2023 PELSQUAD CASTING CALL

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 2023 PELSQUAD CASTING CALL

The New Orleans Pelicans are thrilled to announce auditions for their 2023 PelSquad. We are casting multi-talented entertainers to help us create the #1 fan experience in the NBA.  These highly visible cast members will participate in choreographed performances, freestyling on and off the court, assisting with game day activations, and directly engage with our fans.

Specific talents we’re seeking for the 2023 season:

  • Jazz/Pom dancers
  • Hip-Hop dancers

Our PelSquad members will engage and energize New Orleans Pelicans fans on game days and serve as aspirational ambassadors within the community.  On game day, cast members play a vital role in creating home court advantage.  Throughout the year, they bring the spirit of the Pelicans to the greater New Orleans area through community engagement and corporate appearances.

We’re looking for originality and diversity. Everyone age 18 and older is welcome to apply. Must be a high school graduate.


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CASTING CALL SCHEDULE:

EventDateLocationTime
Preliminary AuditionsSaturday, June 24Ochsner Sports Performance Center (5800 Airline Dr.)9:00AM - Jazz/Pom
12:00PM - Hip-Hop
Finalist Training Camp Day 1Sunday, June 25Ochsner Sports Performance Center (5800 Airline Dr.)11:00AM
Finalist Training Camp Day 2Monday, June 26Premier Fitness (1909 Airline Dr., Metairie)7:00-10:00PM
Finalist Training Camp Day 3Tuesday, June 27Premier Fitness (1909 Airline Dr., Metairie)7:00-10:00PM
Final AuditionsThursday, June 29Ochsner Sports Performance Center (5800 Airline Dr.)6:00PM

Online applications are now closed

All cast members must:

  • Demonstrate a mastery of their talent(s), along with an extensive repertoire
  • Be an engaging speaker with the natural ability to connect with fans of all ages
  • Exude showmanship with a strong, memorable presence that pulls people in
  • Be open minded with a willingness to learn new performance skills
  • Have the athleticism and stamina required to execute the physical demands of the job
  • Maintain a well-groomed, approachable appearance that aligns with the Pelicans brand

When you apply, you’ll need to provide the following information:

  • Background on your education and work experience
  • Which talents you excel in (i.e., jazz/pom, hip-hop, etc.)
  • Where & when you honed your talents
  • Your experience with public performing and speaking
  • Recent headshot photos that represent what you currently look like
  • Resume that combines a standard business resume with any dance/performance experience

Preliminary Audition attire & appearance:

  • Individuals should dress in athletic apparel; ideally in Pelicans colors (blue, red, or gold)
  • Suggested attire is as follows:
    • Males: Joggers with tank top or t-shirt with sneakers, cheer shoes, or dance shoes
    • Females: Leggings or joggers with tank top or t-shirt with sneakers, cheer shoes, or dance shoes
    • Jumpsuits are acceptable for all individuals
    • Mini skirts, short-shorts, and midriff-baring shirts are not acceptable audition attire
  • Please arrive with a well-groomed, camera ready appearance (hair, facial hair, and makeup)

Other important information:

  • Prospective cast members must be at least 18 years of age on or by the date of preliminary auditions. NO EXCEPTIONS. Proof of age is require with a valid photo ID
  • Prospective cast members must be a high school graduate. Proof of graduation will be viewed at preliminary auditions.
  • Prospective cast members must be available to attend all phases of the audition process and must be prepared to stay as long as necessary (no exceptions!)
  • Cast members who are ultimately selected for the PelSquad must agree not to discuss or reveal their selection until directed to do so by the Pelicans organization
  • All cast members must successfully complete all pre-employment screenings. The Pelicans organization is a drug-free workplace. Drug test screenings will be conducted for finalists.
  • All PelSquad performances and appearances are subject to NBA rules, as well as health & safety guidelines
  • The New Orleans Pelicans reserve the right to alter, change, or discontinue entertainment teams at their sole discretion.

Online applications are now closed

Audition Prep Classes

Attending audition prep classes is optional but strongly recommended. They are designed to prepare you for our audition process. We will educate you on the entire audition process and you will have the opportunity to ask your own questions on what it takes to become a member of the 2023 PelSquad. As an added bonus, we will teach you actual choreography that will be taught throughout our audition process! This is a HUGE advantage that will help you to be confident and well prepared to impress the judges. The basic structure of each audition prep class will be similar. There are no attire requirements.

There will be three audition prep classes. You are welcome to attend as many of them as you would like.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11

11AM-1PM: Jazz/Technique ONLY (registration 10:30AM)
1-1:30PM: Jazz and Hip-Hop Informational session
1:30-3:30PM: Hip-Hop ONLY (registration 12:30PM)
Premier Fitness • 1909 Airline Dr. Metairie

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14

Hip-Hop
7:30-10PM
Premier Fitness
1909 Airline Dr. Metairie

MONDAY, JUNE 19

Jazz/Technique
7:30-10PM
Premier Fitness
1909 Airline Dr. Metairie

There is a registration fee of $40 per prep-class and $100 for all three classes.

For the weekend prep class, you MUST select if you will attend the jazz/technique OR hip-hop portion of the day. If you plan to attend both disciplines, there will be a $20 add-on fee.

*In order to reserve your spot, registration forms and payment must be received at least 24 hours prior to each selected class. Walk-ups will be accepted based on availability. Only cash payments will be accepted the day of the class. If you have pre-registered and are not present at the start of the class, your spot may be released to another participant. Please note that we will not issue refunds to no-shows.