Houston Rockets Power Dancers Finals

Thursday night a packed House of Blues was witness to the 2015-16 Rocket Powers Dancers Finals.

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Congrats to the new squad!

[RPD Finals Gallery]

2015-16 Houston Rockets Power Dancers Auditions

Tryouts of the 2015-16 Rocket Power Dancer were held Saturday at the University of Houston. A field of almost 150 girls was narrowed to 20 by the end of the day.. The final 14 will be announced at The House of Blues on July 2nd.

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[RPD Audition Gallery]

Rocket Power Dancer Auditions

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If you are passionate about dance, love your community, and enjoy basketball…then this is the perfect job for you! The red hot, world famous, Houston Rockets Power Dancers are known as one of the NBA’s hottest and most elite teams of professional dancers! Under the direction of Entertainment Manager & Coach and Choreographer, Natalie Alvarado, the Rockets are looking for high energy, confident, and versatile performers! Members of RPD perform at all home Rockets games, appear at numerous community events, opportunities to travel around the world and so much more! Do you think you have what it takes to be a Professional Entertainer? Come out to the Rockets Power Dancers Auditions and see! Register now!

Open Auditions: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Location:
University of Houston Campus Recreation & Wellness Center
4500 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204
Details
Registration: 8:00AM
Registration fee: $25
Finalists will be announced on this day

Audition Requirements

Must be 18 years or older and a high school graduate by October 1, 2015 (valid photo I.D. required)
Must be a full time college student or hold a full time job
Completed audition application, release form and professional/dance resume
Must provide one non-returnable current printed color headshot photo & full body photo
Must be able to attend Rockets home games & all evening rehearsals two times a week
Must be able to attend a certain number of appearances & other related Rockets activities
If selected to the team, a one year contract and commitment are required
Drug test screening for finalists
Walk ups day of auditions are also welcomed

[RPD Audition Information]

SI.com: Houston Rockets Power Dancers

Sports Illustrated has photos of the 2014-15 Power Dancers in action. Click here to check it out!

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Houston Rockets Power Dancers in the Playoffs

I snapped a few photos of the RPD during the Rockets playoff run.

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Photos of the Year – December 23

(As the year ends, we’re sharing our favorite photos from the past 12 months)

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Houston Rockets Power Dancer Paige at the RPD tryouts this past June. The most senior veteran on the team, Paige is always on giving her best performance.

2014-15 Houston Rockets Power Dancers Finals

The House of Blues was the place to be last night as the Finals for the 2014-15 Rockets Power Dancers took place.

[RPD Finals Gallery]

Vote for your favorite Houston Rockets Power Dancer Finalists

Houston Rockets: Click here to learn a little about each finalist and tweet your favorite.

Cilck here for photos from this year’s open call audition.

A few resume factoids:
Casey danced for the Houston Texans (NFL) 2012-14
Mari danced for the Austin Toros (NBA D-League) 2009-14
Mayem danced for the Minnesota Timberwolvesw (NBA) 2010-14
Taryn danced for the Houston Dynamo (MLS), Houston Aeros (AHL), and Houston Energy (IWFL)
Dresdynn danced for the Houston Texans (with her twin Schuyler) 2010-14
Wilneisha danced for the New Orleans Hornets (NBA) 2010-12

Rocket Power Dancers hopefuls show off their moves

HOUSTON (KTRK)
June 21, 2014

More than 100 hopefuls took to the floor in their quest to make the next squad of Rockets Power Dancers.

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Dancers faced a panel of 16 judges during the preliminary rounds of auditions, held at the downtown YMCA on Saturday, June 21, 2104. The girls performed a freestyle routine in groups of eight before the field was narrowed. Additional choreography was taught to the hopefuls, ending the day with a group of finalists chosen.

The finalists attend additional boot camp sessions before the final auditions held on Tuesday, July 1, when the 2014-2015 squad of roughly 14 dancers will be named.

The Rockets Power Dancers perform in Toyota Center at the Houston Rockets home games, as well as performing as ambassadors for the team at Houston community events.

Rockets Power Dancer Auditions

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.

[Audition Gallery]

Houston’s Own Tammy Harris Wins Live with Kelly & Michael ‘Top Fitness Instructor’ Contest

The city of Houston has something to be cheer about as one of its own, Tammy Harris, was chosen as the winner of the first-ever “LIVE’s Top Fitness Instructor” contest on the “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” show.

Show hosts Kelly Ripa and Texas Southern University’s own Michael Strahan announced Harris the winner this past Monday morning. Harris got the opportunity to showcase her moves in front of the national audience because she was nominated by her students.

“LIVE” partnered with Emergen-C® for “Top Fitness Instructor Week,” during which the top five finalists traveled to New York and demonstrated their routines on “LIVE.” After the last finalist was showcased, “LIVE’s” viewers voted for Harris as the overall grand prize winner of $10,000 in cash. Each finalist took home a $2,000 cash prize, and all five will be featured in a future issue of Fitness Magazine.

Harris, who is a dancer at heart, is a former member of the Houston Rockets Power Dancer cheerleading squad and has over 25 years of extensive dance training under her belt. She is certified as a personal trainer by the Aerobics Fitness Association of America, and launched her own company, Soul Grooves, LLC, with the motto “Health and Wellness is a way of LIFE.”

With popular exercise movements such as Insanity, Zumba, and CrossFit gaining notoriety, Harris knew that she would have to create a unique cardio workout in order to stay competitive in the market, so creating ‘Soul Grooves’ gave her the opportunity to be a cheerleader, fitness instructor and inspirational speaker rolled into one.

Soul Grooves is a cardio dance workout that enables people to get fit, feel healthier all while enjoying the time of their life. It involves varied choreographed cardio dance routines that inspire you to get fit while feeding your mind, body and soul. Soul Grooves is considered a motivating alternative to a regular fitness routine because it keeps people moving, inspired and in an upbeat and positive frame of mind as they reach their fitness and personal goals.

Typically in the group fitness industry, a large class is considered 50 people. Soul Grooves workouts bring in more than 200 participants. Her classes are held at three different Life Time Fitness locations across Houston, every Monday through Saturday. Harris said that at her ‘Soul Grooves’ classes, it’s not uncommon to see participants of all different ethnicities, ages, genders, and fitness levels getting a much-needed and fun workout.

“We are a Top 40 class,” says Harris. “We have a library that consists of more than 200 routines, so our workouts are innovative and exciting. We workout to pop, rock, R&B, country or anything that is on the Top 40 list. It’s a very easy-to-follow class.”

Prior to becoming a successful fitness instructor, Harris struggled with her own weight challenges, which prompted her to develop Soul Grooves in order to stress the importance of fitness, nutrition and behavioral changes to achieve physical and psychological goals.

When Harris is not training others, she spends time with her family, traveling and working with charities. Be sure to visit the ‘Soul Grooves’ website at www.soulgrooves.com.

Houston Rockets Power Dancers Prep Classes and Auditions

OPEN AUDITIONS: SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014

Downtown YMCA – 808 Pease St. Houston, TX 77002- Free Parking available in select lots or daily hourly parking in YMCA garage
Registration: 8:00AM
Registration fee: $20
Finalists will be announced on this day.
Audition Requirements:

Must be 18 years or older and a high school graduate by October 1, 2014 (valid photo I.D. required)
Must be a full time college student or hold a full time job
Completed application, release form and professional/dance resume
Must provide one non-returnable current color headshot photo & full body photo
Must be able to attend Rockets home games & all evening rehearsals two times a week
Must be able to attend a certain number of appearances & other related Rockets activities
If selected to the team, a one year contract and commitment are required
Drug test screening for finalists
Walk ups day of auditions are also welcomed

What to wear:

Dance or athletic half-top (Must show midriff)
Hot pants, booty shorts, boy shorts, skirts – two piece dance ensemble (must be fitted, no full length pants or capri pants)
Shoe of preference with non-marking soles (please no black soles)
Flesh tone hose or tights
Performance ready hair and make-up

What we’re looking for:

Confidence, personality, showmanship, energy and enthusiasm
Professionalism and maturity
Dancers who are well spoken and can represent the Houston Rockets and RPD in a professional manner at all times
Ability to pick up dance choreography quickly
Consistent positive attitude
Strong teamwork skills
Personal appearance
Ability and desire to commit for one full year

AUDITION PREP CLASSES: MAY 15 & JUNE 12

Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA
808 Pease Street
Houston, TX. 77002
Registration: 7:00PM
Registration fee: $15/per class
Class: 7:30PM-8:30PM
Q&A: 8:30PM-9:00PM

[Complete Registration and Audition Info]

RPD Promo Photo

Here’s Rookie Houston Rockers Power Dancer Casey in a just released promo photo for the RPD’s new 2014 Calendar:

[Casey at the Rockets Website]

2013-14 Power Dancers

Bios and individual uniform shots have been posted on the Houston Rockets website. Click here and check ’em out!

Rocket Power Dancers – “BlurRED Lines”

Check out the RPD’s music parody of Blurred Lines here.