Behind the Scenes: Best Moves at the 610 Stompers Auditions

Who will make the team?

Popular New Orleans all-male dance team, the 610 Stompers, held its first round of auditions on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 at Harrah’s Casino. One hundred men hoping to make the cut gave their best shot at the auditions, and we went behind-the-scenes to capture the action.

Out of the hundred men who auditioned over the two-day period, only about half of them will get called back for the final auditions. The hopefuls will show their moves during the final auditions Saturday, August 19 at Harrah’s Casino. The team only has room for about 10 men, so the competition is stiff.

Candidate Shane Mills says after missing the cut last year, he’s returning this year to try again. Mills says the process is very competitive — only 12 people out of 100 made last year’s team.

“I came back this year really hopeful, but if I don’t make it, I’ll be back next year,” Mills said.

The final auditions begin on Saturday at 11 a.m. and last until 6 p.m. The public is invited to watch the auditions starting at noon for a $10 donation, which goes towards the 610 Stompers’ charitable efforts.

Long time member of the 610 Stompers Henry Patron, also known as “Mr. Sunshine,” says the auditions draw hundreds of people to see the spectacle.

“It’s hilarious; it’s the best $10 you’ve ever spent,” Patron said. “People are crying and laughing in there; it’s so much fun,” he said.

The 610 Stompers dance group was founded in 2009. The group performs in dozens of events hosted by non-profits throughout the year.

For more information about the 610 Stompers, visit their website.

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