Tryouts for Philadelphia Soulmates Dance Team

Celebrity judges and Philly-area ladies head to Parx for auditions.

Last night, the Philadelphia Soul held final auditions for the 2013 Soulmates Dance Team at Parx Casino (the team and Parx also announced a multi-year partnership that begins this season). Below: Celebrity judges included Angela Perfetto, hair stylist and middle linebacker for the Legend Football League, Hollis Thomas Jr., former Philadelphia Eagle, and Marisa Magnatta, WMMR’s Preston & Steve Show. And Julie Dorenbos and Susie Celek stopped by to film a segment of Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ for the Comcast Sports Channel’s Great Sports Debate. Earlier this week, Julie broke her left wrist filming a soccer segment with Olympic soccer player Carli Lloyd. Julie was goalie and tried to stop the ball with her hand, and well, needless to say, it stopped but she also broke her wrist.

Below: Antoine Johnson, House of Talent, Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick, and Derrick Ross, Soul player.

Below: Jennifer Sherlock and Mike Diccicco.

Below: Peter Ciarrocchi, chairman and CEO of Chickie’s & Pete’s and proud owner of the Philadelphia Soul team, Anthony Ricci, CEO of Greenwood Racing, and Marc Oppenheimer, chief marketing officer for Parx.

Below: Michelle Sulpizzo, Jennifer Kuemmerle, Lou Jacobs and Sara Kalman.

Below: Janet Denicola, Cosmo DeNicola, Philadelphia Soul owner, Philadelphia Eagle Jeremy Maclin, and BJ Spencer, Philadelphia Soul owner.

Below: Thirty-five girls were selected for the finals in the initial round at Chickie & Pete’s in South Philly on Sunday, and in this round, the judges needed to narrow the field down to the final 20. Even if you were a Soulmate the previous year, you needed to “audition” again for your spot on the team. This year, six girls were vying to return to the squad.

The ladies came from all over the Delaware Valley, and ranged in ages from 18 to 27. Below: Kayla Law, 23, Bryn Mawr.

Below: Kristan Boyko, 27, Morton.

Below: Diane Rusk, 19, Gloucester City, NJ.

Each lady performed a three-minute dance routine to the same clip of music so I will be humming it for the rest of the week.

Below: Kayia Drummond, 19, Lansdowne.

You can watch video of the auditions at See you at the opening game on April 20th!