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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Philadelphia Sixers Dancers Auditions Finals 

Posted by James at 6:07 PM ET

Sixers Dance Auditions
It wasn't the humidity and isn't wasn't the wings, but things were really hot at Chickie's and Pete's in South Philly last night. Thirty young ladies from all over the Delaware Valley competed in front a standing-room-only audience to become members of the 2007-08 Philadelphia Sixers Dancers.


First we'll go back stage and meet a few of the dancers before it all starts. (Thanks to the Sixers for giving us access to the ladies)

Sixers Dance Auditions
Veteran Erica from Sewell, NJ gets a few last minute touch-ups.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Here's a couple of familiar faces: Nina and Jenn. They were both Soulmates for three seasons and now after taking a year off they're trying out for the Sixers. Nina's from Broomall and works as Instructional Aide with Autistic Children. Jenn is from Gibbstown, NJ and works as a Multi-skilled technician in a family practice.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Last season Danielle was a member of the MISL Champion Philadelphia KiXX Dance Team.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Another KiXX Dance Team member it's Kelly from Trenton, NJ.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Vets Amber and Kimberly. Kimberly was the Sixers rep for the 2007 NBA All-Star Dance Team.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Donna and her daughter Erica


Sixers Dance Auditions
Finalists on the catwalk.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Missy and a couple of her fans.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Here is Sasha's father. (We'll see Sasha a little later.) A very nice gentleman who owns an antique store in Atlantic City; I watched the finals with him. (Editor's note: People are e-mailing to ask if this is the father of Sasha who blogs here. The answer is no. - James)


Sixers Dance Auditions
Sixers PA announcer Matt Cord was the MC for the evening.


Sixers Dance Auditions
To start the evening the dancers came out and performed as a group.


Sixers Dance Auditions


Sixers Dance Auditions
Sixers Dance Team Director Debbie Apalucci


Then the ladies came out one of time and answered a questions from a panel of celebrity judges.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Here's veteran Kate with my favorite outfit of the night.


After the interview questions, it was time to dance!


Sixers Dance Auditions
Striking a pose.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Ayahnna finishes big. She's a recent graduate Howard University. From South Philly and loves all the Philadelphia Sports teams.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Here's Kelly again. She's now studying nursing at Widener University.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Kate show off her moves.


Sixers Dance Auditions


Sixers Dance Auditions
Vi waves to the crowd


Sixers Dance Auditions
Ayahnna was a member of the Howard University Dance Team, The Bisonettes.


Sixers Dance Auditions
On the left is Sasha.


Sixers Dance Auditions
Eleven-year veteran Adrienne Della is retiring from the team and is taking a new position as Sixers Dance Team Coach.


And to end the night, the ladies came out in their finest summer dresses.

Sixers Dance Auditions


Sixers Dance Auditions


Sixers Dance Auditions


Sixers Dance Auditions



Sixers Dance Auditions


Sixers Dance Auditions


Sixers Dance Auditions
Last photo of the evening: (l-r) Philadelphia Soulmates, Co-Director and Choreographer Marla, Soulmates Dream Team Representative Lindsey (she leaves for New Orleans on Wednesday) and I think it's Soulmate Rachel.


So what's next? The 2007-08 Sixers Dancers will be unveiled at the Sixers Beach Bash in Sea Isle City, NJ on August 4th. Don’t miss your chance to attend the biggest party of the summer and benefit Sixers Charities all at once!

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