On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Sharks and the Attack Dance Team announced their schedule of auditions for the 2017 season. The multi-stage process will begin Tuesday, Oct. 11, and will conclude with the final round on Saturday, Oct. 22.
“We are excited to begin our eighth season of the Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team,” said Attack Dance Team Director Laura Bouchy. “If you love dancing, performing, arena football and want to be an ambassador for our great city, join us for this year’s Attack Dance Team Auditions! Not only will you grow as a dancer and performer, but your fitness level will be pushed like never before with our amazing sponsors from the Hit Center of Jacksonville.”
The first stage of auditions will be two prep classes on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 13, from 7-9 p.m. at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena located at 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd in Jacksonville.
Anyone can participate in both prep classes, however attendance is required for at least one if you’re auditioning for the Attack Dance Team. All who attend must pay a $20 fee per class.
Subsequent rounds will following the prep classes, and aside from the finals, will all take place at Dance Trance Fitness located at 1515 San Marco Boulevard.
The preliminary round will be Saturday, Oct. 15, at 12 p.m., where dancers will be asked to quickly learn a routine that will be performed at the semi-final round.
The semi-finals will be held the following day, Sunday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Finalists will then be selected and will be asked to stay to learn material for the final round.
During the week of finals, the remaining dancers will also participate in boot camp sessions at Dance Trance Fitness in San Marco. These sessions will last from Oct. 17-20 from 8-10 p.m.
Each dancer who advances to the finals will be asked to schedule an individual interview with the Attack Dance Team staff the following week, and must also participate in the talent session, to be held at Dance Trance Fitness the evening of Friday, Oct. 21 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. During this session, each dancer will be asked to perform a solo routine that highlights a unique skill or ability.
The two-week audition process culminates in the Finals, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 12-4 p.m in the center of the main stage at the Jacksonville Landing, along the St. Johns River.
In order to audition, prospective Attack Dancers must complete the application packet, which may be found online here. Dancers must also pay a $50 audition fee, payable by cash or credit card. This fee is in addition to any prior fees paid for prep classes.
Completed applications may be submitted via email, fax, or direct mail. More specific mailing instructions and contact information may be found on the first page of the packet.
Those who wish to try out can bring their completed packet, a recent color photograph, and the registration fee to the first audition session. Any additional questions about the audition process should be directed to the Attack via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.