2010-11 Luvabulls: Meet Tina
Grand Rapids, MI
Oakland University in Rochester, MI
What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
I think it's a great opportunity for myself to represent the organization as a positive ambassador and to be a role model for those who look up to The Luvabulls as dancers. I'm blessed to be in a position that allows me to be part of the game by helping create a memorable experience for fans on game day at the United Center.
How has your dancing experience led you to this point?
I've always loved the stage when I was young dancing at a studio. My mom put me in everything from tap, jazz, and ballet, from groups to semi-private to private lessons. I was one of those girls you would see at a dance recital three or four times during the show. I loved every moment of it. All the makeup, glitter, sequins and chaos was all worth it. I just knew dancing was something that I absolutely loved. My first taste of professional dancing was with The Rage Dance Team dancing for The Grand Rapids Rampage arena football team (my home town whoop whoop!). After spending 2 seasons there, I knew it was more than just the dancing, but that I loved entertaining! I wasn't finished just yet and spent my next 3 seasons with The Detroit Pistons dancing on Automotion. After my final season there I moved to Chicago and was SO excited! It's such a great city to live in and so far I have enjoyed every minute of it. I couldn't give up that feeling of being on the court performing because it's like nothing else I've ever experienced before. So I tried out for The Luvabulls. I had no idea what to expect or even if I stood a chance because of the amazing talent Chicago has. But I did it! I just remembered everything that I have learned along the way and put it all on the table and thankfully it led me to where I am today...a Chicago Luvabull!!!!
What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?
My claim to fame is shooting kid commercials that aired on WXMI Fox 17 in West Michigan. I used to be one of the kids who said "Don't go away, Spiderman is crawling your way next!". It was great. I'd see myself on TV and think how famous I was going to be someday.
What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?
Mom and dad :) They financially made it possible for me to take dance lessons while I was growing up. It's not a cheap hobby, especially when you have a daughter who wants to take numerous classes! So without that I don't think dance would be as important to me now. As far as supporting and inspiring me, they have been with me each step of the way. My mom would always have signs at the games cheering for me and my dad would sit and watch my dance videos (even though I knew he would have rather been playing pool!). They've both been more than I could ask for and have always supported my decisions and let me know to just go for it and keep going. And that's exactly what I'm going to do! Love you both! Xoxo.
What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My proudest accomplishment so far is graduating college. My next goal is to find a job and then somewhere in between become fluent in Spanish! Hmmm...in 10 years I picture myself happily raising a family of my own and bringing them to dance class and Bulls games!