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Hawks Choose 2005-06 Dance Team
Meet the 20 New Dancers!

ATLANTA (May 21, 2005) -- After a week-long audition process that culminated with Saturday night's Dance Team Finals at Club eleven50 in Midtown, Atlanta, 20 dancers were selected for the 2005-06 Atlanta Hawks Dance Team.

Last weekend, over 200 hopefuls were culled down to 38 finalists and they all performed on-stage Saturday night before a celebrity panel of 14 judges and a packed crowd of friends, family and Hawks fans. After a very close judging process, the 20 winners were announced and the 2005-06 Hawks Dance Team was formed.

The Hawks congratulate all the finalists and the 20 dancers who made the team: Angie, Ashley S., Denisse, Desiree, Ginger, Jeni B., Jennifer B., Jessica P., Jessica T., Jessica W., Leslie, Mashara, Neta, Rae, Sonni, Star, Stephanie, Tameka, Vera and Zakiya.

  • Follow the tryouts from behind-the-scenes!
    Meet the 2005-2006 Atlanta Hawks Dance Team:
    ANGIE

    Hometown: Powder Springs, Georgia

    Education: BS in Computer Science from Tennessee State University

    Occupation: Realtor

    Dance Experience: 1 year Hawks Dance Team; 1 year Golden State Warriors Dance Team and years of jazz and hip hop dance experience.

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: To help motivate a crowd and team for a city as great as Atlanta.
    ASHLEY

    Hometown: Delray Beach, Florida

    Education: Sophomore in college

    Occupation: Choreographer/dance instructor

    Dance Experience: 17 years dance experience

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: Its a great opportunity to perform and be involved with the community.
    DENISSE

    Hometown:
    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Education: Computer Programming

    Occupation: Nurse Secretary

    Dance Experience: 1 year Hawks Dance Team, 1 year Falcons Cheerleader

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: I love to perform and I love basketball.
    DESIREE

    Hometown:
    Siesta Key, Florida

    Education: BS in Public Relations from the University of Florida

    Occupation: Sales Assistant

    Dance Experience: 3 years Hawks Dance Team, Over 20 years of studio training

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: The Atlanta Hawks are part of an amazing organization that I would love to be a part of for another year.
    GINGER

    Hometown:
    Barrington, Illinois

    Education: Student at Georgia Perimeter College, Major Business; Minor Psychology Management

    Occupation: Manager at Victorias Secret

    Dance Experience: 16 years dance experience

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: I love to perform and I have always aspired to be a professional dancer.
    JENI

    Hometown: Middleburg, Florida

    Education: Bachelor of Design, University of Florida

    Occupation: Project Coordinator (Architecture)

    Dance Experience: 1 year Hawks Dance Team, 12 years ballet, 15 years Jazz, 5 years Filipino/Hawaiian, 1 year Ballroom

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: I love to collaborate with creative, talented and motivated individuals. I also love to perform.
    JENNIFER B.

    Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

    Education: Bauder College

    Occupation: Receptionist

    Dance Experience: 3 years Hawks Dance Team, College Dance Team, NBA All-Star Dancer

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: I love to perform and enjoy being an ambassador for the Atlanta Hawks organization.
    JESSICA P.

    Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Education: BA English, MED Education of the Deaf

    Occupation: Teacher

    Dance Experience: 2 years on Hawks Dance Team, 12+ years dance experience

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: I love the performance opportunities and the camaraderie between the dancers.
    JESSICA T.

    Hometown:
    Niles, Ohio

    Education: Clayton State

    Occupation: Student/Dance Instructor/Choreographer

    Dance Experience: 17 years dance training in various styles

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: I would like to be a Hawks Dancer because I am able now to explore my options in dancing.
    JESSICA W.

    Hometown:
    Newport, Rhode Island

    Education: BA double Major Communication Studies and Sociology

    Occupation: Account Executive
    Dance Experience: 3 years New England Patriots Cheerleader, Performed at Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: I absolutely love to perform! Being a member of the team gives me the opportunity to perform as well as be an active member in the community.
    LESLIE

    Hometown:
    Birmingham, Alabama

    Education: BS in Human Development from Auburn University

    Occupation: Commercial Real Estate

    Dance Experience: 1 year Hawks Dance Team, Auburn Dance Team captain/choreographer, 14 years dance training

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: Being a member of such a talented dance team this past year was a great learning and growing experience for me. I hope that I can continue to support the Hawks and the community through my talents.
    MASHARA

    Hometown:
    Shreveport, Louisiana

    Education: BS in Business Administration form Ashland University

    Occupation: Marketing Representative/Waitress

    Dance Experience: 6 years dance training

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: I want to improve my skills, become more involved in the community and be a role model.
    NETA

    Hometown:
    State College, Pennsylvania

    Education:
    Penn State University, Major - Education

    Occupation:
    Dancer

    Dance Experience:
    1 year Hawks Dance Team, Penn State Dance Team, Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I love dancing, performing and basketball. Also, its a great way to get involved in the community.
    RAE

    Hometown:
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Education:
    Spelman College

    Occupation:
    Choreographer/Director

    Dance Experience:
    1 year Hawks Dance Team, 20+ years of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and African

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I love the excitement of the games and I love to dance.
    SONNI

    Hometown:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Education:
    Temple University

    Occupation:
    Teacher

    Dance Experience:
    1 year Hawks Dance Team, 76ers Dance Team, Nets Dance Team, studio training since the age of 3

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    Besides having a love for performing, I love sports and want to be a part of the game.
    STAR

    Hometown:
    Springfield, Illinois

    Education: BS in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech

    Dance Experience: 2 years Hawks Dance Team, 12 years dance team experience, 1 year Falcons Cheerleader

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team: I love to dance, meet new people and support the Hawks organization.
    STEPHANIE

    Hometown:
    Decatur, Georgia

    Education:
    Hampton University, BA in Journalism

    Occupation:
    3rd year law student at the University of Georgia School of Law

    Dance Experience:
    Hampton Universitys Dance Team, '96 Olympic games, Macys Thanksgiving Parade

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    Dancing is my passion! Being a member of this team would give me the opportunity to perform while giving back to the community that I love.
    TAMEKA

    Hometown:
    Decatur, Georgia

    Education:
    Spelman College

    Occupation:
    Student/Dance Teacher

    Dance Experience:
    17 years of studio training

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I love to perform. My 1st year on the team was the best and I would love to participate again.
    VERA

    Hometown:
    Temple Hills, Maryland

    Education:
    BA from Spelman College

    Occupation:
    Chiropractic Student

    Dance Experience:
    1 year Hawks Dance Team, 1 year Washington Wizards Dance Team, 19 years dance training

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    The Hawks Dance Team is an opportunity to perform and dance with talented and skillful individuals.
    ZAKIYA

    Hometown:
    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Education:
    Florida State University, Major Dance; Minor - Business

    Occupation:
    Dance Instructor

    Dance Experience:
    13 years dance training in various styles

    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I would be honored to have the opportunity to take part in this quest by sharing my true love and appreciation of dance.