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SPT 2011

09/28/2010, 2:25pm CDT
By MN Swarm

The Minnesota Swarm announced today that tryouts for the Swarm Performance Team (SPT) will take place at CorePower Yoga at the Highland Park location on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m.



  • WHAT: Swarm Performance Team (SPT) tryouts for the 2011 season.
  • WHERE: CorePower Yoga (Highland Park location680 Cleveland Avenue South, St. Paul, MN 55116)
  • WHEN: Registration begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 16th. Auditions will run until the final decision is made; plan to be there until around 10 p.m.
  • ATTIRE: Form fitting dance attire is required. Example: Crop top with boy shorts or briefs. Outdoor shoes are NOT allowed in the studio. 
  • WHAT TO BRING: Performance resume, non-returnable photo, water bottle and snack.
  • PARKING: A multitude of parking spots are available directly behind the studio; street parking is also available.
  • REQUIREMENTS: You must be 21 years of age at the time of open auditions. You must be a full-time college student, a full-time employee or a full-time mom. You must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D.


SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm announced today that tryouts for the Swarm Performance Team (SPT) will take place at CorePower Yoga at the Highland Park location on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. The women selected for the performance team will join Head Coach Tami Krause and Coach Allison Drusch for the 2011 season.
Krause enters her seventh season as Head Coach and Coordinator for the Minnesota Swarm Performance Team. For the past 13 years, she has also held that same role for the Minnesota Vikings cheerleading squad. A mother of three boys and a girl, Krause was a dance major from the University of Minnesota and is a former professional cheerleader.

Coach Allison Drusch enters her second season and brings her prior experience as a three-year member of the SPT and guest choreographer. A mother of two girls, Drusch is also a former Vikings Cheerleading Captain and Pro Bowl Cheerleader. She also serves as a UPA Judges Coordinator for National Dance and Cheer Competitions.

Tips From Coach Tami

What type of skills and characteristics are valued?
We will be looking to see if you have danced at a professional level or have the potential to reach that level with training during the season. Specific areas of skill include flexibility, turns, leaps and the ability to pick and retain choreography. In terms of character, we are looking for women with outgoing personalities who understand professionalism. As a key part of Swarm marketing, you are a face of the team. You have to be excited on the floor and when engaging with fans.

Why try out for the SPT?
If you love to dance...
  • We offer an award-winning venue in the Xcel Energy Center.
  • The Swarm is a great organization to work with.
  • The fans are amazing and committed. It's a diverse group that enjoys the game and the atmosphere.
To be a part of a group of women that all have the same goals and enjoy dance at professional level is very special.


What benefits are available to SPT members?

The team receives excellent sponsorship benefits. This year we will be training withCorePower Yoga. Members also get great warm-up gear and Swarm attire. Free tanning, make-up and spa services are also included. On top of that, you also get season tickets.

What kind of turnout is expected at tryouts?
The awareness of lacrosse and the Swarm builds every year in the Twin Cities community. With the team entering it's seventh season, the talent pool and number of applicants will continue to grow. Last year over 40 girls were involved, this year we expect that number to double.
What responsibilities are included as a member of the SPT?
Weekly practices begin the Monday after tryouts. You are also expected to train on your own while keeping up a healthy workout routine. In addition to dancing twice at every home game and welcoming the players to the field, the team also participates in promotions around the arena and post-game parties. SPT members are also involved in team appearances in the community and with sponsor events.

How many hours are spent preparing each week?
SPT is like a part time job. Preparation usually entails ten hours per week. Practices will be held on Monday evenings from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. On game weeks, you will probably put in a considerable amount more. Advanced notice will be given for additional rehearsals associated with halftime shows, etc. Appearances can be on any day of the week and are filled based on availability.


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