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HEAT Dancers Auditions To Be Held This Sunday

Jun 13 2009 12:53AM

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MIAMI, 07/31 –The Miami HEAT is searching for talented, high energy and poised dancers to wow a group of judges on Sunday, August 3, at 12:00 Noon at the AmericanAirlines Arena to become part of the hottest dance team in all of professional sports, the Miami HEAT Dancers.   

The HEAT Dancers, three-time winners of the NBA’s Dance Team Bracket Competition where they were crowned “The Most Popular Dance Team in the NBA,” is the league’s premier dance team. USA Today heralded the HEAT Dancers as “cutting edge,” “well-drilled and hip.” In addition to being featured on ESPN’s “The Season,” and MTV’s countdown show “MTV Hits,” the HEAT Dancers earned their greatest honor to date when they were selected to participate in a photo spread in ‘FHM’ magazine. The HEAT Dancers remain the only non-host city dance team invited to perform during the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities, wowing the audience in Houston during All-Star 2006. The HEAT Dancers were even celebrated on’s “Page 2.” Gregg Easterbrook writes that “their allure is an indicator of a power shift -- the best-looking beach babes now congregate in South Florida, not California.” Their appeal is global having recently traveled to and performed in China, Istanbul, London, Germany, and the British Virgin Islands. 

Dancing for the HEAT also proves to be a gateway to the entertainment world, as several former HEAT Dancers have achieved stardom. Trista Rehn (2000-02) was the star of the popular ABC reality series “The Bachelorette,” and has appeared in a number of other TV shows including “The Bachelor,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “Fear Factor.” Jessica Sutta (1999-02) is a vocalist for the pop group “Pussycat Dolls” and was featured in the music videos of Will Smith, Beyoncé Knowles and Gloria Estefan. Brooke Long (2005-06) is Suitcase No. 15 Model for NBC’s hit show “Deal or No Deal” and Layla El (2004-06) was the winner of the “2006 WWE $250,000 Diva Search.” Johanna Gomez (2002-04), former co-host of the mun2 show “fuZion” currently serves as an entertainment reporter for WPLG-ABC 10. Most recently, Jamie Ruiz (2003-08) stepped into the spotlight on the popular CW show “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious” and now works in Nevada as part of the Pussycat Dolls’ Vegas act. And Susie Garcia (2002-08) was one of the top 20 finalists on the 2008 season of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance?”  

HEAT Dancers tryouts will take place at 12:00 Noon, and auditions are free and open to those who are 18 years or older by the date of audition, who have experience in dance, gymnastics or cheerleading, along with an outgoing and dynamic personality. Hopefuls participating must wear dance attire and sneakers, and are encouraged to submit a resume and headshot.  

All participants will be taught a routine to be performed in groups in front of the celebrity judges including Deco Drive’s Louis Aguirre, WPLG-ABC 10’s Johanna Gomez, WTVJ-NBC 6’s Adam Kuperstein, 790 The Ticket’s Jorge Sedano, WFOR-CBS 4’s Prim Siripipat and WEDR-99 JAMZ’s Lorenzo “Ice Tea” Thomas, among others. Approximately 40 dancers will then be selected for a four-day boot camp, which will better assess their skills. Boot camp, hosted at the AmericanAirlines Arena, will begin on Monday, August 4 and run through Thursday, August 7 from approximately 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. each night. Final cuts will be held on Friday, August 8. Location is TBD. 

For the first time ever, HEAT fans are invited to watch the HEAT Dancers auditions while taking part in a “Select-A-Seat” event, where fans will have the opportunity to sit in available seat inventory and purchase Season Tickets on the spot, guaranteeing they are in the house to see the HEAT Dancers up close and personal. The first fan to purchase two or more lower level seats during the “Select-A-Seat” event between the hours of 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. will be invited to sit in as an honorary judge of the HEAT Dancers Auditions. 

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