SAN RAMON — The Golden State Warriors held open auditions Saturday, and more than 175 young women showed up to try out for the dance team.

They arrived before 9 a.m., dressed to kill, wearing full makeup, and ready to sweat for a spot on the 2006-07 Warrior Girls Dance squad at the 24 Hour Fitness in San Ramon.

Those who were on the squad last year had to audition again, because the organization has hired a new director/choreographer. There are 21 spots open on the team.

"Oh, it's fine, I think it's only fair. The new director, she doesn't know me, so I don't think I should be given any favors," said Audrey Asprec, 27, who has been on the squad for four years and a captain for two.

"Nobody likes the audition process. It's kind of nerve-wracking," she said, "and there is a lot of pressure so you want to do well, but you know, we're fine."

But Asprec did have some advice for the new girls: "Just be yourself."

The new director, Susan Hovey, directed the Seattle Supersonics dance squad last year, which was voted third best in the NBA dance brackets. She is also a former dancer for the Portland Trailblazers, Seattle Seahawks and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury.

Hovey said her challenge is to put the Warrior Girls on the map.

"We're going in a new direction, so we decided everyone needs to start with a clean slate," Hovey said. "It worked really well in Seattle and it's hip-hop and mainstream, I like the Pussycat Dolls style."

Besides entertaining at games, the Warrior Girls are ambassadors to the community. They are paid up to $50 an hour for public appearances.

"I want to make it, but I'm not going to feel bad if I don't," said Crystal Toailoa, 18, of Hayward.

At least three of the women left before the first cuts.

Katie Sweeney, 24, of Petaluma said, "This just isn't my style. I was expecting some kicks and turns, maybe a few leaps, but hip-hop isn't my forte."