2011-12 Luvabulls: Meet Tina
What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?
Mom and Pops! It wouldn’t have been the same without parents who stand behind you 110%. Whatever it was, they were both there to support me.
Describe the feeling of performing at a Bulls playoff game.
Performing at a regular season home game is one thing, performing at an Eastern Conference playoff game for the team with the best record in the NBA is a whole different ball game! My adrenaline was so high, sometimes after we danced I didn’t remember how I got to where I was. It’s like your physically there doing what you have to do, but sometimes you blink and it’s over and you wonder what just happened! I think that happens to a lot of us. There’s just so much energy that you get into this performance mode, and once you relax you wonder how you even made it through! I guess it’s a mixture of excitement, nervousness, anxiousness and your adrenaline all in one. Whatever this feeling is, I’m so blessed to have it and can’t wait to experience it all over again in the FINALS!
What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Graduating college was a proud accomplishment (so was snagging myself a good looking husband!). Although I don’t feel as if I’ve had that many huge accomplishments, in some ways, I’ve gotten to experience many things most people never will as an NBA dancer (like that “feeling” of dancing at a playoff game!), so I think that’s pretty cool and something to be proud of : ). In 10 years I see myself raising my family and just being happy with my life and all it has to offer.
How has your dancing experience led you to this point?
Wow, how did I get here? Hmm…the story is way too long! Thinking back, it has been a long and exciting journey! I’m pretty lucky to have experienced dancing for the AFL and two NBA teams. I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing with myself and sometimes it’s frustrating looking for the right path, but somehow dancing has always been there making me feel like I’m on the right track. So I’m going to embrace every minute of exactly where I’m at in my life!
What is your claim to fame - besides being a Luvabull?
Dancing for my first professional sports team (AFL) in my hometown, the Grand Rapids Rampage.
What do you do for a living?
I’ve been working as a bartender (some may call it a “mixologist” haha!) for the past three years. Though it’s not the most glamorous job, it pays the bills and I enjoy it stress free! I’m just happy that I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and loved ones around me. I know that eventually I’ll find my ideal job and it’ll all work out! But for now I’m making some pretty tasty beverages!
What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?
Being a Luvabull is an absolutely amazing opportunity! It definitely means so much to me, not only for the reason that I get to continue dancing and entertaining, but it allows me to inspire and reach out to fans that don’t necessarily get to experience the game the way a Luvabull does. Behind all the glamour, being a Luvabull is continuously teaching me to be prepared, have time management, and be the best me I can be.