Pelicans Dance Team Auditions

Saturday, July 19th
9AM Registration
Location: Pelicans Practice Facility
5800 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70003

All contestants selected as finalists must be available to participate in our Finalist Training Camp beginning Monday, July 21st through Thursday, July 24th. All training camp activities will take place in the evening with the exception of professional interviews. Specific dates, times, and locations TBD.

Auditions Requirements

• Must be in top physical condition

• Must be at least 18 years of age or older by July 1st, 2014. NO EXCEPTIONS. Verification of age will be required with valid photo ID.

• Must have a high school diploma in order to audition. Verification will be required. Acceptable forms of proof include a copy of a high school diploma, college transcript and/or a college I.D.

• Recent headshot (4x6 or larger preferred). Photos will not be returned. Photos are for identification and should be a current representation of what you look like or will look like at the audition.

• Resume including professional and dance background

• Attire: Half-top that reveals midriff, hot shorts or trunks, flesh colored tights and dance or athletic sneakers with non-marking soles. Feel free to express your style but refrain from wearing anything distracting or that could cause injury such as large earrings or necklaces. Anyone not wearing the required attire will not be permitted to audition.

• Performance ready hair and make-up are expected. No pony-tails.

• Applications are to be completed prior to arrival. Please bring completed application to auditions and do not submit in advance. DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION

• The entire audition process is closed to the public. No exceptions.

• Finalists selected at the end of the preliminary audition will advance to Finalist Training Camp. Finalist Training Camp will consist of mandatory workshops and interviews in the days following preliminaries. (Dates, times, and locations for Interviews and workshops will be released soon.)

• All candidates must be available for all phases of the audition process and be prepared to stay as long as necessary (no exceptions!)

• All candidates must be of good moral character and successfully complete all pre-employment screening. The Pelicans organization is a drug-free workplace. Drug test screenings will be conducted for finalists.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

• Showmanship, energy and personality

• Professionalism and maturity

• Dance technique and style

• Commitment to the job

• Physical fitness and personal appearance

• Positive attitude and teamwork skills

What does the dance team do?

The dance team performs innovative, high energy, choreographed dance routines to a wide variety of music during timeouts and quarter breaks at all Pelicans home games and make promotional appearances at local and regional events throughout the year.

What is the time commitment involved?

The dance team practices at least twice a week, usually on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, for a minimum of 3 hours per practice. Practices are called on other days of the week as needed. There are 41+ home games that take place on weekdays and weekends as well as promotional appearances. A standard week usually requires at least an 18-hour commitment but could be much more based on the schedule.

What other requirements are involved?

Dance team members are to meet a minimum number of charitable and sponsor appearances throughout the season. They must keep a positive a mature attitude at all times and maintain their uniforms and accessories to the most professional standards. They must also have a reliable means of transportation.

How many spots are available?

All returning dance team members must audition each year. There are 20 available spots, but more or less may be chosen depending on the quality of talent.

What are the judges looking for?

The judges are looking for physically fit women who are outgoing, energetic and dynamic performers. They are also looking for those who have the dance skills necessary to catch on to routines quickly and perform with precision. Ideal candidates are team players. They are well spoken, professional and hard working.

Are the auditions open to the public?

The entire audition process is closed to the public. Only applicants completing the necessary requirements to audition will be permitted to enter. New team members will be announced via pelicans.com at the conclusion of our finalist training camp.

Is there an age limit?

You must be at least 18 years old to audition but there is not an age cap.

Is dance experience required?

You are not required to have any professional dance/cheer training or experience in order to audition; however those with dance training will likely have an advantage and be better prepared for the audition process.

Are there any height and/or weight requirements?

All applicants who fulfill the age, attire and application requirements will be permitted to audition, however judges will be looking for dancers in top physical condition.

How are the Dancers compensated?

Dancers are paid an hourly wage for any and all events in which they are representing the New Orleans Pelicans. This includes practices, games, appearances, dance clinics, photo shoots, etc.

Is there an audition fee?

There is no fee required to audition.

 

Additional information:

Being a member of the Pelicans Dance Team is a once in a lifetime experience! It’s fun and glamorous and you’re in the middle of all the action. Along with the glitz and glamour comes a lot of late nights, long hours, and hard work. It is a job. Team members are not just dancers, they are ambassadors for our organization and the entire city. They are not only great dancers but are well spoken, outgoing, positive, hard- working, and maintain good moral character on and off the court.

Please keep in mind that this is a significant time commitment. Practices will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30pm-10pm. Weekend practices will be called as needed. On occasion, practices may also be called on other weekday nights depending on the game schedule. You will be required to perform for all Hornets home games and will also need to be available for personal appearances, photo shoots, radio/TV interviews, and other Pelicans events. On game day, you will arrive at the New Orleans Arena at least 2 and a half hours prior to tip-off, sometimes earlier if necessary. The game schedule varies from week to week. It is possible for us to have as many as 3 games a week. Please consider this carefully and make sure that you have the necessary availability to be a dedicated and reliable asset to this team.

Physical Fitness is one of the most important requirements of the job. All finalists will undergo body fat testing by C.P.T.’s from Premier Fitness Center. This evaluation will give us your body fat percentage as well as a good idea of your fitness level. Throughout the season dance team members are required to remain below 20% body fat. Any local gym should be able to administer a body fat assessment. It would be a good idea to see where you stand today so that you can do any necessary work to reach your fitness goals before the audition process begins.

Please make sure that you are ready to accept all responsibilities that come with this job.

Get an edge over the competition! At each Prep Class, you will learn actual choreography from last season, practice across the floor technique combinations, stretching & conditioning, receive valuable audition tips, and have an opportunity to ask your own questions on what it takes to become a 2014-2015 Pelicans Dance team member.

As an added bonus we’ll also teach you the actual routine that will be taught during the first round of our preliminary auditions! This is a HUGE advantage that will help you to be confident and well prepared to impress the judges. You are welcome to take as many classes as you’d like.

The basic structure of each Prep Class will be similar and the same audition choreography will be taught at each. However, across the floor combinations and sample choreography will be different at each class so that you have as much practice as possible before the big day. There are no attire requirements; just come ready to dance!

Class Fee: $35 (*Limit 50 members per prep class)

Sunday, June 29
1:30 - 4:00PM
Premier Fitness
1909 Airline Drive, Metairie
Wednesday, July 2
7:00 - 9:30PM
Premier Fitness
1909 Airline Drive, Metairie
Saturday, July 12
10:00AM - 12:30PM
Tari's School of Dance
9166 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge

 

 

 

 

Space is limited so be sure to sign up today and secure your spot!

Pay in advance with a credit card to reserve your spot. Walk-ups will be accepted based on availability and must pay cash.

UPDATE: WALK-UP AVAILABILITY ONLY FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2014 PELICANS DANCE TEAM PREP CLASSES.
ONLY CASH PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

For more information on the Pelicans
Dance Team or this year’s auditions,
please email your questions to pelicansdanceteam@pelicans.com