Sunday, November 16, 2008

Inland Empire 66ers Dance Team 

Posted by Sasha at 1:53 PM ET

66ers hold dance team tryouts
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
The San Bernardino Sun

SAN BERNARDINO - Queen Byice is a firm believer that life is short, so it should be lived to the fullest.

So the 20-year-old, who is currently raising a baby daughter on her own, was one of several young women trying out for the Inland Empire 66ers dance team Saturday.

"I've been dancing since I was a little girl and this was just something I really wanted to do," she said, as she filled out an application.

The four-hour tryouts Saturday to select four to seven more young women to join the dance team, which now has eight dancers, were held in the baseball team's locker room at Arrowhead Credit Union Park. About 25 women turned out.

Byron Marquez, director of business relations and president of the 66ers, said once they were selected, the young women would perform at games during the baseball season and fulfill other obligations the rest of the year.

They have lots of other dance engagements from grand openings to performing at hospitals and elementary schools, he said.

Once the women filled out applications, they waited to try out in a hallway.

Some stretched against a wall, while others chatted and laughed. Most appeared more excited than nervous.

As she sat on the floor stretching, Shilo Boardman, a 24-year-old cocktail waitress and dancer, said she came out because she was a dancer plain and simple.

In the actual tryouts, the women learned a routine and were also asked to talk about why they want to dance and their goals.

Judge Angie Rodriguez said the team was looking for girls with good coordination and dancing skills and upbeat personalities.

"It's all about learning more about them and also finding out if they like baseball," she said.

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