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Check out the Grizz Girls!

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

The Memphis Grizzlies dance team has a new name and a new site. While the Grizz Girls are preparing for the upcoming season, make sure to check out their new site on myspace, http://www.myspace.com/grizzliesdance. They’ve got lots of good stuff, including video, and photos of the 2008-09 team!

Check out the Grizz Girls!

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

The Memphis Grizzlies dance team has a new name and a new site. While the Grizz Girls are preparing for the upcoming season, make sure to check out their new site on myspace, http://www.myspace.com/grizzliesdance. They’ve got lots of good stuff, including video, and photos of the 2008-09 team!

2008-09 Grizzlies Dance Team selected

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Video | Photo Gallery 1|Photo Gallery 2

Memphis Grizzlies: The Grizzlies wrapped up the final round of Dance Team auditions at Bluesville – Horseshoe Casino on June 19. Thirty finalists were selected by judges during recent regional competitions in Jackson, Nashville, Little Rock and Memphis.

Following two days of rehearsals, the dancers took to the stage to impress a panel of judges and entertain a crowd of onlookers.

The pressure of entertaining a large audience can be a critical test for hopefuls who dream of becoming NBA dancers. After all, it takes talent and guts to perform in front of thousands. There’s no room for stage fright at center court.

All of the finalists delivered high-energy performances that included two numbers choreographed by Tamara Moore and self-choreographed, solo routines.

In the end, fifteen dancers were selected to represent the new team. Grizzlies Dance Team Choreographer Tamara Moore is pleased with the results.

“The ladies took to the stage and danced their hearts out, ” she said. “We think we’ve chosen the best of the bunch and look forward to getting started on preparations for the new season.”

The 2008-09 team will make their first appearance at the Grizzlies Draft Party on June 26 prior to training for rehearsals that will tip-off in August.

Memphis Grizzlies Dance Team Auditions

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

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.

Memphis Grizzlies Dance Team Auditions

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

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.

Name the Memphis Grizzlies Dance Team

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Name the Dance Team - final round of voting
Memphis Grizzlies

Over the past few weeks, we’ve received ideas for a new Dance Team name, and now we’re asking all fans to vote for the winner out of the best six. Submit your answer [here] and we’ll announce the winner before draft night. Voting ends June 23.

Voting is easy:

Just select your favorite of the six names and click the “Vote” button. We’ll compile the results and announce the winning name on June 26 plus, we’ll also draw the name of the winner of our ‘Name the Dance Team’ contest the same day. The new Dance Team name will be revealed at the Grizzlies Draft Party.

2008-09 Grizzlies Dance Team Regional Auditions

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Grizzlies Dance TeamThe Grizzlies are hitting the road this summer in search of beautiful, talented, poised and personable ladies to make up the 2008-09 Grizzlies Dance Team. Join us on our Mid-South quest for the best during a four-city audition road trip that will lead to the the Dance Team Finals on June 19 in Tunica.

Do you have what it takes? If so, make plans to attend an audition listed in the schedule below.

Looking for an advantage over the competition?

Sign up for Pre-Audition Classes and Workshops.
For only $25, Dance Team hopefuls have the opportunity to participate in classes to learn the audition routine in advance and more. Just click the city of your choice below for details.

Regional Audition Schedule

Jackson, MS

* Date: Wed, June 4
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, 6 p.m.
* Pre-Audition Class: Tues, June 3
Xpress Dance Company, 7 p.m.
* Details


Nashville

* Date: Sat, June 7
Sommet Center Meeting Rooms, 9 a.m.
* Pre-Audition Class: Fri, June 6
DC Dance Factory, 7 p.m.
* Details

Little Rock

* Date: Wed, June 11
Apostolic Activity Center, 6 p.m.
* Pre-Audition Class: Tues, June 10
Apostolic Activity Center, 6 p.m.
* Details

Memphis

* Date: Sat, June 14
Methodist Healthcare Practice Facility at FedExForum, 9 a.m.
* Dance Team Workshops: Thurs, May 22 (Hip-Hop); Thurs, May 29 (Jazz)
Mid-South Dance Academy, 7-9 p.m.
* Pre-Audition Class, Part 1: Thurs, June 5
FedExForum, 7-9 p.m.
* Pre-Audition Class, Part 2:Thurs, June 12
FedExForum, 7-9 p.m.

More audition info here.

High School Musical Choreographer Raised in Vancouver

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

By Stuart Derdeyn
The Province

One thing that holds true for the majority of successful dancers and choreographers is they started early. Mom was always there. And a classic show or film set them on their course.

Such is the case with Vancouver-raised Lisa Stevens.

Lisa StevensThe choreographer for the touring production of High School Musical that arrives in town this week began tripping the light fantastic at age four. At about 10, she caught Ann Reinking doing “You Better Stop, You Better Change” in All That Jazz and decided there really wasn’t anything else she wanted to do with her life but dance.

“Mom started me in everything as a child, and we caught every show that we could,” says Stevens. “I was hooked early on and started teaching and choreographing at around age 16.”

Always a drama queen, she appeared in school musicals and plays, dance competitions, you name it. By age 19, she opened her first school with a staff of 12 and a student body of 400 getting schooled in acting, tap, jazz, ballet, piano, gymnastics and trying to master every Buzby Berkley musical movie number ever invented. As this city’s film scene developed, movie roles followed.

Among the highlights on her TV and film resumé are Rumble in the Bronx with Jackie Chan, co-starring in the martial arts thriller Blood Ring II and a year-long stint as a Vancouver Grizzlies cheerleader. Oh yeah, there were also tours with Salt- Pepa and Coolio. Then she moved to London.

Faster than a cha-cha-cha, she was in the original Chicago company in the role of Annie, the Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat movie, and on and on. When she was back home, there were the Vancouver Playhouse musicals with Michael Shamata — The Music Man, Fiddler On the Roof (winner of a Jessie Award for outstanding artistic achievement) and the Jessie-nominated Hello Dolly.

“Michael Shamata was a huge, huge influence on my choreographic career who changed everything. He was very firm about there being a story told in the dance. Everything needs to have a purpose and take things somewhere, or it’s just a bunch of dancing tossed in for no reason.”

She took this idea to High School Musical. It was just what the director was looking for as he battled with how to adapt such a mega-beloved show to the stage. For Stevens, the challenge was coming up with dance moves that weren’t the same ones practised by every tween fan of the fim.

“To adapt a movie onto the stage, you have to rework the characters, try to strengthen the story and it’s a whole different approach,” she says. “Street jazz was something I did a lot in my early 20s but I’d never been able to use it in any of the classics that I’d choreographed.

“It was a breath of fresh air to add that kind of style into the mix, whereas Ryan and Sharpay were more classical and into [Bob] Fosse and old musicals.”

The director of the show wanted all the actors to develop a back story to their roles to find their movement with that. She thinks it worked great in such hits as “Status Quo” or “Head in the Game.”

Visit Lisa’s Official Website here.

SI Gallery of the Week - NBA

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

This week it’s a mixed bag of dance teams across the NBA. It looks like SI is trying a little last-minute catch-up with the teams they didn’t get around to earlier: the Nets, Clippers, Grizzlies, Bulls, and Sonics. Click here to go to the photo pages.



Devil in a Blue Dress: Nets captain Adar


Clippers Spirit Dancers Kristin and Nina


Grizzlies Dancers


Luvabulls Erika and Alyssa do a little tango


Sonics Dancer Kelsey

Memphis Grizzlies Seek Part-time Entertainment Team Coordinator

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Grizzlies Junior Dance TeamPosition Purpose

The Entertainment Team Coordinator is responsible for the preparation, development and management of the Grizzlies Grannies & Grandpas, Junior Grizzlies Dance Team, and Junior Cheer Team for all games and events with a goal of creating a dynamic, creative, entertaining, and fan-friendly entertainment element.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design and direct all choreography for the Grizzlies Grannies & Grandpa’s, Junior Dance Team, and Junior Cheer Team for in-game use.
  • Work with the Dance Team Choreographer to brainstorm routines, music selection, costuming and themes for all team routines.
  • Work with Dance Team Choreographer, and Promotions & Event Presentation Dept. to conduct, organize, administrate, and promote all entertainment team auditions.
  • Schedule and organize attendance of a full complement of Grizzlies Grannies & Grandpa’s, Junior Dance Team, and Junior Cheer Team at all games during which the dancers perform.
  • Schedule, organize and conduct all practices and rehearsals for the Grizzlies Grannies & Grandpa’s, Junior Dance Team, and Junior Cheer Team.
  • Work with Promotions & Event Presentation Dept. as well as Interactive Marketing department to maintain and provide new content ideas for the “Grizz Live” Entertainment team section on grizzlies.com
  • Schedule and organize all paid and non-paid appearances of the Grizzlies Grannies & Grandpa’s, Junior Dance Team, and Junior Cheer Team on behalf of the Club.
  • Ensure that all Entertainment Team performances are of professional caliber and that the performers adhere to their obligations as to conduct and the care of uniforms, etc.
  • Purchase and manage upkeep on all uniforms/costumes used by entertainment teams
  • Undertake such other duties in connection with the Grizzlies Grannies & Grandpa’s, Junior Dance Team, and Junior Cheer Team as Club may reasonably request.
  • Assist Dance Team Choreographer as needed with duties related to the Grizzlies Dance Team.
  • Game performance schedule will be determined by Director of Promotions & Event Presentation, but may include a schedule similar to the following:

    Grannies & Grandpa’s: 8-10 performances with 4-5 new routines

    Junior Dance Team: 8-10 performances with 4-5 new routines

    Junior Cheer Team: 4-5 performances with 2-3 new routines


Required Skills, Experience & Abilities

Essential:

  • At lease 2 years of experience as a professional choreographer for dance including but not limited to hip-hop and jazz technique
  • Strong live entertainment background
  • Working knowledge of cheerleading and tumbling
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in dance or performance arts
  • Highly organized with excellent administrative and time management skills
  • Must be able to work well with children and parents of the children
  • Able to meet tight deadlines and work effectively in a high pressure environment
  • Familiar with today’s trends in music and fashion
  • Excellent people skills, with an ability to interact professionally with internal and external clients at all levels within an organization
  • Excel at motivating performers and leading by example
  • Committed to ensuring superior customer service and supporting the team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends, as required

Apply online here.


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