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The Search Has Begun for the 2017-18 Lightning Girls Team!

 

Do you have what it takes to lead the charge and Be the Thunder as an official member of the 2017-18 Lightning Girls? Auditions for the new campaign will be held on Sunday, July 23 at AMALIE Arena.

Interested females must be 18 years of age or older and must have a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED).

Registration

How to register prior to Audition Day:

Serious candidates are advised to submit a resume and one 5x7 headshot, and the LG Application by July 20, 2017. Although not required, we are also asking for and a two-minute video DVD (or web link to video) expressing your desire to be a Lightning Girl and any special or unique talents and any related skills you may have. This will help us get to know the candidates prior to the auditions and these applicants will be heavily considered. You can download the LG Application by clicking here.

Please submit all of the above requirements via email to kyeloushan@amaliearena.com or mail to:

Kelli Yeloushan

401 Channelside Drive

Tampa, FL 33602


How to register on Audition Day:

Registration will be open to all interested candidates on audition day and will begin at 9 a.m. and close at 10 a.m. Please bring with you the following: identification card, resume, LG Application and one 5x7 headshot. You can download the LG Application here or we will have the documents available at the registration desk.

Audition Day Information

When: July 23, 2017

Registration: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Round 1 Auditions: 10 a.m.

Round 2 Auditions: 1 p.m. - TBD

  • Advancing candidates are required to remain at auditions.

Where: AMALIE Arena

All participants are asked to enter the building via the McDonald's Box Office located at the front entrance at AMALIE Arena. Attendants will be available to direct you to the auditions being held in Firestick Grill.

Parking: Parking is available in Silver Lot and the Blue Lot at AMALIE Arena at the posted rates.

What: Auditions for the 2017-2018 Lightning Girls team. Dance, cheer preferred, and skating experienced preferred but not necessary.

Requirements:

  • Female over the age of 18 with a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must have flexible evening and weekend schedules for home games and appearances, and a weekly mandatory rehearsal.
  • Experienced ice skaters and dancers are a plus, but it is not necessary.

Audition Candidates should bring:

  • Application requirements (resume, 5x7 photo, Lightning Girl Application)
  • Bring photo ID to register
  • This will be a long day for advancing candidates. Please bring water, towel and snacks.
  • Wear half-top or sports bra, hot shorts, skin colored tights, and dance shoes or sneakers.
  • Wear full performance make-up and hair

What to expect:

Round 1: All applicants will learn choreographed material and perform.

Round 2: Advancing applicants will learn new choreographed material to perform. Those who advance will be brought in for interviews during the week of July 24 and the team announcement will be made on July 28, 2017.

Meetings and rehearsals will begin the first week of August and will continue for up to two (2) times a week until the start of the season.

Although the auditions are dance based, we will NOT be making our final decisions on dance skill and technique alone. We invite advanced dancers and beginners out to participate in this fun day!

  • Auditions are not open to the public; any additional guests will not be permitted. All advancing candidates will be remain at auditions until complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be at least 18 years of age by July 11th and be a high school graduate (or equivalent) in order to audition. There is not an age limit to auditioning but our teams typically have team members ranging from 18-32 years of age.

There will be a short across-the-floor combination taught during the first round that might include a single turn, kick, and some basic moving steps. The round after there will be a slightly longer routine taught although the skills required will be the same. Skating skills are not necessary but are preferred. We will require all of the girls who make the team attend skating practices to access their ability. Those who can skate will be able to skate during activities that require it. Those who skate will also need to obtain their own skates within our guidelines.

Rehearsals, fitness and skate training will begin the week after auditions and be conducted 1 to 2 times a week in the evening from 7:00-10:30 p.m. up until the first game. For the remainder of the season, rehearsals will be once a week in the evening from 7:00-10:30 p.m. either at our gym or at Amalie Arena. The game schedule will be released by the date of auditions and can range from 1-3 games at home per week falling on any night of the week or weekend afternoon. Lightning Girls are expected to arrive 2 1/2 hours prior to game time and typically work for 5 hours each game. All rehearsals are mandatory and the team rotates the game schedule so that each member works approximately two thirds of the home games.

We do not have a height or weight limit to be a team member. However, team members are expected to be in top physical shape for the duration of their contract and look great in our uniforms. Uniforms do consist of half tops, shorts, and pants.

Most everything is provided although members need to purchase their own ice skates. We provide all uniform pieces for games and appearances and bags. Some things that are not provided are tights and hose, skates, practice apparel, and the maintenance cost for uniform pieces.

Lightning Girls are paid an hourly rate for games worked and some appearances. Rehearsals, mandatory Lightning functions and some appearances are not paid. All members of the team also have full-time or part-time jobs or are full-time or part-time students. There is approximately a 15-30 hour time commitment each week.

All current members of the team must audition each season, however, veterans are given a first round by and will begin the audition process at the semi-final round.

Most parts of the auditions are closed to the public. Only judges and candidates will be allowed to observe preliminaries, semi-finals, and interviews.

Before the audition process begins, make sure you are in good physical shape by doing cardio and weight training so you feel comfortable in the audition attire and performing for a long period of time. It is recommended that you take some dance classes to brush up on technique and understand the types of moves that will be taught. You may also want to check out local ice rinks for open skate time so the auditions will not be your first time on ice skates. Classes or personal trainers are not necessary but make sure you look and feel prepared for auditions.