The Memphis Grizzlies will hold First Round Auditions for the 2014-15 Grizz Girls dance team on Saturday, July 12 inside the Mallory Gymnasium at Rhodes College (2000 N. Parkway Memphis, 38112). Registration begins at 9 a.m. The Grizz Girls will perform at FedExForum for all Memphis Grizzlies games during the 2014-15 season and represent the team at events throughout the greater-Memphis area, as well as internationally.
Before the July 12 First Round Auditions, two clinics will be offered to give hopeful candidates the opportunity to learn the routine that will be used at the audition from Grizz Girls choreographer Tamara Moore. Clinic 1 will be on Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. and Clinic 2 will be held on Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per clinic, or $40 for both.
Going on now and continuing through auditions, Moore will also host Grizz Girls Girl Play classes to teach participants basic dance and performance techniques alongside current Grizz Girls. Classes are held weekly on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Madison Dance Studios (1555 Madison Avenue, Memphis 38104). The cost is $10 per class or $6 for those with a valid college/university ID. Dancers of all skill levels are invited to take part in the classes, pre-audition clinics and audition. To register for the pre-audition clinics and classes go to Grizzlies.com.
While participation in the pre-audition clinics and classes is encouraged, all qualified dancers are invited to participate in the July 12 First Round Auditions. Once these auditions are completed, the group of finalists will compete for a spot on the 2014-15 Grizz Girls team at the Final Auditions on Tuesday, July 15 at the Orpheum Theater. The Final Audition will begin at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.
Prospective dancers must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age to participate in the Grizz Girls audition. For more information on auditions call (901) 205-1411 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clippers Spirit Director Audrea Harris (center) with veterans (from left) Tatum, Brittany, Karissa, and Candace.
Auditions for the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit dance team are scheduled for July 19! [Audition details]. Last weekend, the team offered two pre-audition workshops for ladies aspiring to join the Clippers Spirit. The sessions took place at Boogiezone Utopia, which is also where the team rehearses during the season.
For the hopeful candidates, it was an opportunity to meet a few members of the team, gain exposure to their performance style, and learn some of their choreography. They were also able to ask questions about the audition process itself, learn how to prepare themselves for tryouts, and how to maximize their chances to make the team.
It’s fun to watch prep class and see who turns up. These workshops aren’t only for women trying to make a pro team for the first time. This year’s group included veterans from a few other pro teams, as well as a couple alumni of other Clippers entertainment teams. (The dancers aren’t the only group that performs at the games. The Clippers also have the Fan Patrol, Junior Jam, Crowd Crew, Dunk Team, Drumline and one or two others I can’t recall off the top of my head. There’s a lot going on at these games!)
I think experienced dancers who attend a team’s pre-audition workshop are being really smart about it. I used to think these classes were just for total rookies with no experience whatsoever. But the women with pro experience on their resumes know you can’t underestimate the value of meeting the team’s director ahead of time, so she knows your face and has an idea of what you can do. When you think about the fact that you will be competing against 200-300 women at the audition, a little face time beforehand can only help your cause. Even if you’ve been on twelve other teams. Every little bit helps.
It’s also interesting to see who leaves. A couple of women ducked out of the first session before it really got going. It just reminds me that this whole process – workshops, dance audition, interview, etc, is a two-way street. The dancers have to impress the judges to get chosen. But this exercise is also for the dancers to determine if this is something they really want to do and are able to do. I’m not surprised when one or two women realize at the beginning of the session that they don’t have the dance ability for this kind of thing. The dance team makes it look so easy and fun. When you’re sitting in the stands, it’s easy to imagine yourself down there on the court. But then you get to the workshop and reality sets in.
But I think for those who make it through the class and have a good time doing it, the experience just makes them want it even more. I’m always interested to see which members of the class actually show up at the audition. There are a few I definitely hope to see there!
Class began with Karissa demonstrating the first move. Start with your left foot in passé and then raise it up…and up…and up…
Juuuuust kidding. You should’ve seen their faces. That little trick really freaked everyone out in the morning session. They did it again in the afternoon session and when the class realized it was just a joke, the relief was palpable.
After scaring the hell out of everyone, they jumped right into the choreography. The first piece they learned was a portion of last season’s dance to “Let’s Get Loud.”
After learning the dance, the ladies watched each other perform in small groups (With the veterans marking it alongside).
Then Audrea spoke a little bit about the difference between dancing and really performing and selling it. She put her veterans on the spot and had them perform for the group to illustrate her point.
Afterward, the dancers performed in small groups again, and this time they were encouraged to really put some “wow” into it. This time the veterans got to watch, and the second time around, made a real difference!
Then the group moved on to hip hop. Everyone put on their baggies, changed their shoes, and learned part of the combination for “Bubble Butt.” (Gotta love that. Booty so smooth, can’t believe it’s not butta!) They followed the same format, first learning the routine…
…and performing it in small groups…
…then watching the veterans do it…
…and then performing it again. The ladies in the afternoon session in particular were really feeling the hip hop. It was obvious they were having a lot of fun. This year’s prep class was full of talent. I don’t think it was entirely my imagination, but the women this year seemed to pick up choreography incredibly fast.
After all the dancing was over, everyone gathered around for Q&A.
Questions ranged from the rehearsal schedule (Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings), to how many veterans are retiring this year (7 or 8 out of 17), to what to expect during the interview (questions to get to know you and how you expect to fit the busy schedule into your life), to what to wear for auditions (trunks are better than boy shorts unless your legs are 9 feet long, swimsuit tops are only a good idea if you are smaller on top, wear pantyhose, not shiny dance tights), to how to do your makeup (eyelashes and red lipstick. LipSTICK. Not gloss.) Audrea also gave her annual “save your money” speech. She is a firm believer in spending wisely when it comes to audition prep. If you have the money to spend, go hog wild. But if you don’t – and most people don’t – put your money where it matters most. Dance classes. A great color and cut. More dance classes. You don’t need a pricey outfit or expensive makeup. Your shine comes from your talent and ability.
When all was said and done, the dancers walked away with a fun experience and a lot to think about. One of the functions of prep class is to debunk the myth that any of this is “easy” and impress upon everyone that this is fun, but it is still a J.O.B. And a major time commitment. So now these women have a few weeks to think about whether they have the ambition, time, and talent to devote to the team.
I can’t wait to see see who decides to really go for it at auditions next month!
(Sorry for the long delay for these photos)
Back in April the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders held their Final Auditions in Falls Church and as always it was quite a show!
Obligatory Selfie Photo
[Redskins Cheerleaders Audition Gallery]
Auditions for the 2014-15 Houston Rockets Power Dancer Auditions began this past Saturday.
Hopefuls lining up outside the downtown YMCA.
Next up is RPD Finalist Interviews and Boot Camp.
And on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at House of Blues, the new squad will be selected and announced. And it’s free and open to the public.
Training camp is over and the team has been selected. Congratulations!
The Raiders have finally scheduled their 2014 Raiderette auditions. The open call will take place on Saturday, June 28 at the Coliseum’s East Side Club (NOT the airport Hilton as in years past). Click here for details.
The Hawks have chosen 28 ladies (was the team always this huge?) for their 2014 dance team. Congratulations ladies!
Click here for the video announcement. (I recommend watching this on mute. The music really stays with you.)
Click here for video from the finalist mixer
Click here for photos from the entire audition process
The first auditions of the 2014-15 NBA season are over and the Hornets have chosen their dance team.
Click here for individidual photos of the ladies on the team
Click here for photos of all of the finalists
Click here for photos from the team selection
Open Call Audition: Saturday, June 21 @ the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
Callbacks: Monday June 23, Tuesday June 24 and Wednesday June 25
Just 2 remaining audition clinics next week where dancers can learn the actual choreography that will be taught at the open call. Those clinics are:
DATE 1: Wednesday 6/18/14
LOCATION: City Center Studios/ Studio 5
DETAILS: Learn the “KCD Pop Jazz” Combination that will be taught at the audition
Guest Speaker: Jaclyn Alterwein, Director of Entertainment Marketing, NY Knicks
DATE 2: Thursday 6/19/14
LOCATION: City Center Studios/ Studio 5
DETAILS: Learn “Jazz Funk #3” – Same style as the 2nd round of the audition!
Guest Speaker: Melissa Unterstein, Coach of the Knicks City Dancers
[Complete KCD Audition Info]
Detroit Pistons Dancers To Hold Auditions June 28 and 29
The Detroit Pistons dance team is looking for dancers who are talented, outgoing and energetic when auditions are held for the 2014-15 Detroit Pistons dance team on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Dance team members perform during games and at halftime as back-up dancers alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry. Dancers will also appear at various team events throughout metropolitan Detroit.
Dancers will be judged on dancing ability, athleticism, personality, self-confidence and the ability to be a team player – all qualities that embody being a Detroit Pistons Dancer. All participants must be 18 years or older and have extensive dance training in both hip-hop and jazz styles. Ladies are required to wear two-piece dance attire, non-marking sneakers and arrive in performance-ready hair and makeup.
Registration begins on Saturday, June 28 at 9:00 a.m. in the West Atrium of The Palace of Auburn Hills. Participates are required to provide a headshot and resume at registration. The preliminary round begins at 10:00 a.m. and will consist of two sets of choreography – one jazz short routine and one hip-hop routine. Dancers will learn the first routine and audition in groups of eight in front of a panel of judges before the first cuts are made. Contestants who advance will then learn a second routine and audition in smaller groups in front of the judges.
Dancers who make it through the final round of cuts will advance to the semi-finals which will be held on Sunday, June 29 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Registration for the semi-finals begins at 9:00 a.m. and auditions start at 10:00 a.m. Ladies who make it through the semi-finals cuts will be asked to return to the finals July 29 and 30 where they will train and audition for two days.
Ladies who are looking to gain an edge may sign-up for dance clinics hosted by the Detroit Pistons Dancers’ director and choreographer in preparation for auditions. Two-hour sessions are scheduled to take place at Great Lakes Golf & Sports Complex in Auburn Hills (3951 Joslyn Road) on June 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Class fees are set for $25 per class or four classes for $65.
For more Detroit Pistons Dancers audition information and online registration, go here.
For those who missed it, the Charlotte Bobcats have been rebranded as the Charlotte Hornets. It’s a full-circle kind of thing. The original Charlotte Hornets joined the NBA in 1988 and relocated to New Orleans in 2002. Two years later, Charlotte got a new expansion team, which was called the Bobcats. When the New Orleans Hornets rebranded as the Pelicans last year, Charlotte applied to the league to reclaim the Hornets name. Now there’s a lot of “bringing the Hornets back” hype going on in Charlotte. So. Last year the Lady Cats. This year the Honeybees. And now you’re all caught up.
Anywho…auditions started last night at 10pm. The event was open to the public and looks like the were trying to create a whole vibe. That’s easier to do at 10pm than 10am! Click here for photos from the event and click here for video.
SIXERS ANNOUNCE AUDITION DETAILS FOR 2014-15 SIXERS DREAM TEAM,
PRESENTED BY PARX CASINO®
OPEN CALL AUDITIONS TAKE PLACE AT THE WELLS FARGO CENTER ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18
AND IN NEW YORK ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25
TEAM LAUNCHES “BEHIND THE SCENES: THE MAKING OF THE SIXERS DREAM TEAM” WEB VIDEO SERIES
TO GIVE FANS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO VIEW THE AUDITION PROCESS
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 2, 2014 – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced audition details for the 2014-15 Sixers Dream Team, presented by Parx Casino®, which includes auditions in both Philadelphia and New York City. For the first time, the Sixers will also take fans behind the scenes and through the audition process in an exclusive web series titled “Behind the Scenes: Making the Sixers Dream Team,” which launched today on SIXERS.COM (VIEW THE FIRST EPISODE HERE).
The team will host an open call audition in Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 18 at the Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19148) at 6:00 p.m. (media encouraged to attend between 6:45 and 7:30 p.m.). Walk-ups are welcome, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
The team will also host an audition in New York City on Wednesday, June 25 at Broadway Dance Center (322 W. 45th St., 3rd floor, New York, NY 10036) at 8:00 a.m. (Dancers in the Philadelphia region are encouraged to try out at the June 18 audition at the Wells Fargo Center.)
Individuals interested in trying out for the Sixers Dream Team must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2014 and should have prior experience in dance. They must also fill out the application form linked here and pay a $20 audition fee.
Dancers are also encouraged to register for the Sixers Dream Team Pre-Audition Workshop, which takes place on Saturday, June 7 at Touch of Class Dance Studio (483 Park Way, Broomall, PA 19008) from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Attendees will learn the choreography for the first round of auditions and get inside tips from current members of the team. (Registration info linked here.)
The Sixers Dream Team, presented by Parx Casino®, is entering its 18th season as an integral part of the Sixers’ game night entertainment, performing multiple times and visiting fans at every home game. Off the court, the careers, educational accomplishments and community involvement of the Sixers Dream Team will empower young girls in the Philadelphia region to pursue their goals, while also inspiring them to be beautiful inside and out.
For more information, visit SIXERS.COM.
The Brooklyn Nets will hold open auditions for the Brooklynettes dance team on Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Center on the LIU Brooklyn campus at 1 University Plaza. Registration begins at 10 a.m.
The Brooklynettes, presented by Crunch Fitness, will perform at all Brooklyn Nets games at Barclays Center during the 2014-15 season and represent the team at events throughout the New York metropolitan area and internationally.
Callback auditions will be held on Sunday, June 29 at Barclays Center and taught by Brooklyn-born choreographer Rhapsody James, who has choreographed for artists such as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, The Pussycat Dolls, and the “Step Up 2: The Streets” feature film. Rhapsody will also serve as a guest judge alongside Bloc Talent Agency’s Fatima Wilson.
Dancers must be 18 or older and have extensive dance training in hip hop and jazz styles.
Tumbling skills are a plus, but not required.
Wear two-piece attire and non-marking sneakers.
Arrive in glamorous, performance-ready hair and makeup.
Select dancers will be invited to attend a callback audition on June 29 at Barclays Center.
Finalists must be available the evenings of June 30 and July 1.
For dancers looking to gain an edge, two Brooklynettes Audition Intensives will be held before open auditions. Each session will feature a new Brooklynettes routine straight from the court, professional insight and audition tips from members of the dance team, Brooklynettes Coach/Choreographer Adar Wellington and Director of Entertainment Marketing Kimberlee Garris, and an exclusive Brooklynettes tank top.
Session I will be a hip hop session and held on Tuesday, June 10 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Avenue. Session II will be a street jazz session and held on Monday, June 23 from 6:30pm-9:30pm at LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn.
For more information about auditions and the Brooklynettes Audition Intensives, please visit brooklynettes.com.
Announcing the open call tryout for the 2014 Army Navy Veterans Arena Football Dance Team will be held on Sunday, June 8 at the Clarion Hotel in Essington (76 Industrial Hwy, Essington, PA 19029). The open-call audition registration will take place between 2:30-3:00 p.m. with the audition beginning promptly at 3:00 p.m.
Participants must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age by June 28, 2014 with a valid photo ID. Participants are required to wear two-piece dance wear, including a midriff top, lycra shorts and appropriate footwear. Participants will be taught a routine and do not need to prepare their own. Experienced dancers as well as beginners are encouraged to audition. Applicants will be judged on dance ability, appearance, personality and attitude. The open-call audition will be closed to the public.