This is Jocelyn.
Maybe you recognize her. She was a Utah Jazz dancer during the 2007 and 2008 NBA seasons. A couple of years later, she auditioned for the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit, and was a member of that team for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Then Jocelyn disappeared for a while. I figured it was the usual. Given the average age of women in the sports entertainment industry, it’s pretty common for women to dance for a couple of years, then get married, have babies, and move on into a completely different phase of their lives. Not so, with Jocelyn.
Jocelyn got married. She had a baby.
But she’s not finished dancing. In fact Jocelyn was just selected to the 2013-14 Indiana Pacers dance team. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer lady.
It’s been an interesting couple of years. Jocelyn is originally from Utah. That’s how she got involved with the Jazz. When her high school sweetheart moved to Los Angeles to play football for the University of Southern California, she came with him. That’s when she got involved with the Clippers. Then her boyfriend went pro. He was drafted by the Eagles so the two of them packed up and moved to Philly. And got married. And had a baby. Then her husband was traded to the Colts, so the little family of three moved to Indy. And I guess Jocelyn felt the itch again. Just had to dig those jazz shoes out of storage. So congrats to Jocelyn on making the team, in addition to all of the blessings that have come your way in the last few years. A husband in the NFL, a ten month old baby, and she not only found the time to get back in shape, but looks better than ever.
Kinda makes you go “wow,” don’t it?
Kim, the Director of Bomb Squad Dance Team (http://bombsquaddancers.weebly.com/ , http://www.beltwaybombersbasketball.com/ ) informs us her tryouts are less than a month off!
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.
Continue reading The 2013 Ontario Fury Dance Team Auditions
A new dance team is coming to the City of Angeles! The National Spring Football League (NSFL) is a brand new professional outdoor football league that will begin play in the Spring of 2014. The inaugural season will include twelve teams.
March may seem like eons away, but it will creep up on us fast, and there’s a lot to get done. One of the first items on the agenda for the For the LA Xplosion is to host auditions for the brand-spanking-new
Los Angeles Xplosion Dancers!
Under the direction of crazy-talented dancer/choreographer Vanessa Martin, (fierce!) and sponsored by International Dance Academy Hollywood, this NFL-style dance team will bring entertainment and excitement to halftime at Citrus Stadium in Glendora, CA. The dancers will also represent the Xplosion off the field and in the community. If you want to take your dance career to the professional level, this is your chance!
Open call: Saturday, September 14, 2013, 9 am
Finals (invitation only): Sunday, September 15, 2013, 9 am
Parking is on the street, so plan accordingly. (You know how it is around here. You may have to walk a bit)
LOCATION (both rounds)
6755 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 200 Los Angeles, CA 90028
Walk-ins are ok, but do yourself a favor and email Vanessa for the forms in advance
Bring your strongest hip hop and jazz skills, and bring those high kicks. (Start stretching NOW.)
Wear booty shorts and a bra/sports bra top
Bring your headshot and ID to prove you’re 18+
For more info, questions, or registration forms, email: email@example.com.
Those of you who don’t live in Southern California, keep your eyes peeled for audition notices for the other 11 teams:
- Arizona Racers (Phoenix, AZ)
- Boston Freedom Fighters (Boston, MA)
- Florida Tide (St. Petersburg, FL)
- Georgia Blaze (Atlanta, GA)
- Kentucky Thoroughbreds (Lexington, KY)
- Ohio Pride (Columbus, OH) Dublin
- Oklahoma Wolves (Tulsa, OK)
- San Antonio Defenders (San Antonio, TX)
- San Jose Rush (San Jose, CA)
- Texas HeatSeekers (Houston, TX)
- Virginia Beach Stingrays (Virginia Beach, VA)
Four additional teams will join the league in 2015:
- Arkansas Renegades
- Las Vegas Gold
- Portland Aggression
- Rhode Island Navigators
Auditions for the 2013-14 Suns Dancers will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Downtown Phoenix Convention Center.
- Location: Downtown Phoenix Convention Center
142 E. Washington Street (3rd Street & Jefferson), Phoenix, AZ, 85004
What to Expect
The audition will begin with dancers learning two sideline routines. All performers will then learn the audition routine. Dancers will perform the routine in small groups for the judges. At first cut will then be made. Successful dancers will then perform the routine again, as well as freestyle for the judges. A second cut will be made at the end of the day. Dancers advancing to the second round will be asked to return on Sunday, Aug. 18.
What to Wear
Required Attire: Half top of any style, form fitting shorts or skirt, and shoes with non-marking soles. Legs must be visible; no pants. Nylons and tights are not required, but are acceptable. Hair and make-up should be sophisticated and glamorous; You are encouraged to bring touch-up make-up and hair products. Visible tattoos should be covered with durable make-up, and body piercings should be removed.
What to Bring
Headshot and resume, water, snacks, touch-up make-up, hair products, mirror and towel. (Click here to download application form.)
All dancers must be 18 years of age by Aug. 17, 2013, and have a high school diploma or GED. Being a Suns Dancers is a year-round commitment, so you must have a flexible schedule and be able to attend all home games, practices and various community appearances.
For additional information, please contact Taryn Carmichael, the Suns Dancers Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to check out the Spurs’ photo gallery from this year’s open call. One thing you will notice straight away is the new dress code.
I thought at first this was a mix up and these were photos from prep class. Nope. So is this a new conservative move for the team? I have no idea. But it is so interesting that the tank top has become The Great Equalizer. Not only is the tank top more conservative by virtue of the fact that it covers the midsection, but it means almost no cleavage, and way less razzle-dazzle. There goes the advantage of that custom made, uber-sparkly two piece.
This is one of the few who still managed a cute, coordinated ensemble.
Most of the other girls look like the tank top was an afterthought.
By Sarah Tressler
August 10, 2013
More than 100 young women showed up at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall early Saturday for the chance to snag one of 13 to 19 spots on the Silver Dancers, the squad that performs in front of tens of thousands of fans at Spurs home games.
For the first portion of the tryouts, Silver Dancers choreographer Raquel Garcia taught routines to aspirants of all sizes, shapes and skill levels.
“We have a lot of amazing dancers showing up — a lot of technical dancers, a lot of diverse dancers. It’s really exciting to see all of the talent,” said Katarina Harding, who was on the squad last year. Dancers have to re-audition each year if they want to hold their spot.
A handful of women evidently got cold feet before their turn to audition — nowhere to be found when they were called to perform for the panel of six judges.
“There are a number of different scenarios where ladies will show up, and either before advancing or after advancing, they’ll be a no-show,” said Chris Garcia, Spurs director of game operations and special events.
Each of the young women on the judges’ list had registered on-site Saturday morning, and Garcia chalks the disappearances up to “a combination of nerves and people that might not have thought they could get to the next round.”
In addition to the day of performance, the audition process includes three days of interviewing for those who make the first cut.
“We look for quality, well-rounded ladies,” Garcia said. “Not just people who look good on the outside, but truly for people who have that same character and value on the inside as well.”
Hopefuls had to learn a fast-paced, rigorous dance routine in just an hour. The pirouettes, high kicks and step-ball-changes had heads spinning, but for some of the chosen, the interview may be the hardest part.
“Dancing in general just comes naturally to me from the start, and performing is just taking on a whole other character and step outside yourself to perform for people,” said Kelsey Wildman, who made the day’s cut.
“When you have to be yourself, like in an interview where you have to talk about yourself, it just gets a little bit more difficult, for me at least,” Wildman said.
The interviews are set for Wednesday through Friday. Glory awaits.
Oklahoma City Thunder – Oklahoma City, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 – The Oklahoma City Thunder selected 20 women for its 2013-14 Thunder Girls dance team on Thursday night, the team announced today. Final auditions took place in front of a full house at the Showplace Theatre in Riverwind Casino.
Photo Gallery | Video | Meet the Team
Of the 20 ladies, 11 return from last year’s squad, joined by nine rookies. Three Thunder Girls – Jada, LaTeshia and Shereka – are headed into their sixth season on the squad.
“The Thunder Girls serve as ambassadors for our team, both on and off the court,” said Paige Carter, who enters her third season as the Thunder Girls dance team manager and choreographer. “We are excited to have a group of young women who not only are great dancers, but also can engage with our community of fans to form a positive connection with our team.”
A panel of judges, including Gary England of News 9, Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold, and Joey and Heather from WILD 104.9, 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 auditions, 38 women were selected as finalists for Thursday’s event from an initial group of nearly 100 hopefuls. During the week, finalists took part in formal interviews and rehearsals to prepare for the finals.
The Thunder Girls are presented by Riverwind Casino. Members of the team make more than 200 appearances each year throughout the community and have served as ambassadors for the team at home and overseas. More information about the team is available at THUNDER.NBA.COM. Fans can also get updates on Facebook (facebook.com/thundergirls), Twitter (@thundergirls) and Instagram (@okcthundergirls).
The Toronto Raptors organization is looking for a little input on this year’s Dance Pak members. They’ve already selected these ladies to the team:
Now they want you to help choose the final member of the team. The field has been narrowed down to 8 ladies in the running for the remaining spot on the team. Click here to read up on them and cast your vote!
Time: Registration begins at 9 am. Auditions begin promptly at 9:30 am.
What to expect: When you arrive, proceed to the registration area for check-in. There will be one area for pre-registered applicants and one area for walk-up applicants. PLEASE BE PREPARED TO SHOW YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE! Upon registration, you will be given an audition number.
Dancers will be taught a stylized jazz/hip-hop combination. There will be 2 cuts prior to choosing our finalists. Finalists will be selected based on their dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, and crowd appeal.
All participants who advance as finalists will be asked to perform 6 eight counts of their own choreography highlighting strengths and specialties, (music will be provided), in addition to a group interview.
What to wear: 2-piece attire (crop top and briefs) and flesh colored hosiery are mandatory. Jazz, dance or athletic shoes (non-marking soles) are also mandatory. All tattoos must be covered up.
Hair and make-up are expected to be game night ready! Hair must be worn down.
What to bring: (Suggestions) Water, snacks, extra nylons, warm-up/sweat suit, make-up, hair spray, mirror, towel.
Requirements: All women must be at least 18 years of age by October 31, 2013. 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 evening schedules for rehearsals, games, and appearances starting immediately. Total commitment is required to the Ontario Pro Soccer Team and Ontario Pro Soccer Dance Team.
To ensure a professional and relaxed atmosphere for all participants, the auditions will be closed. No guests or spectators allowed.