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2014 Pittsburgh Power Sparks Dance Team

The new squad just announced:

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Congratulations 2014 Pittsburgh Power Dancers!

2014 Sparks Dance Team Announced
The 13-Member Sparks Squad Consisting of 10 Veteran Dancers is Set
PittsburghPowerFootball.com

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 28, 2014) – The Pittsburgh Power and the Sparks are pleased to announce the members of the official 2014 Sparks Dance Team.

“With all the positive off-season production in the football operations side, and now the Sparks, I couldn’t be more excited for the 2014 Power season to begin!” exclaimed Sparks Dance Team Director Jennelle Johnson. “We will be sure to light up the arena on games days for our amazing fan base and, of course, our Pittsburgh Power Football Team.”

The 13-member squad is made up of ten veterans and three newcomers. The Sparks Dance Team performs at all nine of the Power home games at CONSOL Energy Center. The dance team also has a strong involvement in the Pittsburgh community, making appearances at many local events throughout the season.

The Pittsburgh Power and the Sparks Dance Team will kickoff their 2014 season on Saturday, March 15, at CONSOL Energy Center when the Power host East division rival Cleveland Gladiators.

2014 SPARKS DANCE TEAM

Veterans:
Asia, Captain
Kim, Captain
Alisha
Brianna
Brittany
Caitlin
Cydney
Krissy
Melissa
Nikki

Rookies:
Katie
Rebecca
Victoria

Kim is the Dream Team Representative for the Sparks Dance Team

Congrats to Kim who will represent the Pittsburgh Power Sparks Dance Team next month in Orlando at Arena Bowl XXVI.

 

 

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2013 Pittsburgh Power Sparks Dance Team Tryouts

YOU MUST ATTEND AUDITIONS ON ONE OF THE PRELIMINARY DATES (LISTED BELOW) TO BE CONSIDERED. YOU CAN ONLY AUDITION ON ONE OF THESE THREE PRELIMINARY AUDITION DAYS TO QUALIFY FOR THE FINALS

* Preliminary Auditions – Closed to the public
* The first 30 minutes of the tryout will be for registration, walk-ins are welcome!

Dates:

Wednesday January 16 from 6-10pm
Saturday January 19 from 12pm-5pm
Sunday January 20 from 9am-2pm

Location – Club One Fitness in Shadyside
6325 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
Fee – FREE
Attire – See below
Registration – The first 30 minutes will be for registration
Finals:

Location – Jergels Rhythm Grille
103 Slade Lane, Warrendale
Date – Friday, January 25, 2013
Time – 5 – 7 p.m.
Description – The final round of auditions will include performing two routines learned during preliminary auditions in front a panel of judges and POWER fans. New members of the 2013 SPARKS Dance Team will be announced at the end of Finals. All SPARKS will be required to stay for a photo shoot immediately following the final audition.
Requirements

On Tryout Day
• Must be 18 years of age. Valid ID is required
• Must submit a non-returnable individual photo (headshot preferred) at least 5×7 in size
• Must submit a non-returnable resume including professional and dance experience
• Being a SPARKS dancer is a commitment, so you must have an accommodating schedule and be able to attend all home games, appearances, practices and workouts
• Must have reliable means of transportation
• Must have some form of dance training
Attire
• Preliminary Audition– Half top or sports bra and shorts, form-fitting shorts or skirt, of any color or style
• Finals – Attire will be discussed after the completion of preliminary auditions.
• Footwear – Any sneakers or dance shoes of your choice
• Appearance – Hair and makeup should be sophisticated and glamorous. You are encouraged to bring touchup makeup and hair products. This is a professional audition, it is important to maintain a game day appearance! The SPARKS perform with their hair down and make-up is always performance ready!
* Visible tattoos should be covered with makeup and body piercings should be removed

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The Sparks – AFL Dance Team of the Year

The Sparks dance team has been named the Dance Team of the Year, it has been announced by the Arena Football League (AFL).

The Power’s dance team is led by Director Jennelle Johnson, who has been the squad’s Coach for the past two years. Johnson has more than 20 years of professional dance experience, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and a number of popular recording artists (Brian McKnight and Ludacris). In addition to coaching the Sparks, Johnson currently serves as head coach to the Duquesne University dance team. “I am beyond excited and honored that the AFL has recognized just how talented the Sparks dancers are!” Johnson said. “The girls have worked very hard and truly are a beautiful, talented, and driven group of young women. I am looking forward to coaching the Sparks in 2013 to defend their title as the #1 Dance Team in the AFL!”

Power General Manager, Michael Gorham, echoed Johnson’s remarks. “We are extremely proud of The Sparks and Jennelle for being crowned the AFL’s Best Dance Team. It is refreshing to see this great group of girls being recognized for all of the hard work and dedication they have put into our organization.”

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Dancers light up field as Sparks

Point Park Globe
February 21, 2012

Three Point Park University dance majors have earned a spot on the official dance team of Pittsburgh’s new arena football team, the Pittsburgh Power. As members of “The Sparks,” the girls will show off their moves at Pittsburgh Power home games, as well as at various promotional events in the area.

“It was a new thing coming out in Pittsburgh, and I wanted to be part of something new,” sophomore dance major Sam Elliot, a veteran Spark and co-captain going into her second season with the team, said about getting involved. “It involved dance, of course, which is my passion. After doing it, I learned it was so much fun. The fans are crazy.”

Sophomore dance major and veteran Spark Meghan Manning agreed. Last year, she learned about the team tryouts from her high school science teacher.

“The [minimum] age is 18, and I had just turned 18, so I felt like I had to try out,” she said.”After I auditioned, there was a second day of auditions, and I told my friends about it. When we made it, we decided to give it a try, and it was really fun.”

Rudy Hazen, a freshman dance major and Sparks rookie, was inspired to try out after attending a Pittsburgh Power game during her senior year of high school.

“I went to a game and it was so fun,” she said. “It’s a way to get a performance opportunity.”

Meghan, Rudy, and Sam

The girls earned their spot on the team through multiple auditions. “There was a preliminary where we had to learn a hip hop combination and a jazz combination, then we had a regular audition where they made cuts,” Hazen said. “If you got through the preliminaries, then you had to do the finals.”

The final round was held at Mullen’s Bar in the North Side, and the girls performed in front of a panel of judges.

According to Manning, the auditions were “less scary than last year, because I have done it before. They were a lot of fun. I thought there was more talent this year, since more people knew about it.”

The team entertains the fans during Power games by dancing on both the sidelines and midfield. Their sideline routines, called “numbers and letters,” are performed with poms during each quarter of the game. Then, in between the quarters, the girls run out to midfield and perform a full dance routine, called a “quarter break.”

According to Elliot, the Power fans are what make the experience fun.

“It’s a lot different than regular football because it’s indoors and the fans are closer to you and they can interact more,” she said.

With a fairly large span of ages and backgrounds, the team members make time to get to know each other and bond.

“We just became a new team, so half of us are veterans and half of us are rookies,”Elliot said. “But we are definitely trying to make the team dynamic a lot closer than it was last year, because a lot of us didn’t know each other last year, with the different schools.”

The team has dinners together and, recently, took a bowling trip together.

“Since practice has started, we’re bonding more,” Hazen said.

As with any team, the Sparks have certain rules and standards guiding behavior.

“We have to be presentable at all times, even when we’re not in costume,” Hazen said.

The girls also are told to watch what they post online and to be friendly to everyone, even outside of the Power games. Elliot explained that the rules are in place “because people do recognize us and watch us and see us, and we don’t need a bad reputation.”

The Point Park girls light up the field at the first Pittsburgh Power home game of the season on March 23 at 8 p.m.

Audition for the Pittsburgh Power Sparks Dance Team

The SPARKS are the premier Dance Team for the Pittsburgh Power Arena Football Team. We are back, and ready for another amazing season! The SPARKS perform at each of the nine (9) POWER home games in the brand new CONSOL Energy Center, as well as make appearances at community events in and around Pittsburgh, and bring an undeniable energy to over 10,000 fans per game!!

The SPARKS are paid per game and for various appearances as well as receive a complimentary gym membership, free tanning, discounted hair services, airbrush tanning, photo shoots, POWER gear, as well as many other benefits and perks. The SPARKS dance team will be the perfect balance between technique, beauty, and entertainment!
Pre – Audition Workshops

Would you like to get a ‘leg up’ on the competition at this year’s tryouts? Receive instruction on 4 different routines (two per workshop), to ensure you’re ready for tryouts. Each workshop will give you an opportunity to get used to the style & technical requirements, and give you a little taste of what auditions and being a SPARK are going to be like! Attending each one of these workshops will also give you a discount on your tryout costs and an undeniable ‘leg up’ at auditions!

* Workshop attendance is not mandatory to audition, but strongly recommended!

Location – Club One Fitness in Shadyside
6325 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
Dates – Wednesday, October 19th and Wednesday, October 26th
Times – 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost Per Workshop – $15 (each workshop contains separate dance instruction ; attend both to get a ‘leg up’)

* Save $20 towards tryouts – Get $10 off tryout registration for each workshop you attend!
Requirements

On Tryout Day
• Must be 18 years of age by the start of the 2012 season. Valid ID is required
• Must submit a non-returnable individual photo (headshot preferred) at least 5×7 in size
• Must submit a non-returnable resume including professional and dance experience
• Being a SPARKS dancer is a commitment so you must have an accommodating schedule and be able to attend appearances, all home games, and practices and workouts
• Must have reliable means of transportation
• Must have some form of dance training

Attire
• Preliminary Audition – Half top or sports bra and shorts, form-fitting shorts or skirt, of any color or style
• Interview – Trendy pant suit, skirt suit, or business casual attire
• Finals – You will be required to wear black spandex shorts, your top will be provided by the POWER
• Footwear – Any sneakers or dance shoes of your choice
• Appearance – Hair and makeup should be sophisticated and glamorous. You are encouraged to bring touchup makeup and hair products. This is a professional audition, it is important to maintain a game day appearance! The SPARKS perform with their hair down and make-up is always performance ready!
* Visible tattoos should be covered with makeup and body piercings should be removed
Auditions:

YOU MUST ATTEND AUDITIONS ON ONE OF THE PRELIMINARY AUDITION DATES (LISTED BELOW) TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A MEMBER OF THE SPARKS DANCE TEAM, YOU CAN ONLY AUDITION ON ONE OF THESE THREE PRELIMINARY AUDITION DAYS TO QUALIFY FOR FINALS

* Preliminary Auditions – Closed to the public
* The first 30 minutes of the tryout will be for registration, walk-ins are welcome!

Dates –

Wednesday, November 9th from 6-11pm
Saturday, November 12th from 11am-5pm
Sunday, November 13th from 11am-5pm

Location – Club One Fitness in Shadyside
6325 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh
Fee – $40 ($10 refund per Dance Workshop you attend ; $20 savings!)
Attire – See above
Registration – The first 30 minutes will be for registration

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Pittsburgh Power Name Jennelle Johnson Dance Team Coach
Auditions Set for This Saturday

jenellepowerJennelle Johnson has over 20 years of professional dance experience ranging from back-up dancing for recording artists Brian McKnight and Ludacris to her experience with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Erie Freeze. She graduated from Penn State University with a double major in International Business and Operations Management and served as the Captain of the Penn State Dance Team, leading the girls to two national titles and several regional titles.

After graduation Jennelle took her leadership to the next level, serving as Captain to the Erie Freeze AIFL dance team The Chillers. Jennelle continued to climb the professional ranks when in 2006 she joined the Cleveland Cavaliers Dance Team and began traveling with the NBA USO TOUR, entertaining troops in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. In 2007, Jennelle returned to Pittsburgh and to teaching, serving as the head instructor at the North Pittsburgh Dance Academy until earning the position as head coach for the Duquesne University dance team. Jennelle has a myriad of experience in dance ranging from Jazz, Ballet & Tap to Street Funk, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Krump. She choreographed countless routines & recitals for all ages in her past positions as team captains, dance instructor and head coach.

Try Out for the Dance Team

The Pittsburgh High Voltage Dance Team is the premier dance team for the Pittsburgh Power arena football team. The SPARKS perform at each of the nine (9) POWER home games, in the brand new CONSOL Energy Center, as well as make appearances at various community events in and around Pittsburgh.

The SPARKS are paid per game and for various appearances as well as receive a gym membership, free tanning, discounted hair services and airbrush tanning, a photo shoot and calendar shoot, POWER gear as well as many other benefits and perks. The SPARKS dance team will be the perfect balance between technique, beauty, and entertainment!

Preliminary Audition – Closed to the public
Saturday, Nov. 6th or Sunday, Nov. 7th

Wilkinsburg High School, 718 Wallace Ave, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
$35 at the door, $30 if you pre-register
Registration starts 10:00am

(Pre-registration fees are non-refundable)

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