Brooklynettes want new members with 8 years experience

Nets’ dance team is holding open auditions

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They’re not really cheerleaders and they’re not just dancers.

They’re the almighty Brooklynettes — the Nets’ dance team, which has been called one of the best in the entire National Basketball Association. And now, they’re putting out a call for new members.

The cheerleading squad will hold open auditions on Saturday, June 15, for the ultra-challenging, all-female troupe. Competition will be fierce — would be rah-rahers must be at least 18 years old and have at least eight years of dance experience to even try out.

Nor is this a gig for the self-conscious. Dancers need to try out in a two-piece outfit that reveals their torso — picture a sports bra and pants — as well as “full hair and makeup,” according to the team website. Kimberlee Garris, a spokeswoman for the Brooklynettes, wouldn’t comment on the mandatory audition-ware, but did say that the Brooklynettes are expected to look “performance-ready.”

The current Brooklynettes, apart from the two team captains, also need to audition, she said.

“We are looking for 18 to 20 dancers to represent the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center during the 2013–14 season,” said Garris, “and at events throughout the New York metropolitan area and internatio­nally.”

Dancers who dazzle will be invited back for callbacks on Sunday, June 16, with a final round of auditions on Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18.

Brooklynetts auditions. Saturday, June 15 at Long Island University Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center. 161 Ashland Pl. between Myrtle and DeKalb avenues. Noon. Doors open at 11 am.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 1:39 pm, June 10, 2013
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