NBA D-League Reno Names 2008-09 Dance Team Instructor

RENO, July 24th – Stacy Johnson, a professional dancer, model and choreographer, has been named the first dance team choreographer for the new NBA Development League team in Reno, team COO Tony Funderburg announced.

Auditions for the team will be held August 23 and 24 in Reno.

Johnson, a Reno resident, has worked in shows all over the world but has been primarily based in Las Vegas and the Reno/Tahoe area. She retired from the stage as a featured dancer in the show spectacular “ENTER THE NIGHT” at The Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Johnson earned a degree as a Holistic Health Practitioner in Berkeley, California and is a Certified Fitness Professional and Performance Specialist. She currently owns and operates The Maniac Clothes store with her husband, Danny, at the Stadium Sport and Fitness Club, where she also teaches hip hop dance, boot camp and practices massage therapy.

On August 23 at 11:00a.m., Stacy and a panel of judges will conduct auditions for dancers to be held at the Stadium Sport and Fitness Club. The NBA Reno D-League is looking for female candidates who are outgoing, high school graduates 18 years or older. They must be able to attend all games and have reliable transportation. They must also be able to pass a background check. Call backs will be held on Sunday, August 24 beginning at 12p.m.

The NBA Reno D-League Dancers are not only a vital part of the basketball team’s on-court experience, but pillars of the community. They will become an integral part of the team’s volunteer commitments to a number of local charities and appearances at local fundraisers.

The Reno NBA D-League season begins this November 2008 with games being held at the Downtown Reno Events Center. There will be 24 home games being held mainly weekends.

The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Having recently completed its seventh season, the NBA D-League’s goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 16 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact 15 percent of players on 2008 end-of-season NBA rosters spent time honing their skills in the League. In addition, it has produced current NBA coaches and 25 percent of the NBA’s referees. The NBA D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives like NBA Futurecast, the live web-streaming of all games available free at nba.com/futurecast. The League also provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.

D-League season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $240 for all 24 games. Visit the website at: www.nbareno.com for ticket map and information, or call 775-284-2622.

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