Nuggets Dancers: First Round Auditions

Check out photos from last weekend opening round of the Denver Nuggets Dancers Audition here.

Denver Nuggets Dancers Audition Prep Class 7 “Get It Girl”

Preliminary Auditions are Saturday, July 9th.

[Denver Nuggets Dancers Auditions Info]

Denver’s Damsels troupe dances to make the world a better place

By John Wenzel
The Denver Post
03/03/2011

Katrina Lairsmith had taught dance in nearly every studio in Denver, but in all her time as an instructor — and as one of the original Denver Nuggets dancers — she never found a group that fit her style or mission.

“Other than Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, there was no real contemporary jazz dance company doing what we wanted,” said the founder and artistic director of Damsels Contemporary Dance Company. “And finding the amount of talented dancers that had that same vision — that wasn’t easy because really good dancers want to get paid.”

Of course they do. But Lairsmith’s company, which will return this weekend after a five-year hiatus, isn’t shy about its goals — or the fact that it doesn’t pay its dancers. Damsels is dedicated to raising money and awareness for women’s issues, and each of the company’s performances benefits a different women’s organization.

Damsels’ newest show, “State of the Union,” debuts at Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre on Saturday, with all proceeds going to Denver nonprofit shelter A Gathering Place.

“It’s Denver’s only daytime drop- in shelter for women, children and transgender individuals, which is important because a lot of these women have nowhere to go,” said Mary Johnston, executive director of the Damsels and a former Denver Broncos cheerleader. “They might ride the bus all night or live in their cars, so there really is a need there.”

The 18 Damsels performing this weekend are an all-female crew composed of former Nuggets and Broncos dancers, former students at Lairsmith’s Colorado Contemporary Dance Studio and others from around town.

“I basically had a lot of dancers that were over 18 coming to class and wanting to dance,” Lairsmith said. “There was no real outlet for them.”

Lairsmith, who studied in L.A. with “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Mia Michaels, among others, has taught dancers who have gone on to work for pop stars (Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake) and dance in Broadway shows such as “Billy Elliot: The Musical.”

Her choreography is more nuanced than the flashy, matching moves of halftime entertainers and cheerleaders.

“I can see what the perception would be when hearing that I’m a former Nuggets dancer, or that a lot of (the Damsels) are Nuggets or Broncos dancers,” Lairsmith said. “But they’re all professional dancers, and pretty much everybody teaches currently.”

As the Damsels’ nonprofit mission and edgy, sexy look implies, it’s more about expression than conformity.

“Broncos and Nuggets dancing is about the team and everybody looking the same,” Johnston said. “The Damsels is more about letting the individuals shine with solos and small groups, so it’s more free-flowing and almost exactly the opposite of what those dance teams would be.”

Still, the regimen of dancing for a professional sports team — rehearsing 12 hours a week, going over the same moves hundreds of times — can’t help but inform the group’s sense of discipline and energy.

“It’s so nice to have some young blood in there,” Johnston said of the mostly new members of the company. “They’re willing to volunteer for anything and always ready for whatever we throw at them.”

Nuggets Dancer Nicole at the MLS Cup in Toronto

We got an email from Denver Nuggets Dancer telling us how he spent the weekend before Thanksgiving:

I’m still dancing for the Nuggets, currently in my fifth season. Over the weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to support my amazing other half who plays for the Colorado Rapids. The Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas were in the MLS Cup Final in Toronto. On Sunday night we bundled up and braced for the chilly game, after 120 minutes of playing time the Colorado Rapids walked away with a victory receiving their first ever MLS Cup.

Nicole and Chris

Nicole and Chris

Having the opportunity to support someone who means as much to me as Chris does was amazing. It was a long season for him and his team, never would I have expected to be cheering them on in Toronto at the MLS Cup Final. Fortunately my schedule with Nuggets games allowed me to travel to Toronto this past weekend to see the Rapids play FC Dallas in the MLS Cup Final. Family, Rapids Staff and the team left Thursday for Toronto. Since the team was fairly busy up until the game on Sunday night it allowed for some great shopping and sight seeing around Toronto. I had never been to Canada before and Toronto was a lovely city to see.

Rapids players' girlfriends/wives. Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones (3rd from the left)  is gearing up for a solo tour throughout Europe this coming Holiday Season.

Rapids players' girlfriends/wives. Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones (3rd from the left) is gearing up for a solo tour throughout Europe this coming Holiday Season.

Finally, Sunday night arrived and it was time to get ready for the game. We bundled up for a chilly game and headed over to BMO Field. Colorado had only made one previous appearance in the MLS Cup Final in 1997, walking away with a loss. Their opponent FC Dallas had never been to the final before. After 120 minutes of playing time the Colorado Rapids walked away with a 2-1 victory winning their first ever MLS Cup. After the trophy presentation we joined the players down on the field to celebrate their spectacular win.

Upon arriving back in Denver, the Rapids were greeted by fans as well as news cameras welcoming them home as champions. The following day hundreds of fans gathered in Downtown Denver for a parade and celebration of the victory. At the event, Colorado Governor claimed Tuesday as “Colorado Rapids Day.”

I am so thankful to have experienced this journey with Chris. I could not be more proud of him and his teammates. They worked very hard this year and the payoff is well deserved. I hope with their victory they will bring more awareness to the great sport of soccer in Denver and all around the country.

Nicole, Chris and the MLS Trophy

Nicole, Chris and the MLS Trophy

[Nicole at the Nuggets Website]

NBA Dancers on Fox Sports

Fox Sports has a small collection of photos of NBA dancers on game day. Click here to go there now.

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2010-11 Denver Nuggets Dancers

Five-year veteran Nicole

Five-year veteran Nicole

Just in time for the new season, the Denver Nuggets have posted bios and photos of the 2010-11 squad.

Check them out here.

2010-11 Nuggets Dancers Announced

Denver Nuggets: After a week-long audition process, 16 talented ladies have been selected for the 2010-11 Denver Nuggets Dancers. Of the 16, nine will be returning from last year’s squad, while seven will be making their NBA debut during the upcoming season.

MEET THE TEAM | AUDITIONS VIDEO FOOTAGE

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2010-2011 Denver Nuggets Dancers Break It Down

nuggetsdancersMetromix Denver has photos from this past weekend’s Nuggets Dancers Finals.

[Metromix Nuggets Dancers Gallery]

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P-R-O 2010: The Denver Nuggets Dancers

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First visit to the P-R-O Convention Denver Nuggets Dancers. On the left is Nuggets Dancers Director Amy Jo Wagner. I didn’t recognize her at first. She looks like she should still be dancing at USA Airways Center for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Rattlers and Phoenix Mercury.

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Joining Amy Jo on the trip was two-year veteran and team officer Krista.

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The Nuggets Dancers are offering the widest and most comprehensive set of audition prep classes that I’ve come across. Nutrition, make-up, choreography, even resume writing. The classes run to mid-August and then auditions begin Saturday, August 14th.

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[Nuggets Dancers Auditions Info]

SI Gallery Update – NBA

Click here to check out the NBA Playoff dancers on SportsIllustrated.com!
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Meet the Denver Nuggets Dancers

Metromix.com has posted photos and Q&A’s with the Nuggets Dancers.

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Also check out the Nuggets Dancers new website here.

Rocky Mountain RockStarz

Yesterday, I posted that the Rocky Mountain RockStarz had auditioned for America’s Best Dance Crew Season 5 and incorrectly identified the group as former Nuggets Dancers.

I’ve got the straight scoop today along with a pair of never-before-seen photos of the RockStarz.

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Photo by Don Cudney

Founded by Kristin Engler Brooks in 2007, the Rocky Mountain RockStarz is an elite group of former professional cheerleaders and dancers with credentials including the Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, Kansas City Chiefs and many other teams.

RockStarz is a performance group that maintains their remarkable dance style through exclusive performances. As professional dancers, RockStarz share their talent through youth dance clinics, seminars, performing and other community service. Community outreach is the RockStarz number one commitment.

The Rocky Mountain RockStarz are committed to helping various local and national charity organizations. Whether it is running a dance clinic, giving motivational speeches, encouraging fitness/healthy lifestyle, or performing, the RockStarz leave a lasting impression on those they work with.
The RockStarz are currently co-directed between Megan Savage, a highly accredited dancer/performer, and Kristin Engler Brooks (“KE”). Sarah Schachterle (“Shack”) is the official choreographer for the RockStarz. Shack is one of the leading choreographers in the industry and has been working with the RockStarz for the last three seasons.

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Photo by Don Cudney

[Rocky Mountain RockStarz]

Former Nuggets Dancers Audition for ABDC

A little “nugget” of information from the Best Dance Crew Blog from recent auditions in November for Season 5 of America’s Best Dance Crew:

The Rocky Mountain Rockstars also came to audition. Most of the girls danced together with the NBA Nuggets, and have a strong bond between them. Their good looks, and high kicks could get them pretty far… I’m not sure what MTV is looking for this year, but if they want sex appeal, and jazz technique these girls are the way to go.

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I have no knowledge if any of the Denver Nugget Dancers in this photo are members of the Rockstars

Nuggets Dancers

Individual profiles for the Nuggets Dancers have been updated on their new site DenverNuggetsDancers.comClick here to read up on the team.

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Nuggets Dancers at Maxim.com

nuggetsmaximMaxim changes gears this week from the NFL to NBA with a look at the NBA Denver Snuggest Dancers.
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