By Eryn Gradwell
March 22, 2012
We know you want to know more about your two-time defending NBA Dance Team Champions, the Lady Cats, so we're bringing the Lady Cats Spotlight to bobcats.com. We'll sit down with a Lady Cat to discuss some things about them both on and off the court to give you an inside look at the ladies on the league's hottest dance team. First up is Brooke.
What's it like being a member of the Lady Cats and a dancer for the NBA?
Itís been an amazing experience!! I love to cheer and dance and being a Lady Cat has given me a chance to not only dance and perform in front of thousands of fans, but also give back to my community through various events and appearances. Last summer I got the opportunity to represent the Charlotte Bobcats in Milan, Italy with a few of my teammates. Being a Lady Cat has opened so many doors for me. Iíve met so many interesting people, made some real friendships and created some awesome memories!
How has being a Lady Cat changed you?
I think being one of the Lady Cats has increased my confidence and definitely helped me to break out of my shell. Iím actually pretty shy and introverted most of the time, but the Lady Cats have helped me to be more outgoing.
How would you compare your season this year on the team as a veteran to last year when you were a rookie?
This season has definitely been different from my rookie season last year. I learned so much from the veterans last year and this year Iíve had the chance to help teach the new girls. You definitely feel more comfortable and confident coming back as a veteran. Time Warner Cable Arenaģ feels like my second home now.
What's your profession, and what's a typical day like for you at your job?
I work as a Validation Engineer for a pharmaceutical company. My typical day involves writing and executing protocols and reports while monitoring cleaning activities taking place as different pharmaceutical products are being made. Basically, Iím responsible for making sure that the drugs we manufacture are safe for people to use.
What do you do in your spare time when you're not dancing?
I love yogaÖ especially Bikram yoga! You practice for 90 minutes in a room heated to around 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Itís challenging, yet relaxing too. Iím an avid reader so I love to read a good book. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also love shopping, especially online shopping. Itís so easy and convenient!
Did you play any sports growing up?
I played soccer and cheerleading!
What's your favorite LC experience from a game?
I have two favorite LC experiences from a game. Last year, running out onto the court for the first time on Opening Night was pretty amazing! Such a surreal, exciting experience!! And my second favorite moment was having my five-year-old niece perform with me during Junior Lady Cats last year.
What's your favorite LC experience from a photoshoot?
My favorite photoshoot experience was from last yearís calendar shoot. My shoot was on the beach and I literally rolled around in the sand. There was sand everywhere... LOL!! In my hair, my mouth, my eyesÖ but we got a great photo from it and it was definitely an exciting moment as a rookie!
What's your favorite LC experience with fans?
My favorite LC fan experience was during a community appearance to the Presbyterian Childrenís Hospital during the holidays. We delivered packages to the children. The excitement and the smiles on their faces when we stopped by to visit were priceless!
What's the LC audition process like?
The audition process is so intense!! I start preparing for it months in advance. There are so many girls that try out for Lady Cats every year. There is a week of Finals where you learn more dance routines, interview with judges, have a photoshoot, fitness challenge, media challenge, and perform for the judges. Itís a scary process because thereís always a talented group of ladies that try out, but at the end of the day everyone wonít make it onto the actual team.
What advice would you give to a girl who has hopes of one day being a Lady Cat?
If you want to become a Lady Cat then continue to cheer/dance and work on ways to improve your talents. Do your research so you know what to expect and find out how you can prepare. And most importantly, always pursue your dreams and never give up!
Have a question for Brooke and other Lady Cats? Tweet to them @TheLadyCats
Auditions for the 2012-2013 Lady Cats will be held in June. Be on the lookout on bobcats.com for more information.
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