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2019-2020 Grizz Girl Auditions



The Memphis Grizzlies are looking for the best dancers in the Mid-South to join our Grizz Girls for the 2019-2020 season! If you think you’ve got what it takes to dance for one of the hottest teams in the NBA, join us at our Open Call Auditions.

Girl Play Dance Classes

Get in shape for the big day and learn our signature style!

Wednesdays @ 6:30pm

Hattiloo Theatre
37 Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38104

$10 per class (no registration necessary)


Pre Audition Clinics

Get a leg up on the competition!

  • Thursday, June 13
  • Thursday, June 20

All clinics start at 6:30pm

New Ballet Ensemble
2157 York Avenue, Memphis TN 38104

$35 for one, $60 for both

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First Round Auditions

Saturday, June 22

Registration starts at 9am

FedExForum
191 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103

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Grizz Girl Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a High School graduate.
  • You must be a full time student, or have part time job.

What to Bring

  • One 5x7 non-returnable headshot – Your photo should be a current representation of yourself, and should be of only you.
  • Dance Resumé - outline your performance experience along with anything else you would like the judges to know about you.

What to Wear

Look your best at auditions and you’ll feel your best. Your attire should include the following:

  • Nude fishnets or tights.
  • Briefs or hot pants (no pants or leggings allowed)
  • Crop top (mid-section must show)
  • Jazz shoe, dance sneaker or non-marking tennis shoe
  • Attire should be flattering. Dress to impress!
  • Performance hair & make-up are a must!

Judging Criteria

Prospective candidates will be judged on the following:

  • Dance technique and style
  • Showmanship, personality, and energy
  • Physical/personal appearance - Applicants must be in top physical condition.

Order of Audition Day

  • Group Warm Up
  • Across the floor combinations including but not limited to, jazz walks, turns, and leaps.
  • Audition Routine Taught
  • Audition routine performance – in small groups. You will not need to have a personal routine prepared for the auditions, and all dancers will have an opportunity to freestyle.
  • Announcement of Audition Finalists. Please note: First Round auditions will be closed to the public.

How to prepare

  • Take a variety of dance classes including our Girl Play prep classes to ensure you are mentally and physically prepared to learn and process Jazz and Hip Hop choreography.
  • Workout regularly so that you audition in the best physical condition as possible.
  • Do your research – study the team, and their style so that you put yourself in the best position for the job.

Pre-Audition Clinics

There will be a two-part clinic to help dancers put their best foot forward on audition day and get a leg up on the competition.

  • Part 1 (THURSDAY, JUNE 13) will give you one on one advice through a mock audition trial, including actual across the floor combo choreography. It will also include our ‘Get the Look Clinic’ which will cover everything you need to know to look your absolute best on Audition day from Hair, to Make Up, Fitness, and Costuming.
  • Part 2 (THURSDAY, JUNE 20) - learn key choreography that will be used for the audition routine.
  • Please note: Pre-Audition Clinics are not mandatory in order to audition, however they are strongly encouraged.

Important Must haves for a Grizz Girl

  • Must be able to strongly perform a variety of dance styles; particularly jazz, street jazz, and hip hop
  • Must be able to learn choreography quickly, and have strong memory retention
  • Must be willing to meet and maintain physical conditioning requirements throughout season
  • Must be a team player
  • Must have strong work ethic; willing to work hard and commit at all times
  • Must be personable with strong communication skills, and willing to engage with others with a high level of enthusiasm, confidence, and poise.

Additional Things to Know

  • All returning members must go through the audition process each season. No spot is held or guaranteed.
  • Between 16 and 20 dancers will be selected for the team.
  • If currently not residing in the Memphis area, prospective dancers would have to relocate.
  • Grizz Girls must sign a one year contract.
  • Dancers must be available to rehearse 3 days per week (tentatively Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays) in the evenings as well as arrive to arena 3 hours prior to tip off on game days.
  • Being a Grizz Girl is a part time job with a large commitment. Dancers are responsible for ensuring their schedules are flexible enough to accommodate rehearsals and games.
  • This is a professional position with very competitive pay. Dancers are compensated for all rehearsals, home games, and appearances.

Perks

  • Professional Hair Styling and Makeup Services
  • Professional Photo Shoot
  • Private Personal Training
  • Gym Membership
  • Tanning Services
  • Season tickets
  • Merchandise Discounts
  • Best Seat in the House!
  • Opportunity to Perform in front of thousands on a weekly Basis
  • Serve as a team ambassador in the community
  • Appearances at a variety of high profile events.
  • Great networking opportunity
  • Opportunity to represent your team internationally

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the requirements to attend auditions and become a Grizz Girl?

A Grizz Girl audition candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the audition. There is no maximum age limit.
  • You must be a High School graduate or higher
  • You must be a full time student, or have a part time job
  • You need a schedule flexible enough to accommodate 2-3 rehearsals per week in addition to game nights

What do I need to bring to auditions?

Please bring the following to auditions:

  • 5x7 Non-returnable headshot – Your photo should be a current representation of yourself, and should be of only you.
  • Dance resumé - outline your performance experience along with anything else you would like the judges to know about you.

What should I wear to the audition? How should I wear my hair?

Look your best at auditions and you’ll feel your best. Your attire should include the following:

  • Nude fishnets, tights or panty hose
  • Briefs or hot pants (no long pants allowed)
  • Crop top (mid-section must show)
  • Jazz shoe, dance sneakers or non-marking tennis shoes are allowed.
  • Attire should be flattering. Dress to impress!
  • Performance hair & make-up are a must!
  • Be sure to attend Part 1 of our Pre-Audition Clinics where we bring in Beauty and Fitness professionals to consult you on your look and how best to present yourself on the big day!

Are tattoos or piercings allowed?

All tattoos should be covered with an appropriate concealer or foundation, that will not rub off with perspiration. Piercings should be minimal in size and quantity. If they are able to be removed, one should do so. (Be sure to attend our Get the Look Clinic on June 13, to learn what the best products and techniques are used to cover them up).

What do the judges look for at auditions?

Judges will focus on the following criteria:

  • Dance technique and style
  • Showmanship, personality, and energy
  • Physical/personal appearance - Applicants must be in top physical condition.

How can I best prepare for auditions?

Take a variety of classes to ensure you are mentally and physically prepared to learn and process choreography. Workout regularly so that you audition in the best physical condition as possible. Also, take the Girl Play Dance Classes. These classes will give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the choreographic style of the coach, and receive feedback on what to work on.

What are Girl Play dance classes?

The Girl Play Dance Classes are designed to get you comfortable with the Grizz Girls choreography style. You will experience a typical Grizz Girls rehearsal. Participants will begin with a warm up, participate in across the floor combinations, and learn a choreographed routine. These classes are open to the general public and are not solely for dances planning to audition. Classes will range from jazz, to jazz funk and hip hop. Participants will receive one-on-one feedback and audition tips from the Grizz Girls Manager, Terran Gary. Current Grizz Girls will also be on hand to assist and to answer any questions. Different choreography is taught at each session. Classes are $10 and take place on Wednesdays at 6:30pm at The Hatiloo Theatre 37 Cooper Street, Memphis TN 38104.

How do I sign up for classes?

These are open classes. No need to sign up. Just bring $10 and walk in.

What are Grizz Girls Pre-Audition Clinics?

The Pre Audition Clinics are your way to get a leg up on the competition. They consist of a two part clinic to help dancers put their best foot forward on Audition Day. Part 1 will be our Get the Look Clinic and take place on Thursday, June 13th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Get one on one consultations from our Grizzlies Fitness and Beauty experts, and learn priceless info about being prepared for audition day in addition to across the floor choreography, technique tips, and audition day choreography. Part 2 will take place Thursday, June 20 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, at New Ballet Ensemble. Each session will include an overview of the requirements for the team, across the floor combinations that will be used on audition day, and choreography that will be in the actual audition routine. Different choreography will be taught at sessions 1 and 2.

Pre-Audition Clinics are not mandatory in order to audition, however they are strongly encouraged. Attending these will have you a step ahead on audition day, by knowing a large portion of the choreography. These are events you will not want to miss if you are planning to audition. Get details and download and print the registration form

What type of things will I have to do for auditions?

Audition routines will consist of jazz, technical and hip hop styles. Across the floor combinations including jazz walks, turns, and leaps to assess technical ability will open the auditions. The entire routine will choreography will be taught. Once the routine is taught, dancers will have to perform the routine for the judges in groups of three. You will not be required to have a personal routine prepared for the auditions, however there will be a free style portion of the audition.

Is there an interview process?

Yes, there will be interviews conducted for all dancers that make it past the first round of auditions.

If I make it past the First Round Auditions, are there any additional dates I need to prepare for leading up to the Finals?

Yes. Once dancers are picked to proceed to the Finals, they will participate in a Grizz Girls Finals Boot Camp. The schedule is as follows: Monday, June 24th 6pm-9pm , Tuesday June 25th 6pm-9pm, and Wednesday, June 26th 6pm – 9pm. Finalists must be available for all dates of the Audition Boot Camp, in order to participate in the Finals Showcase tentatively scheduled for Sunday, June 30th, 2019.

Will the auditions be open to the public?

First Round auditions at FedExForum will be closed to the public. The Audition Final on will be open and free to the public. Stay tuned for details on the Finals showcase.

Do current Grizz Girls members have to audition?

Yes, all returning members must go through the audition process each season. Their spots on the team are not guaranteed. However, all 5 year plus veterans do not have to participate in the first round of auditions.

How many dancers will be selected for the Grizzlies Dance Team?

Between 16 and 20 dancers will be chosen. No spots are held for veterans.

If I currently do not reside in the Memphis area, will I have to relocate?

Yes, Grizzlies dancers will need to reside in the Memphis area. Rehearsals, appearances, and home games will take place primarily in Memphis.

Is this a full time job?

Being a Grizzlies dancer is not a full time job. All dancers must either hold a part time job, or be a full time student in addition to their Dance Team duties. Dancers are responsible for ensuring their schedules are flexible enough to accommodate rehearsals and games. A total commitment is required. The time commitment is usually 10-20 hours a week for rehearsal and promotional appearances in addition to the home games.

Is this a paid job?

Yes, this is a professional position with very competitive pay. Dancers are compensated for all rehearsals, home games, and appearances.

If you didn't find an answer to your question here, please send an email or call the Grizz Girls Manager at 901.205.1418.

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