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2011 Suns Dancers Auditions

Updated: June 27, 2011


Do you have what it takes to join the hottest dance team in the NBA? Here's your chance to prove it! Auditions for the 2011-12 Suns Dancers will begin on Saturday, July 16, at Grand Canyon University.

Prep Classes | Audition Requirments | Frequently Asked Questions

PREP CLASSSES

Attending a prep clinic is not mandatory, but highly recommended for all candidates interested in auditioning. Different dance routines will be taught at each clinic, but the same information will be discussed. Prep clinics are closed to spectators, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Prep Clinic Dates/Times:

Wednesday, July 9 (New!)

  • Registration: 1:30 pm
  • Clinic: 2 - 4 pm (doors will close promptly at 2 pm so please do not be late)
Wednesday, July 13
  • Registration: 6:30 pm
  • Clinic: 7 - 9 pm (doors will close promptly at 7 pm so please do not be late)
Thursday, July 14
  • Registration: 6:30 pm
  • Clinic: 7 - 9 pm (doors will close promptly at 7 pm so please do not be late)
Cost:

July 9, 13 & 14 Clinic Fee: $25 per participant, per clinic
(Payment will be collected upon arrival. Cash or money order only please!)

Age Requirements:

Must be 18 years of age by audition date (July 16) in order to audition. Participants 17 years of age may attend the clinics but need a parent or legal guardian present at registration to sign the waiver release.

Location:

US Airways Center
Practice Court
201 E. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
**Parking is free in attached arena garage. Garage entrance is located off of 1st Street between Jefferson and Jackson. Entrance to the Practice Court is through the southeast doors (back of arena) off of Jackson and 3rd Street.**

Attire:

Please wear dance or workout apparel and athletic or dance shoes with non-marking soles. Jeans and or loose fitting attire are highly discouraged.

What to expect:

These Audition Prep Clinics are designed to take you through a mock audition. It will cover everything you need to know and expect on audition day.

The day will consist of:

  • Group warm-up
  • An across the floor combination consisting of different technique elements
  • Learn a stylized combination similar to the audition routine (this is NOT the actual audition routine. All material being auditioned will be taught the day of the audition.)
  • Meet and learn material from current 2010-11 Suns Dancers
  • Freestyle/solo round practice and tips
  • See examples of appropriate audition attire, hair, and make-up
  • Discussions covering resume writing and headshot submissions, judging criteria, nutrition and exercise

The Audition Prep Clinics on July 13 & 14 are smaller scale and were added for anyone not able to attend the May and June clinics. They will consist of learning a routine performed by the Suns Dancers during the 2010-11 season and a Q&A session with Suns VP of game operations, Kip Helt.

Please reserve your spot by completing the below registration form. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please be sure to email Kip, so your spot can be released to another participant. For further questions, concerns or prep clinic cancellations please email: khelt@suns.com.


AUDITIONS

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age by Saturday, July 16
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • If hired, you must provide the documents required to prove you are authorized to work in the United States
  • Required attire for prelims, semi-finals, training camp, and finals is a half top of any style (must show your midriff), form-fitting shorts or skirt, and shoes with non-marking soles. Legs must be visible so no pants! Nylons or tights are not required but acceptable
  • Must submit a non-returnable individual photo (headshot preferred) at least 5x7 in size
  • Must submit a non-returnable resume
  • Hair and make-up should be sophisticated and glamorous. You are encouraged to bring touchup make-up and hair products
  • Visible tattoos should be covered with durable make-up and body piercings should be removed
  • Being a Suns Dancer is a year round commitment so you must have a flexible schedule and be able to attend all home games, all practices, and various community appearances
  • Must have reliable means of transportation
  • Schedule

    AUDITIONS ARE CLOSED TO SPECTATORS!

    Preliminary Audition: Saturday, July 16

    Location:
    Grand Canyon University
    Student Recreational Center
    3300 West Camelback Rd
    Phoenix, AZ, 85017

  • Registration: 9 am
  • Audition begins promptly at 10 am
  • The preliminary round will begin with learning a technique combination which will include turns, kicks and leaps. Dancers will audition this routine across the floor in small groups for a panel of judges where first cuts will be made. Those making it to the next round will learn the audition routine, as well as have an opportunity to freestyle. Dancers will perform the routine in small groups for the judges. Another round of cuts will be made. Dancers making it through the second round of cuts will be asked to return Sunday, July 17th for Semi-Finals. Lunch will be provided.

    Semi-Finals: Sunday, July 17

    Location:
    Grand Canyon University
    Student Recreational Center
    3300 West Camelback Rd
    Phoenix, AZ, 85017

  • Each semi-finalist will be given an interview time on Saturday following the preliminary audition. Interviews will be approx 10-15 min in length. After interviewing, dancers will have an individual photo shoot session with the teamís photographer. Attire for the interview and photo shoot is up to the dancerís discretion. More information about attire will be addressed at the prep clinics. When the interview and photo shoot are complete, dancers will be asked to change into dance clothes and wait for the performance part of the day to begin. The semi-finalists will perform the audition routine from Saturday as well as their own original choreography for the judges. The Suns will select and distribute the individual choreography music to the dancers prior to Sunday. The dancers invited to attend training camp will be announced at the end of the day.
  • Training Camp: Tuesday, July 19 & Thursday, July 21

  • Time, location, and other details for training camp will be made available to the finalists on Sunday. It will take place in the evening and both nights are mandatory!
  • Finals: Sunday, July 23

  • Location & Time: TBD
  • The final round of auditions will include auditioning all choreography learned throughout the course of the week in small groups for a panel of judges.

    The 2011-12 Suns Dancers will be announced the following week!

    All decisions are up to the discretion of the Phoenix Suns. Judging material is company property and will not be available for candidate review.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    What does it take to become a Suns Dancer?

    The Phoenix Suns are looking for diverse performers with a strong level of commitment to the team. Some categories the judges will evaluate are:

  • Dance Ability
  • Enthusiasm
  • Personal Appearance
  • Personality
  • Poise
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • What skill/technique level is required to be a Suns Dancer?

    The Suns Dancers perform a variety of styles of dance including hip-hop, jazz, and character routines. Dancers should be able to perform basic dance technique including, but not limited to, double or triple pirouettes, basic leaps, and high kicks. Dancers should also be able to pick up, retain, and execute choreography quickly.

    What can I do to prepare myself for the auditions?

    Participation in prep classes is the best way to prepare for auditions. Attending outside dance classes in addition to the prep clinics will also keep you current with basic technique and choreography. We recommend that dancers maintain a healthy regimen of getting plenty of rest, exercising regularly, and follow a well-balanced meal plan.

    What is the audition attire?

    For prelims, semi-finals, training camp, and finals dance attire is a fitted half top of any style (must show your midriff), form-fitting shorts/skirt, and shoes with non-marking soles. Nylons or tights are not required but acceptable. Interview attire for semi-finalists is up to the dancerís discretion but we expect and encourage you to dress appropriate for an interview.

    What is the time commitment of a Suns Dancer?

    Being a Suns Dancer is not a full-time job but requires a flexible schedule as hours vary weekly for practices, games, and community appearances. The Suns Dancers operate on a rotation schedule for home games but your schedule must allow you to be available for ALL practices and ALL home games. We do not travel with the team to away games.

    How often do the Dancers practice?

    Suns Dancers practice two evenings per week (typically Tuesday and Thursday evenings Ė exact times TBD). Depending on the Suns home game scheduling, additional practices may be scheduled throughout the season.

    What time do the Sun Dancers have to arrive at the arena on game days?

    Arrival time for the Suns Dancers is up to four hours prior to game time. For example, if tipoff is 7:00pm, typical arrival time is between 3:00 and 3:30pm.

    Are there height and weight requirements?

    No, we do not have height and weight requirements for our dancers.

    What if I have tattoos and body piercings?

    Having tattoos or piercings will not hurt your chances of becoming a Suns Dancer, but they can be distracting to the judges. We strongly suggest you cover any visible tattoos with durable make-up and remove any body piercings. Earrings are acceptable. Tattoos and body piercings are not allowed to be visible while in uniform if you become a Suns Dancer.

    Can my family and friends watch prep classes and auditions?

    No, all prep classes and all aspects of the audition are closed to the public.

    What do I need to bring to auditions?

  • Non-returnable individual color photo (headshot preferred) at least 5x7 in size
  • Non-returnable resume
  • Make-up for touch up and hair products
  • Extra pair of shoes and extra set of dance clothes. There have been wardrobe malfunctions in the past so itís always good to be prepared with back-ups.
  • audition process is strenuous and staying hydrated is crucial! You are encouraged to bring water and snacks to keep you energized.
  • Will I need to choreograph my own routine?

    All preliminary audition material will be taught the day of, however, there will be an opportunity to freestyle. If you advance to semi-finals, dancers will be asked to perform their own original choreography. Music for this portion will be selected by the Suns and distributed to dancers at the end of the preliminary round.

    How many dancers will be chosen for the 2011-12 Suns Dancers?

    In the past, there have been between 16-18 dancers on the squad. The number selected for this yearís team will be determined throughout the audition process.

    Do current team members have to re-audition?

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

    Are there other performance team opportunities within the organization if I donít make the Suns Dancers?

    Absolutely! We encourage all dancers that do not get selected for the Suns Dancers to audition for one of our other performance teams. Information on these other teams will be posted on Suns.com as it becomes available.

    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 are 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 Iím not 18 years old?

    Dancers 17 years of age are permitted to attend prep classes but must have a parent/legal guardian present at registration to sign the waiver release. However, all dancers auditioning must be 18 years of age by the audition date, no exceptions. There is no age limit to audition.

    Can I request a copy of the judges score sheets after auditions?

    All decisions are up to the discretion of the Phoenix Suns. Judging material is company property and will not be available for candidate review.

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