08/30/2016 3:52 PM -

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Sharks and the Attack Dance Team announced today that auditions for the 2017 Attack Dance Team will begin Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The multi-stage audition process will conclude with the final round, to be held on Saturday, October 22.

“We are excited to begin our 8th season of the Jacksonville Sharks Attack Dance Team, said Attack Dance Team Director Laura Bouchy.  If you love dancing, performing, arena football and want to be an ambassador for our great city, join us for this year’s Attack Dance Team Auditions!” “Not only will you grow as a dancer and performer, but your fitness level will be pushed like never before with our amazing sponsors from the Hit Center of Jacksonville.”

The audition process begins with two prep classes on Tuesday, October 11, from 7-9 pm and Thursday, October 13, from 7-9 pm. Anyone can participate in both prep classes.  However, if you are auditioning for the Attack Dance Team, it is required that you attend at least one of the two classes. During these prep classes, dancers will learn about what will be expected of them during tryouts, as well as what it takes to be a member of the Attack Dance Team.  All who attend the prep classes must pay a $20 fee per class. Both prep classes will be held at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena located at 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd in Jacksonville. 

Following the prep classes will be the preliminary round.  The preliminary round will take place on Saturday, October 15, at 12 pm. This round will be held at Dance Trance Fitness located at 1515 San Marco Blvd.  During the preliminary round, dancers will be asked to quickly learn a routine that will be performed the following morning at the semi-final round. 

The semi-finals will also be held at Dance Trance Fitness and will occur from 10 am-2 pm on Sunday, October 16. Finalists will then be selected and will be asked to stay to learn material for the final round.

During the week of finals the remaining dancers will also participate in boot camp sessions at Dance Trance Fitness in San Marco. These sessions will last from October 17-20 from 8-10 p.m.

Each dancer who advances to the finals will be asked to schedule an individual interview with the Attack Dance Team staff the following week. Finalists must also participate in the talent session, to be held at Dance Trance Fitness the evening of Friday, October 21 (7:30-10:30 p.m.). During this session, each dancer will be asked to perform a solo routine that highlights a unique skill or ability.

The two-week audition process culminates in the Finals, to be held on Saturday, October 22. from 4-6 p.m in the center of the Jacksonville Landing main stage, along the St. Johns River. 

In order to audition, prospective Attack Dancers must complete the application packet, which may be found online at Dancers must also pay a $50 audition fee, payable by cash or credit card. This fee is in addition to any prior fees paid for prep classes. Completed applications may be submitted via email, fax or direct mail. More specific mailing instructions and contact information may be found on the first page of the packet.

Those who wish to try out can bring their completed packet, a recent color photograph and the registration fee to the first audition session. Any additional questions about the audition process should be directed to the Attack via email at [email protected]

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are a member of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Shark Nation Memberships for the 2017 season are now available, starting as low as $99. To reserve your membership or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700 and speak to a Membership Activation Specialist. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at and Chum at