As you may recall, a little over a year ago the San Antonio Spurs disbanded the cheerleading team, known as the Silver Dancers, as well as their break dancing squad, Team Energy. Last summer they combined the skill sets of both groups, as well as opening up for other talents, and created the Hype Squad.
Yours truly was there for the inaugural auditions, and I reported my experience in a five part series, but I did not make the final cut. I did see some of my audition mates throughout the season and got a feel for what I was lacking (mostly youth, mobility, talent, and probably something to do with my hair and beard resembling a yeti).
The Spurs are gearing up for the second season of the Hype Squad and there are many opportunities to participate.
Here is the official Spurs press release:
Dynamic male and female performers with a desire to engage and entertain large crowds and join a first-of-its-kind entertainment team are invited to audition for the 2019 Spurs Hype Squad on Sunday, July 14 or on Saturday, July 27 at the St. Anthony’s High School Fencing Center. As the official entertainment team of the San Antonio Spurs and ambassadors of the Spurs brand, the coed dynamic group brings an elevated approach to engaging and energizing the Spurs’ crowds inside the AT&T Center on game days, all while taking an active leadership role in the San Antonio community through hands-on volunteer work.
Auditions will be private and will include a group interview with a panel of judges, a fan engagement evaluation session and a team-building exercise. Those auditioning for a talent spot will also be evaluated on a short, choreographed dance ending with a freestyle element. Spurs Hype Squad members must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to work a minimum of 32 home games and 10 appearances throughout the 2019-20 Spurs season.
Key dates to put into your palm pilot (told you I was old):
Thursday, June 20 from 7 – 9 p.m.
George Gervin Academy
6944 S. Sunbelt Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78218
Thursday, June 27 from 8 – 10 p.m.
Factory of Champions
8227 Broadway St.
San Antonio, TX 78209
Registration fee: $5
Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m.
Rock & Brews
1 AT&T Center Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78219
Sunday, July 14 or Saturday, July 27
St. Anthony’s Catholic High School Fencing Center
3200 McCullough Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212
* Registrants will receive a specific time closer to their chosen audition date.
Registration fee: $15
Visit Spurs.com/hype-squad to register for the chance to be a member of the Spurs Hype Squad.
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