Sacramento Kings Dancer Roxanne dishes on the SKD audition process, benefit of Dancer Clinics and much more.
Hey, Kings fans! It’s been a while since my last update, and I’m excited to share all the fun and exciting things I’ve been doing during the offseason as I prepare for SKD auditions.
Over the last few months, I’ve taken several great trips, riding up to Tahoe and Santa Cruz and even cliff jumping at Moon Lake! I’ve also had a chance to catch up and see many of my friends, since I was so busy during the Kings season.
After taking a short break, I’ve been going to the gym and working out constantly to get in peak shape. My routine includes cardio and exercises focused on my legs, arms and abs. I’ve also been going to the dance studio to practice moves and turns on my own. And I’m hoping to take a few classes, as well, including hip-hop – which I love – and jazz – which is one of the areas I need to improve.
Going into SKD auditions last year, I was really nervous because I didn’t know what to expect or how the process would go, but it ended up being so much fun! The best advice I can give to those who are interested in trying out is to let go and do your own thing instead of looking around the room and thinking about whom you could potentially be competing against to make the team.
On the first day, we arrived at Sleep Train Arena in the evening for the dance portion and learned a lot of new moves and routines. Semifinalist callbacks the next day then included the on-camera part, which entailed an interview and a photo shoot. We also recorded a solo routine, but the catch is we didn’t know what kind of music would play when we went out on the dance floor! Lastly, on the day of final callbacks, we all came back to execute the routines we learned the first day, as well as perform our solos live in front of the judges.
Another cool aspect of dancer auditions is fans get to vote for their favorite dancers online. Over the first two days last year, I was in the top three – until Brittney surged to the top! Make sure to check back with Kings.com to find out how to vote this year.
If you’re interested in trying out to be a Kings Dancer, I’d recommend stopping by one of the upcoming audition clinics. Tammier will be teaching during the Aug. 2 session, while I’ll take care of registration that day. Then, we’ll work with the incoming dancers to show them how we perform and learn our routines.
I look at it as a mini-audition because Jenn, our manager, will be there to take a look at many of the new dancers who are hoping to make the squad. The clinics will also present smaller groups than the actual auditions, so it’s a great opportunity to do well and get noticed.
I can’t wait for auditions because I’ve always loved dancing, and ever since I moved to the Sacramento area, the Kings have been my No. 1 basketball team. Plus, the bonds I’ve created with my teammates have been amazing, and I wouldn’t want to miss the chance to welcome in new dancers and make them feel part of the family, as well.
I know it’s nerve-racking, but once you get used to performing in front of thousands of amazing fans, it’s so awesome you never want to let it go. It makes me so happy to be on this team and I hope to see you all next season.
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