Denver Nuggets Dancers FAQs

What do I need to bring to auditions?

  • Resume
  • Headshot (8” x 10”)
  • The audition process is strenuous! Bring plenty of water and snacks to help you through each day. Dancers will not be allowed to leave the premises for food once the auditions begin.

What is the audition process?

Friday, July 15 - Preliminary Auditions:

The preliminary round will consist of multiple sets of choreography, all to be taught on July 15. Dancers will audition in small groups in front of a panel of judges before each round of cuts are made.

Sunday, July 17 - Semi- Final Auditions:

On the second day of auditions, each dancer will have the opportunity to perform four 8-counts of their own choreography. Dancers will perform back-to-back to a continuous track. Music will be distributed on Saturday, July 16. Semi-Finalists will also take part in a small-group interview and perform the material learned on the first day of auditions in groups of 3-4. Finalists will be announced at the end of the day.

Tuesday July 20 – Friday, July 22 - Finalists’ Training Camp:

Training camp consists of two dance rehearsals, a photo shoot, a public appearance, and an individual interview with a panel of judges. Details of the training camp will be made available after the finalists are announced on the first day of the auditions.

  • Tuesday, July 19 & Thursday, July 21– Dance Rehearsals:

    • Finalists will learn and “clean” additional routines to be performed at the final dance audition.

  • Wednesday, July 20 - Individual Photo Shoot

    • Each Finalist will pose for photos in a Nuggets Dancers uniform and in an all-white outfit of their choice on Wednesday, July 20 between 7 and 10pm. A DND uniform and boots will be provided at the photo shoot, but dancers are responsible for their own all white outfit and personal articles, including pantyhose.

  • Thursday July 20-21 - Individual Interviews:

    • Finalists will be asked to attend an individual interview with a panel of judges on Wednesday or Thursday July 20-21 between 8:30am and 3pm. All interviews will take place at Pepsi Center.

  • Friday, July 22 – Public Appearance:

    • Finalists will attend a special event in Highlands Ranch from approx. 10am-1pm and be evaluated on their ability to interact with fans. The event will also include a dance performance by the DND Finalists.

    Saturday, July 23 - Choreography Showcase / Final Dance Audition:

    Finalists will each present their own 45-60 second piece of choreography in front of each other and a panel of judges. The music and style of choreography is left to the dancer’s discretion. The Final dance audition will consist of each dancer performing the material learned throughout Training Camp.


    What does it take to become a Nuggets Dancer?

    The Denver Nuggets are interested in hiring diverse performers with a strong level of commitment to the team. The judges will be looking for:

    • Dance ability
    • Enthusiasm
    • Figure
    • Personal Appearance
    • Personality
    • Poise

    What skill/technique level is required to be a Nuggets Dancer?

    The Nuggets Dancers perform a variety of styles of dance including pom, hip-hop, jazz, and character routines. Each of these styles will be evaluated during the audition process. Dancers should be able to perform basic dance technique including, but not limited to, double and triple pirouettes, right, left, and center leaps, and high kicks.

    What should I wear to the audition?

    Prelims & Semi-Finals:

    • Cropped dance top
    • Sports bra and fitted bottoms
    • Dance sneakers or jazz shoes are recommended, but not required.

    Semi-Final Group Interview: casual (dance attire with a jacket/warm-ups covering midsection/legs)

    Finalists’ Photo Shoot: A DND uniform and boots will be provided to all semi-finalists for the photo shoot. Dancers will be responsible for bringing their own hosiery as well as an all-white outfit for a second photo.

    Individual Interviews: Professional business attire

    Training Camp: All black sports bra and fitted bottoms. Dance sneakers or jazz shoes are recommended, but not required.

    Choreography Showcase: Any dance wear or costume appropriate for the choreography presented.

    Choreography Showcase: Any dance wear or costume appropriate for the choreography presented.

    Finals: attire will be provided.(Navy sports bra and shorts)

    Should I cover my tattoos and or remove my body piercings?

    Having tattoos or piercings will not hurt your chances of becoming a Nuggets Dancer, but they can be distracting to the judges. We strongly suggest you cover any visible tattoos with make -up and remove any body piercings.

    Can my family and friends watch auditions?

    Due to limited space on the practice court where auditions are held, auditions are closed to the public.

    How many dancers will be chosen for the 2016-17 Denver Nuggets Dancers?

    We are looking to select between 30 and 40 finalists to attend the Nuggets Dancers Training Camp. The final team will consist of 18-20 dancers.

    If I make the team, will I perform at all Nuggets home games?

    No, the Nuggets Dancers rotate from game to game. Typically, 16 dancers will perform at each home game. Dancers are expected to be available for approximately 85% of the Nuggets home games including pre-season and post-season games.

    What is the time commitment of a Nuggets Dancer?

    This is not a full-time job. Dancers will need to commit to approximately 10 hours per week in the pre-season (August – October) and up to 20 hours per week in the regular season (November – April). Dancers need to be available for games any night of the week from approximately 4pm-10pm and for practices from 7-10pm.

    Will I be compensated for being a Nuggets Dancer?

    Yes. Nuggets Dancers are paid an hourly rate for all practices and games. Additional compensation opportunities are available for choreographing routines, instructing the DND Juniors, and for non-game appearances.

    How often do the Dancers practice?

    Preseason Rehearsal Schedule (August 9 – October 2): Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7-10pm and Sunday afternoons from 3-6pm

    Regular Season Rehearsal Schedule (October 3, 2016 – April 14, 2017): Rehearsal schedule will be set as soon as the Denver Nuggets game schedule is released (late July / early August).

    The Nuggets Dancers regular rehearsal nights are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-10pm. Due to Nuggets home game scheduling, additional practices may be scheduled on Sunday afternoons and/or Monday and Wednesday evenings throughout the season. Monday/Wednesday rehearsals will be held from 7-10pm; Sunday rehearsals will be held from 3-6pm.

    What time do the Nuggets Dancers arrive at the arena on game days?

    Arrival time for the Nuggets Dancers is 3 hours prior to game time. For example, dancers need to be at the Pepsi Center at 4pm for a 7pm start time.

    Do current team members have to re-audition?

    Yes, regardless of previous employment, all dancers must re-audition each season.

    What can I do to stand out from the rest of the dancers auditioning?

    • Attire is crucial. Plan ahead and be creative in selecting your audition attire.
    • Be enthusiastic throughout the process. We’re looking for dancers with positive attitudes and a good work ethic.

    If you have further questions or concerns, please contact DND Manager, Amy Jo Wagner at Aj.Wagner@TeamKSE.com or by calling 303.405.1206.