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Alicia spent two seasons as cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs
Goodbye, frigid Sunday afternoons in Kansas City. Hello, electric heat of the Pepsi Center.
After spending two seasons as a cheerleader for the Kansas City Chiefs, first-year Denver Nuggets Dancer Alicia is ready to make the transition to the NBA.
“I’m excited for the new opportunity,” she said. “I came out to Denver in March to verify that this was something I wanted to take on and do. It was a really neat experience. It was entertaining and high energy.”
Raised in the farming community of Marshall, Missouri (pop. 13,065), Alicia got her start in dancing when her grandmother enrolled her in a class when she was 10.
“She wanted to get some coordination in me,” Alicia said.
Grandma Carol knew what was she was doing. Alicia adapted quickly and eventually became a member of her high school dance teams and cheerleading squads.
While expressing her artistic side through dance, Alicia also began to think about her career path while attending Avila University in Kansas City.
Intrigued by the opportunities in technology, she transferred from Avila to ITT Technical Institute to pursue her degree. She then landed a job as a networking analyst for Century Link in Kansas City.
“I don’t fit the typical IT stereotype,” Alicia said. “I have a passion for what I do, and I take pride in how fluent I am in what I do.”
Because Century Link is based in Denver, she was able to stay with the company after moving from Kansas City. The biggest challenge will be juggling her work calendar with her Nuggets dance practice and game schedule.
“I’m pretty good managing my time,” Alicia said. “I can definitely say I don’t know what to expect with the NBA. The NFL was one home game every two weeks. Luckily my co-workers and staff are very supportive. They’re going to work with me on my schedule. My organizer is my best friend.”
Nuggets dance team manager Amy Jo Wagner was impressed with Alicia’s confidence and choreography during auditions in July.
“Without looking at her resume, I could immediately tell that she had performance experience.”
Though she’s an NBA rookie, Alicia brings a veteran presence to the team because of her two years with the Chiefs.
“She understands the pressure of dancing in front of a large audience,” Wagner said. “That will definitely help Alicia as she settles into a new town, new building, and new league.
“In the few shorts weeks we have worked together, she already has proven herself to be a valuable team member and a great role model for our younger dancers.”
[Alicia at the Nuggets Website]
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The finals for the 2014-15 Golden State Warrior Girls were held at the Warriors Practice Facility back in July. Enjoy the photos.
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The Indiana Pacers would like you to help select the 2014-2015 your favorite cause/costume in the 4th Annual Pacemates Costume Contest. A $1000 donation will be made to the winning Pacemate’s favorite charity. Vote at Pacemateshalloween.com.
Voting ends just before halftime of the Pacers versus Grizzlies game.
After months of sketching, dress fittings and finishing touches, the Philadelphia 76ers today unveiled the Sixers Dancers “Signature Dress” by Nicole Miller.
All 22 members of the Sixers Dancers will wear the dress – created in the team’s signature blue and red colors, and accented with a silver Sixers logo pin – on the court during pregame introductions and the National Anthem at the Philadelphia 76ers’ Opening Night on Saturday, November 1 and at every Sixers home game this season. The team will also wear the dress at select off-court appearances throughout the season.
[Video Sixers Dancers New Look]
Click here to check out some great photos of NBA Dancers from across the league as they show out in pre season form!
No bios yet, but here’s your first look at this year’s Detroit Pistons Dancers
A member of the LA Clippers Spirit
Blinn College alumna Hayley Webb may have discovered her talent for dance before she knew her multiplication tables, but she credits her time at Blinn College for helping her turn her passion in to a career.
Webb was drawn to the Blinn College – Brenham campus in 2011 for its award-winning Treasures dance team. After her freshman year, Webb was named captain in 2012. Blinn placed second at the annual National Dance Alliance (NDA) College Nationals in Daytona, Fla. in both her freshman and sophomore years.
“I loved the dance team at Blinn College,” Webb said. “It was a really great two years to grow as a dancer and as a student, too. When you’re involved with athletics you have to always be on your “A” game. Our coaches and instructors made sure we had access to tutoring and that we stayed on top of assignments.”
A dancer since the third grade, Webb said Blinn opened her eyes to a different kind of competitive dance. In high school, her dance team would feature eight routines during competitions, but at Blinn, the team only had one shot to take home a victory.
“We learned one routine and practiced it for six or seven months,’ Webb said. “It was hard, but I loved it. It’s kind of like trying to win one game for a national championship. Everyone was giving it their all.”
After two years at Blinn, Webb transferred to the University of Louisville, where she joined the Ladybirds dance team and studied exercise science. She then transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington to be closer to home. She expects to earn her bachelor’s degree in exercise science in May 2015.
This summer, Webb auditioned and was selected for the Dallas Mavericks Dancers. After more than a week of the grueling tryout process, including a freestyle routine, several new routines and an interview process, Webb was chosen to the team of 20 dancers from 300 women who auditioned.
“I was extremely nervous,” Webb said. “I tried to keep to myself and just stay focused. I’ve watched the Dallas Mavericks since I was little and have always admired the dancers. I can’t wait to be one of them. I am so thankful for my dance coach at Blinn, Sarah Barland, for always inspiring me and pushing me to become a better dancer. She’s been a blessing to me and my dance career.”
Barland said Webb was a great motivator, a hard worker and a beautiful dancer.
“She made practice fun, but also knew when it was time to work,” Barland said. “I had a great two years with Hayley and I know she’s going to make a wonderful Mavericks dancer.”
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 29 NJCAA national championships since 1987, including national championships in cheer and dance last season.
A Washington Wizards Girl
The Laker Girls really stepped up their game with their new website. Much better than in years past. Be sure to check it out.
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Siobhan of the Brooklynettes
Sacramento Kings Dancers are all set to do Bollywood routines during the 2014-15 NBA season, and guiding them is Bollywood dance choreographer Joya Kazi.
The dancing will be a fusion of traditional movements from dance forms like Kathak and contemporary Bollywood dance steps.
“I am from the bay area. I went to school at UC Davis. Being able to come here and share my culture with a community that I know is mine is so incredible. And it just brings all the worlds together. Our cultures are bridging and it makes for a great community. At the end of the day an awesome entertainment section to all our games, ” says Kazi.
Kings Dancers are an integral part of the team’s in-game entertainment and are actively involved in making a positive impact locally and globally.
Click the link below to watch the Sacramento Kings Dancers practicing their Bollywood dance routine:
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The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that the Sixers Dancers, presented by Parx Casino®, will wear an exclusive dress created by legendary fashion designer Nicole Miller for the 2014-15 season.
The Sixers Dancers Signature Dress by Nicole Miller will be formally unveiled in a ceremony on Wednesday, October 22 at 12:00 p.m. at the Nicole Miller Philadelphia store (The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa.).
Details about the look will be posted by the Philadelphia 76ers, Sixers Dancers and Nicole Miller on their respective social media accounts in the weeks leading up to the unveiling (list of accounts provided at the end of this release).
“Nicole Miller is an internationally-respected designer and iconic brand with strong ties to the Philadelphia region,” said Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil. “Her dresses define class, confidence and are undeniably influential in our city, making her the perfect partner in creating a new look for the Sixers Dancers.”
“I am excited about this partnership because the story of the Sixers Dancers goes hand in hand with our latest campaign, which is based around the tag line ‘you don’t have to wear a suit to feel strong,’” said Nicole Miller. “I think this group of young women really exemplify that motto. They are strong, confident, and driven.”
“Mary Dougherty has once again brought us the best of Philadelphia,” said Nicole Miller CEO Bud Konheim. “The Sixers Dancers represent class, fun, intelligence, and beauty, and Nicole Miller is proud to be associated with such an incredible organization. There is a tremendous value to local partnerships, and with our strong presence in Philly, the Sixers are a natural fit.”
The Sixers Dancers will showcase the dress on the court during pregame introductions and the National Anthem, as well as at select off-court appearances throughout the season. The Sixers collaborated locally with Mary Dougherty of Nicole Miller Philadelphia and Nicole Miller’s corporate team to create the exclusive look.
“Partnering with Nicole Miller, a world-class designer, allows us to elevate the Sixers Dancers’ brand in dynamic ways for the 2014-15 season,” said Sixers Dancers Head Coach Dayna Hafetz. “As we prepare for the start of the season, we could not be more excited to debut this new look for our fans.”
“Nicole Miller Philadelphia is proud to collaborate with the Philadelphia 76ers on the Signature Dress,” said Mary Dougherty, owner of Nicole Miller Philadelphia. “The dancers bring excitement to every Sixers game and the opportunity to outfit them in a timeless Nicole Miller dress was a slam dunk.”
The Sixers Dancers, presented by Parx Casino®, are entering their 18th season as an integral part of the team’s game night entertainment, performing multiple times and visiting fans at every home game. Off the court, the careers, educational accomplishments and community involvement of the Sixers Dancers will empower young girls in the Philadelphia region to pursue their goals, while also inspiring them to be beautiful inside and out.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
NICOLE MILLER: @NicoleMillerNYC (Twitter); @NicoleMillerNYC (Instagram)
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: @Sixers (Twitter); @philadelphia76ers (Instagram)
SIXERS DANCERS: @Sixers_Dancers (Twitter); @Sixers_Dancers (Instagram)
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