Monday, August 14, 2006

Two Bellingham dancers aim for spot on Sonics' team 

Posted by Sasha at 2:03 PM ET

Lauren Allain
The Bellingham Herald

When Miranda Selnes was captain of the Bellingham High School dance team in 2004-2005, someone told her she had the potential to dance for the Sonics.
That thought never left her head.

Selnes and Michelle Sewell, who teaches hip-hop and tap classes at The Dance Studio on Cornwall Avenue, now have a 1 in 25 chance of being part of the 2006-2007 Sonics dance team.

But these tryouts have a different spin - they'll be aired on FSN in a reality show.
The show begins tonight at 8:30 with a 30-minute special. On Monday, five out of the 25 women will anxiously wait for their names to be called, giving them an automatic spot on the team.

Then, with 20 girls remaining in the battle for the team's remaining 10 spots, the show will hold showdowns. Beginning Aug. 19, two girls will perform one dance each.
Viewers will vote online for the one they like best; the winner will be announced during the next night's showdown.

Those online votes count for one-third of each woman's final score. One-third comes from the judges who have been watching since day one on July 22, when 120 girls showed up to try out. The other third come from team directors.
Selnes, 18, will be watching with the rest of viewers to see the outcome. Because of confidentiality issues, she was not told when her segment will air. Not even returning dancers were given any indication they would make the squad again.

But Selnes lives for this.

Selnes, who danced for the Everett Hawks football team this past season, says she loves the intensity of the competition and hates dull moments - one reason she feels dancing for the Sonics would fit perfectly with her schedule of a full-time job and full-time student at Shoreline Community College.
"I'm willing to juggle everything and anything for the (dance) team," she says.
She danced her heart out. Now, she'll wait to see if it paid off.