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2012-13 Luvabulls: Meet Kafi

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What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?

It means the world! I have had so many incredible life experiences that I never thought I would encounter. From traveling all over the world to places such as Hong Kong & Beijing to flying to Los Angeles last year to film a Budweiser commercial I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing team. I have learned so much about myself through this organization and I absolutely love every minute of it.

How has your dancing experience led you to this point?

I’ve been dancing since I was a little girl in pink tights and a tutu. While I’ve definitely progressed since that point I always have to thank my mom for keeping me on track with dance because I used to hate to go! She would take me to class every week against all of attempts to elude her but thankfully she didn’t let up because dance has become my heart, soul and passion!

What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?

Being in two national TV commercials this year! We filmed both a Budweiser & Adidas commercial and the experience of being in two major commercials was something I will never forget.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a key account manager for a liquor distributor. I manage a large wine & liquor portfolio with key customers in the Chicago area specializing in fine wine.

Describe the feeling of performing at a Bulls playoff game.

The feeling of performing at a Bulls playoff game is an intensity unlike any other. You can literally feel the excitement in the air and the entire city come together to support the team. From the Willis Tower beaming red lights to the Aon building spelling out ‘GO BULLS’ in the windows you can sense all of Chicago right there with you. I love the support that happens during playoffs but most importantly I love the passion that comes out from everyone to our players, coaches, and fans that unite us during playoffs.

What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?

I have so much admiration for my parents and how they have each inspired and supported me in their own way. I could not ask for any more support from one single person than my mom gives me every day. Her undying support and never-ending love makes her an icon to me. My mom is honestly my biggest hero. My dad on the other hand plays the quieter role but his support is just as important. My dad has always let me try, and sometimes fail, at whatever my goal is in life. He has always been there to support me and lend me a shoulder to lean on, cry on, and carry me through whenever I needed it. No matter what, my parents are always there for me and that inspiration has made me the person and the dancer that I am today.

What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?

My proudest accomplishment to date is living my dream. Between having Luvabulls in my life, being successful with my job and being surrounded by loved ones I could not ask for anything more. Waking up every day is such a blessing and I am so happy to be at this point in my life. In 10 years I see myself happily married with a family and giving my children as much love and support as my parents continue to give me. I plan to still be dancing in some way whether it is on a world stage or a dance class or both. I want to travel and live as much of life as possible and also give so much back. Life is what you make of it and I plan on not wasting a single second.