The Miami Heat have announced today that tryouts for their award-winning dance team will be held this Sunday, August 4th at the AmericanAirlines Arena along with pre-registration details to get you started on your dream of sharing the same stage as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the NBA Champions.
Sadly for us dudes, the 2013-14 Miami Heat Dancer audition is not open to the public so you'll just have to be patient until they pick the best of the hopefuls and set them loose at Heat games and events.
To audition, you'll need to be at least 18 years old and register for the event (don't worry, it's free). Because of the high volume of expected applicants, you're encouraged to pre-register for the event to avoid the long lines so you can walk right into the arena and show the judges what you have to offer the dance team.
To pre-register, go to http://heatexperience.com/heatdancerauditions to get a head start. Your other option is to show up nice and early at Gate 3 of the AA Arena in which registration will begin at 11:00 AM. Free parking is available at the P2 parking garage at the arena.
For more info on the auditions, here's more from the Heat:
All hopefuls must bring a resume and headshot, a government issued ID and wear appropriate dance attire and non-marking footwear. All dancers must have flexible schedules for rehearsals, games, community and charitable appearances during the season.
Approximately 40 dancers from Sunday's tryouts will be selected for a four-day boot camp, which will better assess their skills, fitness, and dance ability. Boot camp will be held from Monday, August 5th through Thursday, August 8th from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. each night. HEAT Dancer Finals will be held Friday, August 9th at 7:00 p.m. at Miami-Dade County Auditorium located at 2901 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33135, where the 2013-14 HEAT Dancers will be announced.
If you simply must know more about the beautiful and talented Heat dance squad, here's more info:
The HEAT Dancers are the league's premier dance team. USA Today heralded the HEAT Dancers as "cutting edge," "well-drilled and hip." They have been featured on popular TV programs such as ESPN's The Season, MTV Hits, and MTV's My Super Sweet 16. The HEAT Dancers remain the only non-host city dance team invited to perform during the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities, wowing the audience in Houston during All-Star 2006. The HEAT Dancers were even celebrated on ESPN.com's "Page 2." In August 2006, Gregg Easterbrook wrote that "their allure is an indicator of a power shift -- the best-looking beach babes now congregate in South Florida, not California." Their appeal is global, having recently traveled to and performed in China, Istanbul, London, Germany, the British Virgin Islands, France, Thailand, Barbados and Spain.
Dancing for the HEAT also proves to be a gateway to the entertainment world, as several former HEAT Dancers have achieved stardom. Trista Rehn (2000-02) was the star of the popular ABC reality series The Bachelorette, and has appeared in a number of other TV shows including The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars and Fear Factor. Jessica Sutta (1999-02) is a former vocalist for the pop group Pussycat Dolls. Brooke Long (2005-06) was Suitcase No. 15 Model for the former NBC hit show Deal or No Deal and has appeared in blockbuster movies such as I Hope They Serve Beer In HelI. Layla El (2004-06) is a WWE Diva and the winner of the "2006 WWE $250,000 Diva Search." Johanna Gomez (2002-04), former co-host of the mun2 show fusion, currently serves as a reporter for Sun Sports / Fox Sports Florida as well as a co-host of the DJ Laz Morning Show on 106.7FM in Miami. Jamie Ruiz (2003-08), who stepped into the spotlight on the popular CW show Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious, is a member of the music group YLA.
More recently, Susie Garcia (2002-08) was one of the top 20 finalists on the 2008 season of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance? Traci Young (2002-09; 2010-11) along with a group of former HEAT Dancers, Karelix Alicea (2002-06; 2007-08), Gina Francis (2004-08), Christina Pagan (2007-08), and Michelle Burgos (2007-08), were part of the all-female dance group "Fly Khicks" on Season 3 of the popular MTV reality dance competition series Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew. In addition, HEAT Dancer Ashley Allen (2008-11) was one of 10 NBA dance team members to be featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
For more information about the Miami HEAT Dancers, please visit HEAT.com.
UPDATE: First round of the dancer audition is now complete.
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