|Thursday||April 9, 2015||5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.||The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte||Audition Clinic|
|Saturday||April 11 2015||9 a.m.-5 p.m.||The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte||Preliminaries: Rounds 1 & 2|
|Sunday||April 12, 2015||10 a.m.-2 p.m.||The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte||Semifinals Rehearsal|
|Monday||April 13, 2015||TBD||Bank of America Stadium||Interviews|
|Tuesday||April 14, 2015||TBD||Bank of America Stadium||Interviews|
|Wednesday||April 15, 2015||6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.||Bank of America Stadium||Meeting|
|Thursday||April 16, 2015||6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.||The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte||Semifinals Rehearsal|
|Tuesday||April 21, 2015||6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.||The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte||Semifinals|
|Various||April 2015||See Finals format below||Bank of America Stadium||Finals|
The Ritz-Carlton - Charlotte, N.C. Please click here for directions. Valet parking is available for $10. Other parking is available at uptown parking garages for varying fees. Once parked, enter the hotel from West Trade Street, take the elevator to the second floor and then follow TopCats signage to the audition area.
Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, N.C. Please click here for directions. Enter Bank of America Stadium off of Morehead Street. Once parked, follow signs to the audition entrance.
Audition Clinic - Get ready for auditions by attending the official, all-inclusive TopCats Audition Clinic! Designed to better prepare contestants for auditions, this optional clinic features tips and techniques from hair and make-up experts, exercise and fitness advice from certified trainers, and dance instruction from the TopCats choreographer. Click here to learn more.
Preliminaries Round 1 - Check-in begins at 9 a.m. with auditions starting at 10 a.m. Contestants should prepare choreography without costumes or props to the following music clip. Click here to listen to the clip. Contestants will perform in groups of five. The dance area for each individual will be limited to a four-foot by four-foot area, so avoid floor work and limit traveling. Preliminary auditions will be based on basic dance skills, physical fitness, presentation and showmanship. Those selected will return for round two.
Preliminaries Round 2 - Contestants will perform in groups of five to a dance routine taught by the TopCats choreographer. Those selected will return for semifinals.
Semifinals - Semifinals will consist of an interview, meeting, two rehearsals and dance competition, which are all mandatory. Those selected will return as finalists.
Finals - Candidates chosen as finalists will join the TopCats program for a one-week evaluation period before the final squad is selected in April. This period will provide finalists an opportunity to experience the program as well as more time to showcase their personalities and talents. All rehearsals are mandatory.
Registration is required to audition for the TopCats. The registration deadline is Friday, April 10, 2015 by 5 p.m., and there is a $10 non-refundable registration fee. Please click here to register.
Contestants should wear two-piece dance attire, skin-tone tights and sneakers suitable for dance. Bring a warm-up or other casual clothing to wear over dance attire. Restrooms will be available; however, there will be no formal changing facilities. Audition apparel is available from The Line Up, one of the TopCats' uniform providers. Download a coupon.
Contestants should bring food and beverages with them.
Auditions are CLOSED to the public. Only contestants will be allowed inside the audition area. No video cameras are permitted.
Question: What does it take to become a TopCat?
Question: Is being a Carolina Panthers cheerleader a full-time job?
Answer: No. Being a TopCat is a part-time commitment. Most squad members hold other full-time jobs or attend college.
Question: Do I have to relocate to the Charlotte area if selected as a TopCat?
Answer: No. We are proud to have TopCats living in North and South Carolina.
Question: Are there any height and weight requirements?
Answer: There are no height or weight requirements, but cheerleaders should be physically fit.
Question: Are there any age requirements?
Answer: Yes, all contestants must meet the minimum age requirement, which is 21 years old by April 11, 2015. There is no maximum age limit.
Question: Do contestants have to have a knowledge of football?
Answer: Yes, throughout the audition process contestants will be quizzed on their understanding of football and knowledge of the Carolina Panthers. Follow the team on Panthers.com and the TopCats on Twitter.
Question: How should I wear my make-up and hair?
Answer: Wear make-up in colors that flatter your skin tone. A natural but polished look is recommended. Wear a hairstyle that complements your features but does not hide your face.
Question: What type of audition attire is recommended?
Answer: Wear an audition outfit suitable for dance in a style and colors that best complement your skin tone and figure.
Question: Is the audition clinic mandatory?
Answer: The audition clinic is not mandatory but provides excellent preparation for auditions.
Question: Is there a cost to audition?
Answer: Yes, there is a $150 non-refundable cost associated with the optional audition clinic on April 9 and a $10 non-refundable fee to audition on April 11.
Question: If I make the squad, what type of time commitment is required?
Answer: From May through July, the TopCats rehearse weekly with practices on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and some Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Beginning in August, rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the end of the Panthers season. The TopCats cheer at all Panthers home games and also make charity and corporate appearances throughout the course of the season.
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