Miami Heat Dancers Audition Photos

The Miami Heat Dancers held their preliminary auditions over the weekend and here are a few photos from their social media.

Random NBA Dance Team Pic of the Day

Random NBA Dance Team Pic of the Day

Random NBA Dance Team Pic of the Day

I thought this pic was interesting.  It shows the Miami HEAT Dancers in a non-traditional dance team setting, lounging in what appears to be a luxury box.  Hey…works for me!

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2017 NBA All Star Dance Team – Miami Heat Dancer Teressa

The Miami Heat Dancers have announced Teressa as their 2017 NBA All Star Dance Team representative.

SI.com’s Coverage of the Miami Heat Dancers

Sports Illustrated has posted a large gallery of images of the Miami Heat Dancers.  Click on the image below to view the gallery.

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Dolphin retrieves a Miami Heat dancer’s iPhone from the bottom of the ocean

By James Dunn
The Daily Mail
October 1, 2015

This is the amazing moment when a dolphin returned an iPhone to its owner after diving to the bottom of the sea to retrieve it.
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Miami Heat dancer Teressa Cee had left the phone with a friend on a boat while diving with dolphins off the coast of the Bahamas, but he accidentally dropped it into the ocean.

However, dolphin Cacique saw the phone drop and dived to the bottom of the ocean to retrieve it.

The clever dolphin eventually emerged with the phone in its beak and gave it back to one of the men on the boat.

He then hands it back to bikini-clad Miss Cee, who is delighted that it had been returned from the depths.

She then shared her story with the 40,000 people who like her Facebook page, posting the video for all to see.

Miss Cee wrote: ‘True Story: While in the Bahamas, I had the opportunity to go swimming with dolphins on The Bahamas.

‘We were filming on this floating platform in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. So, against a my better judgment I asked someone to hold my phone for me and he accidentally dropped my phone into water and it sank to the bottom.

‘Cacique, the dolphin, actually retrieved my phone and brought it back up to me. Cutest thing ever!’

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People were amazed by the video, now liked by more than 46,000 people and shared more than 20,000 times.

One viewer, James Kim, wrote: ‘Dolphins are such awesome creatures.’

Another person, Yeszteyei Masochism, wrote: ‘I watched this more than five time. Adorable.’

There were also plenty of people asking if the iPhone in the video still works after being submerged.

Clinton Ikechi wrote: ‘She said it’s never gonna work again but thanks.’

Bring It! Lifetime Launches New Dance Show ‘Step It Up’

Victoria Leigh Miller
Yahoo TV
August 27, 2015

“Get right, or get all the way left.” That’s the mantra of Traci Young-Byron, former Miami Heat dancer/team captain, and current dance studio owner and star of the new eight-part Lifetime docu-series Step It Up. Based on the preview, it looks like Traci’s students better step it up – or step outta there. This outrageous dance studio owner makes Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller look like a wuss. For realz.

Lifetime’s latest fierce, fabulous (and feared) dance diva has a rival: Bring It’s Miss D and those Dancing Dolls, so she resorts to some unconventional methods to train her co-ed troupe at the Young Contemporary Dance Theatre in Miami. This dancing drill sergeant wields a purple baseball bat and pits her students against one another to earn a spot in weekly performances, which means students can get can get cut at any time. If you can’t take the heat…

Step It Up premieres Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.

Former Heat Dancer in New Lifetime Reality Show

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MyLifetime.com
August 27, 2015

In the all-new Lifetime docu-series “Step It Up,” Traci Young-Byron, a former Miami Heat Dancer and longtime team captain, is the owner of the elite dance company, the Young Contemporary Dance Theatre (YCDT). Traci’s competitiveness, especially her fierce rivalry with “Bring It!’s” Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, leads her to use unconventional methods to motivate her co-ed dance team. For this company, the biggest competition isn’t other teams; it’s each other, as they must dance their hearts out to earn a coveted spot in a high-stakes performance each week. “Step It Up” (#StepItUp), premieres Friday, September 25, at 10pm ET/PT following the “Bring It!” season finale.

The following week, the series moves to its regular time period airing on Friday, October 2 at 9pm ET/PT. Over the course of eight hour-long episodes, the YCDT dancers push themselves to the limit to perform at high-profile events. Traci’s tough, no-nonsense attitude prepares her meticulously trained and always-on-point dancers, who vary in age, for the myriad dance genres they face, including ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, West African and hip-hop.

“Step It Up” is produced by Pilgrim Studios. Executive producers for Pilgrim are Craig Piligian and Derek W. Wan. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Colleen Conway Grogan executive produce the series for Lifetime.

Traci was a Heat Dancer for 8 seasons (2002-09 and, 2010-11)

Traci was a Heat Dancer for 8 seasons (2002-09 and, 2010-11)

Gateway grad set to sizzle as Miami Heat dancer

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By Gideon Bradshaw
Trib Live
August 19, 2015

Judy Rubino of Monroeville watched live online last year as her daughter was picked to dance for an NBA franchise in Miami.

It was a bittersweet moment for Rubino.

“It was intense and emotional. I wanted her to make it, but it means she was leaving me,” Rubino said.

Her daughter, Kristina Mazzenga, 22, a 2010 graduate of Gateway High School, earlier this month made it through the grueling tryouts for the Miami Heat’s dance team for the second year in a row.

Rubino said she was surprised her daughter made it through the cutthroat auditions.

Last year, about 400 women competed for nine spots on the team, which dances at games and other events for the basketball franchise.

“There’s a lot of beautiful girls who go down there to try out,” Rubino said.

Rubino said dancing with the team isn’t a full-time job for her daughter, whose degree is in communications and is looking for work “with communication, social media — that type of thing.”

Mazzenga, who started taking dance lessons when she was 2 or 3, performed with the Golden Triangles when she was in high school.

She later danced competitively when she attended St. Vincent College in Unity.

Before she started dancing in Miami, she danced at games for the Pittsburgh Power, a now-defunct indoor football team that played in the Consol Energy Center.

“I had previously danced in the (Arena Football League) for two years, and I wanted to challenge myself and take on a different style of dance,” Mazzenga said.

Pittsburgh doesn’t have a professional basketball team.

Living in a region that’s fiercely loyal to its hockey, baseball and football teams, Rubino said she never had followed basketball closely — let alone been a Miami fan — until her daughter made the team.

Now she follows the Heat.

“They don’t show the girls, though,” Rubino said.

“Now I watch the games because I want to see what she’s seeing.”

Former Dubai Stewardess Wins Spot as Miami Heat Dancer

By Lubna Hamdan
ArabianBusinessNewc.com

An Emirates Airline stewardess, Belinda Roberts, has given up her flying career to become a cheerleader with the Miami Heat basketball team.

The Australian Business Class flight attendant auditioned alongside hundreds of women from around the world for a chance to become the team’s dancer, and was selected.

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“Making the team is a dream come true. I was speaking with my mum the other day and we were saying this has been my dream since I was 15 and it’s amazing how dreams can take time but they do come true,” Roberts told Arabian Business.

“So now I am a part of the Miami heat dancers’ squad. The season will start in October and I’m so excited to perform at the first game,” she added.

The 29-year-old worked initially as a dancer and was working for the Dubai airline for four years while on a break from the sport.

She advises those with dreams to have the courage to follow them and share their “passion with the world.”

“Sit down, close your eyes, and think about what it was you wanted to do when you were younger, when there were no limits, and then try to connect to it. If there is a spark of passion still alive then the first step should be your belief in doing it, [not] how you’re going to do it,” she said.

“The universe works in mysterious ways. Dream big, believe in yourself, and most of all share your passion with the world,” added Roberts.

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The Miami Heat team was a National Basketball Association (NBA) champion for two years in a row since 2012.

Cheerleading for the team entails traveling for national and international games as well as taking part is charitable activities.

While the deadline for the latter is unknown, Roberts does not plan on returning to Emirates. She will continue to chase her dancing career, instead.

New Miami Heat dancers selected after ‘tough’ selection process

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WSVN.com
August 7, 2015

They popped it, dropped it, and locked their spots down.

Forty girls vying to land a coveted spot as a Miami Heat Dancer showcased their skills at the American Airlines Arena Friday night, the final step in what many described as a grueling selection process. The candidates competed for one of roughly two dozen spots on the hottest dance team in professional sports.

The group underwent a four-day boot camp, commanding the court as coaches assessed their skills, fitness and dance ability. The dynamic dancers said the process was tough, but the end result makes it all worth it. “It was tough to say the very least,” said Dancer Lindsey Murray.

“Oh, my God, it’s the toughest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s paid off because now we’re here with the Miami Heat,” said new Dancer Belinda Roberts. “We made it!”

In the end, the creme de la creme rose above the rest as the 2015-16 season’s group of girls was finalized. “They’re such talented dancers. It was an honor to dance with everybody, and I wish everyone made it,” said Murray. “I can’t believe it!”

The team is a four-time winner of the NBA’s Most Popular Dance Team competition.

Congratulations 2015-16 Miami Heat Dancers!

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Back row: Sasha , Alexandra*, Kristina*, Katelyn*, Ashley*, Alexandria, Adriana, Karina, Team Director Natalia Gonzalez, Tangela*, Lindsey H.*, Gaby*, Jessenia, Belinda

Front row: Lindsey M., Angie, Brianna, Ashlee-Ann, Jeanelle*, Stephanie*, Michelle*, Bianka*, Giuliana

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More on the Miami Heat Dancer Auditions

MiamiHeat.com has tons of coverage from this year’s open call and boot camp.

Click here for photos from the open call.

Click here for video from the open call.

Click here for video from the first day of boot camp.

Click here ON FRIDAY AT 7PM EST for the live stream of finals.
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Hopeful wows at Heat Dancers auditions

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Jeff Tavss
Local10.com
August 3, 2015

MIAMI –

With visions of NBA stardom rushing through their heads, dozens of eager dreamers laid it all on the line during Heat Dancers tryouts over the weekend.

In the end, only one enthusiastic hopeful truly stood out.

Keyth Wilson, Auditionee #71, put on a show-stopping performance that drew raves for those in attendance Sunday at the American Airlines Arena.

With more conservative dancers surrounding him, the gentlemen made use of the entire basketball court to showcase his moves.

Although men are not prohibited from auditioning for the award-winning squad, it’s been a while since one has actually been seen dancing on the hardcourt with the usually all-female group.

According to the Heat, he made it to the first round before making it to bootcamp.