BlazerDancers Auditions: Who Will Make The Final Cut?
By sarahhecht Posted in: blazerdancers
Sunday afternoon saw a flood of 36 BlazerDancer Finalists, their families and friends fill the Winningstad Theater at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Gilttered signs, noisemakers and even a light wand littered the audience, who roared with cheers for their hopefuls and amplified their screams when they nailed their routines.
The long day began at 2pm when the finalists took the stage for the first time and were introduced to the 12 judges who would decide their fate. Former BlazerDancers, local media, professional dancers and other in-game entertainers like Mark Mason and DJ OG One comprised the judging panel.
Next up was the first group routine. The 36 finalists were placed into groups of three and performed a routine to Usher’s “More” while wearing heels. Many a BlazerDancer routine is danced while wearing sky-high boots and the finalists had to prove their ability and confidence to light up the stage without their feet firmly on the floor.
Immediately following the first routine was a second group routine to Pitbull and Akon’s “Boomerang.” My favorite routine of the day showcased the finalists ability to execute sharp movements and difficult choreography while still putting on a show for the audience. Of all the music I heard in my six hours at the BlazerDancers Finals this, without a doubt, will be the song stuck my head for the next month. Check it out, it’s a goodie.
Solos were performed next by the hopefuls. Each finalist chose their own music and choreographed a one minute routine to showcase their abilities and personalities. From “It’s Raining Men,” to “Love Train,” and Britney Spears to ACDC, solos varied greatly. Some dancers showcased their technical dancing skills while others let their personalities do the moving. Jazz routines, hip hop stomps and modern routines had the audience captivated.
The fourth routine of the day was another group routine, “Hotel Service,” by Pitbull had the ladies moving and shaking at a quick pace. The BlazerDancers often jam to fast music to energize and invigorate the 20,000 plus crowd in the Rose Garden.
If you’ve been to a Trail Blazers game in recent history you know all about the “hot timeout.” Music like "We Like To Party" and "Rock & Roll Part 2" is pumping and the crowd is jamming as the BlazerDancers improv with their pom-poms to keep the crowd moving. The final routine of the day was just that, dancers showed the judges how to rock it during high-energy moments on game-night.
After the final “hot timeout” was performed the judges had a chance to call back hopefuls they wanted to see again before submitting their final scores. The call backs performed “Boomerang” one more time with their last chance to impress the judges.
The day ended with all of the ladies taking the stage to a roar of applause from the crowd. The 36 BlazerDancer Finalists left everything they had to give out on the stage and all that’s left now is to wait.
The 2011-2012 BlazerDancers will be announced live tonight on Trail Blazers Courtside at 6pm. You can catch the live stream on trailblazers.com or on CSNW channel 37.