Hopeful wows at Heat Dancers auditions

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Jeff Tavss
Local10.com
August 3, 2015

MIAMI –

With visions of NBA stardom rushing through their heads, dozens of eager dreamers laid it all on the line during Heat Dancers tryouts over the weekend.

In the end, only one enthusiastic hopeful truly stood out.

Keyth Wilson, Auditionee #71, put on a show-stopping performance that drew raves for those in attendance Sunday at the American Airlines Arena.

With more conservative dancers surrounding him, the gentlemen made use of the entire basketball court to showcase his moves.

Although men are not prohibited from auditioning for the award-winning squad, it’s been a while since one has actually been seen dancing on the hardcourt with the usually all-female group.

According to the Heat, he made it to the first round before making it to bootcamp.

Four Code Red Alumni Selected for Indiana Pacemates

From BallStateSports.com

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Four former Code Red Dancers were selected to be members of this year’s Indiana Pacemates squad.

Alexis Austin, Brooke Owsley, Jordan Whitacre and Kendra Kolb made it through the final round of auditions Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Candidates performed an opening routine, then breakout performances in mini-squads and answered a question on stage. Over the past week, the finalists took part in interviews, photo shoots, and rehearsals to prepare for Thursday’s showcase.

The Indiana Pacemates are the official dance team for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.

Hundreds of Women Audition to be Phoenix Suns Dancers

2015-16 Miami Heat Dancers Audition

Click here for the Sun-Sentinel photo gallery from this year’s Miami Heat Dancers open call audition.

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Photo gallery: Miami Heat Dancer auditions

Auditions for the 2015-16 Miami Heat Dancers kicked off today. Click here to check out the Miami Herald’s collection of photos from the open call.

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Thunder Announces 2015-16 Thunder Girls

New team selected at final auditions Thursday night at Riverwind Casino
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Oklahoma City, Friday, July 31, 2015 – The Oklahoma City Thunder selected its 2015-16 Thunder Girls dance team on Thursday night, the team announced. The final audition took place in front of a full house at the Showplace Theatre in Riverwind Casino.

The audition included both team veterans and newcomers. Of the women selected, seven are newcomers to the Thunder Girls.

“I am excited to enter a new season with this outstanding group,” said Paige Carter, dance team manager and choreographer for the Thunder. “Thunder Girls engage with our fans on and off the court, and sometimes even across the globe. These ladies will add excitement and energy to the Thunder experience at Chesapeake Energy Arena, as well as being excellent community ambassadors.”

A panel of judges – including Roy Williams, former NFL player and an All-American safety with the University of Oklahoma; former Miss Oklahoma Kelli Masters; Caroline Bennett, the 2015 Miss Black Oklahoma U.S. Ambassador; and Command Sgt. Maj. Tony F. Riggs of the Oklahoma Army National Guard – assisted Thunder staff in making the final selections.

The final audition process consisted of three rounds: a choreographed jazz/hip-hop routine, a question-and-answer session and a solo dance.

Following last Saturday’s open audition, 34 women were selected as finalists for Thursday’s. During the week, finalists took part in formal interviews and rehearsals to prepare for the finals.

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2015 P-R-O Convention All Star: Charlotte Honey Bee Katie

They say that honey bees are in decline to colony collapse syndrome, but that is certainly not the case in Charlotte! I can report that the Honey Bees are alive and doing well in the Tar Heel state…at least the two legged kind. Our next honoree is a second year veteran and another one of those amazing Charlotte Honey Bees…introducing Katie, our next 2015 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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We are down to our last All Star for 2015…I simply ran out of time in Atlanta…see who is our final honoree.

2015-16 Cavalier Girls Auditions

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Cavalier Girl hopefuls went through preliminary auditions at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday, July 25th. Check out the audition gallery at Cavs.com

Thunder Girls Final Audition to Feature 34 Finalists

Riverwind Casino to host Thursday’s event, which is free and open to the public

The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the final audition for the 2015-16 Thunder Girls on Thursday at Riverwind Casino, starting at 7 p.m. Fans of all ages are invited to watch as 34 finalists compete for a spot on the dance team. Admission is free and doors open at 6 p.m. The event will also be streamed live on the Thunder website, okcthunder.com, and on the Thunder Mobile App.

A panel of judges – including Roy Williams, former NFL player and an All-American safety with the University of Oklahoma; former Miss Oklahoma Kelli Masters; and Caroline Bennett, the 2015 Miss Black Oklahoma U.S. Ambassador – will assist Thunder staff in determining the final squad. The Thunder will announce the new team at the end of the evening.

Sixty dancers participated in Saturday’s open audition, where judges narrowed the group down to 34 ladies for Thursday’s finals.

WHAT: Thirty-four Thunder Girls finalists will compete for a spot on the 2015-16 Thunder Girls dance team

WHEN: Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m

WHERE: Riverwind Casino, in the Showplace Theatre

1544 W. State Hwy. 9, Norman (I-35 and Hwy. 9)

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Front row (from left; first name and hometown listed): Kim (Houston, Texas); Tiffany (North Richland Hills, Texas); Chelsie (Oklahoma City); Kara (The Woodlands, Texas); Kayle (Oklahoma City); Stephanie (Oklahoma City); Jennie (Owasso, Oklahoma); Katie (Moore, Oklahoma); Jaimie (Yukon, Oklahoma); Monique (Kansas City, Kansas); Kourtney (Fresno, California); Sarah (Moore, Oklahoma); Brooke (Prague, Oklahoma); Whitney (Kansas City, Missouri).

Middle row: Jessica (Madison, Wisconsin); Alex (Weatherford, Oklahoma); Kalyssa (Chickasha, Oklahoma); Audrey (Edmond, Oklahoma); Addie (Stillwater, Oklahoma); Kelly (Owasso, Oklahoma); Rachel (Oklahoma City); Blaire (Greensboro, North Carolina); Taniah (Fort Worth, Texas); Alicia (Moore, Oklahoma); Natasha (Edmond, Oklahoma); Carly (McAlester, Oklahoma).

Back row: McKenzie (Mustang, Oklahoma); Kaitlyn (Wichita, Kansas); Liz (Franklin, Tennessee); Kimberly (Del City, Oklahoma); Sydney (Mansfield, Texas); Jeanette (Guthrie, Oklahoma); Tressena (Moore, Oklahoma); Lauren (Duncan, Oklahoma).

2015 Clippers Spirit Auditions

This year’s Clippers Spirit auditions kicked off on Sunday morning at the Clippers training facility in Playa Vista, CA. Over 200 ladies queued up for
the opportunity to represent the Clippers organization and entertain fans at home games this fall.

The entire thing was filmed by a tv crew, so the place was crawling with black-clad crew members with cameras, microphones, clipboards, and other mysterious looking equipment

The dancers, who’d started arriving before 8 am, had plenty of time to warm up and get ready for the day.



The day kicked off at 9:30 am with a pep talk, where dancers were encouraged to do their best, put it all out on the floor, and try to have some fun with the process.

They also introduced the judges and the numerous helper elves (interns) there to make the process go smoothly.

Clippers Spirit alumni Brianna, Justene, Anasheh, Brittany, Bianca, and Michelle were on hand to assist the choreographers.

The Clippers organization shook up the audition process this year. In addition to the change in venue (Air conditioning! Praise the Lord!), there were different choreographers, and a different format than usual.

Unlike past years, where the audition began with a technical across-the-floor combination, this year, the first round one didn’t involve any choreography at all. Instead, for this “First Impressions Round,” the dancers were called into the room in groups of 25.

Then they took the floor in groups of four or five to introduce themselves to the judges, and then freestyle and show off their best moves.

We saw lots of tricks, lots of technique, a little bit of tumbling, and more than one dancer twerked it out for the judges.







As each group of 25 finished up, they were steered outside to hear their fate: in or out.

Those who made the cut headed back inside to wait for the next round. That first round took almost three hours. After a break for lunch, the veterans from last year’s team made their entrance. Fourteen of them, dressed all in black, matching down to shoes and accessories.

I know and like all of these ladies, but heck, even I was intimidated when they walked in.

14 veterans. 18 spots on the team. That’s scary odds for both the veterans AND the aspiring rookies. After the lunch break, everyone gathered around to hear the plan for the rest of the afternoon: first a jazz/technical combination, then another cut, then a hip hop combination, followed by a third cut.

Sophia Aguiar choreographed the first combination. Sophia’s resume includes performances with JLo, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, and heck if I know what all else. She’s a member of the cast for Britney’s Spears’ Vegas show. Just so you know. This is no slouch off the street. Sophia chorographed a really fun dance to Pharrell’s “Freedom.”

This went fast. 30 minutes later, she’d taught the combination, the dancers had run through it a few times, and then it was time to line up for round two.

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By 3pm, round 2 was over.


Clippers Spirit, past and present, waiting for the judges to finish deliberating.

90 minutes later, the second cut was announced, narrowing the field down to 60 danceers

There was no time to hug your girlfriends goodbye. Everybody get up and put your pants on, it’s time for hip hop. The choreographer for this round was Bryan Tanaka.

Because why wouldn’t Beyonce’s dance captain be choreographing for the Clippers Spirit audition? Honestly, sometimes I actually forget this is Los Angeles. And then something like this happens.

Bryan’s combination was to Dawin’s “Dessert”. (The song will confuse you at first. But the jam hits you about 45 seconds in. “Watcha gon, watcha gon do with that dessert? Murder dat, murder dat, murder dat dance floor.)

This time there were less than 30 minutes to learn the dance. This is where they separate the boys from the men. So to speak.

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And then it was over. Nothing left to do but wait for the judges.

Spirit vets with Bryan and Sophia When the judges returned, they cut the group down to 41 dancers (including all 14 veterans – woot!), who will duke it out at finals tomorrow night. It’s going to be insanely competitive. To say the least. Stay tuned!

2015 P-R-O Convention All Star: Charlotte Honey Bee Helen Ann

The most impressive squad at P-R-O was the Charlotte Honey Bees. They were all very attractive and they were all interesting subjects to shoot, whether it was for their dance ability, their good looks, or that part of their personality that can be captured in a still image. Each and every one of them was a pleasure to shoot and as I have said before, my only regret was that I didn’t get to shoot all of them. They were that impressive.

Our next honoree is one of those amazing Charlotte Honey Bees…introducing Helen Ann, our next 2015 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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We are definitely winding down our coverage from the 2015 P-R-O Convention in Atlanta…only a handful of girls to feature left!

Kimberlee Garris Moving on From The Brooklyn Nets

 

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Good friend of UC, Kimberlee Garris is moving on after 10 seasons in the NBA, first as a Knicks City Dancer and then as Director of Entertainment for the New Jersey and then later Brooklyn Nets.


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Kim was approached with the exciting opportunity to consult on a show coming to Broadway next spring called “Gotta Dance” that is based on the Nets senior (over 60) dance team she created.


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She will be consulting on that Broadway project, in addition to offering her consulting services to dance teams in the U.S. and abroad.

Good Luck, Kim!

Vote For Your Favorite Spurs Silver Dancer Finalist

On July 26th, the top 30 Spurs Silver Dancers finalists will audition in front of a live audience. Don’t miss your chance to meet the finalists, watch them perform, and watch the announcement of the 2015-16 Silver Dancers!

Where: Arneson River Theater on the Riverwalk

When: Sunday, July 26th, 7:00-9:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Admission: $5 donation to local flood relief fund through Silver & Black Give Back.

But in the meantime you can cast your vote for who you think should make the squad.

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Cast your vote here.

Brooklynettes Final Auditions

The Brooklyn Nets held final auditions for the Brooklynettes dance team on July 14 at Barclays Center.

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[Brooklynettes Finals Gallery]

2015 P-R-O Convention All Star: Charlotte Honey Bee Sam

Our next 2015 P-R-O Convention All Star is, perhaps, the cheerleader that made the most memorable first impression at the event. Tall. Good looking. Great smile. Wonderful dancer. Great body lines. Statuesque. Photogenic. Enthusiastic. She’s everything that you would want in a cheerleader, visually speaking…I cannot attest to those other qualities that one can only ascertain via an interview, but I would expect she does well in those aspects as well.

Another one of those amazing Charlotte Honey Bees, introducing Sam…a 2015 P-R-O Convention All Star.

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Let’s just say that I am impressed with the Honey Bees…my only regret is that I was only able to shoot half of the squad on the morning of the first day and never got the chance on Sunday to shoot the rest. They are truly an amazing squad…too bad I live on the West Coast.

Who’s next? We still have several more special girls to feature…so stay tuned.