2019 Chicago Luvabulls Auditions

The Bulls are looking for Chicago’s most talented and engaging dancers to represent the organization and this great city!


Open Auditions: Saturday, July 13th

Doors open at 9am for registration and close promptly at 9:30am
Wolcott Arts and Athletic Center – 1950 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL – Click here for directions


Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age as of July 13, 2018 – please bring ID
  • Click here to sign the audition waiver before Open auditions July 13th
  • Must have training in jazz and hip-hop dance, with an emphasis on synchronized dance team choreography – tumbling skills, cheer stunts and pom experience are a plus
  • Must reside in the Chicago-land area and have a reliable means of transportation
  • There are no minimum or maximum height or weight requirements
  • Candidates must be able to attend a 3-day training camp on July 15th – 17th
  • Team photo shoot (August Date TBD)
  • Evening rehearsals during the work week will start on Tuesday, July 23rd
  • Bulls home games until the end of the NBA season (includes Playoffs)

Things to know:

  • The Luvabulls are professional dancers, but the job is a part-time position
  • Luvabulls rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some Sunday rehearsals will be required.
  • The Luvabulls appear at corporate and charity events around Chicago and have also appeared internationally in Europe, Asia and South America.
  • Please wear form-fitting dance or athletic attire and gym shoes
  • Hair and makeup should be glamorous and sophisticated
  • Bring kneepads, water and snacks each day
  • Auditions are closed to the public. Friends and family are not allowed to watch.

For more information on the current Luvabulls: Click Here.

Chicago Luvabulls Audition Clinics

LEARN THE ACTUAL CHOREOGRAPHY!
Attend the Audition Clinic Series to help prepare for the open auditions. Learn the actual choreography that will be taught at the open audition. Select participants could be invited to bypass open auditions and move directly to training camp.


Attend the Luvabulls Audition Clinic Series! Click here to register

Click here to sign the audition waiver before Open auditions July 13th

  • Learn the actual choreography that will be taught at the July 13th Luvabulls Open Audition
  • Sign up for all 5 clinics and receive two (2) free tickets to the 2019-20 Chicago Bulls Luvabulls Night game, and a complimentary Luvabulls tee.
  • All clinic participants will receive an automatic pass through the first round of open auditions, but could also be selected to skip the July 13th open auditions and move directly to training camp.
  • Get inside tips and audition advice from current Luvabulls
  • The more clinics you attend, the more familiar you will be with each routine

5 SESSIONS: JUNE 20, JUNE 23, JUNE 27, JULY 9, JULY 11

Thursday, June 20th 6:00pm Doors 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Sunday, June 23rd 3:00pm Doors 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Thursday, June 27th 6:00pm Doors 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Tuesday, July 9th 6:00pm Doors 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Thursday, July 11th 6:00pm Doors 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Wolcott Arts and Athletic Center
1950 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL – Click here for directions

For more Luvabulls audition information: Click Here.

Chicago Luvabulls Auditions

The Bulls are looking for Chicago’s most talented and engaging dancers to represent the organization and this great city!


Open Auditions: Saturday, July 14th

Doors open at 9am for registration and close promptly at 9:30am
Wolcott Arts and Athletic Center – 1950 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL – Click here for directions


Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age as of July 14, 2018 – please bring ID
  • Must have training in jazz and hip-hop dance, with an emphasis on synchronized dance team choreography – tumbling skills, cheer stunts and pom experience are a plus
  • Must reside in the Chicago-land area and have a reliable means of transportation
  • There are no minimum or maximum height or weight requirements
  • Candidates must be able to attend a 3-day training camp on July 16th – 18th
  • Team photo shoot (August Date TBD)
  • Evening rehearsals during the work week will start on Tuesday, July 31st
  • Bulls home games until the end of the NBA season (includes Playoffs)

Things to know:

  • The Luvabulls are professional dancers, but the job is a part-time position
  • Luvabulls rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some Sunday rehearsals will be required.
  • The Luvabulls appear at corporate and charity events around Chicago and have also appeared internationally in Europe, Asia and South America.
  • Please wear form-fitting dance or athletic attire and gym shoes
  • Hair and makeup should be glamorous and sophisticated
  • Bring kneepads, water and snacks each day
  • Auditions are closed to the public. Friends and family are not allowed to watch.

For more information on the current Luvabulls: Click Here

Chicago Luvabulls Auditions – July 15

The Bulls are looking for Chicago’s most talented and engaging dancers to represent the organization and this great city!


Open Audition: Saturday, July 15th

Doors open at 9am for registration and close promptly at 10am
Quest Multisport Complex – 2641 W Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60612 – Click here for directions


Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age as of July 15, 2017 – please bring ID
  • Must have training in jazz and hip hop dance, with an emphasis on synchronized dance team choreography – tumbling skills, cheer stunts and pom experience are a plus
  • Must reside in the Chicago-land area and have a reliable means of transportation
  • There are no minimum or maximum height or weight requirements

Candidates must be able to attend:

  • 3-day training camp on July 17th – 19th and a 3-day finalist boot camp on July 24-26th in the evening
  • Team photo shoot (August Date TBD)
  • Evening rehearsals during the work week, starting the week of August 10th
  • Bulls home games until the end of the NBA season (includes Playoffs)

Things to know:

  • The Luvabulls are professional dancers, but the job is a part-time position
  • The Luvabulls appear at corporate and charity events around Chicago and have also appeared internationally in Europe, Asia and South America
  • Please wear form-fitting dance or athletic attire and gym shoes
  • Hair and makeup should be glamorous and sophisticated
  • Bring kneepads, water and snacks each day
  • Auditions are closed to the public

Click here for more information.

Rosemont’s Cargola At Home With Luvabulls

By Diana Turner-Hurn
Journal & Topics Reporter

Each year, women from around the U.S. try out to be a Chicago Luvabull. Only 25 are selected to cheer on and represent the city’s one NBA team.

This year, one of the 25 selected was Rosemont native Nicole Cargola, daughter of Dianne and Frank Cargola of Rosemont.

“I love being able to represent the Chicago Bulls not only at the games, but during charity events such as recently helping the children’s hospital with the Santa flights helping ill children and their families,” Nicole Cargola, 24, told the Journal.

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Cargola is not only a dancer working part-time for the Luvabulls, but also a physical therapist assistant. She says she really enjoys her work at The Admiral at the Lake skilled nursing facility in Chicago where she works full-time.

“Everyday I work with people that put a smile on my face,” Cargola said. “It is very rewarding work. The only bad thing is that when a patient gets better, they move on and I don’t get to see them as often. A few of them truly touch my heart.

“But although you will miss them, you know you’re doing your job when you are able to send them home,” Cargola said of the patients she works with.

This is the first year Cargola has been a Luvabull. Without disclosing what the job pays, Bulls officials said to become a Luvabull, one must be 21 and have training in jazz and hip hop dance with an emphasis on synchronized dance team choreography, tumbling skills, cheer stunts and pom experience. Those selected must attend evening rehearsals during the week and perform at Bulls home games until the end of the NBA season including the playoffs.

Asked who her favorite Bulls are, Cargola said, “They are all great, but my favorite is Benny the Bull. On a serious note, Jimmy Butler works hard, is very good and seems to be carrying the weight of the team on his back.”

The Luvabulls also appear at corporate and international events. Recently, Cargola appeared with the group on “Good Morning America” for an NBA event.
Cargola is well qualified to be a Luvabull. The 2009 East Leyden High School graduate was a member of the 2011 Adrenaline Rush Dance Team for the now-defunct Arena Football League’s Chicago Rush that played at Allstate Arena.

Cargola began dancing at the age of 3 and participating with cheer and dance teams when she was 7 through Rosemont Park District programs. She was a Rosemont School cheerleader while continuing to take dance lessons.

At East Leyden, Cargola tried out and was accepted for the Leydenettes poms team, and later on, the dance team at Elmhurst College before trying out for the Rush.
“I owe a lot to my Leyden dance coach and neighbor Brenda Drehobl,” Cargola told the Journal. “She coached and inspired me for years and continues to do so.”
After attending Elmhurst and earning a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Management Science, Cargola attended Fox College where she received a physical therapist assistant associate’s degree.

“My parents have been super supportive of everything from my dancing to my work. They are terrific,” Cargola said. “As has been my younger sister Amanda.”
When asked what the future holds, Cargola said someday she’d like to be a dance coach.
“The toughest thing for me in the beginning was at the games, and being in front of 20,000 fans, having all those eyes on you,” she said. “You’re just out there. But I’m used to it now and enjoy being part of the Bulls.”

[Nicole at the Bulls Website]

From Nunnery to Honey Bears Sisterhood

By Burt Constable
The Daily Herald

After graduating from her all-girl high school in 1964, Cathy Core entered the convent of the Sisters of Charity on her path to becoming a nun.

On Friday night, Core, 68, of Wheaton, will be celebrating a different sort of life’s work when her sisters of the Chicago Honey Bears reunite at a charity event Friday in Addison.

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“There’s just a sisterhood, and part of that sisterhood has to do with Cathy,” says Suzy Kopp-Jones of Bartlett, one of many alums of Core’s Honey Bears dance squad that roamed the sidelines at Chicago Bears football games a generation ago, and still remains close.

“It’s a pretty special little sorority,” says Jackie Nicholas Thurlby, a Naperville real estate agent and former Honey Bear, whose three children all boast Cathy Core and her husband Joe Core as their godparents. “The lives she’s impacted — you can’t count the numbers.”

Inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame last September before a crowd packed with cheering, former Honey Bears, Core also was in charge of the Chicago Bulls Luvabulls squad for 29 years until her retirement in 2013. She’s toured the globe with the Luvabulls, directed a host of other dance groups with Chicago’s professional sports teams, run camps for kids, and been a key part of many charity events. In the world of sports entertainment, she’d done everything, except make good on one girlhood dream.

“I always wanted to be a cheerleader,” Core says, “but the nuns decided differently.”

One of the nuns teaching at her high school in her hometown of Jersey City, N.J., wanted her to sing with the glee club instead of being a cheerleader, Core says. Core says just minutes before cheerleader tryouts, the nun sent Core to a closet to get supplies. Somehow, the door locked, and by the time Core was freed, she was too late for cheerleader tryouts.

Determined to scratch her cheerleading itch, Core coached the younger girls’ cheerleader squad at her school. Planning to study nursing after graduating from high school, Core moved into the Sisters of Charity convent in Morristown, N.J. But that wasn’t her calling. So she took a job as an office manager in the fledgling computer department at Pace University in New York, where she ended up coaching the university cheerleading squad.

She grew up on Bidwell Avenue in Jersey City, just a couple of blocks from her future husband, and they went to the same grade school and same Sacred Heart Catholic Church. But they didn’t meet until a young adults dance at their church.

A graduate of Seton Hall University, where he joined the ROTC, Joe was inducted into the Army in 1966, married Cathy on Feb. 4, 1967, and was assigned to duty for a year in Hawaii, where his bride picked up a few dance moves from her hula lessons. After a year in Vietnam, where he was awarded many medals, including a Bronze Star, Capt. Joe Core came home and started a career as a federal agent with the Treasury Department. The couple bought their home in Wheaton when he was transferred to Chicago in 1974. Reluctant to leave New Jersey, Cathy Core decided to make the best of things at her new home. She volunteered as the cheerleading coach for young girls at St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn, and took a job at a teachers’ credit union in Westchester.

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders already had become a national institution when Chicago Bears owner George Halas decided his team should have “dancing girls.” A failed and quickly forgotten experiment with the Bear Essentials, a group of cheerleaders wearing long skirts and knee socks that revealed less skin than the players’ uniforms, led Bears brass to ask around the office for a real cheerleader coach. One woman suggested the cheerleader coach at her church’s school, and Bears General Manager Jim Finks gave Core a call.

“I thought it was someone playing a joke on me, so I laughed and told him I was Shirley Temple,” remembers Core, who didn’t recognize the names of Halas or Finks.

“The next day I answered the phone at the credit union and the voice on the other end said, ‘Shirley, this is Jim Finks. Can we talk?'” Core says.

She was never a cheerleader and her only formal dance lessons were in Irish step-dancing, but Core immediately found success with the Honey Bears as the squad’s director and choreographer.

“I’d do a lot of stuff at home. I’d have the music blasting and be sweating my buns off,” says Core, who admits to learning from her pupils. “I would listen to them. My talent was that I could see the big picture. I could tell right away if it was going to work.”

The first professional football game she attended, Core was on the sidelines directing a squad of 28 Honey Bears adorned in white “hot pants” and a vest that covered their midriffs and laced in the front. “When the girls first hit the field, the fans went crazy,” she remembers.

So did Bears management. At halftime, Core was given a note complaining that the dancers were showing too much cleavage, so Core had them lace up the front. When the Honey Bears came out for the second half with a more modest look, Core got a phone call on the sideline from Finks.

“What are you doing? The girls look like a bunch of nuns out there,” he told her.

“Jim won out,” says Core, who notes that the Honey Bears never showed as much skin as the cheerleading crews in Dallas or Miami. Those original members were required to be full-time students or have jobs. They were paid $5 a game that first season, but were in demand all year for personal appearances.

“I never thought the girls were being exploited. They were always treated with the utmost respect,” Core says, who eventually formed C.C. Company with her husband, and hired choreographers. “They (the Honey Bears) took great pride in their appearance, the way they handled themselves, their education, their talent.”

Making sure that the women adhered to strict behavior codes, including no fraternizing with the players, Core remembers firing a couple of Honey Bears for posing nude in magazines, and another for building a relationship with a player. She ran a tight ship.

“You learned how to be young women,” says Thurlby, who remembers being “scared to death” of doing something that would require a reprimand from Core.

“I still can’t chew gum,” says Kopp-Jones, recalling Core’s ban on gum.

After Halas died, the team soured on the Honey Bears. Their last game was Super Bowl XX on Jan. 26, 1986, in New Orleans.

“If you’re going out, that’s a great way to go out,” Core says. “And they haven’t won a Super Bowl since, I might add. The curse of the Honey Bears.”

Core took over the Luvabulls in 1984, and continued with the squad through the Michael Jordan years and six championships. She and her husband had Jordan sign a few items during the years, including a photo from his rookie season, just in case Jordan became famous someday. Jordan assured them he would.

In traveling around the world with the Luvabulls and other groups, the Cores became involved in A New Day Cambodia, a charity begun by sports photographer Bill Smith and his wife, Lauren. For the past decade, the Cores have been frequent visitors, financial and emotional supporters, and active “parents” for Samong, now 20, and her brother, Pov, 18.

“That’s been wonderful,” Joe Core says, noting so many of their friendships, travels and joys have grown out of the career that began when Cathy Core agreed to be the “Ma Bear” for the Honey Bears.

“I never thought I could tell you anything about football, and now I yell at (Bears quarterback Jay) Cutler like everybody else,” she says, adding that she’d like to see the Honey Bears revived. “I think the team needs a little something-something now.”

Core has gotten more from her career than she ever imagined.

“It’s phenomenal,” Cathy Core says of the relationships she and her husband have built. “Having these women in our lives has been the icing on the cake.”

Techie By Day, Luvabull By Night: How to Juggle Startup Life and Professional Dance

By Jim Dallke
ChicagoInno.com

The demands of working at a startup are notorious. Long hours, multiple responsibilities, and building a truly innovative business can put a lot of pressure on a young company and its employees. But if you’re used to performing in front of 20,000 screaming fans, maybe the pressures of the tech world don’t seem quite as intimidating.

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Amelia Carpenter is a marketing and communications associate at Narrative Science, a Chicago startup that turns massive amounts of data into written stories. She’s also one of the newest additions to the Luvabulls, the professional dance team of the Chicago Bulls. The dual roles have Carpenter growing a tech brand and doing internal communications during the day, and practicing and performing at the United Center at night. The two jobs require vastly different skill sets, but the gigs have more in common than you might think, Carpenter said.

“At Narrative Science, we have this product and we’re working day in and day out on this team and we all have the same goal,” she said. “And ultimately we have this audience that has these expectations of us. And it’s exactly the same as being on the Luvabulls. You’re working really hard as a team to put something together and deliver to an audience.”

After a full day at Narrative Science, Carpenter practices at least twice a week with the Luvabulls, plus games. During larger performances, like for Halloween and Christmas Day games, the team will practice four times a week. And there are the autograph signings and community outreach events that keep the dancers even busier. It’s a demanding schedule for the 25-year-old Detroit native, but doable with some creative time management, she said.

“I love working on a team,” Carpenter said. “I love working toward something awesome and putting in the work and the time to make it amazing. And the performance part of it, whether it’s delivering a product at Narrative Science or performing at a game, that’s the really rewarding part for me.”

Making the Luvabulls is intensely competitive; roughly 20 women make the team of over 200 that try out. Carpenter made the 2014-15 squad after unsuccessfully trying the previous two years. A dancer all the way through college at the University of Miami Ohio, she said making the Luvabulls was a dream come true.

“You don’t always get instant gratification as a dancer, so making the team was kind of indescribable,” she said. “It was amazing. I worked really hard for it.”

In college, Carpenter was in the entrepreneurship department at Miami and always had a desire to be a journalist and tells stories. So when Narrative Science CEO Stuart Frankel came to the school (where he graduated) to give a talk, Carpenter knew that was the company she wanted to work for.

“I knew about his success at DoubleClick and the sale to Google, and I was really interested in journalism, so when Narrative Science came up it was sort of a natural fit with journalism and tech. I pretty much just emailed him until he responded for an interview.”

Having a dual role in both the tech scene and the professional dance community comes with its challenges. And Carpenter acknowledged that both professions come with their fair share of stereotypes. But Carpenter is proof that techies can be extroverted performers, and dancers can be sort of nerdy. Both communities are very open minded, she said, which is something that attracted her to both professions.

“I think both communities are accepting of all personalities, especially in tech.” she said. “There’s so many good ideas and so much innovation, you have to be (open minded). And you have to be smart to be a dancer … to be that creative and to do the things that we do.”

The jobs have Carpenter thinking about how to merge the two, like using Bulls data at Narrative Science to perform predictive analytics before the season. She said both jobs compliment her personality, and she hopes to continue the roles in the future.

“I get to have my day job, and I’m really passionate about the people I work with there. And I get to go and be really creative and pursue my passion in dance at night.”

[Amelia the Bulls website]