Dance Team Begins Makeover
(Bakersfield, Calif. – May 12, 2010) — With an eye towards improving and expanding the unique fan experience offered at the Jam Events Center, the Bakersfield Jam is proud to announce the hiring of Charlayne Moore and Danielle Ante as the choreographers and captains of the 2010-11 Jam Dance Team.
Moore and Ante are both Bakersfield natives and graduates of Liberty High School’s Class of 2008, and both were members of last year’s dance team. This coming season, however, they intend to expand the role and increase the involvement of a group of dancers that is expected to be larger and more practiced.
“We had a great time as part of the Jam Dancers last year, and it was a good start, but we really think we can build something bigger and better for this season,” Ante said. “We’re going to start putting the team together a lot sooner, and we’re already working on some routines. We also want to increase the presence of the Dance Team in the community so we’ll be finding sponsors, putting out a Jam Dancer calendar and hopefully doing a lot of other off-court activities.”
The two young choreographers have been dancing together for four years now – starting with three years on the Liberty High dance team – and plan to work together to develop more elaborate routines for a team that is expected to have at least 10 dancers.
“Getting an early start on choreography and planning will give us the opportunity to do so much more this season,” said Moore, whose credentials include three years at a local dance studio where she studied tap, ballet, jazz and hip hop dance while also teaching classes for three-to-five year-old girls. “By the time the first game rolls around, our group will be ready to put on a great show for the fans.”
The Jam is particularly excited to have two such young choreographers on board because it allows the team to further the NBA Development League’s agenda of developing young talent. The franchise looks forward to watching Moore and Ante develop their resumés and abilities alongside Bakersfield’s players, coaches and staff.
Tryouts for the new team will take place in late July and early August, with Moore and Ante expecting to fill out the squad by the middle of August. For details on trying out for the team or other information on the new Jam Dancers, stay tuned to www.bakersfieldjam.com.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league featured 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.