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Monday, May 21, 2007

High Time: Local Woman Stars as Toby Keith's Video Vixen 

Posted by James at 7:05 AM ET

By Lana Sweeten-Shults
Wichita Falls Times Record News
Toby Keith needed a high-maintenance woman.

He found her in a Purrfect Angel - namely hometown gal Renee Stone, a former Dallas Mavericks dance team member and a member of the Los Angeles-based Purrfect Angelz.

The 1993 graduate of Holliday High School is the High Maintenance Woman in the Toby Keith video on rotation on CMT. She's the blonde with all the right curves lounging by the pool in the opening scene, dressed to the nines in a silvery glittery baby doll dress and the object of desire for the tubby handyman in her apartment complex as Keith sings: "A high-maintenance woman don't want no maintenance man."

"I'm the one laying out by the pool and the maintenance man puts lotion on my back ... I run away because I'm grossed out," said Stone in a phone interview from Los Angeles, where she now lives.
Renee Stone, Mavs Dancer
Stone heard about Keith's search for a high-maintenance woman for his video through her work with the Purrfect Angelz, a group of dancers, singers, fire-twirlers, aerial artists and acrobats.

"It's a big show group and most of us are former NBA cheerleaders," Stone said.

She heard about the group through a former Dallas Cheerleader she knew, and the Angelz at the time were looking for a blonde to add to the roster.

It's with the Purrfect Angelz that Stone had the opportunity to perform live at the Country Music Television and Academy of Country Music awards with Trace Adkins. She danced to his hit song "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk."
Renee Stone, Mavs Dancer
Thanks to those connections to the country music world, Stone and the rest of the Purrfect Angelz were tapped by the video's producer to audition for the high-maintenance woman role.

"All of our girls went," Stone said. "He auditioned everybody. They had African-American girls, brunettes, blondes, redheads."

In the end, a blonde from small-town Holliday, Texas, won the role.

"It's so neat," Stone said. "It's something I always wanted to do. We shot for eight hours. We shot in a really, really cold warehouse."

On the downside of the video shoot, Stone was not in any scenes with Toby Keith.

"It was mostly me and the maintenance man," she laughed.

Like a lot of little girls, Stone found herself in dance class at a young age.

"My mom (Sylvia Adams of Wichita Falls) had me in jazz class and gymnastics classes and pageants," she said. In fact, she won several pageants around Texas.

She was a cheerleader for four years at Holliday High School, where she also was active in sports, from basketball to track, the tennis team and volleyball. It was through a volleyball scholarship that she attended Vernon Regional Junior College before she sought out those wide-open spaces.

She ended up in Dallas and landed a much-coveted spot on the Dallas Mavericks Dance Team.

She was one of 20 dancers out of 250 auditioning who made the squad. She spent 3-1/2 grueling weeks at training camp, practicing every night and learning 14 dances in a couple of weeks. In the end, she was the last one to make the cut whose name was called.

Stone danced for three years with the Dallas Mavericks, performing in front of crowds at Reunion Arena.

"The first time I went out on the court and saw all the people, it was one of the biggest rushes I have ever had. It was awesome," Stone told the Times Record News in an article from 2000, when she first made the squad.

In addition to her work on the Toby Keith video, Stone has appeared on CSI as a dancing Las Vegas showgirl, danced backup for Carmen Electra and was a lead actress on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia. She has appeared in swimsuit calendars and publications like Stuff magazine. She is also proud that she had the opportunity in 2006 to perform for troops in Iraq.
Renee Stone, Mavs Dancer
Her dad, Rickey Stone of Holliday, said that his daughter is still that same small-town girl despite moving to the big city. "She's the sweetest thing. She's still that little Texas girl. She still has that same personality."

"I feel very blessed to have my family," said Stone of growing up in Holliday. "Growing up in a small town kept me grounded and strong, and I feel blessed."

Watch Toby Keith's High Maintenance Woman here.

Renee at PurrfectAngelz.com

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