I had the chance to be a guest "judge" at the Buffalo Bandit's dance team auditions this past weekend. The Buffalo Bandettes are one of the elite dance teams in our region and let me tell you, it is because it is made up of some very talented ladies.I put the word judge in quotes because being a member of this team means you have to be not only the right body type, you need to have the right moves and techniques during a routine. I'll be the first to admit that I don't have much knowledge in that regard. However, I am able to find qualities like personality, poise,confidence and how well or not a candidate can carry themselves under pressure.

I think I can speak for the other judges when I say that this job ain't easy. Of the 41 ladies that auditioned, we had to narrow the final number to 10-15 finalists that would be the team. The ladies danced for us in groups of two after a brief question and answer session. I can say without a doubt, each of them was very talented. Yet, in the end, you have to make a decision on which were the best fit for the team and which were the over all, all around best "package" for lack of a better term.

Big thanks to the Buffalo Bandettes for asking me to be a part of this big day! Good luck in the upcoming season!

Here is a photo of the finalists and the 2011-2012 Buffalo Bandettes!