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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Financial analyst joins Luvabulls dance team 

Posted by Sasha at 10:27 AM ET

By Sarah Sutschek
Northwest Herald
6/29/2007

She’s never been to a Bulls game and admits that she really doesn’t know much about basketball, but neither stopped Tiffany Brown from making it onto the court at the United Center.

The 21-year-old has earned a spot on the Bulls’ dance team, the Luvabulls.

Despite pulling a muscle on the first day, Brown completed the four-day tryout. About 200 women auditioned for the 30 spots, with 11 spots awarded to veterans.

“I always wanted to be on a professional dance team,” Brown said. “Even my high school friends remember me talking about it.”

Brown, a 2003 Crystal Lake South grad, received her degree from Northern Illinois University in May as a finance major and dance minor. She now works as a financial analyst, in addition to practicing with the Luvabulls team for four hours twice a week.

“I started off as a dance major and I clearly love it, but I made a decision that I didn’t want to struggle as much to find work,” she said. “They might choose someone else one year, and you’re out of a job.

“There’s more job security this way.”

Beside, she joked, her father and brothers are excited because she gets two free tickets to games at which she performs.

While the Luvabulls are paid, it is not enough to support herself, Brown said. All Luvabulls are required to have a full-time job or be a full-time student, she said.

“They really want intelligent, educated women working toward a career,” Brown said.

Even though she now is a member of the dance team, it does not guarantee Brown any performances. There are auditions before each game to determine who will fill the 10 spots on the floor, Brown said.

The auditions ensure that the dancers are maintaining their focus and staying up to speed, Brown said.

“It’s not just about the way you dance,” she said. “It’s the way you carry yourself, the way you present yourself, and how people see you.”

Brown said many people did not realize how much of a time commitment it took to be a Luvabull. In addition to the practices, there can be three games a week.

Brown said she might have caught the dancing bug from her grandmother, who was a classically trained ballet dancer.

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