2019 Orlando Magic Dancers Auditions

Audition Information

2019-2020 Pre-Audition Classes

  • Tuesday, June 11 at RDV Sportsplex
  • Wednesday, June 12 at RDV Sportsplex
  • More dates may be added
  • Pre-registration and more details coming soon!

First Round Audition at Hardrive Productions – Friday, June 14, 2019

  • NEW LOCATION FOR 2019: Hardrive Productions, 4605 LB McLeod, Ste 100, Orlando, FL 32811
  • Registration/check-in: 12:00pm
  • Audition start time: 1:00pm (must be prepared to stay as late as 8:00pm, no exceptions)
  • Please bring headshot, full-body shot, resume and $25 application fee
  • First round is closed to the public, family, and friends.
  • You will not need to prepare your own performance routine.
  • The first round will consist of a series of 2-3 eliminations that will include freestyle, jazz technique, and hip-hop choreography.
  • A maximum of 30 finalists will advance at the end of this day.
  • We recommend that you bring snacks, a water bottle, a towel, and items to freshen up between rounds.
  • Participants will be judged on appearance, fitness, dance ability, style, strength and completion of movement, energy, projection, and potential.

Requirements:

  • Female Dancers who are 18 years of age or older by the audition date.
  • Must have previous dance training and experience in jazz and hip-hop. Tumbling skills a bonus, but not required.
  • Must be available for all phases of the audition process and be prepared to stay as long as necessary (no exceptions).
  • Must provide one non-returnable headshot and one non-returnable full-body shot (5″x7″ or larger preferred). Photos are used for identification purposes.
  • Professional photo is not mandatory. Photos should be a current representation of what you look like or will look like at the audition.
  • Must provide a current dance and professional resume (if applicable).
  • Must be of good moral character and successfully complete all pre-employment screening. RDV Sports is a drug-free workplace.
  • Must live in Central Florida or be willing to relocate.
  • Must have dependable transportation to rehearsals, games, and appearances.
  • Must have a flexible schedule and the ability to commit to the Magic Dancers’ schedule, which includes but is not limited to attendance at all rehearsals, all designated home games, community, charitable, and corporate event appearances for ONE FULL YEAR. If you cannot commit for the next year, please do not audition.

Attire:

  • Dance or athletic half-top (stomach must be showing)
  • Hot pants, dance trunks, or shorts (no full or capri length pants)
  • Dance sneakers, tennis shoes, or jazz shoes with non-marking soles
  • Flesh tone hose, tights, or fishnets
  • Performance ready hair and make-up

What we’re looking for:

  • Showmanship, personality, energy, and enthusiasm!
  • Professionalism and maturity
  • Dancers who are well-spoken and can represent the Orlando Magic in a professional manner at all times
  • Dance technique and style
  • Ability to pick up dance choreography quickly
  • Consistent positive attitude
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Physical fitness and personal appearance
  • Ability and desire to commit to the job for ONE FULL YEAR
  • A maximum of 20 team members for the 2019-20 season

For additional audition information, please click here.

Orlando Magic Dancers Audition Dates Announced

2018-2019 Magic Dancers Auditions to be held Saturday, July 21, 2018

Orlando Magic Dancer Auditions

If you would like to be placed on the audition email list to receive future updates or if you have additional questions regarding the audition process, please email your full name and contact details to magicdancers@orlandomagic.com. You may also access real-time updates by following the Orlando Magic Dancers on Twitter at @MagicDancers. Thank you for your interest and good luck this summer!

2018-2019 Pre-Audition Classes

  • Monday, July 16
  • Tuesday, July 17
  • Wednesday, July 18
  • Thursday, July 19
  • All classes will be held at the RDV Sportsplex in the Magic Gym beginning at 7pm each night.
  • Pre-registration will open soon!

First Round Audition: Saturday, July 21, 2018

  • Registration at 10 a.m.
  • Audition begins promptly at 11 a.m.
  • Located inside the Magic Gym at RDV Sportsplex (8701 Maitland Summit Blvd, Orlando, 32810 – 407-916-2442)
  • Please bring headshot, full-body shot, resume and $25 application fee
  • First round is closed to the public, family, and friends.
  • All participants must be prepared to stay as late as 8 p.m. (no exceptions).
  • You will not need to prepare your own performance routine.
  • The first round will consist of a series of 2-3 eliminations that will include freestyle, jazz technique, and hip-hop choreography.
  • A maximum of 30 finalists will advance at the end of this day.
  • We recommend that you bring snacks, a water bottle, a towel, and items to freshen up between rounds.
  • Participants will be judged on appearance, fitness, dance ability, style, strength and completion of movement, energy, projection, and potential.

Finalist Interviews By Appointment: Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24 by appointment

  • Each finalist will be interviewed by representatives of the Orlando Magic.
  • Interviews are designed to learn more about the personality of the candidate.
  • Finalist will be asked about their ability to commit to a one year contract.
  • Each interview will last approximately 10-15 minutes per candidate.
  • Business casual attire preferred.
  • Interview times will be scheduled following the final elimination in the 1st round.
  • Finalists will be judged based upon speaking ability, energy, presence, maturity, ability to commit to the job, and over-all impression.

Finalist Boot Camp: Sunday, July 22 through Wednesday, July 25

  • Finalists will participate in jazz and hip-hop dance classes taught by guest choreographers.
  • Finalists will go through intense fitness training classes.
  • Fitness assessments will be conducted.
  • All nights of boot camp are mandatory (no exceptions).
  • The Magic Dancers Manager, Jeanine Klem-Thomas, will be observing and judging finalists based upon their interaction with the other candidates, their work ethic, their ability to ‘get out of their comfort zone’, and their overall performance in all planned boot camp activities.
  • Alumni Panel Evaluation will be conducted.

Final Audition: Friday, July 27

  • One final opportunity for the finalists to perform the audition routine for the judges panel.
  • This exciting event will be streamed live on orlandomagic.com for family and friends to watch.
  • The 2018-2019 Orlando Magic Dancers will be announced at the conclusion of the event.

Audition Info

Requirements:

  • Female Dancers who are 18 years of age or older by the audition date.
  • Must have previous dance training and experience in jazz and hip-hop. Tumbling skills a bonus, but not required.
  • Must be available for all phases of the audition process and be prepared to stay as long as necessary (no exceptions).
  • Must provide one non-returnable headshot and one non-returnable full-body shot (5″x7″ or larger preferred). Photos are used for identification purposes.
  • Professional photo is not mandatory. Photos should be a current representation of what you look like or will look like at the audition.
  • Must provide a current dance and professional resume (if applicable).
  • Must be of good moral character and successfully complete all pre-employment screening. RDV Sports is a drug-free workplace.
  • Must live in Central Florida or be willing to relocate.
  • Must have dependable transportation to rehearsals, games, and appearances.
  • Must have a flexible schedule and the ability to commit to the Magic Dancers’ schedule, which includes but is not limited to attendance at all rehearsals, all designated home games, community, charitable, and corporate event appearances for ONE FULL YEAR. If you cannot commit for the next year, please do not audition.

Attire:

  • Dance or athletic half-top (stomach must be showing)
  • Hot pants, dance trunks, or shorts (no full or capri length pants)
  • Dance sneakers, tennis shoes, or jazz shoes with non-marking soles
  • Flesh tone hose, tights, or fishnets
  • Performance ready hair and make-up

What we’re looking for:

  • Showmanship, personality, energy, and enthusiasm!
  • Professionalism and maturity
  • Dancers who are well-spoken and can represent the Orlando Magic in a professional manner at all times
  • Dance technique and style
  • Ability to pick up dance choreography quickly
  • Consistent positive attitude
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Physical fitness and personal appearance
  • Ability and desire to commit to the job for ONE FULL YEAR
  • A maximum of 20 team members for the 2018-19 season

Orlando Magic Dancers Auditions – July 22

First Round Audition: Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • Registration at 9am
  • Audition begins promptly at 10am
  • Located inside the Magic Gym at RDV Sportsplex (8701 Maitland Summit Blvd, Orlando, 32810 – 407-916-2442)
  • Please bring headshot, full-body shot, resume and $25 application fee
  • First round is closed to the public, family, and friends.
  • All participants must be prepared to stay as late as 8 p.m. (no exceptions).
  • You will not need to prepare your own performance routine.
  • The first round will consist of a series of 2-3 eliminations that will include freestyle, jazz technique, and hip-hop choreography.
  • A maximum of 30 finalists will advance at the end of this day.
  • We recommend that you bring snacks, a water bottle, a towel, and items to freshen up between rounds.
  • Participants will be judged on appearance, fitness, dance ability, style, strength and completion of movement, energy, projection, and potential.

Requirements:

  • Female Dancers who are 18 years of age or older by the audition date.
  • Must have previous dance training and experience in jazz and hip-hop. Tumbling skills a bonus, but not required.
  • Must be available for all phases of the audition process and be prepared to stay as long as necessary (no exceptions).
  • Must provide one non-returnable headshot and one non-returnable full-body shot (5″x7″ or larger preferred). Photos are used for identification purposes.
  • Professional photo is not mandatory. Photos should be a current representation of what you look like or will look like at the audition.
  • Must provide a current dance and professional resume (if applicable).
  • Must be of good moral character and successfully complete all pre-employment screening. RDV Sports is a drug-free workplace.
  • Must live in Central Florida or be willing to relocate.
  • Must have dependable transportation to rehearsals, games, and appearances.
  • Must have a flexible schedule and the ability to commit to the Magic Dancers’ schedule, which includes but is not limited to attendance at all rehearsals, all designated home games, community, charitable, and corporate event appearances for ONE FULL YEAR. If you cannot commit for the next year, please do not audition.

Attire:

  • Dance or athletic half-top (stomach must be showing)
  • Hot pants, dance trunks, or shorts (no full or capri length pants)
  • Dance sneakers, tennis shoes, or jazz shoes with non-marking soles
  • Flesh tone hose, tights, or fishnets
  • Performance ready hair and make-up

What we’re looking for:

  • Showmanship, personality, energy, and enthusiasm!
  • Professionalism and maturity
  • Dancers who are well-spoken and can represent the Orlando Magic in a professional manner at all times
  • Dance technique and style
  • Ability to pick up dance choreography quickly
  • Consistent positive attitude
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Physical fitness and personal appearance
  • Ability and desire to commit to the job for ONE FULL YEAR
  • A maximum of 20 team members for the 2017-18 season

For more information, please click here.

The 2016 -2017 Orlando Magic Dancers Roster

We continue our review of NBA dance teams with the 2016-2017 Orlando Magic Dancers.

Bethany

Brittany

Cierra

Desiree

Erika

Kiki

Kori

Lauren

Lily

Mackenzie

Molleigh

Nicole F.

Nicole H.

Nikki

Olivia

Rachel

Sarah

Victoria Q.

Victoria R.

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Vicksburg Native Makes 2015 NBA Dance Team

From The Vicksburg Post
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For Vicksburg native Molleigh Wallace achieving her dream of being a professional dancer has exceeded her expectations.

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Wallace is now a member of the 2015-16 Orlando Magic dance team of the NBA. She was thrilled about making the final cuts and being named a member of the team.

Wallace found out about the audition through word of mouth. She had friends already going to the audition and they talked her in to trying out.

“The process was pretty difficult. They had a boot camp week with 90 girls and later in the week they had the actual audition,” Wallace said.

The audition consisted of multiple cuts, dance routines and a sponsored trip to the Bahamas.

The girls went through an across the floor combination and the first cuts were made. Then the group of girls learned a jazz and hip-hop combination routine before a cut to the final 30 was made.

Baha Mar, the official sponsor of the Orland Magic, flew the girls to the Bahamas where the heat of the auditions picked up. The group shot a swimsuit calendar, instructed dance classes, participated in community events and learned the final routines for the audition.

“Auditions were open to the public and streamed live,” Wallace said.

The new team was announced and consists of 20 dancers. Wallace is excited be working for an organization like the Magic and said the fans have a really good connection with everyone in the organization.

Wallace danced for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League before auditioning for the Magic. She also danced for Royal Caribbean Cruises and spent three years in Europe, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and on the infamous strip of Las Vegas.

She really enjoys dancing and has fun doing it and couldn’t ask for anything else. For her it’s a great stress reliever and a great way to stay in shape.

Wallace is from a family with an art and dance background. She is the daughter of Debra Franco, who owns a dance studio in Vicksburg and her father is into theatre. Franco said Wallace is a well-rounded dancer and has been dancing since the age of three.

“She’s always wanted to dance but I don’t think we ever really discussed it,” Franco said. “She just assumed she would dance.”

Wallace began doing competitions at the age of eight and when competing, Franco made her daughter do a ballet solo and a lyrical piece, she would win top honors for her performance.

“When you see her do the lyrical and jazz, you’d see much more of the passion, life and enjoyment of it. It’s really her field,” Franco said.

Every summer in high school Wallace attended a camp in Los Angeles. One part of the camp taught dancers how to audition and when she turned 16 she auditioned for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and was hired when she was 17-years-old.

Wallace was on dance teams in high school and college and said the teams helped her prepare for bigger auditions. She had great instructors and it helped her know what to expect moving forward in this career.

Franco and Wallace are excited for the new path of being a professional NBA dancer and they both believe it is a wonderful opportunity.

“I’ve been a professional dancers for a few years and it’s still surreal that I can achieve many goals,” Wallace said. “I’ve been very fortunate and I hope it opens many more doors for me.”

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2015-16 Orlando Magic Dancers Announced

By Josh Cohen
OrlandoMagic.com

Regardless of the outcome, each of the 28 finalists vying for 20 spots on the 2015-16 Orlando Magic dance team got all they could ask for during auditions.

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Thanks to the Baha Mar Casino and Hotel, they got a free trip to the Bahamas.

They all got a chance to meet several revered figures in the Bahamas and learn about the history and culture of this picturesque island.

And thanks to the outstanding work from photographer Michael Cairns, hair stylists from Stella Luca Salon and makeup artists from MAC Cosmetics, each finalist posed for professional swimwear portraits along the beach outside Baha Mar.

It doesn’t end there.

The finalists performed on stage at the Baha Mar Convention Arts & Entertainment Center in front of a jam-packed, in-person audience and for thousands watching live on OrlandoMagic.com.

And most importantly, they all got a chance to bond with one another and share laughs that will last a lifetime.

While it was a difficult proposition for the judges, only 20 could be selected for the squad. And while disappointing for those that didn’t hear their names called at the end, this experience was undeniably worth the attempt.

For 15 dancers, a dream will be relived. Alex, Bethany, Brittany, Cassie, Elyse, Gizelle, Jamie, Kori, Krystle, Lauren, Lily, Nicole F., Rachel, Victoria Q. and Victoria R. will rejoin the team and add to their growing collection of amazing experiences as a Magic Dancer.

“Hearing my name called was definitely a relief and the best feeling,” said Gizelle, a now four-year Magic Dancer veteran. “I’m looking forward to being on the court again with the girls and getting to perform and doing what I love best in the community.”

“It’s a dream come true to be on the team for a fourth season,” Elyse said. “Everyone here (Baha Mar) has been so kind to us. Everything was perfect. It’s been amazing.”

For the remaining five dancers, this is all just the beginning of a dream come true. Cierra, Kiki, Nicole H., Molleigh and Sarah will now have the opportunity to experience all the wonderful things that come with being a part of the Magic organization. That includes entertaining fans at Amway Center during Magic games, spending invaluable time in the community and growing friendships with their new teammates.

“Words can’t explain it,” an emotional Cierra said. “We have already formed a great bond over the last two weeks together and I’m looking forward to continuing that with the girls. It was an incredible experience here in the Bahamas.”

Orlando Magic Dancer Auditions Will Be Extra Special This Year

By Josh Cohen
OralndoMagic.com

Orlando Magic Dancers, past and present, all seem to share similar sentiments.

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Faces light up when reflecting back on all their performances during games and other events. They cherish the times they were out in the community improving lives. They treasure the friendships they built with teammates. They still laugh about all those elusive moments they shared.

Being a Magic Dancer signifies a lifelong bond that only strengthens as time evolves.

“It was absolutely life-changing for me,” said Lyndsay King, a Magic Dancer for two seasons (2010-2012). “It was a wonderful decision to audition and be a part of the team.”

“There are so many memories with the girls,” she added. “They are all like family to me. Some were even in my wedding and babysit my child. That’s how close we are.”

Dozens of hopefuls will start the audition journey soon (click here for audition details). Only 20 women will be chosen to be part of the 2015-16 Magic Dancers. That journey will only be the beginning of a dream come true or, for some, a dream relived.

Magic Dancer Nicole, who has been with the team since 2012, hopes to relive that dream. She will be auditioning again this year in hopes of making the squad for a fourth straight season.

“I am so excited to hopefully experience another fantastic and exciting season with the best organization and group of women I know,” Nicole said. My favorite memory every year is actually the day of auditions. Seeing familiar faces from previous auditions and knowing that there’s a new season ahead is indescribable.”

The same perspective plays in the mind of Magic Dancer Alex, who hopes to be named to the team for a second consecutive year.

“The idea of being an Orlando Magic Dancer for another season honestly gets me so excited every time I think about it,” Alex said. “Rehearsals, appearances and game days just add so much excitement to my life and always gives me something to look forward to.”

“I had such an incredible year with the team this past year and take so much pride in my role as an OMD, that I would be so grateful and even more excited to come back for a second year, as a veteran,” she added.

Unlike past years when auditions lasted for no more than five days, this year it will be a much more elaborate and extensive process. For one, the entirety of the auditions goes from June 6 until June 19. Between those days, there will be a series of evaluations, including interviews, fitness assessments and obviously performing dance routines in front of expert judges.

Also, for the first time, all finalists will take part in a swimwear photo shoot.

But perhaps the most appealing aspect of this year’s auditions is that the finals will be held at the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas. The 30 finalists will travel to the resort on June 16 and return to Orlando on June 20 (finals are scheduled for June 19).

As Nicole and Alex point out, the length of this year’s auditions makes it extra important to prepare for everything and not skip any of the details.

“It consists of working out, eating right, taking dance classes and getting my audition outfit ready,” Nicole said about gearing up for auditions.

“Knowing that there is a possibility of going to the Bahamas for finals and a swimwear photoshoot has made me work even harder this year,” Alex said. “I have been in the gym just about every day, preparing myself for the audition day and to be able to have the endurance to make it through bootcamp.”

For retired dancers like Lyndsay, auditions are now an opportunity to give advice and show support for prospective Magic Dancers.

“You definitely have to prepare yourself mentally and physically,” she said. “It’s about being a well-rounded individual. Someone who will get people excited about the Magic.”

‘Inside the Magic: Hard Court Dancers’ Premieres Dec. 19 on FOX Sports Florida

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Prepare to be taken behind the scenes into the joys and challenges of being the rhythm and movement of Orlando Magic basketball. On Friday, Dec. 19 at 10:00 p.m., FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Magic, will premiere a brand new episode of “Inside the Magic” upon conclusion of the Magic vs. Utah Jazz game. Titled “Hard Court Dancers,” this episode is an upbeat step into the world of the Orlando Magic Dancers.

From dance rehearsals and public appearances at community events, to dancing front and center for fans on game nights, the Magic Dancers give their full commitment, as they follow their passion of uplifting the Orlando community through dance. What most people don’t know is that the Dancers also have full-time jobs or are full-time students. “Inside the Magic: Hard Court Dancers” will take a look at the careers of four dancers: One is a third grade teacher, one works for an Orlando radio station, another is a physical therapist and one is a student at UCF.

The Dancers rehearse three times a week for approximately three hours, in addition to game night. “Hard Court Dancers” follows the group on game night, starting with rehearsal, followed by meeting-and-greeting fans, taking pictures and signing autographs. On this special night, all 20 Dancers come together for a special halftime act, where the team is officially introduced to the fans.

Re-Air Schedule:

Sun 12/21/2014 5:00 p.m.
Fri 12/26/2014 10:00 p.m.
Mon 12/29/2014 10:30 p.m.
Tue 12/30/2014 10:00 p.m.
Sat 1/3/2014 10:30 a.m.
Wed 1/7/2014 8:00 p.m.
Thu 1/8/2014 11:30 a.m.
Sat 1/10/2014 10:00 a.m.
Sat 1/10/2014 9:00 p.m.
Mon 1/12/2014 7:00 p.m.
Wed 1/14/2014 10:30 p.m.
Thu 1/15/2014 11:00 a.m.
Fri 1/16/2014 5:00 p.m.

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Orlando Predators Prowlers on the Prowl

Here’s a couple shots from the Predators playoff victory on Sunday. Sara and Cassie have both been picked to be Magic Dancers this upcoming season. Sara was on Arena Dream Team last year and Cassie is on the team this year.

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Vote for your favorite Magic Dancer finalists

The first rounds of auditions for the Orlando Magic Dancers are in the books and finals are right around the corner. Between now and then, the Orlando Magic are asking fans to vote for their favorite dancers to make the team. They’ve narrowed it down to 30. Help them pick the final squad. Click here to see who is in the running and cast your vote!

OMD @ 25: Victoria, Heather, plus auditions for the 26th edition of the Orlando Magic Dancers

Heather and Victoria were important components of the 25th anniversary Orlando Magic Dancers

Last season’s 25th anniversary Orlando Magic Dancers included veterans that have become big fan favorites over the years. Fifth-year veteran Victoria was a Team Leader, and as I witnessed last March, worked hard to prepare the Junior Magic Dancers for their halftime performances. One could see the organization and discipline of being a self-proclaimed “Army brat,” born in Killeen, Texas, then years in Germany, as Victoria took charge of the practice sessions with the young dancers. Victoria was also seen on the big screens at the game, in sketches with that crazy mascot Stuff, who is always up to something!

Heather finished her fourth season with the Magic Dancers, and according to her best friend Emmy, is someone that has really blossomed during their four years on the squad, not only as a performer, but also being much more outgoing than she was three years ago.

And if you would like the chance to experience the wondrous opportunities that Victoria and Heather have been part of, the process to become part of the 26th edition of the OMD is right around the corner. All the information is at this link, and some of the key dates are….

2014-15 Pre-Audition Class schedule updates and instructors – ONLY 2 CLASSES REMAINING:

July 21 – Hip-Hop/Jazz with Guest Choreographers April and Nova Jay aka ‘Crossbreed’

July 23 – Theme Jazz taught by Assistant Manager Cherie LaRosa

All classes held at RDV Sportsplex (8701 Maitland Summit Blvd, Orlando, 32810) from 7:45p-9:45p. Instructors and class style subject to change without notice. Registration open and walk-up registrations accepted!

ROUND 1: Saturday, July 26 from 9a-5p

· Schedule:
– 9am – Registration at the RDV Sportsplex (8701 Maitland Summit Blvd, Orlando, 32810 * 407-916-2442 if lost) in the Orlando Magic Gym
– 10am – First round begins
– NO LATE applicants will be accepted and this is the ONLY open audition of the year! Plan to be there and don’t be late if you want to potentially be a part of the action this season!
– Note – All audition participants must be prepared to stay until the end, NO EXCEPTIONS!
· What to bring:
– $25 application fee (reduced to $15 if you have attended any of the 5 summer pre-audition classes, waived if you purchased the full pre-audition package)
– Headshot
– Full Body shot
– Resume (dance and/or business)
– Snacks, water bottle, towel and items to freshen up between rounds

•FINALIST INTERVIEWS: Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29 by Appointment
•FINALIST BOOT CAMP: Sunday, July 27 through Tuesday, July 29
•AUDITION FINALS: Thursday, July 31 from 7p-9p in the Disney Atrium at Amway Center

It is almost time for the next squad to emerge, and you could be part of it!

And more photos of Victoria and Heather are at this link!

OMD @ 25: Emmy’s natural next step to the Magic Dancers fills the pages of her own journey

Orlando Magic Dancer Emmy was a captain during the 25th anniversary season

It’s quite a nice ritual. During the time before the gates open, NBA arenas have a building hum that transitions eventually to the intense buzz of game time. Some of the world’s greatest athletes are on the court getting some repetitive jump shots in, the audio and video equipment are getting their testing, and all the while, a young woman reads a book, sitting in a prized seat a couple rows behind the basket. This is Orlando Magic Dancer Emmy’s pre-game ritual, during the time between OMD court practice time and the time to prepare for the game.

This past year was a momentous one for the Orlando Magic Dancers, under the direction of Jeanine Klem-Thomas, as they celebrated their silver anniversary 25th season. Emmy completed her fourth season with the Magic Dancers, and it was a wonderfully eventful season for her. In addition to the festivities surrounding the 25th anniversary of the Magic Dancers, Emmy also was selected to be part of the NBA All-Star game. Emmy embodies so much of what OMD encompasses: she was a Junior Magic Dancer as a young girl, her dad has been a performing Dancing Dad for all of her four seasons, she eventually became a captain, and Emmy traveled to faraway continents and experienced all that being a Magic Dancer can be.

Emmy’s ritual looked like such a nice way to spend some time, reading a book during the quieter time before the she and her teammates felt the heat of the spotlight and the noise of the Amway Center, on the biggest stage in a entertainment region full of stages. Last March, Emmy graciously bookmarked her spot, and took time to share with UltimateCheerleaders her pro dance journey to All-Star games, Rome, Italy, and beyond.

Heather, Lauren, and Emmy

Emmy is an Orlando native, and started dance class at age eight. “My mom claims that I danced around the house all the time so she put me in class, so a natural step,” smiled Emmy.

And another natural dance step was becoming part of the Magic Dancers. “I wanted to do it forever. My dad has been a season ticket holder since 1990, so I used to come with him and watch the Dancers and (mascot) Stuff,” recalled Emmy. Also, Emmy was a Junior Magic Dancer as a tween, and laughed, “Jeanine’s known us forever; she can’t get rid of us.”

For four years, Emmy left Orlando, to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, receving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, minoring in Psychology, graduating Summa Cum Laude, top in her class. In addition, she was part of a UT dance team that dominated the College Dance Team National Championships during that era.

Growing up in central Florida, moving back to Orlando after college surprised Emmy. “Orlando is a lot more fun than I thought it would be as an adult,” Emmy explained. “I went away to college, and I loved it. And then when I was graduating, moving back to Orlando, I thought it’d be all kid stuff. But I’ve been here for almost four years now after I graduated and I love it. There’s a lot to do. It’s fun. It’s beautiful. Very glad I moved back.”

After returning from college, the journey to being an Orlando Magic Dancer started right away, with try-outs the next month. But the really excited family member who was rooting for Emmy was a future Dancing Dad. Unlike some of the Dads, who perform their own style of dance routines to the uproarious reaction of the Amway Center, Emmy’s dad needed no coaxing to make his own way to center court. “Before I tried out for the team, he said, ‘If you try out for the Magic Dancers, I could be a dancing dad,’” remembered Emmy. “It took no convincing.” So Emmy’s dad has been a Dancing Dad also for four seasons.

Emmy dad is an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat surgeon), but according to Emmy, “He takes his dancing just as seriously as he takes his medical practice.”

So, a natural question, did Emmy inherit her dancing skills from him? “Gosh no, bless his heart,” heartily laughed Emmy. “He has a lot of fun and he has gotten better since the first year, but no, the natural rhythm is not there. You know who is the best, is Kriza’s dad. Her dad is a really, really good dancer. He works it. He’s got his face going. She definitely got it from him.”

Continue reading OMD @ 25: Emmy’s natural next step to the Magic Dancers fills the pages of her own journey

Photo of the Day – March 14


Third Year Orlando Magic Dancer Krystle before Wednesday night’s game at Amway Center

Sports Illustrated NBA/NHL Features

Sports Illustrated has a few new feature galleries that are definitely worth checking out:


Click here for Brittney from the Phoenix Suns Dancers

Click here for Emmy from the Orlando Magic Dancers

Click here for the Washington Wizards Girls

Click here for the Anaheim Ducks Power Players

Catching Up With Magic Dancer Legends Prior to 25th Anniversary Reunion

Original Magic Dance Team Legend Cindy (6th from left in top row), Current Dance Team Manager & Magic Dancer Legend Jeanine (3rd from left on bottom row)

Orlando Magic

What was it like being a member of the Original Magic Dance Team?

As one of the Original Orlando Magic Dancers we started as an NBA promotional dance team that help build this organization from the ground up. We asked for nothing and gave everything. Every dancer that has come after me has worked just as hard as I did and continued to evolve into what the Orlando Magic Dancers are today. I am proud of each and every one of them who continue to represent the Orlando Magic.

What are you looking forward to during Reunion Weekend?

Performing with my peers and catching up with everyone.

What is your favorite memory during your time as a Magic Dancer?

Dancing at the NBA All-Star Classic Weekend held here in Orlando in 1992.

It was an honor to be chosen for 5 consecutive years while managing a full-time career, a marriage, game, rehearsals and promotional events schedule.

Tell us more about the inaugural season…

We were chosen one year before our 1989 NBA Season Debut. We marketed the team to the Orlando fans to sell the 10,000 season tickets we needed to be awarded the franchise from the NBA. We did promotional events at car dealerships, radio stations, golf tournaments, restaurants – you name it. The Orlando Magic Dancers worked in tandem with former Globetrotter Curly Neal and Stuff the Magic Mascot. Inspired by Pat Williams, we went everywhere across the tri-county area promoting the Orlando Magic. We were part of the foundation of a most wonderful organization and were priviledged to watch it grow. We rehearsed at an empty office building on Livingston Avenue with a jam box, one mirror and an unfinished concrete floor. It was bare bones but we loved it and made it great! Once the arena was built, players were chosen from the expansion draft, fans bought their tickets and the 1989 Inaugural Season began. We won our first game in that arena defeating the NBA Champions – the Detroit Pistons. The arena was electric, the fans were on their feet and the Orlando Magic was on their way!

Is a reunion put together every year for the OMD or is this the first year doing it because of the 25th Anniversary Season?

This is actually the 2nd Official reunion! I coordinated a Reunion during the 20th Anniversary Season and we had 110 Dancers in attendance (90 Alumni and 20 on that season’s team) that year including 14 of the Originals and every Coach/Asst. Coach from across all 20 years!

If it’s put together every year, what has been your best memory of the OMD Reunions?

N/A ** This is too much of a beast for me to do every year, my hair would be bright gray

What are you looking forward to the most about this year’s Reunion?

The part I anticipate the most is catching up with old friends and reminiscing about some of the best years of our lives dancing together at Center Court! It’s amazing the PRIDE everyone has about their team and the lifelong friendships that were created while they were dancing together!

Having been here for 19 of the 25 years as an OMD and as the OMD Manager, in what ways has the team changed?

I think the biggest visual change you will see is the evolution in style, hair, costuming, music and dance trends in general!

What is your favorite OMD memory as a dancer or manager during the 19 years you’ve been here?

Wow – so many!

As a Dancer…I remember at my very first audition in ’95 my # wasn’t called in the final cut so I gathered my things and walked out to the parking lot…I was starved and was actually excited to finally go eat J I got in my car, had started backing out of the parking space, and all of a sudden from my rearview mirror I spot one of the Judges running and screaming out of the building like a mad woman “Come back in, there’s been a mistake, come back in…you’re supposed to be in there…”. So while still starving, I was thrilled to go back in and ultimately secure a spot! While on the team quite a few things stand out…cheering loudly for Michael Jordan the first time we played the Bulls and getting yelled at by my Captain “Jeanine…you’re cheering for the wrong team” (whoops – but it was MJ), pre-season games in Tokyo 1996…at this point in my life I had only been out of the country twice and both times to Tokyo (what are the odds), being 1 of the first dancers in the NBA to rappel from the rafters to ‘Mission Impossible’.

As a Coach…every single Dancer that has ever worked for me and every single moment they’ve made me feel like a Proud Mom, securing our first overseas Armed Forces tour (and then 3 more to follow), creating the first Dunking Dancers team in the NBA, the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, and I could probably go on for an entire novel on this topic!

Most recently seeing my daughter as a member of our Jr. Dance Team, the Magic Minis, has been surreal…she says she wants to take my job when she grows up