Grizz Girls

Meet the 2014-15 Grizz Girls

Throughout the season, the Grizz Girls entertain arena audiences with high energy routines and add a special touch to the Grizzlies Community with their infectious personalities. Off the court, these dancing divas hold down full-time jobs as Teachers, Dietitians, Architects and full-time students pursuing degrees in everything from Marketing to Microbiology.

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2015-2016 Grizz Girls Auditions Regional Tour Schedule

The Memphis Grizzlies are holding regional tryouts in search of strong candidates to make up their 2015-2016 Grizz Girls Dance Team. Do you think you have what it takes? If so, we are coming to a city near you!

Register for auditions

  • St. Louis

    Wednesday, July 1
    6pm Registration
    Famous Fresh Studios
    (inside St. Louis Outlet Mall)
    5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd.
    Hazelwood, MO 63042
  • Nashville

    Wednesday, July 8
    6pm Registration
    At DC Dance Factory
    1850 E. General George Patton Drive
    Franklin, TN 37067
  • Memphis

    Saturday, July 18
    9am Registration
    Mallory Gymnasium - Rhodes College
    2000 N. Parkway

Pre-Audition Clinics

Get a leg up on the competition by attending our 3 pre-audition clinics. Learn everything from make-up tips, what to wear, advice from the pros, making the final cut, and the actual audition choreography! Clinics will be held at New Ballet Ensemble Dance Studio (2157 York Ave). The cost per clinic: $25 per clinic, $40 for two clinics, or $60 for three.

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Clinic Dates

  • Thursday, June 25 at 6pm
  • Thursday, July 09 at 6pm
  • Thursday, July 16 at 6pm

GirlPlay Prep Class

Practice the technique and dance styles you'll need for audition day with our GirlPlay dance classes. Prep Classes are $10 ($7 for College Students with ID).

Prep Class Dates

  • Tuesdays 7:30pm @ SubRoy Studios - 2435 Whitten Rd
  • Thursdays 7:00pm @ Studio Gray - 8160 Macon Rd

Important Note

Prospective dancers must be a high school graduate, at least 18 years of age, and willing to relocate to Memphis to participate in the Grizz Girls audition. This is a paid position. Come earn money doing what you love! For GirlPlay Prep Class and Pre-Audiotion Clinics, please wear only non-marking footwear while taking class. Jazz Sneakers are fine, any other sneaker, cannot have a black sole. For more information on auditions check out answers to Frequently Asked Questions then call (901) 205-1411 or e-mail Follow the GrizzGirls on Facebook and Instagram for live audition updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the requirements to attend auditions and become a Grizz Girl?

A Grizz Girl audition candidate must meet the following criteria:
  • You must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the audition. There is no maximum age limit.
  • You must be a High School graduate or higher.
  • You must be a full time student, or have a part time job.
  • You need a schedule flexible enough to accommodate 2-3 rehearsals per week in addition to game nights.

What do I need to bring to auditions?

Please bring the following to auditions:
  • 5x7 Non-returnable headshot – Your photo should be a current representation of yourself, and should be of only you.
  • Dance resumé - outline your performance experience along with anything else you would like the judges to know about you.

What should I wear to the audition? How should I wear my hair?

Look your best at auditions and you’ll feel your best. Your attire should include the following:
  • Nude fishnets, tights or panty hose
  • Briefs or hot pants (no long pants allowed)
  • Crop top (mid-section must show)
  • Jazz shoe, dance sneakers or non-marking tennis shoes only
  • Attire should be flattering. Dress to impress!
  • Performance hair & make-up are a must!

What do the judges look for at auditions?

Judges will focus on the following criteria:
  • Dance technique and style
  • Showmanship, personality, and energy
  • Physical/personal appearance - Applicants must be in top physical condition.

What are the criteria you are looking for in a Grizz Girl?

  • Must be able to strongly perform a variety of dance styles; particularly jazz, street jazz, and hip hop
  • Must be able to learn choreography quickly, and have strong memory retention
  • Must be willing to meet and maintain physical conditioning requirements throughout season
  • Must be a team player
  • Must have strong work ethic; willing to work hard and commit at all times
  • Must be personable withh strong communication skills, willing to engage with others with a high level of enthusiasm, confidence, and poise.

How can I best prepare for auditions?

Take a variety of classes to ensure you are mentally and physically prepared to learn and process choreography. Workout regularly so that you audition in the best physical condition as possible. Also, take the Girl Play Dance Classes. These classes will give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the choreographic style of the coach, and receive feedback on what to work on.

What are GirlPlay dance classes?

The Girl Play Dance Classes are designed to get you comfortable with the Grizz Girls choreography style and prepare you for audition day. You will experience a typical Grizz Girls rehearsal. Participants will begin with a warm up, participate in across the floor combinations, and learn a choreographed routine. Classes will range from jazz, to jazz funk and hip hop. Participants will receive one-on-one feedback and audition tips from the Grizz Girls Choreographer. Current Grizz Girls will also be on hand to assist and to answer any questions. Different choreography is taught at each session. Classes are $10 per class ($7 for college students with I.D.) and take place on Tuesdays at 7:30pm at SubRoy Studios located at 2235 Whitten Rd and on Thursdays at 7:00pm at Studio Gray located at 8160 Macon Rd.

How do I sign up for classes?

No need to sign up. Just bring $10 and walk in. If you have questions, send us an email.

What are Grizz Girls Pre-Audition Clinics?

There will be a three part clinic to help dancers put their best foot forward on audition day. Part 1 will take place on Thursday, June 25th and will cover everything you need to know to look your absolute best on Audition day from Hair, to Make Up, Fitness, and Costuming. Part 2 will give you one on one advice through a mock audition trial on Thursday, July 9th and Part 3 of the clinic occurs on July 16th, where dancers will learn choreography that will be used on audition day. All clinics will begin at 6pm at the New Ballet Ensemble, 2157 York Ave. Memphis TN. Clinic fees are $25 per clinic; $40 for two clinics, and $60 for all three sessions. Different choreography will be taught at each session. Pre-Audition Clinics are not mandatory in order to audition, however they are strongly encouraged. .

What type of things will I have to do for auditions?

Audition routines will consist of jazz, technical and hip hop styles. Across the floor combinations including jazz walks, turns, and leaps to assess technical ability will open the auditions. The entire routine will choreography will be taught. Once the routine is taught, dancers will have to perform the routine for the judges in groups of three. You will not need to have a personal routine prepared for the auditions, however dancers may be asked to freestyle.

Is there an interview process?

Yes, there will be interviews conducted for all dancers that make it past the first round of auditions.

If I make it past the First Round Auditions, are there any additional dates I need to prepare for leading up to the Finals?

Yes. Once dancers are picked to proceed to the Finals, they will participate in a Grizz Girls Boot Camp. The camp will be over a series of days during the evenings. Stay tuned to our page for updated info s we get closer to auditions.

Will the auditions be open to the public?

First Round auditions will be closed to the public. The Audition Finals will be open and free to the public. Date and time for the audition finals will be released at a later date.

Do current Grizz Girls members have to audition?

Yes, all returning members must go through the audition process each season. Their spots on the team are not guaranteed.

How many dancers will be selected for the Grizzlies Dance Team?

Between 16-20 dancers will be chosen.

If I currently do not reside in the Memphis area, will I have to relocate?

Yes, Grizzlies dancers will need to reside in the Memphis area. Rehearsals, appearances, and home games will take place primarily in Memphis.

Is this a full time job?

Being a Grizzlies dancer is not a full time job. All dancers must either hold a part time job, or be a full time student in addition to their Dance Team duties. Dancers are responsible for ensuring their schedules are flexible enough to accommodate rehearsals and games. A total commitment is required. The time commitment is usually 10-20 hours a week for rehearsal and promotional appearances in addition to the home games.

Is this a paid job?

Yes, this is a professional position. Dancers are compensated for rehearsals, home games, and appearances.

If you didn't find an answer to your question here, please send an email or call the Grizzlies Dance Team Audition hotline at 901.205.1411.

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