Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Wizard Girl Auditions 

Posted by James at 6:45 AM ET

Auditions for the 2008-09 Washington Wizard Girls got under way on Saturday. Two hundred young ladies from across the DC Metro area and around the world converged on the Verizon Center for a chance to make the team. By the end of the day thirty-five dancers had survived three rounds of cuts to advance to Sunday's Audition Finals. (I didn't make it down for the first day of auditions; a friend and I were climbing Mt. Marcy in New York. In the unlikely event you are interested, photos of our adventure are here.)

Wizard Girl Auditions

On Sunday the auditions consisted of the individual ladies being introduced in swimsuits. Then in groups of five they performed the two dances they had learned on Saturday: a pom routine and a "sideline" routine.

Wizard Girl Auditions
Erica received her masters in public health from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is a former AFL Chicago Rush Adrenaline Dancer and Washington Redskins Cheerleader.

Wizard Girl Auditions

After all the dancers had preformed the two routines. The groups of five performed a routine they had learned earlier in the day.

The 2008-09 Washington Wizard Girls!
Wizard Girl Auditions
TOP ROW: Teneii, Lindsey, Courtney, Angela, Erica, Jessica
MIDDLE ROW: Dawn, Kim, Kristie, Stephanie, Sammantha, Megan
FRONT ROW: Myra, Lyndsay, Alexandria, Kahla, Vanessa, Jennifer, Nina

Later this month the Wizard Girls will be off to Ocean City, Maryland to shoot their 2009 Swimsuit Calendar.

A big "Thank You" to Wizard Girls Director Jessica Pikulski of inviting me down to cover the auditions for her squad.

More photos from the final day of auditions in the gallery.

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