Thursday, July 26, 2007
Auditions for the MISL Champion Philadelphia KiXX Dance Team were held Tuesday night at the Wachovia Spectrum in South Philadelphia.
Usually, I like to make a little joke about how hot it was and attribute it to all the ladies. This evening it was really hot, because the air conditioning for main part of the stadium was broken. The KiXX brought in extra water bottles and ice, but the heat was still oppressive. All the dancers deserve and extra round of applause for competing under such grueling conditions.
L-r: Gillian who is retiring after 5 seasons with the KiXX Dance Team, Adrienne Della, Director of the KiXX Dance Team, Kellie, the Captain of the KiXX Dance Team.
Adrienne is now in her 5th season as Director of the Philadelphia KiXX Dance Team and she says it just keeps getting better and better each year.
(Adrienne is also the new Dance Team Coach for the Philadelphia Sixers Dance Team, but we'll talk about that in a later post.)
The registration table
Adrienne explained the agenda for auditions. She and Kellie would teach the choreography for an hour. The the hopefuls would perform in groups of 3 before a panel of judges. Girls who made it through all the cuts this evening would return on Friday for personal interviews. And the team should be announced this weekend. Returning members of the KIXX Dance Team go through the exact same process as everyone else; there are no guaranteed spots on the squad.
On the left is Cheryl from East Fallowfield. She's a waitress and a Communications student at Delaware County Community College. On the right is Jillian from Manayunk; she's a senior at Temple University majoring in Marketing.
Christine was on the KiXX Dance Team last year for their Championship Season. She's from Sewell, NJ. After graduating from Camden County Community College this spring, she'll be attending Rowan University studying Business Administration. She says the first time she stepped onto the field before thousands of KiXX fans it took her breath away.
This is Ivelisse from Hammonton, NJ. She's a dental student at Atlantic Cape Community College.
Okay, time to learn the routine.
There are 15 spots on the team and only one is guaranteed. Returning for her 4th season is the captain of the KiXX Dance Team, Kellie. Kellie's an auditor and a graduate of university of Delaware with a BS in Accounting. You know she really loves being on the KiXX Dance Team, because she has a two and a half hour commute from work to practice. And after practice is over, it's usually midnight by the time she gets home.
Teetee from Trenton says the KiXX Dance Team is "Da Bomb!"
In the heat it was important to keep hydrated.
Choreography is over. The Official KiXX photographer takes everyone's photo.
The judges (l-r): Adrienne, Kixx Grassroots Marketing Manager Tom Hushen, Gillian, KiXX Vice President of Internal Operations David Deal, KiXX Vice President of External Operations Darcee Edrozo, and I'm not sure who the gentleman on the end is.
Dancers who made the first cut.
Now we're going to do it again, but this time tack on a little free styling at the end.
Last photo of the night: The Finalists