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Felion Hopefuls Strut Their Stuff

The Province

They promise to have some of the best moves in the CFL.

But before the 2013 version of the B.C. Lions Felions Dance Team gets their spot on the sidelines, the squad has to be picked.

About 80 young women spent Sunday at the annual tryouts for the dance team.

According to dance team co-ordinator Alexandra Severyn, the tryouts are designed to help them identify those best suited for the 34 spots available.

Severyn said Sunday was the big day for the talent to show their stuff. They will make a short list from the day’s auditions, and then make the final selection after a series of interviews Wednesday evening. By Thursday she said the dance team will be finalized.

Severyn said they are looking for women who are great dancers, in great physical shape and have a lot of enthusiasm.

With Sunday’s first cuts from the list of 80, Severyn said emotions ran high.

“Some girls have already left because they can’t dance under pressure,” she said.

Once the team is picked, they will be on the sidelines for all the Lions’ home games, go to charity events and model for the annual swimsuit calendar.

Many of those trying out have a background in high school cheerleading, with others a background from dance school.

Many members of last year’s squad plan on returning to the Felions. “We have 25 returning but it doesn’t mean they automatically make the team,” Severyn said.

For 21-year-old Mariah, who was on the team last year, the hard work to make the squad was well worth it. “It was the best experience I have ever had,” she said.

“There are so many great girls here. There is so much competition but it is a friendly competition.”

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