Team looking to fill approximately 20 spots on dance squad

July 11, 2011

The New Orleans Hornets will hold preliminary auditions for the 2011-2012 Honeybees dance squad on Saturday, July 16 at the Alario Center. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. The Hornets are looking for girls at least 18 years of age who have previous dance experience and are enthusiastic and committed to representing the Hornets organization on and off the court.

As a member of the Honeybee team, girls have the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of fans and participate in community events locally, nationally and internationally, said Honeybee manager and choreographer Ashley Deaton. Were looking for girls who will bring energy, showmanship, personality and maturity to the entire squad.

The Honeybees presented by Crystal Hot Sauce perform professionally-choreographed dance routines to a variety of music during home games, and make appearances at community and professional events throughout the year. In past seasons, the Honeybees have traveled to Spain, Germany, China and the Balkans to perform and represent New Orleans and the Hornets on an international stage.

Honeybee applicants should be in top physical condition and wear appropriate dance attire for the audition, which includes a half-top that shows midriff, hot shorts or trunks (no pants), dance or athletic shoes, flesh colored tights, and performance-ready hair and make-up (no ponytails). At registration, dancers must provide a resume that depicts any professional and dance experience, a recent 5x7 headshot, a copy of their high school diploma, valid photo identification, and a completed application form.

While the first round on July 16 is closed to the public, fans are encouraged to show support for their favorite finalists at the Honeybee Finals on Sunday, July 24 at 3:00 p.m. at the House of Blues.

Application forms, details on the audition process and audition tips are available at

Media can cover the first round of auditions on Saturday, July 16 and should contact Lindsey Mitchell at 504-390-5116 with any questions.

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