The NBA Development League Champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that they are holding auditions for the 2010-11 Snake Charmers Dance Team on July 17 and 18 at the Summit Sports Club in Pharr.

For $25, prospective Snake Charmers 18 years and older who are high school graduates or have a GED can tryout for Snake Charmers choreographer Nora Cano, a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and a panel of judges. The Snake Charmers not only dance at the games, but are also a part of the community, making both paid and charity appearances. They are also part of a swimsuit calendar.

Complete details and a registration form can be found online at

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league featured 16 teams — including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor, while a new team, the Texas Legends, will join the League for the 2010-11 season.

A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs.

The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at