PeliKids Dance Team

The New Orleans Pelicans are holding auditions for their PeliKids Dance Team. The audition is open to boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 who are energetic, have dance experience and are interested in being part of an exciting hip-hop team that performs at Pelicans home games.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 | Ochsner Sports Performance Center (5800 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70003)

  • Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.—ONLY ONE parent/guardian is to accompany the participant in the process.
  • Auditions start promptly at 10:00 a.m. No one will be permitted to enter once the auditions start!
  • It is advised that you bring snacks/lunch as there will be no food options in the practice facility. You will likely be there for an extended part of the day if your child advances.
  • Free parking is available at the practice facility.
  • All choreography will be taught the day of the auditions. Children do not need to come prepared with an original routine.

Audition Requirements:

  • All applicants must be at least 7 years of age and no older than 12 years of age on August 11, 2018. Date of birth should fall between August 12, 2005 and August 11, 2011. No exceptions!
  • Parent/guardian must complete a PeliKids application and a release form. Download an application here & download the release form here. Having your forms completed when you arrive will save you time at registration.
  • Proof of age is required to audition. You must provide a copy of your birth certificate at registration.
  • All applicants must also submit a recent photo. Photos do not need to be professional quality and WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • Please wear dance wear and athletic shoes/sneakers. This is anything that your child can move comfortably in. There are no specific guidelines for attire.

Frequently asked questions:
What do the PeliKids do?
The PeliKids perform energetic hip hop routines at selected Pelicans home games. They may also make appearances at Pelicans events throughout the season.

What is the time commitment involved?
All PeliKids will need to be available for Monday night rehearsals. Performances will only be on weekend nights or during holidays so as not to interfere with school nights. Performance and practice schedules will be distributed before the start of the season.

How many spots are available?
All PeliKids must tryout every year to compete for their spot on the team. We are looking for about 20 dancers, but may choose more or less depending on the talent.

What are the judges looking for?
The judges will be looking for talented dancers who can catch on to the choreography and perform it with enthusiasm. Showmanship, personality, and confidence are key.

Is dance experience required?
Dance experienced is NOT required in order to audition, but it is definitely an advantage. Those with dance experience will more than likely be able to catch on to the choreography easier.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

2018-19 PeliKids Auditions Prep Classes
The Pelicans will be hosting prep classes for boys and girls ages 7-12 who are interested in auditioning on August 11th for our PeliKids junior hip hop dance team. Kids will learn some of the audition choreography to help them get a head start in preparing for the upcoming auditions.

At each class, Pelicans staff will conduct an information session with the parents to discuss the audition process. We’ll also talk about what you can expect if your child makes the team. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions as well. This is a great opportunity to find out more about our talented kids team and also to help your child be more confident at the auditions. There are no attire requirements; just come ready to dance!

PeliKids Audition Prep Class
Monday, July 30 • 6:00 – 7:30PM
Sunday, August 5 • 2:00 - 3:30PM
Location: Ochsner Sports Performance Center (5800 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70003)
Class Fee: $25 per class

Please download our PREP CLASS RELEASE FORM to complete and bring to each prep class.

Space is limited so be sure to sign up today and secure your spot!

In order to reserve your spot, registration forms and payment must be received at least 24 hours prior to selected dates. If you’ve pre-registered and are not present at the start of the class your spot may be given away to another participant. You will be sent an email confirmation once your application is received. For more information contact Ashley Deaton at 504-593-4840 or