Saturday, December 08, 2007

Warrior Girls Blog - 1 

Posted by Sasha at 12:01 PM ET

Meet the blogger: Alexis is currently in her second year with the Warrior Girls, the ultra-talented 16-member dance team of the Golden State Warriors. Throughout the season, Alexis will blog about her experiences with the team. From her community service events to practices to the games themselves, Alexis will provide fans with a unique and inside look at the Warrior Girls.

Catching Up With the Warrior Girls
Thursday, October 25
Golden State Warriors

Hello Warriors fans. My name is Alexis and I am very excited to be part of the premiere edition of the Warriors Blog Squad. This is my second year as a Warrior Girl, and throughout the season I will do my best to provide you with updates on our dance squad, and I will be sure to include some interesting and funny tidbits along the way.

Although we made our debut when the Warriors played the Clippers on Oct. 14, we have been hard at work since summer. July 21 was the official first day of the 2007-2008 Warrior Girl Auditions. At around 7 a.m., Club Sport in San Ramon began filling up with nervous but excited women from all over the Bay Area. Women ranging in age from 18 to 40 were waiting in the gym to start the audition process.

After registration was completed, Dance Team Director Susan Hovey, followed by her choreographers and judges, entered the room and auditions began. We learned one short technical routine and another longer routine, and before we knew it the day ended with only 50 girls advancing to the semifinals.

Day 2 of auditions was even more intense. We were asked to perform the routine over and over in different groups, and each time it got harder and more exhausting. At the end of Day 2, the 25 finalists were announced and asked to participate in two official Warrior Girl practices so that Susan and the judges could make their final decision.

On Friday, July 27th, the first 14 Warrior Girls were officially announced! And I was happy to be one of them for the second-straight year.

However, it didn’t stop there. This year, the fans had the chance to participate in the selection of the final two Warrior Girls. After seeing pictures and interviews of the five finalists, fans were able to cast their vote on warriors.com. A week later, Heather and Brianna were announced as the winners of the online vote, but the voting numbers were so close that an additional member, Lynsi, was added to the squad. The official 17-member team of the Golden State Warrior Girls was announced on Friday, August 31st.

After that, Jessica, Tasia, Isela and I flew to Los Angeles to participate in a choreography convention with other NBA dance teams that included the Seattle SuperSonics and the Los Angeles Clippers. The four of us each learned two routines with the other dance teams, and we will show those off throughout the 07-08 NBA season.

It was an amazing experience to get to know the other dance teams. The women were all so nice and it was such a great opportunity to dance with other ladies in the league.

Practices started the week of August 20th. At first, it was difficult trying to mesh each dance style into one, but after only a couple weeks of practice, our team began dancing as one. Our trainer, Jon, (aka “Boot camp Bob”) worked us out before each practice and even had us chanting, “Warriors, Bootcamp … Hoo Raa!!” We’ve had long weeks of learning choreography and even held our choreography clinic with the Portland Trail Blazers.

On October 21st and 22nd, we shot our 2007-2008 swimsuit calendar. The shoot took place at a beautiful home in Los Gatos that had views of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Luckily the weather turned out perfect, and with the help of our photographers and hair and makeup team, our calendar will hopefully be amazing! It was fun to hang out with everyone and bond the week before Opening Night!

I’ve never been on a team quite like this. Every one of us gets along and it’s a blessing to be surrounded by positive people every day! Even though our practices have been long and intense, it makes it better knowing we have the support of each other. We are all excited to begin the season and hopefully start off with the same excitement we finished up with last year!

That’s it for now, but I’ll be back with much more throughout the season.

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