Red Claws Add “The Claw Crew” to 2011-12 Game Night Line-Up
Open auditions for the Maine Red Claws dance team, the Lady Red Claws, will be held at the Portland Expo Building on Saturday, June 11, 2011 starting at 9:00 AM. Following the dance team tryouts, the Red Claws will hold open tryouts for “The Claw Crew,” a cheer and tumbling squad, beginning at 1 PM. Both teams will be part of the Red Claws 2011-12 game night entertainment lineup.
The Lady Red Claws are entering their third season entertaining Crustacean Nation. Experienced dancers interested in auditioning for the team should download an application for the 2011 tryouts at www.maineredclaws.com. The application includes information about the auditions and team requirements. Applications should be received by June 1.
The Claw Crew will be entering their first season with the Red Claws and will be a high energy promotional team whose main focus is leading the crowd. The Claw Crew will take part in promotions, pump up the crowd, and do acrobatics/tumbling/tossing during the game. Prior cheering or gymnastic experience is required. Applications for the 2011 open tryouts are available at www.maineredclaws.com and should be received by June 1.
Auditions will take place on Saturday, June 11 at the Portland Expo Building located at 239 Park Avenue, with dance team tryouts beginning at 9:00 AM and cheer squad auditions beginning at 1 PM. Participants must be at least 18 years old and be a high school graduate or equivalent. A $20.00 non-refundable registration fee and applicant photo are required for auditions. All participants will be judged by a panel consisting of local choreographers, coaches, Maine Red Claws staff and guests. Auditions are not open to the public.
§ Must be 18 years old (there is no maximum age limit)
§ High school graduate or GED
§ $25 registration fee required (non refundable)
§ Attached photo (non returnable)
§ Must be able to attend all rehearsals 3-4 times a week, 24+ home games, appearances and other NBA D-League activities and promotions
§ If selected, a contractual commitment of one (1) year is required
WHAT TO WEAR:
§ 2 piece attire
§ Top: Dance/Athletic Bra Top
§ Bottom: Hot Shorts or briefs
§ Dance Shoes (any type – jazz, ballet, character, split sole Capezios…etc.)
§ Full game-day hair and make-up
Please Note: Dancers must cover all exposed tattoos with makeup; dancers with exposed or uncovered tattoos will have points deducted from appearance score. Dancers should bring their own water and food.
JUDGES WILL FOCUS ON:
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Jenny Letendre may be small in stature, but the Lady Red Claws dancer is big on personality. It’s the reason the petite brunette gets noticed while performing at Red Claws games. It is also the reason she got plucked from the crowd by a Deal or No Deal producer during an open audition held last August at Quirk Chevrolet in Portland.
The Lady Red Claws attended the event to help raise money for the Maine Red Claws Foundation and to entertain the long lines of people waiting to audition for the popular NBC game show. During the Quirk event, the effusive Letendre found herself in a conversation with one of the Deal or No Deal producers.
“About 30 seconds before we were scheduled to dance, I introduced myself to someone who turned out to be the producer,” said Letendre. “He found it absolutely hilarious that I’m standing there talking to him while five of my fellow dancers are franticly yelling my name because we were about to dance. Of course, I politely told him I had to dance and ran away.”
After being encouraged to audition for the show by a news crew on hand to cover the event, three of the Lady Red Claws remained after their appearance and stood at the back of the line.
“The producer saw me in line, and he sent me upstairs. I thought I was skipping the line to audition, but he sent me right to the next round!” she said. “About three weeks later I got a call and found out they wanted me.”
Letendre will appear on 16 episodes, which were filmed in Connecticut in October. The first episode aired January 26.
The Saco resident and graduate of Thornton Academy, is currently completing a nutritional science degree at the University of New Hampshire while also attending the University of New England for Organic Chemistry II. She plans to continue her education, aiming ultimately for a master’s degree in chemistry or a doctorate in physical therapy. A dance instructor at Terpsichore Dance in South Portland, Letendre is the assistant rehearsal director for the Thornton Academy Dance Company and a personal trainer at 24/7 Fitness at the Sportzone in Saco. She can be seen performing at all Maine Red Claws games with the Lady Red Claws dance team including this weekend when the Red Claws will play the Erie Bayhawks on Friday, January 29 and the Springfield Armor on Sunday, January 31.
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