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Fox Sports Indiana: 2017-2018 NBA Cheerleaders

The NBA season is upon us and Fox Sports Indiana has posted a gallery of NBA Cheerleader images on their web site.  Click here to view the images.

Random NBA Dance Team Pic of the Day

Washington Wizard Girls Auditions – July 16

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The Washington Wizards are looking for energetic and talented dancers for the 2017-2018 Wizard Girls squad!  Wizard Girls Auditions presented by D’USSÉ will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Verizon Center.  Registration begins at 11 a.m. and auditions start promptly at noon.  Check out the audition details below and click here to pre-register and secure your spot today!

General Information

2017 Wizard Girls Auditions presented by D’USSÉ

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Registration 11a.m. Audition 12p.m.

Verizon Center
601 F Street NW
Washington, DC  20004  
Fee: $20

Details

 Open auditions are closed to the public.  Preliminary auditions will consist of 3 rounds of choreography that will include hip-hop, jazz, pom, and freestyle.  Finalists will be chosen and announced at the conclusion of the day.  Please bring food and drink to keep you energized and hydrated between rounds.  Also bring items to freshen up in between rounds.  Candidates will be judged on appearance, style, technique, personality, energy and projection, completion of choreography, personality and attitude.  Audition dates and location are subject to change throughout the audition process.

Requirements

·       Must be 18 years or older by July 16,2017 (valid I.D. required on the day of audition)
·       Must be at least a part-time student or hold a part-time job.
·       Completed waiver and professional/dance resume
·       Must provide a non-returnable headshot and full body shot
·       Must be available for 35 of 41 home games and be able to attend all evening rehearsals
·       Must be able attend a certain number of appearances and Wizards related events
·       If selected , a year contract and commitment are required
·       Walk ups day of auditions are welcomed

Attire

·       Two-piece dance audition outfit (must be fitted, must show midriff, no full length pants or capris)
·       Dance Shoes or Sneakers with non-marking soles
·       Nude hose or tights
·       Performance ready hair and make-up

Training Camp

Mandatory Finalist Interviews
July 17 & July 18 (by Appointment only)
Verizon Center (4 th Floor)
601 F Street NW, Washington DC 20004

Finalist Training Camp Rehearsals
July 17-23 (4-5 mandatory evening rehearsals)

2017 Wizards Girls Audition Finals Showcase presented by D’USSÉ

Details coming soon. 

Countdown to P-R-O 2017: T-minus 11 Days and Counting!

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Brittany of the Washington Wizard Girls.

Random NBA Dance Team Pic of the Day

Random NBA Dance Team Pic of the Day

Random NBA Dance Team Pic of the Day

2017 NBA All Star Dance Team – Washington Wizard Girl Emily T.

The Washington Wizard Girls have announced Emily T. as their 2017 NBA All Star Dance Team representative.

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Richmond RoughRiders Dance Team Prep Class and Auditions

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Richmond, Virginia has always been a bit small for a major league team, but the Richmond Raiders were blessed with a top tier major league quality dance team, coached by former Washington Wizards Dancer (2000-2003, Captain) and Washington Redskins Cheerleader (2005-2012, Captain) Kelly Allen. Well, in the topsy turvy wacky world of indoor football this spring, the Raiders are no more, but Richmond has a new indoor football team in town, and Kelly is now the Director of the RoughRiders Dance Team. Great news! Information about the prep classes (December 15th) and auditions (January 7th) are included in the graphic above, and we were thrilled to feature Kelly, singing her praises, at this link, previously at UltimateCheerleaders.

2016 P-R-O Convention All Star: Washington Wizard Girl Lizz

I think it is fair to say that a dance team or cheerleading squad takes on the personality of it’s director. In the case of the Washington Wizard Girls, who are led by Derric Whitfield, they are hip, urban and a little bit edgy. And our next 2016 P-R-O Convention All Star is the embodiment of this Wizard Girl sentiment…introducing Wizard Girl Lizz.

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For our next 2016 P-R-O Convention All Star we head out west.  Check back tomorrow to see who takes the spotlight.  And for more cheerleader articles, please visit my personal blog: thehottestdanceteam.wordpress.com.

Washington Wizard Girls Finals Showcase

On Monday, August 3, 2015, the Washington Wizard Girls held their Finals Audition Showcase at the Howard Theatre. The program started with an opening number with all 30 finalists performing on stage. The rest of the audition was broken into three rounds where the ladies perfomed a jazz routine in a group of four, and a hip-hop routine in a group of five. The finalists showed off their personality while introducing themselves in the swimsuit portion of each round. In the end, 21 ladies were selected to be a member of the 2015-2016 Wizard Girls.

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Congratulations 2015-16 Washington Wizard Girls

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Wizard Girl Auditions

On Saturday, July 18, the Washington Wizard Girls held their open auditions at Trinity University. The auditions consisted of three rounds. Those who attended the Wizard Girls prep classes received a bye of the first round and began their audition process in the second round.

In each round the women learned a dance routine that they performed in a group of four or five in front of the judges. The finalists who made it through the first the first three rounds will attend training camp for two weeks with the veterans. The final audition will take place at the Howard Theater on Monday, August 3, 2015.

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AllPro3 Photo of the Day – July 6

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Washington Wizard Girl Chimere

Singing the praises of Richmond Lady Raiders Director Kelly Allen, an alumnus of ten years of pro cheer

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Kelly Allen embodies the term, “multi-talented.” Kelly spent ten years dancing for the NBA Wizards and NFL Redskins, and is also an accomplished singer, mathematics major, and now Director of the PIFL’s Richmond Lady Raiders Dance Team. A former captain for both the Wizard Dancers and Redskins Cheerleaders, Kelly choreographed many of their dance routines.

Kelly has donated her time to perform as a dancer, singer, actress and choreographer for musical productions presented by Cabaret for Life, Inc. for over fifteen years. Cabaret, as a non-profit organization, donates its show proceeds to organizations that provide support to groups or organizations whose mission is to ease the lives of those suffering from debilitating diseases. In addition, Kelly has been a member of the dance company The Capitol Movement Project. With this group, Kelly had the honor of dancing, singing, and choreographing in Capitol Movements Concerts at the Historic Lincoln Theater and the Kennedy Center, as well as the at the 25th Anniversary Radio One Gala. The organization’s mission is to build better lives through dance by partnering with community organizations to provide disadvantaged youth and underserved citizens the chance to participate in and patronize the arts in Washington, DC.

Kelly has been a singer with Kaleidoscope, a ten-piece band, based in Maryland, providing entertainment on a multi-state basis. She has been a feature singer with the band, and has performances ranging from NFL football games to the Inaugural Balls for Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama.

For seven years Kelly was the organizer, manager and producer of a major benefit event titled “Kelly and Friends” which featured a band, Kelly as the lead singer, along with other talented musicians. Proceeds from “Kelly and Friends,” which benefited Prince George’s County charities, exceeded $300,000 over the past seven years.

And now, Kelly is in her third season Director of the excellent Lady Raiders that support the PIFL’s Richmond Raiders. With the Raiders hosting a playoff game Monday night, it is a great time to learn more about, who shared with UltimateCheerleaders insights into her life. Kelly kindly was interviewed last before she added yet another facet to her life, being a mom of twins!

UC – Kelly, where you were born and raised, and what are your favorite childhood memories?

Kelly – I was born and raised in New Jersey, have six siblings. My favorite childhood memories are just being young and carefree without a worry in the world and being around my siblings.

UC – How old were you and how did you start dance? As a singer and dancer, were you always putting on shows when you were young?

Kelly – I started dancing at the age of five years old. Whatever activity my older sister was involved in, I always followed so at first my sister enrolled in gymnastics, so then I enrolled. Then my sister went into dance, and then I followed. I have never been nervous to perform in front of a crowd. I was always called a little “ham.” I always created little shows at home and whenever my parents came home from work, I would make them sit down to watch it. Of course the show would be extra-long, so my parents would set a time limit.

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UC – When did you start your singing training, and who were your singing influences as you developed?

Kelly – I always loved singing for as long as I can remember and took my first vocal lessons when I was twelve years old. My idol has been and always will be Whitney Houston and that is the style that I always tried to emulate. The song that would show my vocal range the best is “I Will Always Love You.”

UC – Tell me about your post high school education and dance/music training?

Kelly – I went to Howard University where I originally majored in dance. After a year, I changed my major to Pure and Applied Mathematics and minored in Secondary Education and Voice. I studied classical music, mostly Italian.

UC – If there was a dream lead role in a musical that you would love to perform on Broadway, what would it be?

Kelly – If I could have any role in a Broadway play, it would be Velma in Chicago, or basically anything Fosse.

UC – What was dance/cheer squads background before you tried out for the Redskins? What prompted you to try-out for the Skins the first time?

Kelly – While attending Howard University, I was a captain for the Bisonettes. After college, I was a Washington Wizards Dancer for three years and held the position of captain and was with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders for seven years and was also a captain. My coach Stephanie Gross, who was previously with the Wizards and moved over to the Redskins, was my motivation to try out. I loved dancing under her. I was lucky enough to know a few current and alumni redskins cheerleaders at the time that I decided to tryout and through their great advice and guidance, was able to make the team on my first try.

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UC – What were you favorite memories of being part of the pro cheer, and what experiences did it add to your life?

Kelly – My favorite memories of being a Wizards Dancers and a Washington Redskins was making made several trips to the Middle East, Europe, the Balkans, Central America, and Greenland to entertain and boost the morale of our troops before and after the 9/11 tragedy; serenading the troops vocally as well as dancing. My most memorable moments as a Redskins Cheerleader is running out the tunnel for the first time to thousands of screaming fans, and singing the National Anthem at multiple games. Cheering professionally resulted in me growing more as a person and a professional, meeting so many people that I was able to network with and learn from, and fostering lifelong friendships that I cherish.

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