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Memphis Grizz Girls Auditions

The Memphis Grizzlies are looking for the best dancers in the Mid-South to join our Grizz Girls for the 2019-2020 season! If you think you’ve got what it takes to dance for one of the hottest teams in the NBA, join us at our Open Call Auditions.

Pre Audition Clinics

Get a leg up on the competition!

  • Thursday, June 13
  • Thursday, June 20

All clinics start at 6:30pm

New Ballet Ensemble
2157 York Avenue, Memphis TN 38104

$35 for one, $60 for both

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First Round Auditions

Sunday, June 23

Registration starts at 12 noon

FedExForum
191 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103

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Grizz Girl Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a High School graduate.
  • You must be a full time student, or have part time job.

What to Bring

  • One 5×7 non-returnable headshot – Your photo should be a current representation of yourself, and should be of only you.
  • Dance Resumé – outline your performance experience along with anything else you would like the judges to know about you.

What to Wear

Look your best at auditions and you’ll feel your best. Your attire should include the following:

  • Nude fishnets or tights.
  • Briefs or hot pants (no pants or leggings allowed)
  • Crop top (mid-section must show)
  • Jazz shoe, dance sneaker or non-marking tennis shoe
  • Attire should be flattering. Dress to impress!
  • Performance hair & make-up are a must!

Judging Criteria

Prospective candidates will be judged on the following:

  • Dance technique and style
  • Showmanship, personality, and energy
  • Physical/personal appearance – Applicants must be in top physical condition.

Order of Audition Day

  • Group Warm Up
  • Across the floor combinations including but not limited to, jazz walks, turns, and leaps.
  • Audition Routine Taught
  • Audition routine performance – in small groups. You will not need to have a personal routine prepared for the auditions, and all dancers will have an opportunity to freestyle.
  • Announcement of Audition Finalists. Please note: First Round auditions will be closed to the public.

How to prepare

  • Take a variety of dance classes including our Girl Play prep classes to ensure you are mentally and physically prepared to learn and process Jazz and Hip Hop choreography.
  • Workout regularly so that you audition in the best physical condition as possible.
  • Do your research – study the team, and their style so that you put yourself in the best position for the job.

Pre-Audition Clinics

There will be a two-part clinic to help dancers put their best foot forward on audition day and get a leg up on the competition.

  • Part 1 (THURSDAY, JUNE 13) will give you one on one advice through a mock audition trial, including actual across the floor combo choreography. It will also include our ‘Get the Look Clinic’ which will cover everything you need to know to look your absolute best on Audition day from Hair, to Make Up, Fitness, and Costuming.
  • Part 2 (THURSDAY, JUNE 20) – learn key choreography that will be used for the audition routine.
  • Please note: Pre-Audition Clinics are not mandatory in order to audition, however they are strongly encouraged.

Important Must haves for a Grizz Girl

  • Must be able to strongly perform a variety of dance styles; particularly jazz, street jazz, and hip hop
  • Must be able to learn choreography quickly, and have strong memory retention
  • Must be willing to meet and maintain physical conditioning requirements throughout season
  • Must be a team player
  • Must have strong work ethic; willing to work hard and commit at all times
  • Must be personable with strong communication skills, and willing to engage with others with a high level of enthusiasm, confidence, and poise.

Additional Things to Know

  • All returning members must go through the audition process each season. No spot is held or guaranteed.
  • Between 16 and 20 dancers will be selected for the team.
  • If currently not residing in the Memphis area, prospective dancers would have to relocate.
  • Grizz Girls must sign a one year contract.
  • Dancers must be available to rehearse 3 days per week (tentatively Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays) in the evenings as well as arrive to arena 3 hours prior to tip off on game days.
  • Being a Grizz Girl is a part time job with a large commitment. Dancers are responsible for ensuring their schedules are flexible enough to accommodate rehearsals and games.
  • This is a professional position with very competitive pay. Dancers are compensated for all rehearsals, home games, and appearances.

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Memphis Grizzlies Dance Team Audition Date Announced

Memphis Grizzlies announce Grizz Girls dance team auditions for 2018-19 season

The Memphis Grizzlies will be holding first round 2018-19 season auditions for the Grizz Girls, presented by Gossett Motor Cars, in the Mallory Gymnasium at Rhodes College (2000 N. Parkway) on Saturday, June 23. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

The Grizzlies are also offering two clinics to give all hopeful candidates the chance to learn the routine that will be used at the final audition, taught by Grizz Girls choreographer Tamara Moore. Clinics will also offer candidates advice on what to wear, make-up tips, how to make the final cut and opportunities to hear from professional dancers. The Grizz Girls will perform at FedExForum for all Memphis Grizzlies home games during the 2018-19 season and will represent the team at events locally, regionally and internationally.

Pre-audition clinics will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 20 at New Ballet Ensemble (2157 York Avenue). The cost is $35 for one session or $60 for both. Dancers can pre-register online at grizzlies.com/grizzgirls.

While participation in the pre-audition clinics and classes is strongly encouraged, it is not mandatory in order to audition. Once first round auditions are complete, the group of finalists will compete for a spot on the 2018-19 Grizz Girls team at the Final Auditions showcase on Sunday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Halloran Centre at The Orpheum (203 S. Main Street). The Final Auditions are free and open to the general public. Doors open at 5 p.m. Fans can also tune in to the live stream of the Grizz Girls Final Auditions on Grizzlies.com.

Currently, Moore also hosts GirlPlay Prep Classes to teach participants basic dance and performance techniques alongside current Grizz Girls. Classes are held weekly on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Sub Roy Studios (2435 Whitten Road). The cost is $10 per class.

Dancers of all skill levels are invited to take part in the classes, pre-audition clinics and audition. To learn more about pre-audition clinics and classes visit grizzlies.com/grizzgirls.

Prospective dancers must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age to participate in the Grizz Girls audition. For more information on auditions call (901) 205-1411 or e-mail grizzgirls@grizzlies.com.

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Grizz Girls Auditions – July 8

Memphis Grizzlies announce Grizz Girls dance team auditions for 2017-18 season

The Memphis Grizzlies will hold first round 2017-18 season auditions for the Grizz Girls, presented by Horseshoe Casino Tunica, in the Mallory Gymnasium at Rhodes College (2000 N. Parkway) on Saturday, July 8. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Three clinics will be offered to give all hopeful candidates the chance to learn the routine that will be used at the final audition, taught by Grizz Girls choreographer Tamara Moore. Clinics will also offer candidates advice on what to wear, make-up tips, how to make the final cut and opportunities to hear from professional dancers. The Grizz Girls will perform at FedExForum for all Memphis Grizzlies home games during the 2017-18 season and will represent the team at events locally, regionally and internationally.

Pre-audition clinics will be held Wednesday, June 21; Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, July 6. All clinics start at 6:30 p.m. and are held at New Ballet Ensemble (2157 York Avenue). The cost is $25 per clinic, $40 for two or $60 for all three. Dancers must pre-register online at Grizzlies.com.

While participation in the pre-audition clinics and classes is strongly encouraged, they are not mandatory in order to audition. Once first round auditions are complete, the group of finalists will compete for a spot on the 2017-18 Grizz Girls team at the Final Auditions showcase on Saturday, July 15 at 6 p.m. at the Holloran Centre at The Orpheum (203 S. Main Street). The Final Auditions are free and open to the general public.

Currently, Moore also hosts GirlPlay Prep Classes to teach participants basic dance and performance techniques alongside current Grizz Girls. Classes are held weekly on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at SubRoy Studios (2345 Whitten Road). The cost is $10 per class. Dancers of all skill levels are invited to take part in the classes, pre-audition clinics and audition. To learn more about pre-audition clinics and classes visit Grizzlies.com.

Prospective dancers must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age to participate in the Grizz Girls audition. For more information on auditions call (901) 205-1411 or e-mail grizzgirls@grizzlies.com.

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Introducing the 2016 – 2017 Memphis Grizz Girls

The Memphis Grizzlies have updated their web site with some profile information on their 2016 – 2017 Grizz Girls.

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Memphis Grizzlies to Host First Round of 2014-15 Grizz Girls Auditions July 12

The Memphis Grizzlies will hold First Round Auditions for the 2014-15 Grizz Girls dance team on Saturday, July 12 inside the Mallory Gymnasium at Rhodes College (2000 N. Parkway Memphis, 38112). Registration begins at 9 a.m. The Grizz Girls will perform at FedExForum for all Memphis Grizzlies games during the 2014-15 season and represent the team at events throughout the greater-Memphis area, as well as internationally.

Before the July 12 First Round Auditions, two clinics will be offered to give hopeful candidates the opportunity to learn the routine that will be used at the audition from Grizz Girls choreographer Tamara Moore. Clinic 1 will be on Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. and Clinic 2 will be held on Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per clinic, or $40 for both.

Going on now and continuing through auditions, Moore will also host Grizz Girls Girl Play classes to teach participants basic dance and performance techniques alongside current Grizz Girls. Classes are held weekly on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Madison Dance Studios (1555 Madison Avenue, Memphis 38104). The cost is $10 per class or $6 for those with a valid college/university ID. Dancers of all skill levels are invited to take part in the classes, pre-audition clinics and audition. To register for the pre-audition clinics and classes go to Grizzlies.com.

While participation in the pre-audition clinics and classes is encouraged, all qualified dancers are invited to participate in the July 12 First Round Auditions. Once these auditions are completed, the group of finalists will compete for a spot on the 2014-15 Grizz Girls team at the Final Auditions on Tuesday, July 15 at the Orpheum Theater. The Final Audition will begin at 7 p.m. and will be free and open to the public.

Prospective dancers must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age to participate in the Grizz Girls audition. For more information on auditions call (901) 205-1411 or e-mail grizzgirls@grizzlies.com.

2013-14 Grizz Girls Auditions – June 22

The Memphis Grizzlies will be holding first round auditions for the 2013-14 Grizz Girls dance team presented by Gold Strike Casino Resort on Saturday, June 22 at Mallory Gymnasium at Rhodes College at 9 a.m. Before the best dancers throughout the Mid-South assemble for the audition, the Grizzlies are offering prospective team members the chance to participate in pre-audition clinics and classes that will give them a leg up on the competition.

The two clinics, which will offer prospective team members the opportunity to learn the routine that will be used at the audition from Grizz Girls choreographer Tamara Moore, will be held Thursday, June 13 and Thursday, June 20 at the New Ballet Ensemble Dance Studio (2157 York Avenue) from 7-9 p.m. The cost per clinic is $25 each, or $40 for both sessions. Interested dancers may pre-register at Grizzlies.com.

Leading up to the pre-audition clinics, Moore will also hold Girl Play Classes that will teach participants basic techniques and performance tips alongside current members of the Grizz Girls every Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday classes will be held at Sub Roy Studios (644 S. Highland Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. while Thursday classes will be at New Ballet Ensemble (2157 York Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. Classes are $10 per session and $6 for college students who have a valid student ID. Dancers of all skills levels are invited to take part in the classes, pre-audition clinics and audition. Register for the pre-audition clinics and classes.

“The pre-audition clinics and classes allow prospective team members a chance to see what it takes to be a Grizz Girl,” said Moore. “Through our clinics, classes and auditions, we think that we’ll be able to put together the most entertaining and talented dance team in the entire NBA.”

While participation in the pre-audition clinics and classes is encouraged, all qualified dancers are invited to participate in the June 22 first round audition at Rhodes College (2000 N. Parkway). Once these auditions are completed, the group of finalists will compete for a spot on the 2013-14 Grizz Girls team at the Final Auditions on Sunday, June 30 at the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Miss. The Final Audition will begin at 4 p.m. in the Millennium Theatre and the event will be free and open to the public.

Prospective dancers must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years of age to participate in the Grizz Girls audition. For more information on auditions visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or, call (901) 205-1411 or e-mail grizzgirls@grizzlies.com.

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Local woman cheers NBA team into finals

Columbia native and Memphis Grizzly Girl Kelly Rash performs a dance routine at a game.

By TIM HODGE
Columbia Daily Herald
May 25, 2013

A Columbia woman sashayed her way from a small dance studio to the FedEx Forum — home of the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies are in the NBA Western Conference Finals, and Columbia native Kelly Rash is primed to hype up the crowd as part of the “Grizzly Girl” dance team.

Rash graduated from Columbia Central High School in 2009. Her appreciation of dance began when she was 3 years old at the Columbia Dance Academy, where she continued lessons through high school.

After high school, Rash attended the University of Memphis where she joined the college’s Pom Squad. The team won a national title in the Universal Dance Association’s hip hop division.

That title gave her the confidence to try out for the Grizzlies in summer 2012.

“Auditioning was definitely nerve-racking,” Rash said. “The college world of dance is completely different from the professional NBA world of dance.”

After several tryouts, she made the team and is in her second season as a Grizzly Girl. One of her favorite parts is performing in the “Grindhouse,” the nickname given to the FedEx Forum by Grizzlies guard Tony Allen.

Rash said Memphis is “going crazy” right now because of its playoff appearance — high fives and camaraderie abound throughout the city.

Jim Rash, Kelly’s father, simply described his daughter as “amazing.” He credits her hard work and dedication for getting her to the professional level.

“We are really proud of Kelly for a lot of reasons,” her father said. “She is a go-getter.”

Kelly Rash currently is taking courses in dental hygiene at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is slated to graduate in May 2014.

Juggling school and work is all about time management, but she is still able to find time for both.

“School is during the day, and the Grizzlies are at night,” Kelly Rash said.

The Grizzly Girl comes home to visit family when she gets a chance. Rash said she misses her dance studio — the place that started her on the right foot — most of all.

“Even though I get to perform for 18,000 people at the FedEx Forum, I still miss having recital at Columbia State and dancing in my small studio,” Kelly Rash said.

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Grizz Girls finalists selected

Grizzlies.com: Mid-South dancers competed for spots on the 2012-13 Grizz Girls team on Saturday morning. Finalists were selected to advance to the Grizz Girls finals to be held at Gold Strike Casino-Resort – Tunica next Sunday, July 29 at 4pm. Come out and support your favorite dancers at the event.

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Former Tennessee Titans Cheerleader debuts on MTV’s Made this Weekend

Southwest cheerleading coach Sabrina Tiller is set to appear on MTV’s MADE reality television series as a cheer/dance coach. The former Tennessee Titans Cheerleader and Memphis Grizzlies dancer filmed the show in Illinois for four months. The show will air on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 2 p.m. on MTV.

Tiller found out about the MADE auditions through a mass email from the alumni president for the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders. “At first I was skeptical but the next day I sent in my resume, photos, certifications and everything required to be considered. I love motivating young ladies and helping them reach their full potential through the art of cheerleading and dance. To be given the opportunity to do it on national television was something I couldn’t pass up!” said Tiller

Although applying for the position was like applying for a regular job, much more was required. After two phone interviews, Tiller was videotaped while answering the interview questions which included performing a cheer! Tiller competed against a huge number of coaches from around the world for this specific position. The long selection process included lots of paperwork and background checks. “It took so long that I thought they had forgotten about me,” said Tiller.

After all the paperwork was signed, Tiller was flown to Illinois to meet her MADE student, Alexis, whose goal was to not only audition for her high school’s hip-hop dance team, she also wanted to lose weight and gain more confidence!. “Filming was very interesting,” said Tiller, who is no stranger to the camera after numerous commercial appearances and also a role in the Memphis-based movie N-secure. “I thought, oh the cameras should be the least of my worries. Well, reality show filming is much different to say the least. Cameras were rolling all the time, catching every move including some embarrassing things I couldn’t delete!” Tiller and Alexis met for training on and off after school in the evenings, weekends and holidays. Since there was such a short amount of time to finish taping the show, Tiller took advantage of every moment. “We had good and bad rehearsals,” said Tiller. “There was a lot of sweat and tears that went into training. Many of the lessons I taught Alexis had little to do with dancing and she found out that training to be a dancer was harder than it looked!”

Tiller hopes the recognition will attract more qualified cheerleaders to her cheer program in Memphis, “I have no idea what funny, sad, and/or crazy moments will make the show but there were definitely some hit or miss moments, some even included calling everything off!” “ I hope everyone will tune in to see how close Alexis got to accomplishing her goals and I also hope my current cheerleaders are able to watch the show and be inspired to do more and take on new life challenges!”

Grizz Girls Finals to take place on July 16

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The Grizz Girls will save the last dance for Saturday, July 16 when the Memphis Grizzlies dance team holds its final audition for the 2011-12 squad at Gold Strike Casino Resort’s Millennium Theatre in Tunica, Miss. (1010 Casino Center Drive). The competition begins at 4 p.m. with doors opening one hour prior and the event is free and open to the public (children must be accompanied by an adult).

To qualify for the final audition, prospective dancers competed in first round of auditions on Saturday, July 9 at Rhodes College’s Mallory Gymnasium. After a rigorous five-hour audition process, approximately 27 dancers were selected to advance to the final round, where they’ll vie for a spot on the 2011-12 Grizz Girls dance team.

This will mark the third consecutive year that the final Grizz Girls audition has been held at the 800-seat theatre at Gold Strike Casino Resort, a longtime partner of the Grizzlies.