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B.C. Lions Hold Auditions for Cheerleading Dance Team


By Graeme Wood
The Vancouver Sun
4/4/2010

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Lions Felions will be dressing for the weather as the football team prepares for its first outdoor season in nearly three decades.

As the dance and cheerleading team gets set to prowl the sidelines at a temporary stadium at Empire Fields, Felions dance team coordinator Alexandra Severyn has had to adjust the uniforms so they’re more suitable for Vancouver’s unpredictable weather.

Out are last year’s black, white, and orange skirts and in are this year’s black short shorts and tight tops. The women will also sport long mesh sleeves and knee-high boots. During cold weather games they will wear a capri pant tucked into the boots and possibly fitted jackets. Should it rain the Felions will wear Lions ball caps.

“We have a lot of transition with the new stadium being outdoors. We have to revamp the uniform,” she said.

The Lions will play the 2010 season at a temporary stadium at Empire Fields while a new ertractable roof is installed at BC Place. It will be the first time they played outdoors in B.C. since 1982 at Empire Stadium.

But that didn’t deter more than 100 young women from auditioning at Scotia Dance Centre Saturday to become part of the team.

In fact, being outdoors is what brought back Nikki Swerhun, 25, a four-year Felion who works as a retail clothing manager.

“That’s one of the things that made me want to come back. It’s going to be a completely different season. It will be outdoors, it will be a new stadium, a different team — It’s going to be a really good experience,” said Swerhun.

The auditions were some of the most competitive in years, according to Severyn, and much was expected from the dancers. If they make the cut, a final interview awaits them next week.

“In a perfect situation a Felion would be a ‘triple threat.’ which means they have excellent dance ability, they’re in pristine physical shape and they’re a ‘stunner’ — that is to say they’re attractive,” Severyn said.

She said it’s the dancing portion of the auditions that separate the pretenders from the contenders.

The dancers, who are 19 to 35 years old, only have two hours to learn a dance routine and show their skills. Swerhun said it’s usually nerves that get the best of them.

“You have to pick up the choreography, have a great personality, be super outgoing, be physically fit — because we have to dance a lot — smile a lot, and perform to the crowd. You can be a super great dancer but if the nerves get to you you’ll just go blank,” said Swerhun.

A gymnast for the past 12 years Victoria Brooks, 24, appeared at the auditions for the first time and was one of a handful of dancers who wowed the crowd with a tumbling routine.

“Just believe in yourself. You need to be calm and keep smiling and show a lot of enthusiasm,” said Brooks of her auditioning experience.

The auditions were everything from fun to painful as they danced to rap music.

“I fell on my side when we were practicing. I was trying to kick with everything I had and my foot slipped and ‘boom’ I’m on my side as fast as my leg was at my head. My hip hurts but you have to stand up and shake it off and keep going,” said Brooks’ friend Mandi Lambert, 21.

The Felions are also well known throughout Metro Vancouver for their charity and corporate events. And despite the new venue the pre-game Fan Fests and Felion calendars will continue to be a staple at Lions games.

“It’s about the whole package. It’s not all dancing. It’s about public relations and getting out there so your personality is important. They can’t be shy,” said former Felion Dana Luketic, 27, who was assisting Severyn with the auditions.

Severyn believes Empire Fields will be a more “intimate” place to watch a football game but while you may be closer to the Felions this year don’t think that wink and smile from the sidelines is just for you.

“We probably don’t even notice you,” joked Luketic.

2009 Felions Squad Selected on Sunday!

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BC Lions
3/18/2009

Following a weekend of grueling auditions followed by an intense round of interviews in front of the judging panel, the 34 members of the 2009 Felions Dance Team have been selected and will make their debut at the Lions’ pre-season game versus the Edmonton Eskimos on June 23rd!

This past Saturday, more than 100 Felions hopefuls turned up at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom to audition under the watchful eye of Felions talent scouts, looking for just the right combination of beauty, talent and exuberance required to become a member of the Felions Dance Team. From this group, a number of girls were invited to further demonstrate their skills in a special Finalist Showcase at Metrotown’s Grand Court on Sunday afternoon in front of a celebrity judging panel.

The Felions are a team of 34 beautiful and talented women that represent the BC Lions Football Club at community, charity and corporate events in an energetic, informed and professional manner.

One of the premier dance teams in the CFL, the Felions set and maintain the highest standards of excellence in appearance, talent and dedication to community service. The Felions contribute to the exciting and interactive experience of game day at all BC Lions home games with energy, enthusiasm and team spirit. They are driven by their love and passion for dance, performance, CFL football and BC Lions team spirit!

Click here to view the 2009 Felions auditions photo gallery

The 2010 Felions Auditions

The 2010 Felions Auditions will be held on …

Saturday, April 3rd
General Auditions
Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC

Registration: 9:00 am
Auditions begin promptly at 9:30 am
Auditions will end at 4:00 pm

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WHO ARE THE FELIONS?

The Felions are a team of beautiful and talented women that represent the BC Lions Football Club at community, charity and corporate events in an energetic, informed and professional manner.

As one of the premier dance teams in the CFL, the Felions set and maintain the highest standards of excellence in appearance, talent and dedication to community service. The Felions contribute to the exciting and interactive game day experience at all BC Lions home games with energy, enthusiasm and team spirit.

The Felions are driven by their love and passion for dance, performance, CFL football and BC Lions team spirit! The Felions love what they do and it shows!

EXPECTATIONS

• When you arrive at the auditions, please proceed to the registration area for check-in. You will be given an application form to fill out and will be asked to provide a $10.00 non-refundable application fee for registration. Once the form has been filled out, please return it to the registration desk and provide a 4”x6″ or larger COLOUR photo of yourself.

• Once you have registered, you will be given an audition number to be worn on the front of your attire.

• It is expected that you will be at least 19 years of age (as of June 20, 2010), in good physical condition and that you have at least a modest level of dance experience.

• A choreographer will demonstrate a short dance and cheer combination. You will learn and perform the routine as part of a group before a panel of judges.

REQUIRED AUDITION ATTIRE

Please arrive at the auditions wearing athletic attire such as a sports bra (or short sleeveless shirt), shorts, and athletic shoes. You should wear make-up and have your hair styled as if you were performing at the stadium on game day.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the judging criteria?
• Dance ability
• Physical appearance
• Showmanship, make-up & crowd appeal (personality projection, enthusiasm, energy)
• Poise
• Interviews (finalists only)

How many people audition for the Felions?
Typically, 100 – 150 candidates audition each year to fill approximately 34 game day positions. Members of the 2009 Felions Dance Team are required to audition for the 2010 season. You must attend the auditions on Saturday, April 3rd for an opportunity to make the team as no further tryouts will take place.

Do the Felions get paid?
Members of the Felions Dance Team receive two (2) 2010 season tickets and are provided with numerous sponsored services such as gym memberships, tanning, clothing discounts, and hair styling. Felions are not compensated for rehearsals or game day performances. Opportunities for paid appearances are numerous but not guaranteed.

What type of time commitment is involved if I make the team?

The BC Lions have ten (10) regular season home games, as well as one potential home playoff game. The Felions rehearse weekly on Sunday afternoons before and during the season, beginning shortly after the auditions in April.

Being a Felion is a significant commitment for a 12-month period. Attendance at all 10 home games, rehearsals, photo shoots and BC Lions team events is mandatory. The Felions also attend more than 200 corporate, charity and community events per calendar year as the face of the BC Lions Football Club.

Uniform
• The Felions game day uniform and track suit are provided.
• Felions Dance Team members are responsible for maintaining the uniform (boots, on-field uniform, poms, promo wear and jacket) and returning it in good condition at the end of the season.

Most importantly, come with a positive attitude, work hard, and have fun!

How do I register for auditions?

Click HERE to download the pre-registration form!

You can email your completed form to felions@bclions.com, fax to (604) 583-7882, or mail to:

BC Lions Football Club
Attn: Felions Auditions
10605 City Parkway
Surrey, BC
V3T 4C8