09/10/2014 3:22 PM
JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks and the Attack Dance Team announced today that auditions for the 2014-15 Attack squad will begin on Friday, September 26. The multi-stage audition process will conclude with the final round, to be held at the Jacksonville Landing on Saturday, October 18, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Aside from the finals, all prep classes and audition sessions will be held at First Class Athletics, the cheerleading gym owned and operated by Attack Dance Team Director Kimberly Mayo. First Class Athletics is located at 6026 Bowdendale Ave. in Jacksonville.
The audition process begins with two prep classes, held on Friday, September 26 (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, September 27 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). During prep classes, dancers will learn about what will be expected of them during tryouts, as well the ins and outs of being a member of the Attack. Please note that those wishing to attend prep classes must pay a fee of $20 per class.
Following the conclusion of prep classes, the Preliminary Round will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10. During the Preliminary Round, dancers will be asked to quickly learn material that will be performed later that evening and at the following day’s Semi-Finals. The Semi-Finals will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 11. Finalists will be selected at the end of the Semi-Finals, and will be asked to stay to learn material for the following week’s final round.
Each dancer who advances to the finals will be asked to schedule an individual interview with the Attack Dance Team staff during the following week. Finalists must also participate in the Talent session, to be held the evening of Friday, October 17. During this session, each dancer will be asked to perform a solo routine that showcases a unique skill or ability.
The two-week audition process culminates in the Finals, to be held at the Jacksonville Landing from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18. Finals are open to the public, and fans are encouraged to attend to cheer on the finalists. After each dancer performs and the tryout process concludes, the 2014-15 squad will be revealed.
In order to audition, prospective Attack Dancers must complete the application packet, which may be found online at jaxsharks.com/danceteam/auditions. 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 may also bring the 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 the Attack via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Jacksonville Sharks
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2015 season are now available, two tickets for as low as $99. To purchase your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance and Chum at facebook.com/chumsharks.
About the AFL
Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. The ESPN family of networks and CBS Sports Network will nationally broadcast AFL games each week for the entire season. The AFL schedule then culminates with the ArenaBowl Championship game live on ESPN.