DND Frequently Asked Questions
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
- Personal Appearance
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 can I do to prepare myself for the auditions?
Participation in prep classes is the best way to prepare for auditions. To register for prep classes or for more information, click HERE. Dancers should also get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, and follow a well-balanced meal plan in the weeks leading up to auditions.
What is the audition process?
The preliminary round will consist of multiple sets of choreography; including jazz, pom, and hip hop styles. Dancers will audition in small groups in front of a panel of judges before each round of cuts are made. Dancers making it through the preliminary auditions will be asked to return the next day for an individual photo shoot in a DND uniform and bikini.
Individual Photo Shoot:
Each Finalist will pose for photos in a Nuggets Dancers uniform and in a bikini with team photographer Garrett Ellwood, on Sunday, July 20 between 11am and 2:30pm. A DND uniform and boots will be provided at the photo shoot, but dancers are responsible for their own bikini and all personal articles including pantyhose.
Finalists will be asked to attend an individual interview with a panel of judges on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, July 21-23. Dancers are encouraged to wear business attire with professional hair and make-up to their 10-minute interview, which will be held at the Pepsi Center (location subject to change). Dancers are responsible for their own parking and should arrive 10 minutes prior to their interview time for check-in.
Finalists’ Training Camp:
Training camp will be held on July 20 from 3-6pm and on July 22 and 24 from 7-10pm at the Nuggets Dancers practice facility in downtown Denver. Details of the training camp will be made available after the finalists are announced on the first day of the auditions. All dates of the training camp are mandatory.
Choreography Showcase/Final Dance Audition:
On Saturday, July 26, 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. Any costumes or props used in the choreography must have non-marking pads to protect the floor. The Final dance audition will consist of each dancer performing the material learned on the first day of auditions as well as the material learned throughout Training Camp.
What should I wear to the audition and audition prep classes?
- Prep Classes: Attire left to dancer's discretion (half tops and fitted bottoms are recommended). All dancers must wear non-marking soles.
- Prelims: Cropped dance top / sports bra and fitted shorts or skirt. You will not be allowed to audition in jeans or dance pants. Dance sneakers or jazz shoes are recommended, but not required.
- Individual Interviews: Professional business attire.
- 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 a bikini for a second photo.
- Training Camp: Black dance shorts and black sports bra. Dance sneakers or jazz shoes are recommended, but not required.
- Choreography Showcase: Any dance wear or costume appropriate for the choreography presented.
- Finals: Same guidelines as prelims.
What is the time commitment of a Nuggets Dancer?
This is not a full-time job. Dancers will need to commit approximately 20 hours per week. Dancers need to be available for games any night of the week from approximately 4pm-10pm and for practices from 7-10:30pm.
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.
If I make the team, will I perform at all Nuggets home games?
No, the Nuggets Dancers rotate from game to game. Typically, 12 dancers will perform at each home game. Dancers are expected to be available for approximately 90% of the Nuggets home games including pre-season and post-season games.
How often do the Dancers practice?
- Preseason Rehearsal Schedule (August 12 – October 26, 2014):
- Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7-10pm and Sunday afternoons from 3-6pm
- Regular Season Rehearsal Schedule (October 27, 2014 – April 16, 2015):
- 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.
Are their height and weight requirements?
No, height and weight must only be proportionate.
Should I cover my tattoos / piercings?
Yes. 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.
What do I need to bring to auditions?
- Headshot (at least 8”x10”)
- 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 should I include on my resume?
Dancers’ resumes can be general resume format (including educational and employment history) or a dance resume format (including instructional and performance history).
Will I need to choreograph my own routine?
Yes, each finalist will be asked to perform a 45-60 second piece of choreography on Saturday, July 26. Music, style of dance, props, and costumes are left to the discretion of each finalist.
How many dancers will be chosen for the 2013-2014 dance team?
We are looking to select between 20 and 30 finalists to attend the Nuggets Dancers Training Camp. The final team will consist of 14-16 dancers.
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 enthusiaitic throughout the process. We’re looking for dancers with positive attitudes and a good work ethic.
- Let us get to know you! Although you will not be judged on your performance at prep classes, you will be noticed if we see you at multiple classes. Attending prep classes will also allow you to receive information on all aspects of the audition process including hair styling, make up tips, resume writing, interview and choreography preparation and much more!
Can I attend prep classes and auditions if I’m not 18?
Yes. Dancers must be at least 16 years old to attend prep classes. Dancers under 18 must have a parent/ guardian present to sign waivers.
Can I request a copy of the judges score sheets after auditions?
No. Score sheets are not available for candidates review.
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact DND Manager, Amy Jo Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 303.405.1206.