A “Rookie” Perspective

By Amen

Rookie Dance Pak member Amen

“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!!

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RDP Recipe of the Week: Spaghetti Swap

By: Mahta 

Craving pasta? Try spaghetti squash!

It‘s gluten free, low in carbs and calories! Great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, niacin, folate, calcium and iron. Can’t go wrong with this delcious vegetable! You can buy one and leave it on your counter for 2-3 weeks before cooking it.

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  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Cut squash lengthwise, scoop out seeds and pulp
  • Rub small amount of olive oil in & around squash (optional) 
  • Place squash face up for about 40 minutes, you’ll be able to insert a fork in the flesh to know if it is ready

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Feel free to add pasta sauce or whip a different combo than I did. This is what I was craving and mixed in a bowl:

  • Parsley
  • Capers
  • Tomato
  • 4/5 cloves crushed garlic
  • Pine nuts
  • Green onion
  • Add olive oil, lemon juice, dried basil, salt and pepper

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Make sure to let it cool down and then gently scrape with a fork, shredding the pulp into spaghetti-like strands.

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Add mix to squash half, top with parmesan cheese… and there you have it, a healthy dish to enjoy!

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RDP Playlist of the Week

Hey everyone, Nina here!

So it’s just one week until the first preseason game and we are all excited to hit the court! I thought I would ask the girls to see what songs they are listening to that are getting them pumped up for the first game. Check it out!

 

1. Amberley: “Bom Bom” – Sam and the Womp

2. Amber: “Spice Up Your Life” – Spice Girls

3. Amen: “Versace” – Drake

4. Aryana: “Gluttony” – Buckcherry

5. Christelle: “September” – Earth, Wind, & Fire

6. Cristina: “Sometime Around Midnight” – The Airborne Toxic Event

7. Dani: “Temperature” – Sean Paul

8. Holly: “Get Like Me” – Nelly

9. Holly: “Work B****” – Britney Spears

10. Jamie: “City of Dreams” – Alesso

11. Janaye: “Jump” – Kriss Kross

12. Kalina: “Replay” – Zendaya

13. Leah: “Ms. Jackson” – Out Kast

14. Lindsay: “Wrecking Ball” – Miley Cyrus

15. Mahta: “The One” – Tamar Braxton

16. Mariah: “I Can be a Freak” – Estelle

17. Mariah: “Aint’t Worried About Nothin” – French Montana

18. Morgan: “Love More” – Chris Brown ft. Nicki Minaj

19. Nicole: “Burn” – Ellie Goulding

20. Nina: “Live Your Life” – T.I ft. Rihanna

21. Steph: “Hell is my Back Up Plan” – Single Mothers

 

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Foot Locker Raptors Dance Pak 2013/14 Photo Shoot

Here is a quick behind the scenes look at the ladies preparing for the 2013/2014 photo shoot! We had such a fun day and want to give a huge shout out to Foot Locker, Aveda, InsTANt Attraction, our makeup team and everyone else who made our photo shoot come together!

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SNEAKER FEVER!!!

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Yesterday was an exciting day for Dance Pak, our annual photo shoot! Amongst the thrill of it all I couldn’t help but be excited about the four pairs of amazing sneakers we were each given courtesy of Foot Locker, they hooked us up! The shoes, all Adidas and all super stylish in their own way had me reminded that a touch of funky athletic wear is a great way to vamp up an outfit.

Smell ya later,

Kalina

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All this sneaker fever got me thinking of Jeremy Scott. A designer known for his eccentric colour use and crazy collaborations he has done with Adidas. He brings a high fashion element to athletic everyday wear that I will always love and encourage.

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I love all of my new sneaks but one pair was love at first sight. Foot Locker is clearly well aware of the steady growing trend of sneaker wedges and gave us a wicked pair. Bright red. Adidas, and the perfect heel these shoes might just make Dance Pak history.

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Here is the line up of the infamous sneakers for the upcoming season. Another HUGE thanks to Foot Locker for keeping our shoe game tight.

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CP24 Breakfast!

Nina and Mariah stopped by CP24 Breakfast to help announce Bell Game Night and promote free tickets for the October 9th preseason game, Raps vs. Timberwolves! See how their morning went!

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RDP Recipe of the Week: Love for Quinoa & Carrots

By: Mahta 

The Ingredients: Quinoa, carrots, cucumber, tomato, cilantro, apple, cranberries, crushed peanuts lightly dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

For every one cup of quinoa, double up the water and boil.  Quinoa is so quick to make, add fruits/veggies and it becomes a great snack on the go.

I decided to step up my beta carotene game this week and use my juicer that I’ve been neglecting for a little while. Two things: carrots and apples, my favourite combo. Clear skin and rosy cheeks please…Footlocker Raptors Dance Pak photoshoot tomorrow!

Until next time Raptor fans!

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Special Delivery!

By: Nina and Kalina

Yesterday we surprised three lucky season seat holders with a Purolator Package containing their tickets and other Raptors goodies. With the help of Quincy Acy, Terrence Ross, and the always silly Raptor, we successfully managed to surprise them and spread the Raptors spirit. This appearance added to our already growing excitement to get back on the court!

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Fashion Friday: Fashion Flashback

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     There is nothing the Dance Pak and the fans love more than a funky throwback routine. The 90’s not only produced some of the greatest pop music but also were the beginning of many fun fashion trends that in my opinion should not be forgotten. On this Flashback Fashion Friday I want to remember and pay respects to the wonderful, wacky clothing choices of this decade and encourage the spirit of the 90’s to stay alive in our wardrobes this fall.

 Stay fresh,

 -Kalina

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No one stretched the fashion limits quite like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In honor of this fabulous character and his closet try the comfort of overalls. Dress them up for autumn with tights and layers and turn geek into chic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clueless will always be one of the ultimate flashback inspirations for clothing enthusiasts. Between the classy plaid, hats, layered collars, skirt suits, and high socks, the school girl look is always a good idea and is perfect for fall. Check out RDP’s very own Steph looking striking in her rendition of this classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flashing back to a very happy time in my Dance Pak career, one of our trips to China! I had decided to add some 90’s favorites to my outfit I wore to the Great Wall (left). Never underestimate a fanny pack, they are useful, fun, and totally reminiscent of this playful decade just like my backwards snapback and high-waisted denim shorts. While exploring the historic Tiananmen Square I was channeling pop icon Gwen Stefani (right). The two Baby Spice buns are yet another way to add a funky flashback twist.

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RDP Recipe of the Week: Lettuce Wraps

By: Mahta

Hey everyone!

Here’s another easy recipe that you can put together in minutes. Feel free to add other ingredients that I haven’t mentioned (as long as they are healthy)!

Ingredients:

  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Farkay noodles (this gives the wrap that crunch)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Black beans
  • Peanuts
  • Cucumber, mango, tomato
  • Sweet chilli sauce mixed with a bit of light soy sauce and lemon juice

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Dice up the cucumber, tomato and mango together, I sprinkled mine with chia seeds. You can also add other items such as mushrooms, bell peppers, quinoa, wild rice, tofu, shrimp, or chicken.

After you have all your ingredients, start wrapping away!

Enjoy!

 

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