Team to host tryouts in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Biloxi

June 7, 2012

The New Orleans Hornets will host three preliminary audition sessions for the 2012-13 Honeybees dance squad. The first will take place in Biloxi, Miss., at Beau Rivage on Thursday, July 12. The second day of auditions will be on Saturday, July 14 at the Alario Center in Westwego, followed by the final session at Taris School of Dance in Baton Rouge on Sunday, July 15. Interested candidates can audition at one of the three locations. Application forms, details on the process and audition tips are available at

Finalists selected during the preliminary rounds will compete in the Finals on Sunday, July 22, at Generations Hall in New Orleans at 5:00 p.m. Preliminary auditions are closed to the public, but fans are encouraged to show support for their favorite finalists at the Finals event.

In additional to adding two tryout locations, the Hornets will host Honeybee prep classes in each city. Prep classes will be held in New Orleans on June 25 (7:30-9:30 p.m.) and July 8 (2-4 p.m.) at Premier Fitness. The prep class in Biloxi will take place at Beau Rivage on June 24 (2-4 p.m.), while the one in Baton Rouge will be at Taris School of Dance on June 26 (6:30-8:30 p.m.). Prep classes cost $30 per session and registration is open now on

Adding two additional locations for Honeybees tryouts is something weve never done before, but we couldnt be more excited about having the opportunity to work with girls from across the Gulf South, said Honeybee manager and choreographer Ashley Deaton. Were looking for girls who will bring energy, showmanship, personality and maturity to the squad, as they will have the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of fans and participate in community events locally, nationally and internationally.

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. 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.

Location (Address)
Sunday, June 24 Biloxi, Miss. (Beau Rivage 875 Beach Blvd.)
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 25 New Orleans (Premier Fitness, 1909 Airline Dr., Metairie)
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 26 Baton Rouge (Tari's School of Dance 9166 Perkins Road)
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8 New Orleans (Premier Fitness, 1909 Airline Dr., Metairie)
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Location (Address)
Thursday, July 12 Biloxi, Miss. (Beau Rivage 875 Beach Blvd.)
6:00 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 New Orleans (Alario Center 2000 Segnette Blvd., Westwego)
10:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 15 Baton Rouge (Tari's School of Dance 9166 Perkins Road)
1:00 p.m. / 2:00 p.m.

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