2017 SAINTSATIONS AUDITIONS
SATURDAY, APRIL 8 • 9:00AM
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS PRACTICE FACILITY
The Saintsations are comprised of two separate teams. According to team director Lesslee Fitzmorris, “Each team plays a vital role in our mission to provide the “best” cheerleading team that represents not only the Saints and but our community throughout the world. The popularity of the Saintsations, both locally and internationally, has made it necessary to expand the team to accommodate our growing fan base.” Applicants may audition for one or both teams.
Appearance Performing Team:
The focus of the Saintsations Appearance Team will be community outreach, game day appearances, stadium performances and media relations. Applicants should be able to possess public speaking skills and dance technique. Benefits of membership on this team include extensive community relations and marketing experience, media training and a shorter rehearsal schedule.
Field Performing Team:
The focus will be community appearances and on field performances. Applicants should be able to posses extensive dance technique. Benefits of membership on this team include extensive dance training, community relations and a regimented rehearsal schedule.
Both teams will make community appearances on behalf of the New Orleans Saints. Both teams will be featured in the Saintsations “Making of the Calendar” Televised Show, featured in the team swimsuit calendar, team poster and internet.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Is there an age limit?
You must be 18 by the audition date. You must present a valid Driver’s License.
How do I register?
You register by visiting our website at www.neworleanssaints.com or www.Saintsations.net and filling out the online registration form. You will also need a letter of recommendation, headshot, and one page describing why you want to be part of the New Orleans Saintsations. You may register and pay the registration fee on-line or you may bring the forms and cash with you to either audition workshop or on audition day, Saturday, April 8th. NO CHECKS accepted.
What do the judges look for at auditions?
We are looking for dedicated young women who are physically fit, talented in dance / cheer, lead a healthy, productive lifestyle, and are able to present themselves in a professional manner. You will be judged on professional presentation, dance ability, fitness, and interview skills.
Does my headshot need to be professionally taken?
The headshot is simply used to identify you at auditions. It will not be returned, so a recent snapshot will be fine. It is not necessary to have a professional photo taken.
How should I fix my hair and makeup?
Judges will see you close up at auditions. Hair and make-up should be “performance” ready. You should wear more makeup than on a normal day, but not too heavy. Hair can be worn in any style, as long as it doesn’t interfere with your performances.
Are there any height or weight requirements?
We do not have specific height or weight requirements. However, you must be physically fit. Being a Saintsation requires a high level of athleticism.
What can I do to prepare for auditions?
Beginning now, you should brush up on dance and technique skills. Being physically fit is part of being a Saintsation; you should maintain a healthy lifestyle. We suggest working out with a trainer and enroll in a dance studio to understand terminology and required skills. The Audition Workshops are a great way to fully understand the audition process. You will learn requirements for being a member, opportunities that come along with the team, as well as part of the audition routine. Technical skills that may be incorporated into other choreography will also be reviewed.
What should I bring to auditions?
You should bring your completed application, headshot, resume’ and essay along with the registration fee. Your attire should flatter your figure and meet our guidelines. If you previously submitted information, you can substitute items at this time.
You must wear a two-piece black outfit (brief or hot short bottoms). You may bring snacks and drinks since you will be at Preliminary auditions for a majority of the day. Tan jazz shoes should be worn. (You will NOT allowed to perform barefoot) Personal items such as curling irons and make-up are also suggested.
Are auditions open to the public?
No. Every segment of auditions is closed to outside guests.
When and where do the Saintsations rehearse?
Practices begin immediately after tryouts conclude. The team practices from 7- 9PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of May. During August through December, the team rehearses the Thursday night before a home game and at four Sunday clinics. Additional rehearsals on Tuesday or Thursday may be called. Field rehearsals on game days begin as early as 8AM. Rehearsals rotate at locations in Mandeville, Baton Rouge, Metairie and New Orleans. The Appearance Team will have a more limited rehearsal schedule.
Does the team travel to away football games?
Saintsations do not travel with the Saints to regular season or playoff away games. There are other travel opportunities during the year that may be mandatory.
Do I need to bring a prepared routine to auditions?
No, you do NOT need to prepare a routine for auditions. You will be taught the routines as part of the audition process.
The New Orleans Saintsations will host optional audition workshops to help participants become better prepared for the audition process.
Sunday, April 2 • 2-4PM
Tari's School of Dance
9166 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge
Wednesday, April 5 • 7:30-9:30PM
Franco's Athletic Club
100 Bon Temps Roule, Mandeville
These workshops are open to registered participants only and will provide a great deal of information about Saintsations auditions, including dance combinations, judging criteria as well as an in-depth understanding of what it takes to make the squad.
Attendance is not required to audition and does not guarantee a position on the squad. While the same material will be taught at both workshops, you may attend either (or both) workshop(s). Your audition registration fee of $75.00 covers the cost of participation in the clinics.