Sunday, September 16, 2007
Jeff Elder of The Charlotte Observer went behind the scenes of Bank of America Stadium during a Panther's pre-season game. Here's what he found when he got to the TopCats locker room:
Krista touches up her makeup after she and her fellow TopCats rehearsed their routines.
The TopCats' locker room is exactly wide enough for all 20 TopCats to line up in a Rockettes kick line. The main thing that strikes you (besides the wall-to-wall perfect abs) is the military precision of their pregame rehearsal. They get in position, dancers' bodies taut and poised in their long white boots, mini skirts and half-shirts. Their faces tilt up, smiling broadly at an imaginary crowd. Their silver pom-poms shake together shhh-shhh-shhh.
They freeze. End of number. "Good!" yells a choreographer, and suddenly the perfect concentration is shattered. A brunette grabs a towel to wipe sweat from under her arms. A half-dozen gather at the mirror to check makeup. Clouds of hairspray roll in from the west. Two TopCats laugh and glug from bottles of water.
One's an attorney, another a banker. One's an MRI technician, two are paralegals.