Detroit Pistons Dancer Auditions

Detroit Pistons Dancer Auditions

Date and time: Saturday, June 30th at 9:00AM & Sunday, July 1st at 10:00AM at the Pistons Practice Facility in Auburn Hills

Must be over 18 by October 1st, 2018

Attire: Sports bra, Spandex shorts, tennis shoes (bring jazz shoes if owned)

Arrive in full hair and makeup

Need to Bring With: Current headshot, resume, water and snacks

Auditions are free

Must be a US Resident.   

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Detroit Pistons Dancers Photos

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Random NBA Dance Team Pic of the Day

May The Force Be With You

With the release of the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, some dance teams have recently donned some Star Wars related outfits to celebrate the latest movie.

Random NBA Dance Team Pic of the Day

Random NBA Dance Team Pic of the Day

Detroit Pistons Dancers Photos

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Detroit Pistons Dancers Auditions – July 15 & 16

The Detroit Pistons are looking for dancers with the “total package.” We are looking for dancers who are positive, talented, energetic and have great personalities.

Pre-register for our July auditions!

Date and time: July 15th and 16th at the Palace of Auburn Hills
Auditions are free
Must be 18 by October 1, 2017
Must be a US Resident.   


Ways to prepare and train for auditions:
Tuesday and Thursday night classes at 7pm through June
Prep Classes beginning in June

For more information and to register visit 

Pistons Dancer Hits Half Court Shot

Pistons Dancer Kathryn hits a half court shot at halftime of the Pistons vs Knicks

2014-15 Detroit Pistons Dancers

No bios yet, but here’s your first look at this year’s Detroit Pistons Dancers


[Pistons Dancers]

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.”

Dance for the Detroit Pistons in 2014-15

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.

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Detroit Pistons dance trio from Flint area balance life with busting moves as NBA entertainers

Kylee Visser

Eric Woodyard
October 30, 2013

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AUBURN HILLS, MI – Professional basketball players aren’t the only athletes who arrive at the Palace of Auburn Hills on game nights to perform. A day in the life of a Detroit Pistons dancer can be just as stressful as those of the NBA guys.

It’s a career choice in which glamor matches talent, with the women constantly under scrutiny for their appearance and for their ability to rock a crowd by busting dope moves. It’s lights, camera, action when these 21 women arrive early for rehearsals to dance in front of up to 22,076 fans in one of the NBA’s largest arenas.

Sasha Cole, Kylee Visser and Nichole Josey are three Pistons dancers from the Flint area.

They balance the tough dancer lifestyle with normal, day-to-day activities such as going to school but most people don’t recognize that. A successful NBA dancer possesses more than good looks. The same regimen and execution that is required of the Pistons to compete on the hardwood is also expected of the dancers to entertain ticket holders at halftimes and through timeouts.

“It makes me mad when people say that we’re not athletes, because we have to stretch and I’ve been to the chiropractor because I have arthritis in my knee,” said Flint native Sasha Cole, captain of the Pistons Dance Team. “We have to work out, we train hard and we put in just as much practice and time as the basketball players. We’re good at what we’re good at and they’re good at what they’re good at. There’s some things that we do that they could never do and vice versa. I consider the dance team a sport, for sure.”

Cole, 22, lives in Flint and is heading into her third season with the Pistons, her fifth in the NBA.

She worked in California with the Sacramento Kings for two years before returning to Michigan to dance for the Pistons in 2011. As team captain, Cole is the leader who bears the bulk of responsibility, but likes to keep the mood light. She also keeps a flexible enough schedule to mentor any girls that may need advice, including Visser and Josey, both rookies this season.

“Sasha came from the Kings, so she already had that little flavor from Cali. Definitely since she’s came on our team we do have a lot of different ways of putting things,” said Detroit Pistons dance director Natalie Miramontes. “I know she’s advanced and she’s one of my best dancers, for sure. She gives 100 percent every single time she’s at practice and she’s my role model as a dancer to everybody. I kind of compare everybody to her, which is hard when she’s out there because she’s very powerful and that’s why her nickname’s ‘Fierce.'”

A typical work week for Cole, Visser, Josey and the other girls is different.

Visser and Josey are both senior college students, but Cole dedicates the majority of her time to dancing and chilling with her dog, when she’s not serving at a sports bar.

Visser, 22, graduated from Kearsley High School in 2009 and now attends Oakland University where she’s working toward a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in public relations. Josey, 21, is a 2010 Flint Powers grad who is expected to graduate from the University of Michigan-Flint in May with a communication degree and a focus in media. Although the NBA season is in its early stages, both rookies have been taken aback by the amount of time that this job requires. The job description didn’t do it any justice.

“The most surprising thing for me is just really how much work really goes into it,” said Josey. “A lot of the fans probably just see us on the court and see us making it look effortless but really we’re practicing a lot and they aren’t aware of all of the back work.”

The pay isn’t enormous but the girls don’t mind grinding it out in the long rehearsals at least three times per week to perfect dance routines for Pistons home games, with maximum exposure. On game days, the girls sit on the sidelines and never stop moving. They’re constantly smiling, tossing gifts, performing at least twice during timeouts and at halftime on some nights with the Palace’s celebrity guests.

Visser doesn’t mind sacrificing study time to fulfill her lifelong dream and makes the short commute from her spot in Rochester to Auburn Hills. She began learning a variety of different dance styles at a young age in the Academy Day La Danse studio in Davison and has always dreamed of working with the Pistons ever since.

“I actually was on the (Detroit) Shock’s dance team, the Shock Wave, back in the day when I was in high school in the year they won the WNBA championship,” Visser said. “(Flint native) Deanna Nolan was my favorite player. We used to practice with the Pistons dance team then and I’ve always came to their clinics as a child, so I’ve been dancing since I was 3 and after going to the clinics and practices it was always a dream for me to do this.”

With so much access to the NBA players on a regular basis, it’s hard to imagine that the girls are able to resist the opportunity to date some of the league’s top stars but Cole, Visser and Josey don’t get star-struck by the ballers. They never mix business with pleasure. In the dance world, that’s a complete no-no – plus it’s in their contracts to refrain from going out with the fellas.

“They’re like coworkers and almost like brothers because we know so much about them,” Cole explained. “We see them and we even know what shoes they wear. It’s just like any job. You don’t mingle with your work and it’s the same here. We’re so busy that we don’t even have regular boyfriends, period.”
The local Flint-area dancers are a piece of the big puzzle composed of 18- to 25-year old women that’s becoming one of the NBA’s most exciting young squads. The future looks bright.

“This team is a lot different style than any other NBA team,” Miramontes said. “We get away with a lot more. We get to do the hip-hop and the diversity of things and other teams aren’t as versatile. This team is free to do whatever we want and that’s why I love this team.”