Motor City Rockers to hold cheer auditions for 2024 season

By: Jonathan Szczepaniak | C&G Newspapers | Published July 21, 2023

FRASER — Making a splash in their inaugural season at Big Boy Arena, the Motor City Rockers hockey team is looking to elevate the fan experience for the 2024 season.

The Rockers are introducing the Motor City Rock Stars cheer team, which will be holding auditions from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Big Boy Arena.

“Candidates will learn choreography once they come in and register, and then they will come in groups of three and they’ll have a chance to showcase their style in a freestyle round,” Rock Stars Cheer Director Samantha Pitlock said. “They’ll have a chance to perform the choreography they just learned for the judges as well, and the judges are looking for technique, showmanship, energy and passion.”

The Rock Stars are looking for 8-10 cheer team members, and the audition will be assessed by a panel of four experienced judges with backgrounds in collegiate, NFL, USFL and NBA cheer experience.

The position will be a paid, part-time position, and cheer team members will be expected to try out each season. The Rock Stars will be fully involved in the community and the Rockers’ fan base throughout the season.

“They will be community ambassadors, and they will dance on the concourse,” Pitlock said. “I know it’s at an ice arena, but they won’t be dancing on the ice at all. They’ll be dancing on the concourse. They’ll take photos with fans and be actively involved in community events, and they’ll perform on the concourse as well.”

Pitlock was previously a part of the Detroit Lions cheerleading team and danced all four years on varsity at Ann Arbor’s Father Gabriel Richard High School. Pitlock’s sister, Jenna Lanzetta Piroli, is the director of cheerleading for the USFL’s Michigan Panthers.

For more information about the Rock Stars and their upcoming audition, follow their instagram page at @motorcityrockstars for updates.