2011-12 Laker Girls: Dara
Questions for you:
What is a secret about yourself?
I hate the color purple, which probably seems odd considering being a Laker Girl means I wear purple quite often.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, shopping, and spending time with my friends and family.
If you could be a celebrity/athlete/actor/singer, who would it be and why?
I would be Oprah Winfrey, because she is such an influential woman in our society who uses her money to make differences rather than for her own self worth; not to mention how fun it would be to have your own talk show!
Which famous person would you like to have dinner with? Why?
I would like to have dinner with Stevie Wonder, because he seems like such a joyful and positive person to be around, despite being blind. He reminds me to not take for granted the little things in life, such as being able to see, taste, or smell.
Describe yourself…..or your personality.
My personality is very outgoing and I love to laugh and have a good time with my family and friends.
Sum up yourself w/one word.
What are you looking forward to this Lakers season?
I am looking forward to basketball season starting up, because I love the excitement and intensity of the games!
Why did you decide to audition to be a Laker Girl?
I decided to audition to be a Laker Girl, because I have been a part of the squad for the past two seasons and they have been nothing short of amazing. This job gives me the opportunity to do what I love, which is dance, and also get out into the community and touch the hearts of others.
Name the most inspirational person in your life?
My older sister Raguel.
Fondest memory as a child?
My fondest memory as a little girl is every Sunday my family would go out to eat after church and my God-brother and I would walk around the table, giving shoulder massages to each person at the table for $1. Can you believe it?......our families would actually pay us! Sometimes, even more than a dollar…….man being little was so much easier! Ha ha
Fondest memory as a Laker Girl?
My fondest memory as a Laker Girl would have to be experiencing the Back to Back Championship in the 2009- 2010 season! In addition, I have to say that participating in all the events of All-Star Weekend this past season was wonderful as well.
What do you like most about being a part of the Laker Girls dance team?
The best part of being a part of the Laker Girls is the affect we have on the people in our community. All I have ever wanted to do with my dancing is inspire other children to strive for their top goals and this job lets me do that. This job allows me to touch the hearts of so many through dance, hospital visits, high fives and actions as simple as a smile...I love that!
What do you think people like most about you?
I think people like my crazy, outgoing and goofy personality! I try to make sure we all have a good time no matter where we are.
I strongly dislike liver and onions... GROSS!
If you could play an instrument – which one would it be?
I would love to play the drums and just be able to make all kinds of crazy beats!
If you could be in the Olympics – which sport would you like to compete in?
I would compete in the Ice Skating portion of the Olympics, that is my favorite!
What is your scariest memory?
My scariest memory is when I was in the 4th grade and I was at the mall with my friend when I got the news that my mom had been in a car accident. I believe another car ran a red light and crashed into my mom. So , I was taken to my grandparent's house where I sat in a chair by the door waiting for my mom's car to pull into the drive way. I just remember thinking, "what will I do without my mom?" And that is/was such an indescribable feeling! Thankfully, my mom walked away from that accident with just a few cuts and bruises. My mother has been there for me in everything I do!
Embarrassing moment as a Laker Girl?
So far I haven't had an embarrassing moment as a Laker Girl, but I am sure my time will come.
Embarrassing moment a dancer?
My embarrassing moment as a dancer would be when I was in High School on a competitive dance team. We were performing a routine at competition and my halter top came untied, but instead of running off stage I held my top up with one hand while finishing the routine with my free arm doing the moves. It was quite comical!
Your Horoscope Sign?
My sign is an Aries.
If you can say anything to the Lakers fans in L.A. – what would you say?
Lakers fans, when you come to a game at Staple Center and we give out T-shirts put them on and show your Laker spirit!!
Who is your biggest “dancing influence”?
My biggest dance influence would be my first solo choreographer, April Evans. She inspired me to push through all the negativity of people telling me I would never be a dancer and she is a huge reason I transformed into the dancer I am today.
The best choreographer in my opinion is Mia Michaels, because her dances are always an interpretation of something from the heart.
What is the key to staying in dancing shape?
The key to staying in dancing shape is making sure to stay in a steady dance class and also make sure to stretch on a daily basis in order to keep your flexibility.
How many free throws could you hit out of 10 attempts?
Probably 5...I think
How many three pointers could you hit with 10 attempts?
I'm going to aim high and say 3!
What was your best team sport growing up?
It would have been track & field, but I quit when I started competitive dancing, which is a sport in my mind.