Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Memphis Grizzlies Dance Team Auditions 

Posted by Sasha at 10:36 PM ET

Memphis Grizzlies

Grizzlies regional auditions wrapped up Saturday at home (story and photos). You can watch the finalists compete for a spot on the team this Thursday. Plus, cast your vote for a new team name.

Grizzlies Dance Team competition heats up following Memphis auditions

Following a three-city search in Jackson, TN, Little Rock and Nashville, dance auditions returned to the team’s home court on Saturday, June 14. Mid-South dancers came out to show their best moves in hopes of becoming a member of the 2008-09 Grizzlies Dance Team.

View photos: gallery 1, gallery 2

After a series of warm-ups, the dancers were led through the motions of learning and performing a fast-paced, challenging routine. In addition, they had to think fast on their feet and share their best freestyle moves. A few hopefuls called it quits early on but most stuck it out and gave the performance their all.

So how did the level of talent at Saturday’s audition compare to others in the regional search? Grizzlies Dance Team choreographer Tamara Moore believes that practice makes perfect if you want to get a leg up on the competition. “The ladies of Memphis came strong. Most of them attended our workshops and pre-audition classes, and knew what we were looking for.” Read more from Tamara in her latest blog entry.

Following Saturday’s four-and-a-half-hour audition, 24 Memphis-area dancers were selected to join six performers selected during the regional auditions to advance to the final round.

The Finals will be free and open to the public. Fans are invited to come out and watch the competition that will tip-off Thursday, June 19 at Bluesville – Horseshoe Casino in Tunica at 7 p.m.

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