The Comettes Dance Team will hold open auditions for the 2021-22 AHL Season Friday, Sept 10th at Rise Performing Arts in Clinton Check-in will begin at 6:30pm.
Coach and Choreographer Cody Wheat will begin auditions with warm-ups, across the floor, a short choreography routine and finishing with interviews. Please come in dance attire and clean, non-marking sneakers. The studio requests all dancers wear masks during auditions and bring your own water.
The group performs at all Utica Comets home games at the Adirondack Bank Center during the season and represents the team at events throughout the Mohawk Valley. Comettes will be expected to interact with fans, in-game hosts, mascots and help make Comets games the best party in town.
We are looking for talented dancers in the area, with performance experience in the Mohawk Valley or elsewhere. Gymnastics skills, tumbling ability, ice skating and other talents are a plus. Please let us know what you’re best at! Interested candidates can register below.
The 21-22 Comette's will be coached by Chorographer Cody Wheat. Wheat is originally from Utica, New York where he started dancing at Dance 10 Studio's at the age of 15. Cody has toured with Celebrity Cruise Lines for 2 years as a Production Dancer and Dance Captain touring all over Europe the Mediterranean the Caribbean and Alaska. Cody was also a Dancer for Spirit productions performing at Casinos in Niagara Falls in shows such as Rocket Man (a Elton John tribute show) and Dancing Queen (a ABBA tribute show) Cody is now a dance teacher and the Artistic Director at Empire of the Performing Arts in Totowa, NJ. He is also a judge and assistant Director for Dancers Inc. Competitions and conventions. Cody has been teaching intro to dance and dance creative movement at K.I.P.P NYC College Prep for the Past 7 years and is so excited to be returning back to the Utica area to be able to share his love for dance and be able to give back to the community that helped him grow.
With the recent changes to AHL mandates, in order to be eligible to be a member of the Comettes dance team (the “Team”), you acknowledge and agree that you will need to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 (defined as at least 14 days after the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or at least 14 days after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine) by a date in September 2021 to be designated by the Utica Comets(“Company”). You willnot need to be fully-vaccinated to be eligible to audition for the Team. Everyone auditioning will be required to wear a face covering at all times, whether fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 or not