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From 2011 – Bonnie of the Nets Dancers

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A couple of members of the Nets Team Hype

Nets Dancers in China

From the Nets Dancers Blog:

Mandee’s Blog – May 20, 2012
Making New Friends

Hey Nets fans, it’s Mandee!

Sadly our time in Guangzhou is coming to an end. Today we had a final appearance for Lenovo at a local mall. We participated in interviews and performed dance routines for our fans who filled the four levels of the mall to cheer us on.

Meeting our fans and a local dance team were highlights of our visit. The mall was filled with tremendous energy, and it was a great way to end a successful trip!

After our performance we had time to go shopping at the Mouse Street Shopping Center, also know as “Women’s Street.” We were able to purchase locally produced items and experience the culture and different styles of China.

Our night ended with a team dinner at the hotel. We reminisced about our time in Guangzhou and how fortunate we were to have this opportunity to perform for our fans in China once again. We had a great time, and we hope to come back soon!

Mandee

Check out the rest of the posts from China and see some video of the Nets Dancers in Action.

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Nets Dancers, Team Hype and The Nets Kids

A trip to Prudential Center is always more than just a trip to see a basketball game. Last month I traveled to Newark to see the entertainers who take center court when the players take a break:

Nets Dancers with Nets Entertainment Manager Kimberlee Garris

Nets Dancers with Nets Entertainment Manager Kimberlee Garris

Team Hype with Mini-Sly

Team Hype with Mini-Sly

Nets Kids

Nets Kids

Pre-game Circle in the tunnel

Pre-game Circle in the tunnel

Nets Dancers 4th Quarter Performance

Nets Dancers 4th Quarter Performance

These kids can dance

These kids can dance

The Nets Dancers make a strong (and successful) case for Deron Williams on the All-Star Team

The Nets Dancers make a strong (and successful) case for Deron Williams on the All-Star Team

Team Hype Flies

Team Hype Flies

Nets Dancers are all business

Nets Dancers are all business

They maybe great dancers, but kids are still kids.

They maybe great dancers, but kids are still kids.

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2011-12 Nets Dancers

The New Jersey Nets website has been updated with new photos and info for the 2011 Nets Dancers. Click here to check it out!

Angelica, Jessica, and Nyvia

Everyone Has a Story: Former NBA cheerleader, now librarian in Egg Harbor Township, promotes reading as ‘The Book Babe’

By MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST, Staff Writer
Press of Atlantic City
Sun Oct 16, 2011

When Melissa J. Collesano, of Galloway Township, was a professional dancer and cheerleader for sports teams such as the New Jersey Nets, fans were often shocked to learn about her day job.

“Here I am in my glitter and pompoms,” Collesano said of times when she talked to fans and signed autographs. “They couldn’t believe I was actually a librarian.”

So when she started a business to promote reading, and the children’s books she’s written, she wanted to make it fun and show her “sassy side.” And the Book Babe website and blog were born, she said.

Collesano, 39, has written, illustrated, and self-published two books: “Pheobe McKeeby’s Garden Apartment,” about generosity, and “Pheobe McKeeby in ‘I Promise I’ll Take Care of the Dog,'” about responsibility. The librarian at Fernwood Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township since 2005 also plans a series of character trait books.

Collesano began cheering in second grade and was the first cheerleader inducted into her hometown’s athletic hall of fame in Elmwood Park, Bergen County, she said. Her husband, Pete, is a gym teacher at Eagle Academy in Egg Harbor Township. They met when he was the football coach and she was the cheerleading coach at a high school in North Jersey. They have a 1-year-old son.

She will be featured in Authors’ Alley during the 2011 New Jersey Education Association Convention, Nov. 10 to 11 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Walking for the cure

Southern Regional High School special education/English teacher Dawn Bischoff, of the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township, is walking 60 miles this weekend in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure, which started Saturday. She and two other women on her Soul Sistas team will join thousands of women walking through Philadelphia, sleeping along the route. Bischoff’s team has already raised more than $7,726 for Komen’s programs to help women with breast cancer.

Everyone Has a Story appears Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:

609-272-7219, Michelle.Post@pressofac.com

‘The Book Babe’

For information on Melissa J. Collesano’s books and her blog, visit www.bookbabe.net

Nets Dancers Finals

2011-12 Nets Dancers Auditions concluded back on June 27th at the Nets Practice Facility in East Rutherford.

2011-12 Nets Dancers Auditions concluded back on June 27th at the Nets Practice Facility in East Rutherford.

Captain Jessica (in heels!) reviews the "Dance Across the Floor"

Captain Jessica (in heels!) reviews the "Dance Across the Floor"

Veteran Nets Dancers decked out in black and gold

Veteran Nets Dancers decked out in black and gold

Jen

Jen

Guest Choreographer Rod Harrelson. His recent credits include Broadway's <i>The Lion King</i>,<i>Legally Blonde: The Musical</i>, and the upcoming national tour of <i>Bring It On: The Musical</i>.

Guest Choreographer Rod Harrelson. His recent credits include Broadway's <i>The Lion King</i>,<i>Legally Blonde: The Musical</i>, and the upcoming national tour of <i>Bring It On: The Musical</i>.

And the routine he taught was ambitious to say the least:

Caitlin

Caitlin

Former Nets Dancers

Former Nets Dancers

Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie

Ericka

Ericka

2011-12 Nets Dancers

2011-12 Nets Dancers


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Congratulations 2011-12 Nets Dancers

Nets Dancers Auditions began last Sunday in Manhattan, moved to Brooklyn on Saturday, and finished at the Nets Practice Facility last night.

2011-12 Nets Dancers. Vets standing; rookies kneeling.

2011-12 Nets Dancers. Vets standing; rookies kneeling.

Three familiar faces you may recognize on the new squad:

Ericka was a Philadelphia Wings Angel

Ericka was a Philadelphia Wings Angel

Caitlin was a Washington Wizard Girl

Caitlin was a Washington Wizard Girl

Amy was a New Jersey Ironmen Dancer

Amy was a New Jersey Ironmen Dancer

Nets Dancers Open Call Auditions – Manhattan

Nets Dancers auditions got under way this past Sunday at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Manhattan.

Nets Dancers auditions got under way this past Sunday at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Manhattan.

Nets Dancer Siobhan was one of 6 Nets Dancers who just returned from a trip to Moscow.

Nets Dancer Siobhan was one of 6 Nets Dancers who just returned from a trip to Moscow.

Maria ran the music

Maria ran the music


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Nets Dancers Finalists

Congrats to the 17 dancers who are on their way to the Nets Dancers Finals.

Finalists with Nets Dancers Siobhan, Jessica and Bonnie

Finalists with Nets Dancers Siobhan, Jessica and Bonnie

Another audition is scheduled for Brooklyn this Saturday. Details here. Finals are next Monday night.

2011-2012 Nets Dancer Auditions

nets027.jpgMANHATTAN OPEN AUDITION – SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 11:00 A.M.

The Ailey Studios, 405 West 55th Street at 9th Avenue, New York, NY
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. & dancers must arrive by 11:30 a.m. to participate.
Directions at http://www.alvinailey.org/about/visit-us.

BROOKLYN OPEN AUDITION – SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 1:00 P.M.

Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. & dancers must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to participate.
Directions at http://markmorrisdancegroup.org/contact/directions.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

– Dancers may attend either open audition.
– Dancers must be 18 or older & have at least 8 years of technical dance training.
– Tumbling skills are a plus, but not required.
– Wear fitted attire & non-marking sneakers or dance shoes.
– Arrive in performance ready hair & makeup.
– Select dancers from each open call will be invited to attend final auditions the evening of Monday, June 27.

WANT AN EDGE? SIGN UP FOR A PREP CLASS!

NETS DANCER AUDITION WORKSHOP

Tuesday, June 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
City Center Studios, 130 West 56th Street, New York, NY

– Learn two pieces of NETS Dancer choreography.
– Learn actual first round audition choreography.
– Receive audition tips from team captains & audition judges.
– Receive a gift bag with an exclusive NETS t-shirt & a NETS Dancer poster.
– Open to trained dancers ages 14 & older.
– $50 if pre-paid; $55 at the door.

NETS DANCER BOOT CAMP

Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
NETS Basketball Headquarters, 390 Murray Hill Parkway, East Rutherford, NJ

– Get the ultimate NETS Dancer experience!
– Spend five days training with the NETS Dancers.
– Learn two complete NETS Dancer routines straight from the court.
– Get an automatic pass through the first round of auditions!
– Receive one-on-one feedback & personalized tips from audition judges.
– Receive a gift bag with an exclusive NETS t-shirt & a NETS Dancer poster.
– Open to trained dancers ages 14 & older.
– $200 for the five-session package. Space is limited.

CALL 201-635-3147 TO SIGN UP TODAY!

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LOOKING FOR AN EDGE AT THIS SUMMER’S NETS DANCER AUDITIONS?

Sign up now for one of our three-hour Audition Workshops, or get the ultimate NETS Dancer experience at our five-day NETS Dancer Boot Camp. For the first time, all Boot Camp participants will receive an automatic pass through the first round of auditions!

NETS DANCER AUDITION WORKSHOPS

Wednesday, May 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at NETS Basketball Headquarters, East Rutherford, NJ
Tuesday, June 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at City Center Studios, New York, NY
– Each workshop will feature two pieces of actual NETS Dancer choreography.
– Different routines will be taught at each session.
– Receive audition tips from team captains & audition judges.
– Receive a gift bag that includes an exclusive NETS t-shirt & a NETS Dancer poster.
– Open to trained dancers ages 14 & older.
– $50 per session if pre-paid; $55 at the door; $90 for two-session package.
NETS DANCER BOOT CAMP

Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17, 6:30-9:30pm at NETS Basketball Headquarters
Get the ultimate NETS Dancer experience!
– Spend five days training with the NETS Dancers.
– Learn two complete NETS Dancer routines straight from the court.
– Receive one-on-one feedback & personalized tips from audition judges.
– Get an automatic pass through the first round of auditions!
– Receive a gift bag that includes an exclusive NETS t-shirt & a NETS Dancer poster.
– Open to trained dancers ages 14 & older.
– $200 for the five-session package. Space is limited.
CALL 201-635-3147 TO SIGN UP TODAY!

NETS Dancer Audition dates will be announced soon. Follow us at www.facebook.com/NetsDancers to be the first to know! For more information on the Nets Dancers, visit http://www.netsdancers.com

Nets Dancers, Team Hype, Nets Kids and a Bunch of NBA Mascots


Go to a Nets game and sure you expect to see the Nets Dancers, but there’s actually a whole lot more to see:

The stunters and gymnasts from Team Hype.

The stunters and gymnasts from Team Hype.

The fabulous Nets Kids

The fabulous Nets Kids

The high-flying Dunking Divas

The high-flying Dunking Divas

And Mascots

And Mascots

Lots of Mascots

Lots of Mascots

And even the Mascot's inflatable alter-egos.

And even the Mascot's inflatable alter-egos.

Friday was Nets mascot Sly Fox's birthday. And to celebrate mascots from around the NBA turned out.

Friday was Nets mascot Sly Fox's birthday. And to celebrate mascots from around the NBA turned out.

All the way from Orlando - It's Stuff with Magic Dancer Heather S.

All the way from Orlando - It's Stuff with Magic Dancer Heather S.

Okay back to the Net Dancers. For the 2011 NBA Dance Bracket each team is submitting a video of an actual game performance. For their video, the Nets Dancers pulled out all the stops. They borrowed a bar set from a friend and had Team Hype hustle it onto the court at the end of the 1st quarter.

The Nets Dancers perform at the end of the 1st Quarter Break.

The Nets Dancers perform at the end of the 1st Quarter Break.

The Nets broke out the military uniforms for a third quarter performance, they got pushed back to the 4th quarter, when the crowd started going crazy as the Nets climbed back from a 20 point deficit.

Fourth Quarter Performance

Fourth Quarter Performance

A big thanks to the Clipper Blake Griffin, who missed a free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the game into overtime and giving the Nets Dancers one more chance to dance.

End of Regulation

End of Regulation

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