Pranking Jay

The Raptors Dance Pak is helping member Jay celebrate her birthday by surprising her with desert…

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Practice Makes Perfect

Get your first look at the Raptors Dance Pak as they prepare a routine for the upcoming 2012-13 Raptors season!

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Pics From The Sprite Celebrity Game In Shanghai

Here’s another photo gallery from the Raptors Dance Pak’s most recent visit to China. Click the photo below to see more of the RDP participating in the Sprite Celebrity Game in Shanghai!

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Mariah Gets ‘The Call’

As my ringtone played, answering my phone following my interview with the head coordinator of the Raptors Dance Pak, was the make it or break it moment I had been anticipating.

Once “Congratulations, you have made the Raptors Dance Pak” was said,  the jumping up and down in the middle of the grocery store (yeah…pretty spunky!) began. I knew the hard work and HUNGER for the spot would pay off.

How did this all go down? Well…let’s rewind far back, shall we?

So basically it all started when I was eight years old learning and watching Bring It On religiously. I mean, it was only a matter of time before my mother enlisted me in dance, I had learned every routine and the essence of sass by this point!

Eventually I was lucky enough to attend a Raptors game (GO RAPTORS!) at the age of 15 and couldn’t take my eyes off the dancers. They really get the crowd going and had me urging to join them! I finally decided that once I was 18 nothing would stop me from auditioning! I couldn’t resist the cute outfits, the smiles, and the overall crowd pleasers that these girls were! Yup, my mind was made up.

Let’s fast forward to July 14th 2012, ya? That Saturday morning my alarm clock — actually its 2012, no one has an alarm clock — my phone blasted “Marry The Night” by Lady Gaga and at 7:00 am I was up! I had snacks for days (literally), a big breakfast, a great fruit smoothie and a smile to get the happiness going!

Arriving at the ACC girls filled the hallways, stretching, exercising & in the zone moving to the music playing in their headphones. Eventually we all got our numbers and awaited our turn to go into the gym where our 2012 captain Ashley would teach us some sassy, hair whipping choreography! The turnout was incredible, over 180 girls danced their hearts out for a spot on the team and after an almost seven-hour long audition, the remaining girls would attend an interview two days later!

(We can fast forward to the phone call now, whew!)

Hearing that I landed a spot on the team was the most fulfilling and rewarding feeling one could experience! All that hard work, watching past Raptors Dance Pak YouTube videos, following their blogs & tweets made it feel that much more real!

So for those reading this, the new 2012 Raptors Dance Pak team is ready for the season! Filled with enthusiasm and excitement we are ready for the world, hair whipping, snaps and winks all to cheer for our team! GO RAPTORS!

Just a reminder nine girls are competing for the last spot on the Dance Pak! Vote for a chance to WIN amazing prizes & help your favourite make it!

Until next time Raptor Fans! *snaps*

Your girl, Mariah!

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More Shots From China

Check out these latest photos of the Raptors Dance Pak’s adventures in China. Be sure to check out all the photos from their trip in their latest photo gallery.

Hanging out with the Thunder Girls…

Sharing a few moves with the Thunder Girls…

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Latest Photos From China…

The Raptors Dance Pak continue their adventures on a tour of China. Check out a photo gallery featuring highlights of the trip by clicking on the image below!

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Dancing In The Streets Of China…

The dancing has already started for the Raptors Dance Pak on their trip to China…

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Teeing Off For Charity

RDP members Colleen and Bo recently headed to Emerald Hills Golf Club for the annual PlayStation Charity Golf Tournament. Check out some highlights from their visit:

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Ladies On The Rise

For two weeks this summer, I had the pleasure of teaching and sharing my love for dance with the girls from the ‘Ladies on the Rise’ summer program. The Raptors Dance Pak has been working with the program for two summers now to empower and energize these ladies in positive ways through dance and through a variety of different activities. Members of the Pak teach the girls new routines every week in which they will perform in their end of the summer show in mid-August.

When I came in to teach these ladies for my two weeks, they blew me away with their talent and their passion for dance. Here’s a video of the girls sharing their thoughts about the way dance makes them feel.

Ladies if you’re reading this…  good luck at your show and thank you for an incredible two weeks of dancing and fun times! I had an amazing time and it was truly an honour to be able to share my passion with you ladies. You all are extremely talented and I wish you the best of luck with everything you do!

- Ashley :)

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First Rehearsal…

Ashley and Jay welcome you to the RDP’s first rehearsal of the 2012-13 season!

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