Emily’s Dancer Diary - November 17, 2006

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Someone asked me the other day why I wanted to be a Celtics Dancer. My answer was simply, "Because it's fun." But later that day, I started to think seriously about the question, and realized there is much more to my answer than "fun."

I'm not doing this because I'm addicted to attention. Sure, some attention is fun, but you want it to be for the right reasons. I'm not doing this for the money. Yes, extra money is a never a negative, but I have a good career that I enjoy. I'm doing this because I love to dance and perform, and heck, it's a blast.

There really is nothing like the feeling of running out onto a court with 18,000 screaming, energetic, crazy fans watching you. There's nothing like the adrenaline rush that soars through you as the first note of the music begins. There's nothing like the nervous excitement of hoping you remember your routines in the midst of all the distractions. There's nothing like the feeling of turning better than you've ever turned, kicking and leaping higher than you knew you could, just because the adrenaline and excitement is giving you more power and ability than you knew you had in you. There's nothing like the ear-to-ear grin that you genuinely can't wipe off your face when you look out into the crowd and see people enjoying your performance. There's nothing like being able to entertain.

I've done piano recitals, countless gymnastics and dance competitions, acted in numerous plays and musicals, all of which I loved doing for different reasons. But dancing on a basketball court, you can't beat it. I love the chaos of a live basketball game. I love that drinks are being spilled and hot dogs devoured. I love the chaos of the audience: People screaming, nachos cracking, ketchup dripping, Lucky bouncing, shirts flying, babies smiling, couples bickering, the businessman who shouldn't be dancing is dancing...and I get to perform in the middle of it all. I get to add to the wonderment of the chaos. I get to bring a focus to the craziness, and maybe even wow a few people in the process. The chaos and excitement feeds me. I use the audience's energy. All the colors and noise swirl around me...

The same reason most people like to go to live sporting events is the same reason we like dancing at them. It's fun to be in the middle of it all, and feel a part of the action.

So what I'm trying to say is... thank you. Thank you, Celtics fans, for giving us this opportunity to perform at your games. And, by the end of this season, I hope to have given back a little of what you are giving to us.

Maybe it is just simply fun to be a Celtics Dancer. But when you're running out onto a court with championship banners hanging above you and life-long fans cheering in front of you, it feels much deeper than that.

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