You wanna join the New York Knicks City dancers? Do you got what it takes?
Let me introduce the New York Knicks City Dancers (KCD). Kimmy, Ally, Dana, Dominique, Erika, Melissa R., Sarahbeth, Paula, Christine, Melissa O., Roselinda, Amanda Eve, LaToya, Amanda, Michelle, Sierra, Asia, Stephanie and Dee. Nineeen beautiful and talented young women that dance and cheer for the beloved New York Knickerbockers.
Their bios are amazing with diverse occupations such as executives, secretaries, personal trainers and secretaries. Every year hundreds of young women attend the auditions hoping to be named as a Knick City Dancer.
This is not a beauty contest although being extremely attractive wouldn’t hurt. It is an audtition for a position that can be compared to Broadway Dancers or the New York City Rockettes. These women are the best at what they do.
It is a mixture of dance, cheerleading, acrobatics and customer service. What are the qualifications, The following prerequisites for auditioning have been taken directly for the website (nyknickcitydancres.com):
– You must be 18 years or older – please bring photo ID.
– You must have 8 years of technical dance training.
– Tumbling skills are a plus.
– Wear flattering dance/workout attire, including sneakers or other dance shoes.
– Hair and makeup should be sophisticated and glamorous.
– Bring kneepads, water and snacks.
– Headshots/resumes will be collected at the callbacks only.
Candidates Must Be Able to Attend:
– A week of Callbacks and Finalist Training Camp
– Most Knicks home games during the season.
– Evening rehearsals throughout the season.
It is easy to see that this is serious business and extremely competitive. It takes more than killer good looks to land this prestigious gig. Most of the young ladies are looking to use the experience to catapult their careers forward.
Most of the dancers aspire to be performers or have a career in the performing industry. Along with attendance at home games and a grueling practice schedule the Knick City Dancers appear in numerous media outlets, such as TV, radio and magazines.
They have appeared on The Wendy Williams Show, Regis and Kelly, Maxim Magazine, The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Day New York, Good Morning America, MTV TRL, Pros vs. Joes and Sex and The City. KCD Dancer Courtney Galliano was one of the top four finalists on the hit dance show So You Think You Can Dance last summer.
The KCD also have made high profile, NY-centric appearances at events such as the ING New York City Marathon, the Puerto Rican Day Parade, Dominican Day Parade, Columbus Day Parade and the Dance Parade.
They will visit hospitals; participate in charitable events and host private events and private dance instruction. It is easy to see that being a Knick City Dancer is a career and not a part time job.
These dancers are dedicated to making the experience at a New York Knick’s game memorable and exciting. Along with pre-game routines the dancers perform at timeouts and at halftime.
They dance and cheer, shoot t-shirts into the crowd and rev up the crowd to help the New York Knicks win. Unfortunately the Knick City Dancers lost in the first round of the 2010 NBA Dance Team Bracket to the team from the Atlanta Hawks.
The team also gained youtube fame with a drop during their routine (www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSxgq2iMIL4). This summer it is expected that hundreds if not thousands will audition to be on the 2011/2012 Dance Team. Once making the team the dancers will practice all summer getting prepared for the upcoming season.