FORT GREENE — The Brooklyn Nets are looking for kids ages 6-13 to perform at weekend home games at the Barclays Center. Tryouts will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at the Recreation Center of Long Island University’s campus.
"We are expecting approximately 400 kids to come and tryout,” said Kimberlee Garris, Manager of Nets Entertainment. “There is a line already forming around the block as we speak."
As a part of the newly formed team, Brooklyn Nets Kids, the kids will perform at games and be expected to rehearse once a week with choreographer, Tanisha Scott.
Scott has worked with Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and Sean Paul, according to a press release announcing the tryouts. She was also a guest choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Next Best Dance Crew.
Scott is also head coach for the Brooklyn Nets adult dancers team.
On Wednesday, nearly 200 young dancers took a class with Scott and the Brooklyn Nets women dancers to get a head start on learning the routine for tryouts. There was a range of experiences and abilities. Some kids had been dancing since they were three years old; others just started but had a knack for picking up choreagraphy
“We are looking not only for great dancers, but kids with showmanship skills.” Garris said. “They will be performing center stage for upwards of 19,000 fans, we want them to have energy and charisma.”
And for the eager little ones, they only have one shot to show Garris what they got. Friday's open call for dancers is the only opportunity to tryout. And ultimately, Garris and her team will choose only 16 boys and girls to join the dance crew.
“We are looking for stars,” said Garris.