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Storm Chasers Pre-Audition Clinic

June 20, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) - New Mexico Thunderbirds News Release

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 20, 2007 - The Albuquerque Thunderbirds will be conducting a Storm Chasers pre-audition clinic, set for Friday, June 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 30, from noon to 2 p.m. The two day clinic is $30 which includes the audition fee for tryouts in August. Attendees that participate in the clinic will be prepared for the Storm Chasers auditions in August. The clinic will be held at Duke City Stars Dance Center in Albuquerque.

Auditions for the 2007-08 Storm Chasers Dance Team will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5 at Defined Fitness on 4930 McLeod NE. Registration and sign-in will take place between 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, immediately followed by auditions. Sunday's session will consist of call-backs and will include one-on-one interviews and a final choreographed routine.

To pre-register, log on to abqtbirds.com or visit the Albuquerque Thunderbirds Office (111 Lomas Blvd. NW, Suite 240), Defined Fitness locations, or Duke City Stars Dance Center. There is a pre-registration fee of $10, or $15 on the day of auditions. Potential candidates must be at least 18-years-old and be a high school graduate. In addition to a physical and personal appearance evaluation, candidates will be judged on their ability to grasp and perform choreographed dance routines, maintain a positive attitude and communicate effectively.

Applications must be submitted to the Thunderbirds office prior to Friday, August 3 to qualify for the non-refundable $10 pre-registration fee. All applications after August 3 will be subject to the $15 registration fee, which is also non-refundable.

The Storm Chasers will be directed by Leslie Chant for a third season. Chant has 24 years of dance experience including performing with the NBA's Denver Nuggets dance team (Nuggets Dancers).

The Storm Chasers will provide game night entertainment by performing with high-energy, fast paced routines. They will also act as ambassadors in and around the community by continuing to make appearances throughout the year for private, civic and charitable events on behalf of the Thunderbirds.

Thunderbirds 2007-08 season tickets are already on sale and can be purchased at abqtbirds.com or at Thunderbirds Front Office. For premium or group seating call the Thunderbirds office at (505) 265-DUNK.

The NBA Development League includes the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (N.M.), Anaheim Arsenal (Calif.), Arkansas RimRockers (Little Rock), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (Calif.), Colorado 14ers (Broomfield), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, N.D.), Fort Worth Flyers (Texas), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Los Angeles D-Fenders (Calif.), Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.) and Tulsa 66ers (Okla.). Expansion teams for the 2007-08 season have will include the Utah Flash (UT), the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Texas), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Ind.) and Des Moines, Iowa.

The D-League continues to develop talent from across all disciplines for the NBA's 30 teams and the entire NBA umbrella. In addition to the assignment of 24 players to D-League affiliates there were, 22 GATORADE Call-Ups from the D-League to the NBA this past season. Additionally, every referee hired by the NBA since 2002 has worked in the D-League, while coaches, athletic trainers and front office executives are also being developed.

Established to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the D-League also offers fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the NBA Development League, visit D-LEAGUE.com.

For information on premium seating and general information about the Albuquerque Thunderbirds call (505) 265-DUNK or log on to www.abqtbirds.com.

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