MAKING THE BAND: WHAT IT TAKES TO JOIN OUR FAM
Always wondered what it takes to join and survive the fierce-as-f*ck ((305)) tribe? You may think it’s just having some sick dance moves and a body that just won’t quit, but so much more goes into finding and training the badasses that get you twerkin’ day in and day out. Not only do they have to prove themselves at auditions and in interviews, they have to crush it in ((305))-school, where they learn the science behind our ass-kicking workouts.
((DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?))
The first requirement is obvious. We only want fam members who can dance, have fun with it, and bring some swag. When our founder Sadie is on the hunt for new instructors, she wants to know: Can you let loose? Do you know the meaning of DGAF? “I'm looking for someone who breaks the rules, doesn't care, doesn't need to always be in control while feeling confident in their own skin” she says.
For DC instructor Quiana, confidence is key. “((305)) has a unique style and is a strong brand, so as an instructor it's important to have the confidence to match that energy,” she says. And if you’re confident, you can go with the flow, which leads to amped up classes and non-stop booty poppin’. “If you can maintain the connection within yourself, adapting to your surroundings is a piece of cake,” Quiana says.
But don’t get it twisted; confidence doesn’t mean ego. “In an industry filled with huge egos, we're not looking for a star, we're looking for a real human being,” Sadie says. “When you see our instructors in class, you know these are real people having fun with you, not performing for you.” And that humility means our instructors will never judge you. “They were never the ‘you can't sit with us’ kids at school. They were the kinda-weird mischievous kids who were skipping class and drinking Slurpees in the parking lot.”
((SHOW US WHATCHU GOT))
Having Chris Brown’s moves, Beyonce’s confidence and the opposite of Kanye West’s ego isn’t all it takes. Our instructors have to apply, be invited to audition, blow us away at auditions and in an interview, and survive training.
According to Sadie, there are some pretty clear do-s and don’t-s for auditions, which usually include about 200 people. (Yeah, you read that right.) Do: master the basic moves, show us your endless energy and willingness to learn, and put your personality on display, especially when we pull you to the front to lead the rest of the instructors. Don’t focus on yourself in the mirror instead of the people you’re leading. “If they are focused with their own reflection, we pass, even if they are really talented dancers,” Sadie says.
Danielle, one of our newest fam members in NYC, remembers all of that personality and energy from her audition. “Auditions can be so cut throat so it was amazing to enter a room where everyone was so happy and screaming with excitement,” she says.
We invite the 10 best back for one-hour interviews, where we grill ‘em on why they want to join the team. “Is their answer that they wanna get paid to work out? Or are they really on this planet to help others?” Sadie asks. And then there’s our curveball question. We ask the wannabe instructors to get turnt and show us their best silent dance parties. “It's awkward AF because here you are, interviewing for a job, you've got five strangers watching you, poker-faced, and they're asking you to be a total clown,” Sadie says.
((GOTTA MAKE DEM GRADES))
From there, we train about three to six people, and dat ish is hard. Not only do they meet four to five times a week for six weeks to learn how to lead a class, they gotta get some book smarts too. Sadie has new instructors get CPR certified and study up on anatomy, physiology, nutrition and the science behind high interval training. By the end, our instructors know not only how to motivate you to get through those squats in the toning section and those high-knees in the spring but also why those moves make ya hurt so good. She also has newbies read up. On the most recent reading list: Everyday Zen, Radical Acceptance, and Intensati Method.
All of this leads to a well-rounded badass who knows how to keep you moving even when things get tough or don’t go according to plan. “A lot of training involves some more serious soul-searching about how to stay grounded in the face of change,” Sadie says. “Since there is a live DJ and since so much of class is improvised, we are always thinking on our feet and so much can go in ways we don't expect.”
“That's why training isn't so cut and dry but why we also read books, why we learn to meditate, why we dig deeper for questions unanswered,” she says. “I'm asking them: What does it mean to you to lead?”