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Grizz Girls auditions coming July 9

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Pre-audition clinics and classes available for prospective team members

MEMPHIS — The Memphis Grizzlies will be holding auditions for the 2011-12 Grizz Girls dance team at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 9 at Rhodes College’s Mallory Gymnasium, but before the best dancers in the Mid-South 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 June 29 and July 6 at the New Ballet Ensemble dance studio starting at 7 p.m. on 2157 York Avenue. The cost per clinic is $20 or $30 for both sessions. View and download clinic details and application.

Leading up to the pre-audition clinics, Moore will also hold dance classes that will teach participants basic techniques and performance tips alongside members of the Grizz Girls every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the New Ballet Ensemble dance studio. Classes are $10 per session. Dancers of all skill levels are invited to take part in classes, pre-audition clinics and audition. To register for the pre-audition clinics and classes, go to Grizzlies.com.

“Our pre-audition clinics and classes will provide prospective team members an opportunity to see what it takes to be a Grizz Girl,” Moore said. “The Grizz Girls added a great deal of excitement to FedExForum during a memorable playoff run, and through our clinics, classes and auditions, we believe we will continue to assemble one of the most entertaining dance teams in the NBA.”

While participation in the pre-audition clinics and classes is encouraged, all qualified dancers are invited to participate in the July 9 audition at Rhodes College at 2000 N. Parkway.

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. Download the audition application form.Read the Audition FAQ.