Clutch City Dancers

Clutch City Dancers History

Formerly known as the “Rockets Power Dancers”, The Clutch City Dancers have long been fan favorites at Rockets games and in the Greater Houston area for their tremendous energy, hard-hitting routines and love for the game. This world-class group of dancers has inspired Rockets fans since the 1994-95 season. The team is comprised of business professionals and students who perform at all home games and at numerous community, corporate and private events. The dancers, along with Rockets players and staff, also contribute to and attend community events that make a difference in the lives of those in our community. The dancers have been proud to represent the Rockets at multiple NBA All-Star Games, as well as at international events throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, Bosnia, Kosovo, the United Kingdom and Spain. These versatile ladies have been featured on SportsCenter, CNN, Fox and FSN, as well as in Sports Illustrated, Maxim and Complex magazines. The Clutch City Dancers are led by Director of Entertainment Natalie Alvarado. This former seven-year member of the Rockets Power Dancers also toured the nation as a music performer with Universal Records. Her self-titled debut album “Natalie” premiered at No. 16 on the Billboard Top-200 Charts.

Clutch City Dancers participate in 41 home games, 2-3 rehearsals per week, team workouts once per week, and Rockets playoff runs. When notable organizations or celebrities bring their events to Houston, they are sure to call the world-famous Clutch City Dancers to take their event to the next level. Such events include the NCAA Final Four, Superbowl LI, USA Basketball, Ice Cube’s Big3 Basketball, Oprah Winfrey’s “The Life You Want” tour, and Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival. The CCD performances are not only seen by 18,000+ fans inside of our home arena, Toyota Center, but also by the 1.34 million fans worldwide who view Rockets games via NBA League Pass.

Before you Audition for the 2021-2022 Clutch City Dancers: Take part in our prep classes.

CCD will offer two prep classes this year to help you prepare for auditions. Several of the current members attribute their success at auditions to their experiences at prep class. Prep classes, led by Entertainment Director Natalie Alvarado, are designed to give you a glimpse of CCD choreography, style and culture. You will also get a chance to meet Coach Natalie during a Q&A session that will follow each class.

CCD Prep Classes

  1. Saturday, July 24, 2021
  2. Saturday, July 31, 2021
  3. Registration: 9:00am
  4. Classes: 10:00am - 12pm
  5. Location: Toyota Center — 1510 Polk St. Houston, TX 77002
  6. Parking: Metered street parking will be available around the area.

Each class is $30 (cash only).

CCD Open Auditions

  1. Sunday, August 8, 2021 — 11:00am
  2. Location: Toyota Center — 1510 Polk St. Houston, TX 77002
  3. Parking: Metered street parking will be available around the area.

Registration is $35 (cash only).

Audition Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older and a high school graduate by September 1, 2021 (valid I.D. required on the day of auditions)
  • Must be a full-time college student and/or hold a full-time job
  • Complete audition application, release form, and provide both professional and dance resumes
  • Must provide a non-returnable current 8’’X10’’ color headshot
  • Must be able to attend all Rockets home games & all two-hour rehearsals 2-3 times a week in the evenings
  • Must be able to attend a set number of appearances & other related Rockets events/activities
  • If selected to the team, a one-year contract and commitment are required
  • Drug test screening and background check are required of audition finalists
  • Walk-ups are welcomed on audition day

Attire

  • Two-piece dance ensemble (must be fitted, no pants and must show midriff)
  • Pant cover up, should you make it to round 3 of auditions
  • Shoe of preference with non-marking soles
  • Flesh tone pantyhose or dance tights (optional)
  • Performance-ready hair and make-up
  • Face mask (optional)

What are we looking for?

  • Professionalism and poise
  • Athleticism and stamina
  • Consistent positive attitude
  • Confidence, pleasant personality, showmanship, energy and enthusiasm
  • Strong collaborative skills
  • As a new member, willingness to enter team with a "rookie" mindset
  • Performers who are well-spoken and can represent the Houston Rockets and CCD in a professional manner at all times
  • Apprehension of team membership as a part-time job with the Houston Rockets
  • Ability to pick up dance choreography quickly and execute demanding routines
  • Ability and desire to fulfill a one-year contract

Audition Process — Sunday, August 8, 2021

  • Auditions are closed to the public
  • Preliminary auditions will consist of a series of 3 elimination rounds that will include: freestyle, stylized choreography and hip-hop choreography
  • We recommend that you bring proper food and drink to remain nourished between rounds
  • Performers will be judged on appearance, dance ability, style, energy, projection, personality, attitude, potential, strength and execution of choreography
  • Finalists will be announced at the end of audition day
  • The Houston Rockets can make changes at their sole discretion in the best interest of the Clutch City Dancers throughout the entire audition process

Finalist Interviews

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by appointment only beginning at 10:00AM.

Finalist Boot Camp

  • August 11 — 7:00PM-10:00PM
  • August 13 — 6:00PM-9:00PM

Thank you for your interest in our team. We hope this audition process is insightful and positively impacts your pursuit of becoming a Houston Rockets Clutch City Dancer.