Tryouts take place Saturday, Aug. 7

The basketball season might be three months away, but the Bakersfield Jam will be taking the first step towards that new season Saturday, Aug. 7 when they hold cheerleading tryouts at the Jam Center in Bakersfield.

In order to take part in the audition, participants must be at least 18 years old, bring a photo and resume dance or athletic shoes with non marking bottom allowed and a leotard or briefs and a crop top with flesh colored tights.

Participants are also asked to wear performance make up and with their hair down. There will be three phases to the preliminary audition. A choreographer will teach a brief technique combination, a stylized jazz combination, and a hip hop combination.

Participants will be required to learn and perform the routines in groups of three in front of a panel of judges. At the end of the preliminary auditions, approximately 30-40 applicants will continue through the  finals.

Finalists will be selected based on their dance ability, showmanship, physical fitness, and crowd appeal.  Finalists must be able to attend call backs on Sunday, Aug. 8.

It is suggested that participants bring water, a light snack, extra tights, jazz and athletic shoes, warm up/sweat suit, makeup, hair spray and towel.

The cost to tryout is $10 until Wednesday, Aug. 4 Afterwards, the cost is $15. Registration and warmup is from 8-9 a.m., with the audition starting at 9 a.m.

For more information or questions, contact Christina Blanton at (661)615-6550 or e-mail at