A Dallas Stars Ice Girl
By Jay Betsill
It took a while. At the tail end of a cooler-than-usual summer, August made up for lost time: The sweltering heat and humidity that we have all come to expect finally arrived and put some sizzle in our summer. Since DFW has a well-deserved reputation for being so hot, this is when we celebrate all things that go along with summertime here, including some of the hottest people in the area at some of the coolest locations the Metroplex has to offer.
This year’s bevy of “it” women and men is a nod to the sports-obsessed nature of North Texas: You’ll meet a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, an NBA dancer, an Ice Angel, a former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader and a former Dallas Stars Ice Girl. We even have a beautiful woman who once played football herself and now owns her own business that specializes in helping DFW residents join “Team Sexy.”
Top Row: Emma*, Belinda*, Courtni W, Whitney, Courtney J, Madison, Callie, Rachel*
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.
By Jay Betsill
FRISCO — The Dallas Stars returned to the Stanley Cup playoffs last season following five years of no postseasons for the 1999 Stanley Cup champions. While the Stars eventually fell to the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks in the quarterfinals round of the Western Conference playoffs, they brought the familiar energy back to North Texas that made Stars games the hottest ticket in DFW in the late 90s and into the early 2000s.
The Dallas Stars Ice Girls also enjoyed a renaissance under director Christina Swanson in her first year at the helm. The Ice Girls had over 100 ladies on hand for their auditions at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco on Saturday, nearly double the amount of ladies who tried out last summer.
Since there are multiple ways to audition for the Ice Girls — dancer, skater or both — the day is split into a first round of skating and dancing. The skating took place on the arena’s practice ice rink while the dance portion was on an elevated stage inside the arena. Those who opted to skate did freestyle as well as skating drills while those dancing learned choreography and then performed for the seven judges that included Swanson and other Ice Girls personnel.
“I have a strong cheerleading, gymnastics and ballet background,” said rookie candidate Courtney C. “Since I can pull on my gracefulness from ballet into skating and my sharpness from cheerleading into the dance, I am hopeful that it will be the winning combination for this audition.”
Following the first round of judges deliberations and an initial cut, the returning veterans arrived for the semi-final round. The semi-finals followed the same format of skating and dance, only this time the arena’s overhead lights were lowered with only the direct lights shining on the stage. This gave it the effect of what the performance will look like during Stars home games at American Airlines Center.
“I feel more confident going into my third audition process because I know what to expect,” said Melissa, auditioning for what would be her third season with the Stars. “That being said, it may actually be more nerve racking because now I know what is at stake and how amazing it is to be a Dallas Stars Ice Girl.”
The deliberation following the semi-final round ran about an hour longer than originally planned due to the extremely high level of talent demonstrated by the candidates. For those who would advance there is a week-long final round followed by a week of training camp after which the final team will be announced.
Swanson returned with the names of 32 ladies (12 veterans and 20 rookies) who would be advancing to the final round. The veterans are Stephanie, Jade, Rachel, Cheri, Jessica, Melissa, Ashley, Cassie, Belinda, Kendall, Lauren and Emma. The rookie candidates are Katie, Taylor, Olivia, Brooke, Brittany, Shelby, Kelsey, Callie, Alex, Julia, Courtney J., Taryn, Whitney, Madison, Christen, Courtni W., Nicole, Amanda, Mariyah and Courtney C.
“I’m so blessed and honored to be going into my second season as the Dallas Stars Ice Girls director,” Swanson said. “I know this is going to be an exciting year and the excitement started on Saturday with the announcement of my new assistant director, Kamwin Dietz, and taking 32 very talented young ladies to finals.”
Auditions for the Dallas Stars Ice Girls kicked off last weekend in Frisco, TX. The field of candidates has been narrowed down to 32 finalists who will duke it out tonight to see who makes the team. Good luck, ladies. Werq it out!
Top Row: Madison, Courtni W., Belinda*, Emma*, Whitney, Courtney J., Olivia, Nicole, Brooke, Brittany, Lauren, Christen
Do you have what it takes to Dance or Skate on the NHL’s Premier Ice Girl Squad?
The Dallas Stars are holding Ice Girls Auditions for next season’s squad at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, TX on Saturday, July 26th. Doors will open at 10 a.m.
The Dallas Stars Ice Girls are looking for confident, talented, beautiful, and versatile skaters or dancers to make their 2014-2015 Dallas Stars Ice Girls Team.
The Stars Ice Girls will not only dance or skate at home games but will also participate in community development, photo shoots for their annual calendar and more.
To help get familiar with the Dallas Stars Ice Girl’s style there will be 4 individual prep classes starting Sunday, July 6th at 6:15 at the Frisco Stars Center. (Please see the schedule below)
If you have any questions please contact the Ice Girls Director, Christina Swanson, at CSwanson@dallasstars.com
Register today at www.DallasStars.com/IceGirls
Prep Class Schedule:
Prep Classes are held at the Frisco Rink.
Sunday, July 6th – 6:15-9pm
Tuesday, July 8th – 7-9:45pm
Sunday, July 13th – 6:15-9pm
Tuesday, July 15th – 7-9:45pm
Closed to the Public Preliminary & Semi-Finals: Saturday, July 26th 10am – 7 pm
Finals: July 28th – August 10th 6-10 pm
– Total commitment from August 2014- July 2015
– Be in attendance for ALL Home games
– Mandatory attendance to practice twice a week
– Commitment to staying physically fit throughout length of season
– You must be 18 years old by the day of auditions with a high school diploma or a G.E.D.
– Prior Skating OR Dancing ability training
– Must wear a 2 piece outfit
o Dancers – Crop top and shorts
o Skaters – Crop top and pants
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