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Hey Hawks Fans -- you have a chance to help select the 2004 Atlanta Hawks Dance Team! Below are the 36 finalists for this year's squad. Take a moment to read each hopeful's bio, and then vote at the bottom of this page. There are three polls, so vote for three different dancers. Voting is open until Saturday, Sept. 18, when the Dance Team Finals will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Club Eleven50 in midtown Atlanta. (All photos by Colby Kidd)

UPDATE: After a thrilling final audition Saturday night at Club Eleven50, the 36 finalists were narrowed to the 18 dancers who will make up the 2004-05 Hawks Dance Team. Congratulations to Angie, Brandy C., Brandy K, Casey, Danielle, Denisse, Desiree, Jennifer B., Jennifer D., Jessica, Lindsay, Natalie, Rae, Sonni, Star, Tameka, Terri and Vera!



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    ANGIE

    Hometown:
    Powder Springs, GA
    Education:
    Tennessee State University
    Occupation:
    Software Engineer
    Dance Experience:
    6 years Jazz and Hip-Hop, '03-'04 Golden State Warrior Cheerleader
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I'd like to be a part of the whole game day experience as well as try to help motivate a crowd and city as great as Atlanta.

    Vote For Angie


    BRANDY C.

    Hometown:
    Atlanta, GA
    Education:
    Attended Breanau University and Georgia State
    Occupation:
    Dancer and Dance Instructor
    Dance Experience:
    24 years of technical training
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I enjoy being a part of any organization where people work together in a positive way. Performing is a passion of mine and to have the opportunity to be a Hawks team member would be a great accomplishment, something to be really proud of.

    Vote For Brandy C.




    BRANDY K.

    Hometown:
    Atlanta, GA
    Education:
    University of Georgia, Mercer University (MBA) - expected '05-'06
    Occupation:
    Legal Assistant
    Dance Experience:
    15+ years in Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Ballet. 3 years with the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    My years on this dance team have been the best of my life. I want to continue making unbelievable friends and having unforgettable experiences. PlusI'm a huge Hawks fan! Go Hawks

    Vote For Brandy K.


    CARI

    Hometown:
    Olney, MD
    Education:
    BS in Business Marketing
    Occupation:
    Entrepreneur/President of Fly Enterprise, LLC; Editor in chief of Rumba Magazine
    Dance Experience:
    Tap/Jazz (13 years), Ballet (4 years)
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I want to take part in as many people's lives as possible. I love being a part of a team and making new friends.

    Vote For Cari


    CASEY

    Hometown:
    Roxboro, NC
    Education:
    New World School of the Arts, University of Miami
    Occupation:
    Owner - Dance Convention Co./Dance Teacher/Choreographer
    Dance Experience:
    20 years of extensive training
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I love to perform, love to learn, and I love being a part of a team and meeting new people. Go Hawks!

    Vote For Casey


    DANIELLE

    Hometown:
    Girard, Ohio
    Education:
    Baldwin-Wallace College
    Occupation:
    Bartender/Dancer
    Dance Experience:
    Began at age 3. Professionally, I danced for 1 year with the Cleveland Cavs Dance Team, and 2 years with the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    To support a team and a city that I love. The Hawks have so much potential in the NBA and I'm very proud to be associated with such a great organization. Dance is my passion and to be able to use that in this capacity is amazing.

    Vote For Danielle

    DENISSE

    Hometown:
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Education:
    Computer Programming
    Occupation:
    Nurse/Secretary
    Dance Experience:
    6 years of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, etc.
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    It would be an honor to represent such a great organization.

    Vote For Denisse (aka "Nee Nee")


    DESIREE

    Hometown:
    Sarasota, FL
    Education:
    University of Florida
    Occupation:
    Magazine Sales Assistant, Coach
    Dance Experience: 2 years Hawks dance team, dancer for Ejay Day, choreography for GT and the Atlanta Hawks Jr. Dance Team. Training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Modern.
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I love performing - it's my happy time. I also enjoy interacting with people, and games are the perfect place for that.

    Vote For Desiree


    GLENDA

    Hometown:
    Atlanta, GA
    Education:
    American Intercontinental University
    Occupation:
    Administrative Assistant
    Dance Experience:
    8 years of Jazz, 6 years as a Dance Choreographer
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I am a very innovative, smart, outgoing team player, and I know that I will be a great ambassador for the Hawks organization on and off the court!

    Vote For Glenda


    JAMIE

    Hometown:
    Plainfield, NJ
    Education:
    Brenau University
    Occupation:
    Marketing Director/Manager
    Dance Experience: Ballet, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Modern, and former Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    My passion is dance and I love to perform and interact with the community (especially charities involving children.) I also grew up in a "sports family" and I'd love to combine my passions for dance, performing, sports, and dealing with people as a member of the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team.

    Vote For Jamie

    JAQUI

    Hometown:
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Education:
    NC State University
    Occupation:
    Allstate Insurance Company Agent
    Dance Experience:
    NCSU dance team member (4+ years), head coach (2+ years)
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    From prior experience, I feel the Hawks will allow me to utilize my training as well as perform for an array of people

    Vote For Jaqui


    JENNIFER B.

    Hometown:
    New Orleans, LA
    Education:
    Columbus State/Bauder/UCF
    Occupation:
    Bartender
    Dance Experience:
    Atlanta Hawks Dance Team, company, college dance team
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I have been performing my whole life to be able to achieve my dream of becoming a professional dancer. I love the friendships that are created and the valuable skills that are learned.

    Vote For Jennifer B.





    JENNIFER D.

    Hometown:
    Mobile, AL
    Education:
    Auburn University, University of Central Florida (Masters)
    Occupation:
    High School Guidance Counselor
    Dance Experience:
    14 Years of studio dance training in Mobile, Al, Auburn University varsity cheerleader, Orlando Magic dancer (3 years).
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I would like to be a member of the Hawks Dance Team because I have truly enjoyed being a member of an NBA dance team for the past 3 years. I have a love for basketball and dancing, and the opportunity to combine them both has been amazing.

    Vote For Jennifer D.



    JESSICA

    Hometown:
    Ft. Wayne, IN
    Education:
    Spelman College, Smith College (MED)
    Occupation:
    Special Education Teacher
    Dance Experience:
    Dancing for over 10 years
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I'm a big basketball fan, and I love to dance!

    Vote For Jessica

    JERMAINE

    Hometown:
    Annistan, AL
    Education:
    High School, College
    Occupation:
    Choreographer
    Dance Experience:
    Tina Turner Super Bowl
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    To become a better person in dancing, and to have the opportunity to meet and greet people.

    Vote For Jermaine

    JOIE

    Hometown:
    Annapolis, MD
    Education:
    University of Maryland
    Occupation:
    Financial Center Manager
    Dance Experience:
    2 years NBA, 2 years AFL, High School and College
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I love the energy and excitement of the NBA and I love to put on a performance in Atlanta! The Hawks deserve a #1 Dance Team, and I know I can deliver!

    Vote For Joie


    KELLI

    Hometown:
    Dallas, TX
    Education:
    Florida A&M
    Occupation:
    Production Assistant
    Dance Experience:
    2 years Georgia Force Football Team, All-Star AFL Squad, 20+ years traininig in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and tap.
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    It combines my two passions: dance and pro basketball. I would like to be a part of the new direction of the Atlanta Hawks organization.

    Vote For Kelli

    KEVIN

    Hometown:
    Memphis, TN
    Education:
    Business Administration Degree (MBA)
    Occupation:
    Office Staff Assistant with Publix
    Dance Experience:
    17 years Professional, 6 years Atlanta Hawks Dance Team Took off a year and now I want to come back.
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I missed the team and the constant relationships with people, and it seems like our basketball team is going to be great!

    Vote For Kevin


    KITONYA

    Hometown:
    Covington, Ga
    Education:
    Morris Brown College
    Occupation:
    2nd Grade Teacher
    Dance Experience:
    9 years of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrican, including dancing for the Georgia Force, Morris Brown College, and Redan High School.
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I would like to be a member of the Hawks Dance Team because I love performing and being a member of a team. I also think it is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and bring joy to the people of Atlanta.

    Vote For Kitonya







    LESLIE

    Hometown:
    Birmingham, AL
    Education:
    Auburn University
    Occupation:
    Benefits Analyst, Medical Insurance Consulting
    Dance Experience:
    Captain of the Auburn University Dance Team, head instructor of MA Dance in Dallas, TX, and trained with Boston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School.
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    It seems as though I've been a part of a dance team or company my entire life, and honestly I miss being able to contribute my time, efforts, and dance ability to an organization such as this. I would contribute a sense of team motivation to the Hawks dance team, and also to the Atlanta community in any way I can.

    Vote For Leslie

    LINDSAY

    Hometown:
    Ellicott City, MD
    Education:
    Georgia Tech (will graduate in December)
    Occupation:
    Student, Teaching Assistant, Part-time Nanny
    Dance Experience:
    Georgia Tech Dance Team, Mt. Hebron High School Dance Company member and Cheerleader
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I would love to be a part of a team where I can contribute on and off the court while doing what I love the mostdancing!!

    Vote For Lindsay



    MARKESHA

    Hometown:
    Atlanta, GA
    Education:
    Jackson State University
    Occupation:
    Dance Coordinator/Marketing Assistant
    Dance Experience:
    Atlanta Hawks Dance Team, Georgia Force Arena Football Cheerleader, premier of 20th Century Fox's "Drumline," 1996 Opening and Closing Olympic Ceremonies, 18 years dance training.
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I am a people's person and I love to perform. The Atlanta Hawks dance team enables me to interact with people, and perform in front of an audience.

    Vote For Markesha





    MARLA

    Hometown:
    Atlanta, GA
    Education:
    B.S. in Computer Information Systems Accounting
    Occupation:
    Technician
    Dance Experience:
    18 years of Ballet, 16 years of Jaz, 13 years of Lyrical. Bubblin Brown Sugar Dance Team, Northstarette Dance Team, Atlanta Ballet Nutcracker, Urban Nutcracker, and in the movie "Drumline."
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I would like to be a part of the Hawks Dance Team because I have a genuine love for dance and I love to perform for people. I have always wanted to be a member of this team since the age of 13.

    Vote For Marla


    MASHARA

    Hometown:
    Shreveport, LA
    Education:
    Ashland University
    Occupation:
    Independent Insurance Agent
    Dance Experience:
    8 years of Ballet, 6 years of cheerleading in high school, 1 year on the dance team in high school
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I would like to become more involved in the community. I love to dance and I would like to make a positive contribution to the organization.

    Vote For Mashara

    MISHA

    Hometown:
    Roanoke, VA
    Education:
    University of Tennessee
    Occupation:
    Patient Care Coordinator
    Dance Experience:
    18 years studio experience, 4 years University of Tennessee Dance Team, 1 year on the Hawks Dance Team
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I have a passion for dancing and performing. I believe I would be add great contributions to the team!

    Vote For Misha


    NATALIE

    Hometown:
    Germantown, TN
    Education:
    Auburn University
    Occupation:
    Intern at CNN
    Dance Experience:
    I have danced and cheered since I was 6. I also spent 2 years on the Auburn University Dance Team
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I have had a passion for all performance types since birth, especially dance. My outgoing personality, dance experience, and love for all Atlanta sports makes this experience a blessing and a dream!

    Vote For Natalie


    RAE

    Hometown:
    Atlanta, GA
    Education:
    Spelman College
    Occupation:
    Dance Teacher
    Dance Experience:
    17 years of Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, African
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    Who wouldn't want the opportunity to dance, go to basketball games, meet people and reach the Atlanta community all at once? Plus, I have always wanted to dance for the Hawks!

    Vote For Rae



    RENEE

    Hometown:
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Education:
    GA Perimeter College
    Occupation:
    Full-Time Student
    Dance Experience:
    I've danced since age 2 in studio. I danced competitively for 2 years in High School and 2 years in College
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    Dancing is my passion, and I love being around people, so the combination of both was calling my name. I'm enthusiastic and enjoy working hard to get where I want to be. I believe my personality and dance skills are perfect for the team. Go Hawks!

    Vote For Renee


    SHAMEA

    Hometown:
    Atlanta, GA
    Education:
    Georgia State University
    Occupation:
    Full-Time Student and Part-time receptionist
    Dance Experience:
    2 years Modern, 3 years Jazz, 1 year Tap, 2 years Ballet, 4 years Street, 2 years Ethnic
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I look at the Hawks organization as my second family. It represents a variety of intelligent, smart, and fun individuals, and that is how I love to be viewed. I feel I'd be a great asset to this family/team and I aspire to continue to grow as a dancer.

    Vote For Shamea


    SHARELLE

    Hometown:
    Chesapeake, VA
    Education:
    Spelman College, Georgia State University (Masters)
    Occupation:
    Student, Part-time Substitute Teacher
    Dance Experience:
    10 years of Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Modern
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I want to perform center stage at Philips Arena for all the Hawks fans. I want to make the fans experience an all-around great time when they enter the building.

    Vote For Sharelle

    SHEENA

    Hometown:
    Atlanta, GA
    Education:
    North Atlanta High, some college at Bauder College
    Occupation:
    Administrative Assistant
    Dance Experience:
    13 years and counting in jazz, ballet, modern
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I would love to be a member because of this team because the overall business interests me. I love to dance and network!

    Vote For Sheena

    SONNI

    Hometown:
    Philadelphia, PA
    Education:
    Temple University
    Occupation:
    Substitute Teacher
    Dance Experience:
    18 years of extensive training.
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I love to perform, and to be able to make a great environment for those who come to the games or support the team! I am a team player and I hope to bring lots of energy and excitement to the Hawks family.

    Vote For Sonni


    STAR

    Hometown:
    Springfield, IL
    Education:
    Georgia Tech
    Occupation:
    Quality Engineer
    Dance Experience:
    5 years of extensive training, Georgia Tech Goldrush Dance Team, former Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader, '03-'04 Hawks Dance Team
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I love to entertain and dancing is a great way to do it. I had so much fun last year, and this experience has helped me grow as a dancer as well as a person.

    Vote For Star

    TAMEKA

    Hometown:
    Decatur, GA
    Education:
    Spelman College
    Occupation:
    Full-Time Student
    Dance Experience:
    16 years combined of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Litugical, Mime.
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I love to perform, I am a Hawks fan, and this would be a great experience.

    Vote For Tameka




    TERRI

    Hometown:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Education:
    Kent State/American International University
    Occupation:
    Pilates Instructor
    Dance Experience:
    25+ years of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop. 2 years as a Georgia Force Cheerleader, 1 year ECHL Columbus Cottonmouths Cheerleader
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    The Atlanta Hawks Dance Team is a fabulous opportunity to share your love of dancing and performing with the community. I have been very lucky to dance and I want to share my knowledge and love for it to make someone laugh, smile, or just feel good to be in Philips Arena at an Atlanta Hawks game.

    Vote For Terri

    VERA

    Hometown:
    Temple Hills, MD
    Education:
    Spelman College
    Occupation:
    Doctorate of Chiropractic student at Life University
    Dance Experience:
    Washington Wizards Dance Team, '03-'04
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    I enjoy working together with talented dancers who have a common goal of excellent entertainment!

    Vote For Vera



    ZARI

    Hometown:
    Lancaster, OH
    Education:
    Kennesaw State University
    Occupation:
    Professional Dancer, pursuing career in Criminal Justice
    Dance Experience:
    2 years Georgia Force Cheerleader, Music Video & Country Music Awards dancer for Big & Rich
    Why I would like to be on the Hawks Dance Team:
    It would be an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Atlanta Hawks association. My passion for dance drives me to be the best I can be with high ambition.

    Vote For Zari

    Voting Is Now Closed -- Please Check Back On Sunday To Find Out Who Made The Team!