Friday, January 23, 2009

Heat Alumni Shine on "America's Best Dance Crew" 

Posted by Sasha at 8:49 PM ET

Season three of America's Best Dance Crew debuted on MTV last week. Producers scoured the country for talented dance groups, and nine teams made the cut. "Fly Khicks," a team straight out of Miami, FL was among the nine. You may recognize the members of this team: all six are former Miami Heat Dancers.

Miami, Florida

Traci Young (29)
Michelle Burgos (20)
Wendy Simmons (27)
Christina Pagan (19)
Kare'lix Alicea (28)
Gina Francis (27)

Miami's Fly Khicks crew is made up of six spunky women, all originally hailing from different countries. What they've got in common is that they are all former dancers for the NBA's Miami Heat. After winning the professional basketball league's Most Popular Dance Team title for three consecutive years, these girls realized they wanted more and formed the Fly Khicks.

"Our moves are big and up-tempo, but also smooth and sassy," says crew leader Traci. Indeed, the crew can do it all -- jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, African, Latin and more. "Our style of dance is very in your face," adds Christina.

And the Fly Khicks aren't afraid to push boundaries when they put it out on the floor. "We are very versatile," says Michelle. "We will give you technique, hard, strong movements, tricks ... everything!" And, owing to their name, "the one thing you will always see," according to Gina, "is us showing off our 'Fly Khicks.'"

The Fly Khicks crew likes to move to Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Trick Daddy, Ludacris, Lil Wayne, M.I.A., Janet Jackson, and "anything with heavy bass," says Kare'lix.

"We exemplify confidence while embedding humility," Traci says when talking about Fly Khicks' chances in the America's Best Dance Crew competitions. Adds Wendy: "We constantly challenge each other to be better, so to see a girl crew bring it so hard will put us above the rest."

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