Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Keep on Dancin’ 

Posted by Sasha at 5:31 PM ET

Hank Long
Woodbury Bulletin
Friday, February 08, 2008

She’s been doing it all her life, but Rachele Rommes just can’t stop dancing. Now in her first season as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves dance team, the Woodbury High School alumna said she’s living out a dream she hoped for after all those years of hard work at the Woodbury Dance Center.

“After high school that’s kind of where a lot of dancers may stop,” said Rommes, who majored in dance at Arizona State University after graduating from WHS in 2002. “They may dance in college, but they don’t go further than that. I just couldn’t see myself giving it up. So this has been an amazing opportunity.”

Rommes moved back to her home town this summer after she graduated from ASU in 2006. She was looking into becoming a dance instructor, but had to put her original plan on hold after she tried out and made the Timberwolves dance team.

The Woodbury Bulletin caught up with Rommes before a recent Timberwolves game at the Target Center to ask her a few questions about her first season as a member of the Timberwolves dance team.

Woodbury Bulletin: You were a member of the Woodbury High School dance team. How does being a member of a dance team for a professional basketball franchise compare?

Rachel Rommes: It’s a little different, because in high school it was a lot more kick line-type dance. There was some jazz, but (dancing for the Timberwolves) involves a lot more jazz and show-based dancing. In high school, it was definitely a competition, but our main job is to entertain an audience of 10,000 people, so here you have to even be more energetic.

WB: Do you remember the first time this season when you performed in front of thousands of fans?

Rommes: That was amazing! I thought I’d be really nervous and start shaking, but it was so fun. You forget there’s 10,000 people out there watching. But once you realize that, the energy in the arena makes it an amazing experience.

WB: I understand there is a lot of pressure involved in trying out for the team. Even the veterans are not guaranteed a spot?

Rommes: Before I tried out I heard other veterans say we’re all in the same boat. That kind of makes it a scary experience. (For those who have been on the team) you know what you’re missing if you don’t make it. At the end of the tryouts you’re just hoping you did your best.

WB: Besides the dancing, what is your favorite part of the experience in the arena?

Rommes: I think being able to sit courtside during the game, especially since the Wolves are doing really well as of late. It’s great because we pretty much have the best seat in the house.

WB: There are a lot of new faces on the Timberwolves team this year. Do you have a favorite player?

Rommes: I think everyone knows Al Jefferson is playing really well. I like Sebastian Telfair too.

WB: What would you say is the strongest skill you have as a member of the dance team?

Rommes: During a timeout late in the game, when we have to freestyle. It doesn’t matter what the song is playing. My instincts just kick in and I do what I was born to do, just dance.

For more information on the Timberwolves dance team go to: www.timberwolves.com/dancers

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