Dancer Auditions

Schedule:

JULY 6 (SATURDAY)

  • First and second cuts
  • Registration opens at 8am, with auditions at 9am
  • All auditions are at Vivint Smart Home Arena—enter through the main doors (northeast corner)

JULY 8 (MONDAY)

  • Semifinalists will learn additional choreography and work out at Vivint Smart Home Arena from 6–9pm.

JULY 9 (TUESDAY)

  • 30 finalists will be selected and announced by 4pm
  • Finalists will learn additional choreography and work out at Vivint Smart Home Arena from 6–9pm

JULY 10 (WEDNESDAY)

  • Individual interviews will be scheduled and conducted at Vivint Smart Home Arena starting at 8am
  • The final round of auditions will begin at 1pm
  • Final members of the 2019-20 Zyia Active Jazz Dancers will be announced by 5pm

JULY 11 (THURSDAY)

  • Mandatory meeting for the new team at 10am. Location TBD.

Where:

Vivint Smart Home Arena
301 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Note: Parking is available at the Park Place lot, directly northeast of the arena (east of the KSL building).

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old as of July 6, 2019.
  • High school graduate
  • Athletic physique
  • Physically fit

Attire:

  • Half-tops or sports bras
  • Non-marking dance or athletic shoes
  • Performance-ready hair and makeup
  • Attire for interviews is business professional

What to expect as a member of the Zyia Active Jazz Dance team:

The 2019-20 Zyia Active Jazz Dancers will perform at all Utah Jazz home games, in addition to select Salt Lake City Stars games. You'll also be required to perform at special appearances throughout the NBA season and offseason. The primary styles of dance are hip-hop and jazz, with higher levels of technique required. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as additional nights when necessary. Call time on gamedays is 3pm. THIS IS A MAJOR TIME COMMITMENT!

Audition Application:

Download 2019-20 Jazz Dancer Application (PDF)

Please complete the application—including a professional business resume and a 5x7 full-body picture—and submit to:

Ashley Kelson
Jazz Dancer Auditions
301 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Preregistration is strongly recommended. However, you may apply during registration on the day of the audition. The 5x7 full-body photo will not be returned to you and must be of YOU ONLY.

FAQs

Can my mom come and watch tryouts? Yes, July 6 is open to media and spectators. All other days are closed.

Do the Zyia Active Jazz Dancers get paid? Yes, this is a paid position.

What can I do to prepare for the audition? You can attend the prep classes, as each prep class will include new material. Work out and properly fuel your body. You'll want to look your best and be able to keep up with the choreography and workouts.

Will the program be the same as last year? There is always some change from year to year, but you can expect similar choreography.

Can I have another job while being a Zyia Active Jazz Dancer? Yes, most girls are students or have other jobs. You can schedule your appearances around your job or school, but must make arrangements with your employer to attend every practice and home game.

Do returning dancers have to audition again? Yes.

Do dancers dance at away games? No, just home games.

If I make the team, when do rehearsals start? We start rehearsing in August and end in April. Rehearsals take place at Xcel Fitness.

What will I be judged on? The biggest one is choreography, but also personality, overall look, physique, athletic ability and poise.


For any additional questions, please contact Ashley Kelson at ashley.kelson@utahjazz.com



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