Auditions for Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team on Aug. 20

Nets Kids Dance Team

Christina DiMancha , a member of the 2012-13 Nets Kids Dance Team helps choreographer Tanisha Scott demonstrate dance moves to the auditioning kids. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese.

The Brooklyn Nets will hold auditions for their Nets Kids Dance Team on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 6:00 p.m. at LIU Brooklyn’s Schwartz Center. Here is more info directly from the Nets:

Open auditions for the Brooklyn Nets Kids dance team will be held on Wednesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. at LIU Brooklyn’s Arnold and Marie Schwartz Center at 1 University Plaza. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and dancers must arrive by 6 p.m. to participate.

Celebrity choreographer Tanisha Scott will return as the Head Coach and Choreographer of the Brooklyn Nets Kids. Scott has worked with JAY Z, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Sean Paul, among others. The Brooklyn Nets Kids dance team will perform in front of thousands of fans at Brooklyn Nets home games at Barclays Center, and represent the Brooklyn Nets at events and media appearances throughout the New York metropolitan area. All dance team members will be paid.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Seeking boys and girls ages 6-13 with at least two years of dance training.
  • Dancers will be asked to demonstrate their ability to learn and perform choreography.
  • Tumbling and break-dancing skills are a plus, but not required.
  • Participants should wear dance attire and non-marking sneakers or dance shoes.
  • One parent or legal guardian must be present at registration to sign a participation waiver.
  • Only those auditioning will be allowed into the gymnasium.
  • Finalists may be kept until 9:30 p.m.
  • Dancers who are selected must be available to attend rehearsals in Brooklyn once a week, as well as Saturday and Sunday home games at Barclays Center.

272 kids attended two audition intensives held on August 6 and 13 to give dancers an edge.

LIU Brooklyn is accessible by taking the B, D, N, Q or R train to DeKalb Ave. or the 2, 3, 4, or 5 trains to Nevins St.

I was at the event last year and I’m planning to attend and take pictures again this year. It’s certainly not easy and not everyone goes home happy, but it seems that most of the kids have a ton of fun and get to dance for a few hours. The parents are not actually allowed into the room when they are trying out which makes it less of a pressure situation and lets the kids have more fun. Check back here on Thursday for photos.


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