Thursday, July 19, 2007
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)
Veteran Erica from Sewell, NJ gets a few last minute touch-ups.
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.
Last season Danielle was a member of the MISL Champion Philadelphia KiXX Dance Team.
Another KiXX Dance Team member it's Kelly from Trenton, NJ.
Vets Amber and Kimberly. Kimberly was the Sixers rep for the 2007 NBA All-Star Dance Team.
Donna and her daughter Erica
Finalists on the catwalk.
Missy and a couple of her fans.
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 PA announcer Matt Cord was the MC for the evening.
To start the evening the dancers came out and performed as a group.
Sixers Dance Team Director Debbie Apalucci
Then the ladies came out one of time and answered a questions from a panel of celebrity judges.
Here's veteran Kate with my favorite outfit of the night.
After the interview questions, it was time to dance!
Striking a pose.
Ayahnna finishes big. She's a recent graduate Howard University. From South Philly and loves all the Philadelphia Sports teams.
Here's Kelly again. She's now studying nursing at Widener University.
Kate show off her moves.
Vi waves to the crowd
Ayahnna was a member of the Howard University Dance Team, The Bisonettes.
On the left is Sasha.
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.
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!