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2014 SAN DIEGO CHARGER GIRLS AUDITIONS INFORMATION
The Charger Girls uphold a high standard of quality dance performance and community involvement. The Charger organization feels strongly that the cheerleaders should complement the professionalism represented on and off the playing field. During the preliminary audition process, applicants will be judged on dance ability, crowd appeal, showmanship, and individual applications. For finalists, there is an interview process and a final dance audition.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO MAKE A FULL ONE-YEAR COMMITMENT TO THE SAN DIEGO CHARGER GIRLS THEN YOU SHOULD NOT AUDITION!
All interested applicants should complete an application. REGISTRATION FEE: $20.00 Pre-Registered Applicant, $25.00 Walk-Up Applicant. Check or money order made payable to “e2k.” A 5x7 or larger (B&W or color, head shot or full body shot) photo is required. Photo will not be returned. Mail registration fee with completed application and photo to:
San Diego Charger Girls Auditions
P.O. Box 609609
San Diego, CA 92160
or drop-off at:
c/o: San Diego Charger Girls Auditions
4020 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92123
April 6, 2014 (Preliminary Audition)
April 9, 2014 (Interview Finals) FINALISTS ONLY
April 10, 2014 (Dance Finals) FINALISTS ONLY
LOCATION (Preliminary Audition Only)
University of San Diego – Jenny Craig Pavilion
DIRECTIONS TO USD (Preliminary Audition Only)
For recorded directions from your area, please call 619-260-4600.
|From the north:||Use I-5 (south), exit at Sea World Drive and Tecolote Road (just past the Hilton Hotel on Mission Bay ). Turn left on Tecolote Rd , right on Morena, left on Napa Street to Linda Vista Road , left on Linda Vista Road . Continue to the USD's main entrance to get to the Jenny Craig Pavilion.|
|From the South:||Use I-5 (north), exit at I-8 east and Morena Blvd. , bear right to Morena, and from Morena to Linda Vista Road. Continue to the USD's main entrance to get to the Jenny Craig Pavilion.|
|From the East:||Use I-8 (West), exit at Morena Blvd , right onto Linda Vista Road . Continue to the USD's main entrance to get to the Jenny Craig Pavilion.|
|From the Airport:||Follow signs toward Downtown. Bear left on Laurel Street and follow signs (up Laurel Street hill, left at light, and follow north to I-5). Continue with directions "From the South" above.|
TIME (Preliminary Audition)
9:00 a.m. Check-In. The audition will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.
A two-piece leotard and flesh colored nylons/hosiery are mandatory. This helps to standardize and minimize the possibility of an unfair advantage based on individual attire. Jazz, dance shoes or athletic shoes (minimal tread and non-marking soles) are also mandatory. You may want to bring a couple of pairs of shoes to try out since you will be dancing on a gym floor.
MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kind of photo should I send with my application?
Please send a current photo of yourself with your application. Photos are used for identification purposes - you are not judged by your photo. However, you want to send a photo where you look your best. A 5x7 or larger (B&W or color, head shot or full body shot) is acceptable. Please send only one photo. Photos will not be returned.
Can I register the day of the audition?
Yes. Applications will be available the day of the audition at the registration area and walk-ups will be accepted at the door.
How can I prepare for auditions?
There are several ways you can prepare for auditions. Up to one and a half months prior, the Charger Girls host a pre-auditions workshop. At the workshop, the Charger Girls will conduct a warm-up, work on dance technique and teach a combination similar to what will be taught the day of the preliminary audition. The team director will also conduct a brief seminar on what to expect the day of the preliminary audition. A question and answer session will take place at the workshop as well.
We also recommend that prior to the auditions; you take as many dance classes as possible to polish your technique. Also try to take a variety of dance styles so that you are better prepared the day of the preliminary audition (i.e. jazz, hip-hop, ballet, technique). We also encourage participants to be on a consistent cardiovascular & body conditioning workout program.
What can I expect the day of the preliminary audition?
When you arrive, proceed to the registration area for check-in. At registration you will be given an audition number to be worn on the front of your attire. Please warm-up while waiting for the audition to begin. A choreographer will teach a short dance combination for each phase of the audition. You will be required to learn and perform the routine in groups of three in front of a panel of judges. A cut will be made after each segment. At the end of the preliminary audition, a group of finalists will be selected to continue on to finals. Finalists are selected based on their dance ability, showmanship and crowd appeal.
Is there any special way I should wear my hair and make-up for the auditions?
Your hairstyle should complement your features. Hair does not need to be a certain length or style. If you have long hair, please wear it completely down or down with the front up. Your make-up should be worn a little heavier than normal day make-up. Please wear colors that complement your features.
What should I bring to the preliminary audition?
Can family or friends watch the auditions?
No. To ensure a professional and relaxed atmosphere for all participants, the audition will be closed.
How is the scoring done for the auditions?
All the judges score on a 1-5 point scale. Scores are put into a computer program that gives us an average score and a detailed point breakdown.
How many positions are open on the squad?
All 28 positions are open. All veterans must re-audition each year. Veterans receive one BYE through the first cut of preliminaries.
How many finalists are selected?
60-65 finalists are selected after the preliminary audition.
If I am selected as a finalist, what can I expect?
All finalists must participate in an interview and a final dance audition.
As a finalist, what can I expect during the interview?
You will be placed in an interview group of 6-8 finalists. The interview will last 20-25 minutes. During this time you will be asked to introduce yourself and answer questions regarding the San Diego Chargers organization, the Charger Girls, current events and/or general questions about being a member of a team. Please dress professionally. Business attire is recommended. Hair and make-up should be done as though you were attending a special event.
As a finalist, what can I expect during the final dance audition?
Finalists will need to practice the routine taught at the preliminary audition. You will be asked to perform it in groups of 2-3. You will also need to prepare six 8-counts of your own material to be performed to a generic dance song. You will perform your original routine individually. This routine should showcase special talents and/or dance styles you enjoy. You will not be judged on choreography. A two-piece and flesh colored nylons/hosiery are mandatory. You may wear the same attire from preliminaries. Hair and make-up should be done as if you were performing at a game or in a show on stage.
How are the finalists scored?
Scoring for interviews and finals is the same as preliminaries. Finalists total scores are comprised of their last score from the preliminary audition (25%), interviews (25%) and the final dance audition (50%).
How do you notify the finalists to let them know if they made the team?
The team roster will be announced at the conclusion of dance finals on Thursday, April 10th. The following day, Chargers.com will post the 2014-2015 Charger Girls Team for the public to view.
If I am not selected as a finalist, will my application be kept on file?
No. You must re-apply with a new application each year.
If selected, when do rehearsals begin?
Rehearsals begin immediately following Charger Girls mini-camp. Mandatory rehearsals are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and one Saturday a month, times to be determined. Rehearsals are mandatory and may not be missed unless there is an emergency. Rehearsal dates are subject to change at any time. Please keep in mind that you may be asked to rehearse more often during the week.
Is being a Charger Girls member considered a full time job?
No. Being a Charger Girls member is a part time job. You should at least hold a part time job or attend college full time.
Will I have to purchase my own uniform or supplies?
No. The Charger Girls uniform is provided for the duration of the season. However, each Charger Girls member is responsible for the uniform and supplies at all times, including all footwear, Charger Girls team apparel, poms and any additional uniforms and property given during the season. Uniform must be kept clean at all times. The cheerleader must pay for any items lost or damaged. All uniforms and property (excluding team apparel) must be turned in before the last day of the contractual agreement.
What type of time commitment is expected if I am selected as a member of the Charger Girls team?
As a Charger Girls member, attendance is very important. Total commitment is required by all team members. Commitment includes: