2013-14 Grizz Girls Auditions – June 22

The Memphis Grizzlies will be holding first round auditions for the 2013-14 Grizz Girls dance team presented by Gold Strike Casino Resort on Saturday, June 22 at Mallory Gymnasium at Rhodes College at 9 a.m. Before the best dancers throughout the Mid-South assemble for the audition, the Grizzlies are offering prospective team members the chance to participate in pre-audition clinics and classes that will give them a leg up on the competition.

The two clinics, which will offer prospective team members the opportunity to learn the routine that will be used at the audition from Grizz Girls choreographer Tamara Moore, will be held Thursday, June 13 and Thursday, June 20 at the New Ballet Ensemble Dance Studio (2157 York Avenue) from 7-9 p.m. The cost per clinic is $25 each, or $40 for both sessions. Interested dancers may pre-register at Grizzlies.com.

Leading up to the pre-audition clinics, Moore will also hold Girl Play Classes that will teach participants basic techniques and performance tips alongside current members of the Grizz Girls every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday classes will be held at Sub Roy Studios (644 S. Highland Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. while Thursday classes will be at New Ballet Ensemble (2157 York Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. Classes are $10 per session and $6 for college students who have a valid student ID. Dancers of all skills levels are invited to take part in the classes, pre-audition clinics and audition. Register for the pre-audition clinics and classes.

“The pre-audition clinics and classes allow prospective team members a chance to see what it takes to be a Grizz Girl,” said Moore. “Through our clinics, classes and auditions, we think that we’ll be able to put together the most entertaining and talented dance team in the entire NBA.”

While participation in the pre-audition clinics and classes is encouraged, all qualified dancers are invited to participate in the June 22 first round audition at Rhodes College (2000 N. Parkway). Once these auditions are completed, the group of finalists will compete for a spot on the 2013-14 Grizz Girls team at the Final Auditions on Sunday, June 30 at the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Miss. The Final Audition will begin at 4 p.m. in the Millennium Theatre and the event will be free and open to the public.

Prospective dancers must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age to participate in the Grizz Girls audition. For more information on auditions visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or, call (901) 205-1411 or e-mail grizzgirls@grizzlies.com.

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Local woman cheers NBA team into finals

Columbia native and Memphis Grizzly Girl Kelly Rash performs a dance routine at a game.

By TIM HODGE
Columbia Daily Herald
May 25, 2013

A Columbia woman sashayed her way from a small dance studio to the FedEx Forum — home of the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies are in the NBA Western Conference Finals, and Columbia native Kelly Rash is primed to hype up the crowd as part of the “Grizzly Girl” dance team.

Rash graduated from Columbia Central High School in 2009. Her appreciation of dance began when she was 3 years old at the Columbia Dance Academy, where she continued lessons through high school.

After high school, Rash attended the University of Memphis where she joined the college’s Pom Squad. The team won a national title in the Universal Dance Association’s hip hop division.

That title gave her the confidence to try out for the Grizzlies in summer 2012.

“Auditioning was definitely nerve-racking,” Rash said. “The college world of dance is completely different from the professional NBA world of dance.”

After several tryouts, she made the team and is in her second season as a Grizzly Girl. One of her favorite parts is performing in the “Grindhouse,” the nickname given to the FedEx Forum by Grizzlies guard Tony Allen.

Rash said Memphis is “going crazy” right now because of its playoff appearance — high fives and camaraderie abound throughout the city.

Jim Rash, Kelly’s father, simply described his daughter as “amazing.” He credits her hard work and dedication for getting her to the professional level.

“We are really proud of Kelly for a lot of reasons,” her father said. “She is a go-getter.”

Kelly Rash currently is taking courses in dental hygiene at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is slated to graduate in May 2014.

Juggling school and work is all about time management, but she is still able to find time for both.

“School is during the day, and the Grizzlies are at night,” Kelly Rash said.

The Grizzly Girl comes home to visit family when she gets a chance. Rash said she misses her dance studio — the place that started her on the right foot — most of all.

“Even though I get to perform for 18,000 people at the FedEx Forum, I still miss having recital at Columbia State and dancing in my small studio,” Kelly Rash said.

SI.com: NBA

Sports Illustrated has posted a collection of NBA dance team photos from the last week. The gallery includes teams from the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, and Dallas Mavericks. Click here to check it out!

Grizz Girls finalists selected

Grizzlies.com: Mid-South dancers competed for spots on the 2012-13 Grizz Girls team on Saturday morning. Finalists were selected to advance to the Grizz Girls finals to be held at Gold Strike Casino-Resort – Tunica next Sunday, July 29 at 4pm. Come out and support your favorite dancers at the event.

2011-12 Grizz Girls

The Memphis Grizzlies have updated their dance team pages. Click here to check it out!

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Former Tennessee Titans Cheerleader debuts on MTV’s Made this Weekend

Southwest cheerleading coach Sabrina Tiller is set to appear on MTV’s MADE reality television series as a cheer/dance coach. The former Tennessee Titans Cheerleader and Memphis Grizzlies dancer filmed the show in Illinois for four months. The show will air on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 2 p.m. on MTV.

Tiller found out about the MADE auditions through a mass email from the alumni president for the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders. “At first I was skeptical but the next day I sent in my resume, photos, certifications and everything required to be considered. I love motivating young ladies and helping them reach their full potential through the art of cheerleading and dance. To be given the opportunity to do it on national television was something I couldn’t pass up!” said Tiller

Although applying for the position was like applying for a regular job, much more was required. After two phone interviews, Tiller was videotaped while answering the interview questions which included performing a cheer! Tiller competed against a huge number of coaches from around the world for this specific position. The long selection process included lots of paperwork and background checks. “It took so long that I thought they had forgotten about me,” said Tiller.

After all the paperwork was signed, Tiller was flown to Illinois to meet her MADE student, Alexis, whose goal was to not only audition for her high school’s hip-hop dance team, she also wanted to lose weight and gain more confidence!. “Filming was very interesting,” said Tiller, who is no stranger to the camera after numerous commercial appearances and also a role in the Memphis-based movie N-secure. “I thought, oh the cameras should be the least of my worries. Well, reality show filming is much different to say the least. Cameras were rolling all the time, catching every move including some embarrassing things I couldn’t delete!” Tiller and Alexis met for training on and off after school in the evenings, weekends and holidays. Since there was such a short amount of time to finish taping the show, Tiller took advantage of every moment. “We had good and bad rehearsals,” said Tiller. “There was a lot of sweat and tears that went into training. Many of the lessons I taught Alexis had little to do with dancing and she found out that training to be a dancer was harder than it looked!”

Tiller hopes the recognition will attract more qualified cheerleaders to her cheer program in Memphis, “I have no idea what funny, sad, and/or crazy moments will make the show but there were definitely some hit or miss moments, some even included calling everything off!” “ I hope everyone will tune in to see how close Alexis got to accomplishing her goals and I also hope my current cheerleaders are able to watch the show and be inspired to do more and take on new life challenges!”

Grizz Girls Finals to take place on July 16

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The Grizz Girls will save the last dance for Saturday, July 16 when the Memphis Grizzlies dance team holds its final audition for the 2011-12 squad at Gold Strike Casino Resort’s Millennium Theatre in Tunica, Miss. (1010 Casino Center Drive). The competition begins at 4 p.m. with doors opening one hour prior and the event is free and open to the public (children must be accompanied by an adult).

To qualify for the final audition, prospective dancers competed in first round of auditions on Saturday, July 9 at Rhodes College’s Mallory Gymnasium. After a rigorous five-hour audition process, approximately 27 dancers were selected to advance to the final round, where they’ll vie for a spot on the 2011-12 Grizz Girls dance team.

This will mark the third consecutive year that the final Grizz Girls audition has been held at the 800-seat theatre at Gold Strike Casino Resort, a longtime partner of the Grizzlies.

10th Season Anniversary Grizzlies Dance Team Reunion

Members of the Grizzlies Dance Team and Grizz Girls gathered for a special performance at FedExForum on February 13th.

2010-11 Grizz Girls Finals

Kristin Long
Memphis Grizzlies
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It’s official; the 2010-11 Grizz Girls have been selected. On Sunday, July 18 the final audition for the Grizz Girls took place at the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica. The night was full of twists and turns as the final 30 girls gave it their all on stage to make their potential dream of becoming a Grizz Girl come true.

The process for selecting the 2010-11 Grizz Girls began at Rhodes College July 10. After the first cut, the 30 finalists spent a week at Boot Camp to help prepare them for the finals. The try out process was different and more challenging this year for the aspiring dancers.

“This year was definitely challenging because we had a week long boot camp,” said new Grizz Girl Melissa H. “We met up almost every night, learned choreography and got to mingle with the girls. It was a good experience, but it was definitely challenging and worth it.”

As for the turnout of girls this year, the returning fourth season head choreographer Tamara Moore was pleased.

“The turn out on talent definitely far exceeded my expectations especially compared to last year,” Moore Said. “We had high expectations and we felt that they were met and it was really hard to pick out the final girls.”

After a struggling week of Boot Camp the girls were back to give it their last try. With a packed crowd of screaming fans in the Millennium Theater at the Gold Strike Casino Resort cheering the ladies on, the night started off with a group dance by all the 30 finalists. After the group of finalists performed it was time for the girls to split off into groups of three for their last shot making the final cut.

Next up for the night was a special dance performance by the Grizzlies Grannies & Grandpas. The audience then got a surprise visit from Grizz as the judges met for a half hour to decide the final list. Hearts were pounding anticipating the final decision on who would be the Grizz Girls for the 2010-11 season.

Once results were in, the top 20 girls were announced on stage and presented flowers. Some familiar faces will be returning the 2010-11 Grizz Girls squad, but there will be new faces as well. There are nine veterans returning to the squad and 11 new girls joining them this upcoming season. Pure joy was on each of the girls’ faces as they stood together as a new squad. The hard work and dedication paid off for those final 20 girls as they made their dream come true.

“I think becoming a Grizz Girl will definitely make me personally just a happier being,” said Melissa H. with a huge smile on her face after her name was announced on the final list. “With the economy being the way it was last year I had a couple of downs. Now with me being on the team I can personally enjoy life more and I think it will make me become a stronger person. I am a stronger dancer now. I will get to network, meet people and be a positive influence in the city. That’s a great thing.”

Veteran Grizz Girl Jenn who is coming up on her sixth season with the Grizz Girl squad is excited to get back to the fans at FedExForum.

“The past few seasons we have had some really amazing fans,” said Jenn. “From the two guys that come dressed up yelling through the megaphone every single game nonstop to ticket holders from the first day. We have great fans. I have made some good friendships out of fans with the Grizzlies.”

The Grizz fans have something to look forward to with all the new talent the 2010-11 Grizz Girls has along with the returning fan favorites.

“They (the fans) can look forward to some great talent about and I am looking forward to just starting some new energy out on the court,” said Moore. “I think they (Grizz Girls) will come out strong and I think the fans are going to enjoy it.”

With the great talent, coaching and spirit that was on hand for the finals it will be exciting to see what the new 2010-11 Grizz Girls will bring to the court this season.

Grizz Girls Finalists Announced

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Memphis Grizzlies: Local dancers attended open auditions at Rhodes College on July 10 in hopes of advancing to the Grizz Girls Finals on July 18 and a spot on the 2010-11 Grizz Girls presented by Gold Strike Casino Resort-Tunica. Click here for behind-the-scenes video and photos.

Next up for the finalists will be Boot Camp next week followed by The Finals on July 18.