“Wow, where should I begin? Between the moment I stepped onto the Raptors practice court, back in July for the open auditions, to this very moment of typing this blog post, reality still has yet to sink in. Believe it or not, it’s all still very surreal to me that myself and nine other rookies were chosen to be a dancer on the Foot Locker Raptors Dance Pak, alongside the ten returning veteran dancers, who also fought hard for their spots on the team! The vets have been nothing short of a pleasure to dance/work with and have welcomed us rookies with open arms (thank you ladies lol), but I thought it would be cool to give you guys the inside scoop on how this experience has been going so far, from a “rookie” perspective.
With the Raptors first preseason game fast approaching, you can only imagine how hard we’ve all been working in rehearsals to learn all the routines. Amberley has been the perfect blend of what a dance coach/choreographer should be; tough but motivating! She knows what moves she wants and how she wants them done! I know for myself, the first couple of rehearsals were almost intimidating. Not because Mariah slightly resembles Scary Spice or because Janaye is just a ball of energy and personality lol, but because I wanted to make sure I was doing the choreography perfectly and keeping up with the vets! However, the moment I started to relax and realize that we were all selected for something special that the judges had seen in us at the audition, everything just started to click! With 20 girls you’d think it’d get hectic, but all the girls have been very helpful and encouraging; the team chemistry has already started building. I think I can speak for all the rookies when I say we’re just honored to be a part of something so special, that we want to make everyone proud.
Knowing that in only a matter of days we’ll be on the court, doing what we love, is a very exhilarating feeling, that I’m sure will be like no other! The vets have spoken so highly of what their on court experiences have been like, that I know we’re all just itching to get out there and experience it for ourselves. We plan to live up to the RDP standards and bring lots of hype and excitement to all the fans at every game; so we’ll feed off of your energy if you feed off of ours! Deal? Haha, it’s truly an honor and a blessing and we couldn’t be more thankful for this experience.
See you at the games & GO RAPTORS!!