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Article updated: 10/4/2012 3:34 PM

Rush to hold dancer auditions next month


The Chicago Rush Adrenaline Dancers will hold auditions for the 2013 team starting in November.

Led by Team Coordinator Gloria Esposito, the Adrenaline Rush Dancers have become one of the top dance troupes in the Arena Football League.

Open auditions will give all dancers an opportunity to take their passion for dance to a new level.

"We're looking for the overall package. A girl who is beautiful inside and out, with a great personality and dance or cheer background," said Esposito. "They don't have to be technically trained, but anything they can add to the team is always a plus."

The audition process will open up with a pair of prep classes that will give attendees a chance to polish their skills before the official auditions begin.

While the prep classes are not mandatory, Esposito said they will go a long way in preparing attendees for auditions.

"Our prep classes are geared towards giving the girls a chance to see what a practice will be like. We go over all the necessary items that they will need to know for auditions as well as the season." said Esposito.

All other audition dates are mandatory.

The fee to audition is $40 if registered in advance or $50 the day of registration. Prep classes are $20 per session, but if participants register for auditions and prep classes in advance, the cost is reduced to $70 for everything.

From November 25th to December 1st, the field will be narrowed down from the initial pool of applicants to the final 18. Three days of auditions and mini camps will be followed by the finals, which will feature the last cuts and showcase the official 2013 squad. All auditions (with the exception of the finals) will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, and are closed to the public.

In addition to their duties performing before, during, and after Chicago Rush home games, the dancers make their presence known at a variety of special appearances and team events. Just this past summer, they were featured at a few area concerts.

"We were lucky enough to be asked to perform with Big Kenny and Cowboy Troy of Big and Rich at Country Thunder this year," Esposito explained. "It was a huge opportunity for us and a great experience."

For more information or to register, visit arenarush.com

Prep Class 1: Jazz/Pom Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Check-in starts at 7 p.m.)

Prep Class 2: Hip Hop Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Check-in starts at 7 p.m.)

First Round of Auditions: Sunday, Nov. 25 from 9 a,m. to 5 p.m. (Check-in starts at 8 p.m.)

Mini Camp Day 1: Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 7-10 p.m. (Check-in starts at 6:45 p.m.)

Mini Camp Day 2: Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7-10 p.m. (Check-in starts at 6:45 p.m.)

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