Scenes from Power Dancer Auditions

The Houston Chronicle has posted a gallery of photos from the Rockets dance auditions. Click here to check it out!

Video: Power Dancer Auditions

KHOU posted this video of the Houston Rockets dance team open call over the weekend. Even though it looks like the video was shot by someone who rappelled down from the roof and poked his camera through the curtains of a second story window, it does capture the vibe of the audition experience. Anyone who has auditioned for a team can relate to that intensely uncomfortable moment when you finish dancing, the music goes off, and the room is dead silent. And you’re standing there paralyzed because you can’t figure out if the judges want you to stay where you are, or get out of the way for the next group. AWKWARD.

Natalie Alvarado Named New RPD Dance Coach & Choreographer

Universal Records Recording Artist Returns to Houston


The Houston Rockets announced the hiring of Natalie Alvarado as the new Dance Coach & Choreographer for the Houston Rockets Power Dancers. Alvarado, who has over 17 years of professional dance experience, will also oversee the Rockets Launch Crew, Rockets Little Dippers and Rockets Space City Seniors. A Houston native, Alvarado returns home after spending a year-and-a-half as Dance Coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers.

Alvarado will be charged in leading a team that she was once a member of for seven years. During her time as a dancer with RPD, Alvarado served as a captain and choreographer, while splitting time as a professional back-up dancer and choreographer. Additionally, Alvarado toured the nation as a music performer with Universal Records. Her self-titled debut album “Natalie” premiered at No. 16 on the Billboard Top-200 Charts. These experiences have given Alvarado a vast knowledge of the entertainment industry, which she looks to use in taking RPD to the next level with show-stopping performances and hard-hitting choreography.
The Rockets will host the 2012-13 Houston Rockets Entertainers Auditions at Toyota Center on two dates: July 28 for Little Dippers, Launch Crew and Space City Seniors and July 29 for Rockets Power Dancers. The team will be looking for the brightest and most talented dancers in the City of Houston.


[Rocket Power Dancer Auditions]

Houston Rockets Seek Dance Coach and Choreographer

RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to:

• Schedule and coordinate all performance team auditions and workshops. Includes assisting with marketing efforts, leading recruiting efforts, choreographing audition dance routines and conducting interviews.
• Responsible for executing the Houston Rockets’ creative vision and ensuring the teams adhere to organizational standards.
• Responsible for all performance teams’ paperwork – new hire, payroll, etc.
• Maintain budgets for performance teams.
• Maintain files for revenue-generating performance events (camps and clinics).
• Carry out supervisory responsibilities for assigned staff in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include: training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing issues and solving problems and regularly communicating with staff.
• Choreograph routines performed at home games throughout the Rockets season as well as special events; teach routines to ensure all team members are prepared to meet performance expectations.
• Schedule, organize, conduct and manage rehearsals; ensure all team members are adequately prepared to perform.
• Provide design, order, organize and maintain uniforms for all performance teams.
• Design photo shoots and print items process for each team.
• Direct performers at all home games, rehearsals and special events.
• Attend all games, clinics, camps, etc. and monitor quality of performances.
• Maintain the professionalism of the performance teams by monitoring hair, make-up, physical fitness and on and off the court behavior.
• Establish all sponsor-able items for performers (i.e. stylists, gym memberships, skin care, teeth whitening, tanning, etc.).
• Coordinate performance teams promotional appearances on a regular basis; communicates team appearance dates, times, etc. to all team members.
• Assist in generating new ideas for performance teams. This includes new music, choreography, theme performances, etc.
• Demonstrates our One Team philosophy of Passion, Accountability, Customer Focus and Teamwork.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

• Minimum three years of professional dance team experience.
• High School diploma or GED required; college degree preferred
• Skill in the creation and execution of dance routines for public performances.
• Must have a strong knowledge of several dance styles.
• Strong live entertainment background.
• Has to be able to balance a corporate structure and creative entertainment world.
• Needs to be able to work well with others in a team oriented environment.
• Must be able to lead and motivate dancers.
• Needs to be able to quickly assemble performances in any space.
• Must be able to read audiences and adjust performances accordingly.
• Flexibility with an often-evolving schedule of events, appearances, games, etc.
• Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
• Excellent administrative and time management skills.
• Able to meet tight deadlines and work effectively in a high pressure environment.
• Familiar with today’s trends in music and fashion.
• Excel at motivating performers and leading by example.
• Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required.


PHYSICAL & MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:

• While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, walk, use handle or feel, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk and hear.
• The vision requirement includes close vision and ability to adjust focus.
• Nature of position requires physical mobility and the ability to lift a minimum of 20 pounds.
• Must have ability to adjust to changing work hours and locations as needed.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Can you provide us with a demo reel?

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Photo Gallery: Rockets Power Dancers

Click here to check out highlights from the RPD season so far.

Power Dancers Gallery

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Video: Power Dancers

Now here’s a song I haven’t heard in a while :-)

Ok, so she made a little mistake. It happens.
The recovery is what’s important!

Rockets Power Dancers 2012 Calendar Release Party

December 15, 2011: My Houston Life has a great slideshow from the Rockets Power Dancers calendar release party. Click here to go there now.

Houston Rockets Power Dancers Perform at the House of Blues

Check out these videos from the team’s Halloween party.

Houston Rockets Power Dancers Halloween Party

The Houston Rockets Power Dancers (RPD) are hosting a Halloween party on Oct. 30 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at the House on Blues.

The party will not only feature lovely RPD girls in costumes, but it will also feature Lucky Devil Thrill Show, DJs spinning the jams, great prizes, special guest appearances, drink specials and more.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with $5 donations at the dorr to benefit Kids Meals Houston. Guests must be at least be 18-years old. Come dressed in your costumes!

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