and choreographer for the Thunder. “Thunder Girls engage with our fans on and off the court, and sometimes even across the globe. These ladies will add excitement and energy to the Thunder experience at Chesapeake Energy Arena, as well as being excellent community ambassadors.”

A panel of judges – including Roy Williams, former NFL player and an All-American safety with the University of Oklahoma; former Miss Oklahoma Kelli Masters; Caroline Bennett, the 2015 Miss Black Oklahoma U.S. Ambassador; and Command Sgt. Maj. Tony F. Riggs of the Oklahoma Army National Guard – assisted Thunder staff in making the final selections.

The final audition process consisted of three rounds: a choreographed jazz/hip-hop routine, a question-and-answer session and a solo dance.

Following last Saturday’s open audition, 34 women were selected as finalists for Thursday’s. During the week, finalists took part in formal interviews and rehearsals to prepare for the finals.

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2015-16 Cavalier Girls Auditions

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Cavalier Girl hopefuls went through preliminary auditions at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday, July 25th. Check out the audition gallery at Cavs.com

Thunder Girls Final Audition to Feature 34 Finalists

Riverwind Casino to host Thursday’s event, which is free and open to the public

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the final audition for the 2015-16 Thunder Girls on Thursday at Riverwind Casino, starting at 7 p.m. Fans of all ages are invited to watch as 34 finalists compete for a spot on the dance team. Admission is free and doors open at 6 p.m. The event will also be streamed live on the Thunder website, okcthunder.com, and on the Thunder Mobile App.

A panel of judges – including Roy Williams, former NFL player and an All-American safety with the University of Oklahoma; former Miss Oklahoma Kelli Masters; and Caroline Bennett, the 2015 Miss Black Oklahoma U.S. Ambassador – will assist Thunder staff in determining the final squad. The Thunder will announce the new team at the end of the evening.

Sixty dancers participated in Saturday’s open audition, where judges narrowed the group down to 34 ladies for Thursday’s finals.

WHAT: Thirty-four Thunder Girls finalists will compete for a spot on the 2015-16 Thunder Girls dance team

WHEN: Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m

WHERE: Riverwind Casino, in the Showplace Theatre

1544 W. State Hwy. 9, Norman (I-35 and Hwy. 9)

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Front row (from left; first name and hometown listed): Kim (Houston, Texas); Tiffany (North Richland Hills, Texas); Chelsie (Oklahoma City); Kara (The Woodlands, Texas); Kayle (Oklahoma City); Stephanie (Oklahoma City); Jennie (Owasso, Oklahoma); Katie (Moore, Oklahoma); Jaimie (Yukon, Oklahoma); Monique (Kansas City, Kansas); Kourtney (Fresno, California); Sarah (Moore, Oklahoma); Brooke (Prague, Oklahoma); Whitney (Kansas City, Missouri).

Middle row: Jessica (Madison, Wisconsin); Alex (Weatherford, Oklahoma); Kalyssa (Chickasha, Oklahoma); Audrey (Edmond, Oklahoma); Addie (Stillwater, Oklahoma); Kelly (Owasso, Oklahoma); Rachel (Oklahoma City); Blaire (Greensboro, North Carolina); Taniah (Fort Worth, Texas); Alicia (Moore, Oklahoma); Natasha (Edmond, Oklahoma); Carly (McAlester, Oklahoma).

Back row: McKenzie (Mustang, Oklahoma); Kaitlyn (Wichita, Kansas); Liz (Franklin, Tennessee); Kimberly (Del City, Oklahoma); Sydney (Mansfield, Texas); Jeanette (Guthrie, Oklahoma); Tressena (Moore, Oklahoma); Lauren (Duncan, Oklahoma).

2015 Clippers Spirit Auditions

This year’s Clippers Spirit auditions kicked off on Sunday morning at the Clippers training facility in Playa Vista, CA. Over 200 ladies queued up for
the opportunity to represent the Clippers organization and entertain fans at home games this fall.

The entire thing was filmed by a tv crew, so the place was crawling with black-clad crew members with cameras, microphones, clipboards, and other mysterious looking equipment

The dancers, who’d started arriving before 8 am, had plenty of time to warm up and get ready for the day.



The day kicked off at 9:30 am with a pep talk, where dancers were encouraged to do their best, put it all out on the floor, and try to have some fun with the process.

They also introduced the judges and the numerous helper elves (interns) there to make the process go smoothly.

Clippers Spirit alumni Brianna, Justene, Anasheh, Brittany, Bianca, and Michelle were on hand to assist the choreographers.

The Clippers organization shook up the audition process this year. In addition to the change in venue (Air conditioning! Praise the Lord!), there were different choreographers, and a different format than usual.

Unlike past years, where the audition began with a technical across-the-floor combination, this year, the first round one didn’t involve any choreography at all. Instead, for this “First Impressions Round,” the dancers were called into the room in groups of 25.

Then they took the floor in groups of four or five to introduce themselves to the judges, and then freestyle and show off their best moves.

We saw lots of tricks, lots of technique, a little bit of tumbling, and more than one dancer twerked it out for the judges.







As each group of 25 finished up, they were steered outside to hear their fate: in or out.

Those who made the cut headed back inside to wait for the next round. That first round took almost three hours. After a break for lunch, the veterans from last year’s team made their entrance. Fourteen of them, dressed all in black, matching down to shoes and accessories.

I know and like all of these ladies, but heck, even I was intimidated when they walked in.

14 veterans. 18 spots on the team. That’s scary odds for both the veterans AND the aspiring rookies. After the lunch break, everyone gathered around to hear the plan for the rest of the afternoon: first a jazz/technical combination, then another cut, then a hip hop combination, followed by a third cut.

Sophia Aguiar choreographed the first combination. Sophia’s resume includes performances with JLo, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, and heck if I know what all else. She’s a member of the cast for Britney’s Spears’ Vegas show. Just so you know. This is no slouch off the street. Sophia chorographed a really fun dance to Pharrell’s “Freedom.”

This went fast. 30 minutes later, she’d taught the combination, the dancers had run through it a few times, and then it was time to line up for round two.

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By 3pm, round 2 was over.


Clippers Spirit, past and present, waiting for the judges to finish deliberating.

90 minutes later, the second cut was announced, narrowing the field down to 60 danceers

There was no time to hug your girlfriends goodbye. Everybody get up and put your pants on, it’s time for hip hop. The choreographer for this round was Bryan Tanaka.

Because why wouldn’t Beyonce’s dance captain be choreographing for the Clippers Spirit audition? Honestly, sometimes I actually forget this is Los Angeles. And then something like this happens.

Bryan’s combination was to Dawin’s “Dessert”. (The song will confuse you at first. But the jam hits you about 45 seconds in. “Watcha gon, watcha gon do with that dessert? Murder dat, murder dat, murder dat dance floor.)

This time there were less than 30 minutes to learn the dance. This is where they separate the boys from the men. So to speak.

On to round 3 judging:






And then it was over. Nothing left to do but wait for the judges.

Spirit vets with Bryan and Sophia When the judges returned, they cut the group down to 41 dancers (including all 14 veterans – woot!), who will duke it out at finals tomorrow night. It’s going to be insanely competitive. To say the least. Stay tuned!

Former Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Michelle C. Selected For The Laker Girls

Congratulations to former Ladies of Ontario Fury Dancer Michelle C. for being selected to the 2015 – 2016 Laker Girls.

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For the past several years, I have been fortunate to photograph this lovely dancer, first as a Anaheim Bolts Dance Team Member and for the past two years as a member of the Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team. I first saw her at tryouts for the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team and I knew she would be special. More recently, Michelle has been delighting fans while cheering on the Ontario Fury at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.

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Under the direction of Dance Team Director Lynae de Leon, Michelle and several other members of both dance teams have blossomed and gone on to greater challenges with such squads as the Clippers Spirit, Charger Girls and now the Laker Girls. For your shot at dance greatness, auditions for the Ladies of Ontario Fury are on August 22, 2015.

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Brooklynettes Final Auditions

The Brooklyn Nets held final auditions for the Brooklynettes dance team on July 14 at Barclays Center.

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[Brooklynettes Finals Gallery]

Westchester Knicks Dancers Auditions

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[WCKD Audition Information]

2015 Pacemate Auditions

On Sunday roughly 100 ambitious dancers auditioned at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to become a member of the 2015-16 Indiana Pacemates.

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[Pacemates Audition Gallery 1]

[Pacemates Audition Gallery 2]

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Dallas Mavericks Dancers Tryouts

By Paige Skinner
The Dallas Observer

Inside D1 Sports Training, 30 women perform a newly learned dance routine on a small basketball gym floor.

One woman, in the back, stops mid-performance to fix her top after realizing it had come undone. None of the other women notice because they are solely focused on their performance.

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It’s the Dallas Mavericks Dancers training camp. After 300 women went through the rounds of auditions, 30 women remain, but only 20 will be chosen for the final team.

Trying out for and being on the team again means a lot to Emily Villarreal, a one-year veteran of the dance squad. Having already experienced the high of performing at sold-out Mavericks games and becoming best friends with her teammates, she knows how much she has to lose.

“Going into my second year means more than my first year because I know what I have to lose,” she says. “All of these girls are my best friends and just the opportunities that I’ve had with the Mavericks this year, I definitely don’t want to give that up, so it means everything to me to come back and make it my second year.”

About 45 minutes before the final night of training camp begins, Villarreal sits in a small room inside D1 Sports Training surrounded by her dancing peers. They are applying makeup, teasing their hair and changing into their clothes to prep for the last night of training camp before the squad is announced. Most have just fought rush-hour traffic driving from their full-time jobs or schools. But all of the prepping has gone on for a while. Prep classes were offered to the women, one hour Monday through Thursday. Even though she had made the team once before, Villarreal still attended the prep classes to feel extra prepared. With all of the time spent, she compares being on the team to a full-time job.

“It’s a lot of work. I feel like this is basically a full-time job as well, because we have practice every night or we have games or appearances,” she says. “I just feel like it’s a lot to handle, but it’s worth it.”

Outside of the small room, Mallory Mills, the director of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers, greets each woman as she walks in the training facility.

She is friendly. The women show her their respect by answering, “Yes ma’am” and “No ma’am.”

It’s all familiar for Mills, however. Tall with short brown hair, Mills easily could be mistaken for one of the dancers. She was in their position years ago, performing as a Dallas Mavericks Dancer for seven years. She’s been director for six.

“I guess for me, being in their shoes before, it kind of pulls on my heartstrings a little bit because I can tell if a girl was awesome, you know, she was so good and then she came to auditions and her nerves just got the best of her,” Mills says. “So I’m kind of a sucker for that. I’m always like, ‘She was really good at prep class, I want to see what she can do after.’ Because for some people, it’s just like taking tests. Some people aren’t good at it.”

After stretching, the candidates shed a layer of clothing to practice and learn their routines in black shorts and a black half-top. Mills asks to see the women, 10 at a time, perform last night’s routine. She sits on the ground with a notebook and watches each of the women.

Afterward, a veteran of the squad teaches the women a new dance she choreographed. She goes over every move with counts, as well as words. “So your butt is going out on 8,” she says to the women. “You’re going to do a stanky leg on 1, 2.”

The women pick up the routine quickly. After 40 minutes, the minute-or-so routine is taught and there are no major hiccups. The candidates’ hair is down and their earrings are in place. While they are sweating, they continue to smile and focus throughout.

“This week in training camp, we look for the performance,” Mills says. “I mean, obviously, we did as well on Saturday and Sunday, but they’re nervous, so this week, it’s more of, ‘Are they going to shine, are they thriving, are they getting better than they were on Saturday?’”

The final squad will be announced Thursday.

Nuggets Dancers Team Taking Shape

From Nuggets.com

Over 100 Denver Nuggets Dancers hopefuls registered to audition for the 2015-16 squad this past weekend, and the schedule was grueling as usual. After learning three dance routines, and enduring three rounds of cuts, 33 remaining finalists were invited to training camp where the audition process will continue this week.

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“This is the largest training camp we have ever conducted,” Nuggets Dancers Manager Amy Jo Wagner said. “The dance judges are overwhelmed by the amount of talent this year.”

Throughout training camp, the finalists will be assessed on strength and flexibility; learn game night choreography; attend uniform fittings; and have individual professional interviews – all which will be taken into consideration during Saturday’s final selection process.

[Nuggets Dancers Finalists Gallery]

Wizard Girl Auditions

On Saturday, July 18, the Washington Wizard Girls held their open auditions at Trinity University. The auditions consisted of three rounds. Those who attended the Wizard Girls prep classes received a bye of the first round and began their audition process in the second round.

In each round the women learned a dance routine that they performed in a group of four or five in front of the judges. The finalists who made it through the first the first three rounds will attend training camp for two weeks with the veterans. The final audition will take place at the Howard Theater on Monday, August 3, 2015.

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[Wizard Girls Audition Gallery]