Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Sixers Dancers Hold Final Auditions at South Philly's Chickie's and Pete's 

Posted by Sasha at 7:17 PM ET

By Laura Doubet
Philadelphia 76ers

A sea of family, friends and fans packed into every available spot in South Philadelphia’s Chickie’s and Pete’s for the 2007-08 Sixers Dancers Final Auditions on Wednesday evening. The building buzzed with excitement and anticipation way before any of the girls even stepped foot onto the dance floor.

“The atmosphere is wonderful,” veteran Sixers Dancer Dana said. “The crowd is very energetic they’re all excited to see all of us girls. They’re supporting us 100% so it feels good to dance for them.”

Littering the crowd were enormous, homemade signs cheering on all 30 Semi-finalists. Veteran Sixers Dancer Kirsten couldn’t help but get excited about the crowd that was packed around all sides of the dance floor.

“It’s insane! There are people every which way,” Kirsten said as she surveyed the crowd. “It’s an awesome feeling when the crowd is involved and excited for us. It makes us dance that much harder.”

By night’s end, these semi-finalists would be whittled down to the final 17, who would make up the 2007-08 Sixers Dancers. The girls were selected by a panel of special guest judges, which included one of the East Coast’s top advertising and editorial photographers Michael Spain-Smith, Pete Ciarrocchi of Chickie’s & Pete’s, ABC-6 sports reporter Keith Russell, CBS-3 traffic reporter Bob Kelly, Fox-29 anchor Kerri-Lee Halkett, NBC-10 news reporter Jamison Uhler and Comcast SportsNet personality John Boruk. The ladies were scored on technique, personality, and overall appearance.

The semi-finalists began competing for a coveted spot on the team with a set of routines demonstrated and choreographed by Adrienne Della, the former Sixers Dancer Captain of 12 years who has now transitioned to coach of the 2007-08 Sixers Dancers. The audition continued as Sixers PA Announcer and the evening’s Emcee Matt Cord introduced each of the 30 semi-finalists, each of whom was then interviewed individually by the judges. They closed out the audition by modeling their favorite summer dresses.

All-Star Sixers Dancer Kimmie shared with Sixers.com her philosophy for the night.

“I’m going to think that it’s just another game, just doing my job,” she said calmly. “I’m not going to take it as an audition, not going to look to the girls to the left or right I’m just going to do my own thing on the floor.”

She also added her thoughts on the difficulty of auditions from the rookie experience in comparison to the pressure of a returning veteran.

“I’d have to say it’s harder because you have all these new girls wanting it. So we have to work hard to keep our spots. So it’s about three times as hard,” admitted Kimmie. “You think about the past year, what you can work on. You see all these beautiful girls and they really want this.”

Overall, the Sixers Dancers Final Audition ignited the crowd with electric performances and left the Sixers fans intrigued to see who will make the cut. But more importantly, the Sixers Dancers Auditions provided an informative experience for young dancers who intend on pursuing a career in professional dance.

“It’s a lot of fun, I definitely learned a lot,” said rookie Semi-finalist Melinda. “This is the first time I’ve done anything like this. I’ve learned a lot just watching the other girls that have done this before.”

The 2007-08 Sixers Dancers will be unveiled at the Sixers Beach Bash in Sea Isle City, NJ on August 4th. Don’t miss your chance to attend the biggest party of the summer and benefit Sixers Charities all at once! Check back soon with Sixers.Com for more details.

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