Philadelphia Soulmates Audition Prep Class

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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.

 

[Blast Cheerleaders Audition Gallery]

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?

Continue reading The 2014 Ladies of Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions

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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Photo of the Day – August 12

Dreux at Blast Cheerleader Finals on Sunday

Baltimore Blast Cheerleader Finalists

From the Final Auditions earlier today at Brick Bodies in Timonium. First practice is Wednesday night; first home game is November 8th.

Wizard Girls Finals Showcase

The Howard Theatre was the place be on Monday night. Before a paced house the Washington Wizards Girls Finalists put on quite a show!

[Wizard Girls Finals Showcase Gallery]

Congratulations 2014-15 Dallas Stars Ice Girls!

Top Row: Emma*, Belinda*, Courtni W, Whitney, Courtney J, Madison, Callie, Rachel*
Middle Row: Christen, Mariyah, Julia, Taryn, Kendall*, Ashley*, Courtney C, Stephanie*
Bottom Row: Amanda, Lauren, Jade*, Cheri*, Cassie*, Jessica*, Melissa*

*=veteran

There are a few familiar faces among the rookies. Amanda and Julia were Allen Americans Ice Angels, Callie was a Texas Revolution Revs Girl and a FC Dallas Dancer, Courtney C danced for the Texas Legends, Courtni was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and Mariyah was a San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancer.

Joining Pistons’ dance team a dream come true for Windsor teen

Kelly Steele
The Windsor Star
August 6, 2014

When Nathalie Couvillion went to her first Detroit Pistons game in Auburn Hills, Mich. last season, it wasn’t for the basketball players.

“It was the first NBA game I’d been to and I loved it,” she said. “Everyone was watching the game but I couldn’t stop watching the Pistons dancers. The whole time I kept thinking how much I wanted to do that.”

After the game, Couvillion, 18, jumped on the Pistons website and much to her surprise discovered they were already holding auditions for the dance team’s next season.

“I was really excited,” she said. “I signed up right away. I didn’t really know what to expect, but knew it was something I really wanted to do.”

Nervous, the Windsor teen attended the first tryout in July along with 150 other women ranging from 18 years old and up. She was thrilled when she made the first cut, becoming one of only 24 left for the 19 coveted spots. A week later, she was called back for another audition and wasn’t sure what to expect.

“When I walked in I noticed right away there seemed to be less than 24 of us,” she said. “The organizer said, “stand in line,” and told us to look to our left and look to our right because we were the members of this year’s Detroit Pistons Dance team. I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited.”

The coaches had already made their decisions and made the final cuts through phone calls. Not only is Couvillion the only Canadian on the team, but she is also one of the youngest.

The former competitive gymnast and dancer said the auditions were challenging as the choreographer would quickly teach the routine and then have everyone perform it as a group.

“At the auditions, I knew I had to stand out so when I would see them looking at me I would do a crazy gymnastic or dance move that the other girls couldn’t do,” she said. “It was hard not to look at the other girls and compare yourself.”

Couvillion, who teaches dance at Edmund Towers School of Dance in Windsor, loves to perform and can’t wait to take the floor at the Palace of Auburn Hills during a Pistons’ game in October.

“I love to perform and I love to make people smile while they are watching me dance,” she said. “When people watch me dance they say it helps them to forget about things. I also love the dancers’ gear — it’s really cool and the colours are great.”

As important as dance skills were, the coaches also wanted their team members to have a strong personality, confidence and athleticsm. Dancers perform during games and at halftime as back-up dancers alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry. Dancers are also required to appear at various team events throughout Detroit.

“They were really big on your personality,” she said. “They really want you to be a good person and someone who will represent the team positively. In addition to the dance auditions, we also did a few interviews where they asked a bunch of questions. It was an important part since the dancers also do signings and take pictures with fans before the games.”

Couvillion has always known she wanted a future in dance, but besides coaching wasn’t sure where the path would lead.

“That night watching the dancers at the Palace, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she said. “I’ve watched them on TV before and always thought how much I would love to do it. Once I was there and could feel the atmosphere and the audience going crazy I knew I wanted to do it. I’ve always wanted to do something big and make a name for myself. This feels like that chance.”

Practices will start for Couvillion the end of August and she won’t take the floor at the Palace for the first time as a Pistons Dancer until October.

“I’m really excited, this really feels like a dream,” she said. “The whole experience is going to be amazing and I can’t believe I get to do this. I can’t wait to take the floor as a Pistons Dancer.”

The parquet floor will be her stage

Holden woman to dance with Celtics
By John Orrell
The Landmark

Sarah Pisa will dance at Celtics games this season. Submitted photo Sarah Pisa will dance at Celtics games this season. Submitted photo When the legendary Boston Celtics open their 2014-15 NBA campaign in October, Holden folks will be proud to know that one of their own will be front and center on-court gracing the famous TD Garden parquet floor.

But there will be no slam-dunks, driving the paint for an easy layup, three-point shots or baseline jumpers.

Holden’s representative will be 23 yearold Sarah Pisa, who has made the final cut and will be a member of the Boston Celtics Dancers team for the upcoming season. Pisa, a full-time registered nurse, was chosen among over 100 aspiring dancers that made the cut down to 30 before being selected as one of the final 16 to make the team.

The dancers perform before the game and during breaks in the action. To her and her family, dancing has been a lifelong commitment and to be chosen by the Celtics is both an honor and a dream come true.

“Dance has been such a huge part of my life, and it’s what I liked to do growing up,” she said. “It became such a huge part of my life so I thought I would give auditions a shot and see what happens. My family and I were so excited when I got chosen because they’ve seen me dance my whole life and it’s hard not to have dance a big part of my life anymore, so they were happy to see that I would continue to be dancing and I’m so proud to have been chosen.”

Learning to be the accomplished dancer she has become began at age four and continued through the years with competitive dance that required as much as fifteen hours a week in rehearsals. She trained and competed with Charlotte Klein Dance Centers, where she now gives back. She teaches children ages 2-13 on Saturdays and enjoys seeing her students progress.

Pisa, a graduate of Wachusett Regional High School and Worcester State University, tried out for the Celtics Dance team a year ago and did not make the cut, something that was disappointing at the time, but may have helped her in the long run. She says the experience gave her more motivation this year and raised her feeling of comfort, knowing what to expect in the auditions.

Final auditions were held on June 27 at Boston’s Calderwood Pavilion. The audition consisted of a one-day dance intensive session with competitive segments featuring technical dance combinations, choreographed dance routines, group performances and interviews as well as solo performances where candidates creates their own choreography. On Saturday, June 30, finalists were selected to participate in the final show on the following Monday. The show consisted of various notable judges, including KISS 108 on-air and NESN Dining Playbook on-air personality Billy Costa and NESN Dining Playbook on-air personality Jenny Johnson.

“We started off with a basic across the floor combination three at a time and once you make it across the floor the judge either came up to you and gave you a call-back card or said ‘Thank you for coming today,’ and let you go,” Pisa said. “So once I got the call-back card, they gave me a number and then we moved on to the next phase, which was a jazzy, hip-hop combination which we did in small groups. And after that, they decided who they wanted to come into the solo rounds. So we all stood in line and went up one at a time and did improvisation dancing and after that they decided upon the 30 girls they wanted to take to the finals.”

Preparation for the finals was intense and nerve-wracking and it was here that all the years of formal competition paid dividends.

“Growing up with dance and being in front of judges made me not so nervous,” Pisa said. “I think it just becomes second nature to a dancer that there are people watching and judges watching every single thing that you do so you just get used to it.

“The finals were a big day. We came in the next Sunday and rehearsed all day long in preparation for the finals and then we rehearsed all day Monday and then we had a show at the Pavilion in Boston and that was really fun. We were able to have guests come in and watch. We did a jazz and hiphop combination and solos.”

It was following the show that the nerves from waiting for results kicked in to high gear. Would this be a second straight year of coming far but not quite close enough?

“It was nerve-wracking and at the end of the night we were all huddled back stage,” said Pisa. “They were just calling numbers one at a time. They called about ten girls and I was thinking ‘Oh no, it’s not going to happen this year’ and then I heard my number and it was like such a surprise and I was so excited.”

She will begin practicing with the team in mid-August, putting in as much as 20-30 hours a week. Besides dance time, promotional events in the community are part of the team’s activities. Each event usually consists of two to three girls at a time going out into the community.

Pisa admits that there may be butterflies on opening night but knows that her skill and commitment to the team will more than see her through. By October, the team should be well familiar with one another which is the goal looking forward.

“I think what will be happening next is more learning what happens on game day,” she explains. “We’ll be learning how to dance together as a team because when you have a new group of girls you always have to try and learn how to match each other and look unified.

“I think the first night will definitely be a lot of nerves but a lot of excitement. I never performed in front of 20,000 people before so I think that will be awesome and a special adrenaline rush.”