Kids audition for the Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team

Kids audition to be mini Brooklynettes

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The Brooklynettes aren’t the only dance team taking Barclays Center by storm.

Hundreds of boys and girls ages 6 to 13 auditioned for the Brooklyn Nets Kids Dance Team on Wednesday at Long Island University, giving them the chance to work with celebrity choreographer Tanisha Scott — and a chance at the coolest after-school job in the world.

The team, like the Brooklynettes, will perform at Saturday and Sunday home games at the Barclays Center — and yes, they will be paid for it. Unlike the Brooklynettes, the team allows both boys and girls, with a minimum of two years of dance training.

Scott has worked with pop stars like Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Sean Paul, and others, according to the Brooklyn Nets — making this a heck of a lesson for the many kids who didn’t get on the team.

“It was a good experience,” said Kendra Craigg, an 11-year-old dancer from Brooklyn. “At the end of the day it was just a lot of kids auditioning and I was kind of scared. I wasn’t able to do my best but I learned from it and it will help me do better.”

Parents of the dancers, who weren’t allowed to watch the audition, agreed that it was a learning experience.

“They need to learn how to handle that type of situation,” said Natalie Bazis, whose 9-year-old daughter Jordan Meredith tried out but missed the cut. “Usually on auditions they go alone anyway.”

Bazis said Meredith is definitely going to try again next year.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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