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Foxes appoint Shelby Dixon head coach, announce 2019 auditions

March 1, 2019
The Charlotte Hounds’ official dance team, The Foxes, announced today that Shelby Dixon has been appointed the team’s head coach entering the 2019 season.

"I am super elated about this new opportunity with the Hounds and becoming the Head Coach for the Foxes," Dixon said. "Dancing and serving the community of Charlotte has been a strong passion of mine since moving to the Queen City in 2008. As a former NFL Cheerleader and former NBA Dancer, I couldn’t be more excited about bringing my passion to the MLL! And what more exciting time than the 2019 auditions for the Foxes. This season is going to bring on so many new exciting changes and elements, so I’m pumped for the new and returning ladies as well."

Dixon has spent over 10 years dancing at the highest level of sports in Charlotte. Beginning in 2008, Dixon joined the Carolina Panthers’ TopCats dance team where she was a mainstay for five seasons. In her time with the TopCats, Dixon represented the team in commercial appearances and internationally in conjunction with the Super Bowl. Dixon also spent three seasons as a dancer for the Charlotte Hornet’s Honey Bees before transitioning to still being an asset with assisting the team on some game days and yearly auditions."

Dixon has coached both competitive cheer and dance teams since 2010. In 2015, Dixon founded Be PRO Formed, which provides instruction to individuals seeking a professional dance audition or career. Be PRO Formed also hosts season cheer and dance camps for school aged individuals.

Dixon will run the Foxes' 2019 auditions, which begin on March 24 at Fuzion Force Dance Studio.

2019 Auditions

Become a part of the Official Promo & Dance Team of the Charlotte Hounds and audition to be a member of the 2019 Charlotte Hounds' Foxes on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Experience the synergy of performing at the Hounds home games, giving back to the community through organization outreach events and appearances, and create a lifelong sisterhood. All rounds of auditions will be hosted at Fuzion Force Dance Studio in Charlotte, N.C.

Audition Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age by April 5, 2019.

Foxes Prep Q&A Clinic

  • Sunday, March 24, 2019 | $20 (waived if you’re attending the PRO Prep Clinic)

 Audition Dates

  • Preliminary Round – Sunday, March 31 | Check-in begins at 9:00am

  • Finals Rehearsal 1 – Monday, April 1 | 7:00pm-9:00pm

  • Finals Interviews – Monday, April 1, 2019 & Tuesday, April 2, 2019

  • Finals Rehearsal 2 – Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

  • 2019 Foxes Finals – Friday, April 5, 2019 | 6:00pm-9:00pm

Selected candidates must be in attendance for all the dates listed above. Please note that all audition events are closed to the public.


Preliminary Format:

The preliminary round of auditions will consist of contestants performing a dance routine by the Foxes' choreographer. This will be a :45 - :60 second clip of energetic, up-beat tempo music.

Candidates/participants will perform in groups of three to five.

Keep dance area for yourself limited to four feet square. Limit traveling skills and floor work to accommodate this space.

Those candidates advancing through Preliminary Round will continue through the week as a Foxes Finalist. 

Tip: Be prepared to showcase 16 counts of dance, talent or technique of any form (technical, tumbling, free-style, et cetera). May be choreographed or improvisational.


Finals Format

The preliminary routine will be performed in groups of 2 during the final competition. Finalist will have individual business interviews and asked basic skill knowledge of the Charlotte Hounds.

Finals Night, finalist will perform material learned and rehearsed over the audition process.  

Preliminary & Finals judging includes basic dance skills, physical fitness, presentation, and showmanship.