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Top Tips to Keep the Judges Watching Your Audition Video!

Editor’s note: The 2020 audition season is coming soon and with the advent of virtual auditions, it’s a new challenge.  Sideline Prep a longtime sponsor of this blog, has a few tips for aspiring professional cheerleaders and dancers.


Do you want our top tips to ensure the judges keep watching your audition videos?
Do you want your pro cheer video critiqued BEFORE you submit it?
Do you need a dance or freestyle choreographed?
If so, read on…

As you know, most NFL teams have now turned to virtual auditions. Now, this is not a time to freak out and drop out of auditions! This is the time to take ADVANTAGE of this amazing opportunity!

In this video, I’m going to share with you our Top 10 Tips to Nail your Pro Cheer Audition Video Submission! 

I discuss our top tips on everything from lighting and backdrops… to audio and framing… to how to record your video and what things can be fixed in post edit.  Basically, I share everything that goes into making an amazing video so you can make a great first impression!

Remember, this is new to most of us, however, Sideline Prep has been coaching, supporting our training via a virtual platform for close to a DECADE!  We’ve got your back!

We would love to help you in any way we can so…

  • If you need editing, we’ve got you.
  • If you want feedback on your audition video, we’re here to help.
  • If you need choreography, we can do that too!

All you have to do is click the link below and we will be right there to assist you with whatever you need!

GO HERE to get one-on-one video critique help or email us at info@sidelineprep.com:
https://bit.ly/One-on-oneVideoCritique

GO HERE to download our Tips & Buyers Guide:
https://bit.ly/AuditionVideoGuide

We hope you enjoyed this video, but more importantly, we hope you enjoy this process.  It’s different and of course we would rather be in the audition room showing up and showing out, but this is your time to shine and we know you will do just that!  We are here for you every step of the way!

We wish you success in all that you do!  And we are here to help you every step of the way to shine on the sidelines!!

Sideline Prep – Want to grab your free resources? Keep reading!

If you want more information on how you can stand out in your pre-work, email us at info@sidelineprep.com to sign up for our Sideline Application training which is over an hour long and includes tons of resources you can use to turn in that eye popping resume!

But since we want to see all of you make your dream team, we want to give you not just 1 but 2 sample resumes AND 1 sample cover letter for FREE! You’re welcome! All you have to do is click the links below to get those resources!

GO HERE to download our two Sample Resumes and Bio: https://bit.ly/DownloadSampleResumes

GO HERE to download our Sample Cover Letter: https://bit.ly/DownloadSampleCoverLetter

Miami Dolphins Announced Virtual Cheerleader Auditions

Virtual Auditions Guidelines

All dates and events are subject to change in the sole discretion of the Miami Dolphins.

Requirements

  • 18 years old by May 31, 2020
  • High school graduate by June 2020
  • Able to attend all cheerleader rehearsals for the entire season
  • If selected, must live in or relocate to South Florida and have means of transportation

Rehearsals are typically Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings with an occasional Saturday afternoon rehearsal.

General Information

  • Preliminary and semifinal auditions will now be virtual auditions. All candidates must fill out the online questionnaire found here as well as submit an online video and headshot to Cheerleaders@Dolphins.com
  • We ask that you submit the questionnaire, headshot and video on the same day
  • Deadline for submissions is May 2, 2020

Guidelines for Preliminary Auditions

Round 1

Must submit online audition questionnaire, headshot and audition video by May 2nd.

We ask that you submit all three pieces on the same day to eliminate any confusion.

Videos and headshots should be labeled with your last name, underscore, first name, underscore, and either video or headshot. Ex. Smith_Jane_video

Video can be the following: YouTube Link, Vimeo Link, or iPhone video

Video must include:

  • 30 second Introduction: Name, where you are from, why you are trying out
  • 45 second improv/freestyle to song of your choice
  • 2 eight counts of straight kicks to the front

Criteria:

  • Creativity in freestyle
  • Fitness
  • Stage presence
  • Performance quality

If you are ready to virtually audition, please click here for the questionnaire.

Round 2

Everyone that auditions will receive an email by May 6th on whether or not they have made it to the 2nd round.

If selected, candidates will have next audition steps in their email. They will be required to learn 8 eight counts of choreography in a fairly quick turnaround and resubmit their new video. Keep an eye on your email so you don’t miss these instructions!

Second round learned choreography video must be submitted by Saturday, May 9th at 5:00pm, EST.

Video must include:

  • 30 second Introduction: Name, where you are from, why you are trying out
  • audition choreography and music full out
  • 2 eight counts of straight kicks to the front

Video can be the following: YouTube Link, Vimeo Link, or iPhone video

Criteria:

  • Ability to learn choreography quickly
  • Kicks
  • Fitness
  • Stage presence
  • Performance quality

Upon submission, any videos, photos or other materials shall become the property of the Miami Dolphins.

ATTIRE GUIDELINES

We want you to feel the most relaxed and yourself. Feel free to wear a comfortable dance outfit with optional dance shoes. You may go barefoot if you would prefer, for your freestyle. We do prefer dance shoes or sneakers for the kickline portion.

FINAL AUDITIONS GENERAL INFORMATION

If you make it to Finals round, you will be contacted by MDC cheer staff.

Finals round is currently still being planned to be held in person, but will be reevaluated in the upcoming weeks.

FINAL AUDITIONS BOOT CAMP WEEK

  • In town interviews in person or video call interviews dates TBD
  • Out of town in person or video call interviews dates TBD
  • Boot Camp Week dates TBD
  • Finals auditions show dress rehearsal date TBD

FINAL AUDITIONS

  • Date: TBD 
  • Location: TBD

Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders Auditions Postponed!

Per the Los Angeles Rams:

Due to the evolving corona virus situation, the Los Angeles Rams Cheer Auditions and Workshops have been postponed until further notice.  We will provide an update once new dates and times are confirmed.  All workshop registration fees will be refunded by Friday, March 27th.  Thank you for your understanding.

Boston Cannons Dance Team Auditions Announced!

The Boston Cannons Dancers are a professional dance team that performs at all Boston Cannons Home Games throughout the regular season. The squad was founded in 2002, one year after the Boston Cannon’s inaugural season, making them the longest standing Major League Lacrosse dance team in history. 

Under the leadership of Director/Coach Ines Costa, the Dancers practice once a week on Monday nights for 3 hours. In addition to home games and practices, the Boston Cannons Dancers frequently appear in the community at various promotional opportunities and charity events.

Audition to become a dancer for Major League Lacrosse’s Boston Cannons!

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • high school graduate or GED
  • at least 18 years old at the time of audition
  • possess dance/cheer experience
  • be able to attend practice once a week from April-Aug 2020
  • be able to attend home games from June-Aug 2020 in Quincy, MA
  • if selected for the team, dancers must be able to attend a mandatory orientation that will take place at the Boston Cannons Main Office in Quincy on Wednesday April 15, 2020 from 6-8pm.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Check in from 12:30-1pm. The official audition process will begin promptly at 1pm and end no later than 5:30pm. Candidates will be judged on their technique, showmanship, enthusiasm, personality, personal appearance and fitness. The audition process will consist of four rounds; a short personal interview, an across-the-floor combination, a stylized jazz/pom/hip hop dance routine and an improvised solo. All music will be provided. Cuts will not be made the day of auditions. Current Dancers are expected to re-audition on a yearly basis. All dancers auditioning will be emailed regardless if they are selected for the team or not. Dancers are welcome to ask for feedback after the final team has been announced.

WHAT TO WEAR:

  • neat workout attire in the form of shorts and a sports bra
  • flesh-colored nylons or tights
  • sneakers or jazz shoes
  • makeup ‘game-day ready’ (think glam)
  • hair down and ‘game-day ready’ (no pony tails or buns).

WHAT TO BRING:

  • current 5×7 headshot (will not be returned)
  • professional resume
  • dance resume
  • pen & planner
  • warm up suit
  • plenty to drink
  • snacks and/or a lunch
  • $30 registration fee ($25 for reauditioning dancers)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For questions regarding the audition process, please contact Ines Costa, Boston Cannons Dancers Director & Coach, at danceteam@bostoncannons.com.

A Special Offer From Dallaswear

Editor’s note: The 2020 audition season is here and Dallaswear.com, a longtime sponsor of this blog, has a special offer for aspiring professional cheerleaders and dancers.


Are you ready for your next audition?!  Shop now and receive $25 off orders of $250 or more (before shipping). Offer valid on Audition styles only.  Does not include Sample Sale.  Cannot be combined with other discounts. Offer valid on products only, does not apply to rush fees.  Good for new Orders only.  Use Code: 25OFF250

Click here to shop Dallaswear’s styles.

2020 Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders Auditions

The Los Angeles Rams are hosting cheerleader auditions for the 2020 season starting Sunday, March 22.  The Rams cheerleaders will not only perform at home games at the new SoFi Stadium but will also participate in a variety of public appearances, events and community service initiatives across the Los Angeles region, nationally and internationally throughout the year.

Candidates who are interested in auditioning must be 18 or older by March 22 and must register online by Friday, March 20. Walk-up registration is not available.

For more information or to register, please click here.

In preparation for these auditions, the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders are hosting two voluntary workshops prior to auditions at 24 Hour Fitness locations in Yorba Linda on March 14 from 1-4 PM and in Woodland Hills on March 15 from 1-4 PM.  Each workshop includes more than one hour of dance led by Choreographer JOHN PETERS, followed by apresentation and Q & A session with the Rams Cheerleading Director KEELY FIMBRES.  Workshops cost $40.00 per person and have limited availability.

Check out the Latest from the Pro Cheerleading Podcast: Best Audition Tips from Guests

In this week’s episode, Mhkeeba shares her favorite pieces of advice from past guests of the podcast on pro cheerleading auditions and what teams are looking for in a professional cheerleader.  The past guests include Michelle Burch – Performance Teams Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers, Derric Whitfield – Senior Director of Dance Teams for the Washington Wizards, Michelle Vaughn – NBA/NFL Choreographer, Patrisha Yabes – Former Golden State Warriors Dancer and Los Angeles Charger Girl, GeNienne Samuels – President & CEO of Sideline Prep, and Candess Carroll – Washington Redskins Cheerleader, NFL Pro Bowl Cheerleader & Captain. Each segment covers various topics from learning choreography quickly, what judges are looking for beyond dancing and how to handle the experience of being cut during auditions.

During Cheer Chat, Mhkeeba discusses the only male member of the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders, Kyle Tanguay, who auditioned on American Idol and made it to the Hollywood round and the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders recent UNIR dance showcase featuring pro, college and youth dancers and cheerleaders from South Florida.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Introducing The Line Up’s 2020 Audition Apparel Collections

Editor’s note: The 2020 audition season is right around the corner and The Line Up, a longtime sponsor of this blog, has introduced their 2020 Audition Apparel Collections for aspiring professional cheerleaders and dancers. 
 

Posted by Abby on Feb 25, 2020
 

Audition season has arrived! and we’re kicking it off in style, with 6 new collections of tryout apparel!  From edgy to girly, there’s a mixture of looks to match any one’s style. 

Layered Collection

Add dimension with sheer mesh overlays, insets, and wraps!

Shop the Layered Collection >

Luminous Collection

Feminine meets glam: shine bright in the prettiest floral details and accents of bling.

Shop the Luminous Collection  >

All Black Collection

Does your team require an all-black audition outfit? Flattering style lines, textured mesh, and rhinestones make an all-black outfit anything but boring. 

Shop the All Black Collection >

Moto Collection

Add edge to a femme fit with a mix of textures, faux leather, metallic accents, and sharp cutouts.

Shop the Moto Collection >

Strappy Collection

Wrap it up with the prettiest cross strap details!

Shop the Strappy Collection >

On Court Collection

Represent your team in these sporty, athletic looks! Customizable team colors, jersey looks, and sporty stripes.

Shop the On Court Collection >

Gaga Ombre Collection

Gaga – it’s sequin fabric that can be custom printed with your choice of colors!  Add some dimension to your bling with a subtle color fade.

Shop the Gaga Ombre Collection >

To see more The Line Up designs, please click here.

Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders Auditions Workshops

Washington Redskins Cheerleaders Audition Prep Classes

Join the First Ladies of Football to prepare for auditions through our amazing Prep Classes!

Prep Classes are a great way to meet outgoing people and work on fitness and dance. Classes grant the opportunity to learn different styles of dance while training with professional instructors. Select classes open with workout or dance technique sessions or guest speakers specializing in fitness, nutrition, marketing, and teamwork.

Classes are designed to give you the best preparation possible for the auditions process!

 
Prep Classes are from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM on the following dates:
Tuesday, March 3
Thursday, March 5
Tuesday, March 10
Wednesday, March 11
Tuesday, March 17
Wednesday, March 18
Tuesday, March 24
Thursday, March 26

Registration Fees
Full 10-Class Package: $300.00 when registered by Friday, February 28.
Three Day Series Package (Tuesday – Thursday): $100 each package
March 10 – March 12
March 18 – March 20

  • Tuesday and Wednesday prep classes that full under the Three Day Series Package (March 10 -11 and March 18-19) are available for individual purchase at $40 each. Walk-up registrations accepted on Tuesday and Wednesday of series.
  • Thursday prep classes that fall under the Three Day Series Package (March 12th and March 20th) are not available for individual purchase.

Single Class: $40.00 each. Walk-up registrations are accepted.
The Audition Application Fee ($60) will be waived if you participate in one (1) or more Prep Classes. (Playbook Workshop excluded)

Saturday, March 14: Playbook Workshop
Guest Speaker & Vendor Showcase
Price: $40.00

Click here to register for prep classes and/or the Playbook Workshop!

 

Seattle Seahawks Dancers Auditions Workshops

Get prepared for the 2020 Seahawks Dancers Auditions by attending one (or all four!) of our 90-minute workshops. Brush up on your technique, learn choreography, plus get tips and tricks to help make a lasting impression. All workshops will be located at the Kelsey Creek LA Fitness in Bellevue, WA from 1PM-3PM.

Jazz/Pom Workshop Dates:
Saturday, February 29 | Saturday, March 14
*OPEN AUDITION: Saturday, March 21, 2020

Hip/Hop Workshop Dates:
Sunday, March 1st | Sunday, March 15th
OPEN AUDITION: Sunday, March 22, 2020

Click here for more information or to register for classes.

2020 Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders Auditions

Los Angeles Sparks Dance Teams Auditions

Come be a part of one of the hottest dance crews in professional sports! The Los Angeles Sparks will be holding auditions for the Sparks Crew dance team on March 1 at Liv Art Dance. Interested applicants must be 17 years of age or older. Don’t miss this chance to perform center stage at STAPLES Center!

Click here for more information.


The Los Angeles Sparks will be holding auditions for the SparKids dance team on March 1 at Liv Art Dance. Interested applicants must be 7-14 years of age.

Click here for more information on the SparKids auditions.


Show off those classic moves that get the party started! The Los Angeles Sparks will be holding auditions for the Ole Skool Crew dance team on February 29 at Liv Art Dance. Interested applicants must be 40 years of age or older. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the best “old school” dance team in professional sports!

Click here for more information regarding the Ole Skool Crew dance auditions.

“No Sweat” Audition Tips From Satin Stitches

Editor’s note: The 2020 audition season is right around the corner and Satin Stitches, a longtime sponsor of this blog, has some practical advice for those who want to look and be their best for tryouts. 

“No Sweat” Audition Tips
By Deborah Nelson, Satin Stitches

Are you ‘sweating the details’ of your upcoming Pro-Cheer NFL Audition?

Sweating serves the purpose of helping to cool the body, but it also can make a mess of your audition outfit. Stained underarms in performance outfits is not only embarrassing but also odorous.

So what can you do?

There are options for perspiration control. The first and most obvious choice is finding a deodorant/antiperspirant that works with your individual body chemistry (yes, bodies react differently to different products). Also, use your antiperspirant on all other areas of your body, such as your back.

For extra protection, you can use underarm perspiration-control pads IF your audition outfits have sleeves. This was a staple, decades ago, and was sold in drug stores and department stores. Today, you can still find this item, but also disposable pads. The company, ‘Hollywood Fashion Secrets’ sells Garment Shields online, and in various retail locations, including fabric stores.

Another preventative method for controlling perspiration, is to have a moisture-wicking lining sewn into your outfit. At shop.satinstitches.com, all of our customizable Pro-Cheer audition tops are lined with moisture-wicking Supplex. We don’t want you showing your sweat!

‘Camouflage’ is also something to consider. Solid fabrics will show perspiration much more than a printed fabric. If you must use a solid fabric, add a distraction, such as a rhinestoned area, you won’t see sweat patches as much.

So, if you are prone to excessive sweating, become aware of the preventative measures for your body and your apparel. Then, you can minimize any unsightly underarm (or back, chest or anywhere else) stains and draw attention to yourself for all the right reasons! Just because your body chemistry creates more than your fair share of perspiration, you don’t need to advertise it with your poor costume planning.

When you already have sweaty, stinky costumes, use Fresh Again® to eliminate those odors. It is a safe, timeless, tested product that will remove the odors from your costumes and uniforms. It does NOT work instantly. You must spray Fresh Again® on the inside of your sweaty garments and allow the product to dry overnight. Your garments will be odor-free in the morning. This product does not launder your costume, it removes the odor and does NOT add a fragrance.

*Tested by Satin Stitches, on all types of fabrics and trims, and used for decades, by costume rental companies, stage shows, firefighters and numerous groups who cannot launder their garments, but need them ‘stink-free’!